With four Premier League Clubs on their doorstep, they may be forgiven for feeling sorry for themselves. However, that’s false at the Banks’s Stadium, home of Walsall FC.
Walsall, nicknamed The Saddlers, have been around for an awful long time – 1888 in fact.
A household club in the middle of the local community, they may not be in the Premier League in a divisional sense but, in a host of ways, they are along with their game.
Within an age where costs are freezing regular football fans from the game, Walsall supporters can pop down the Banks’s and watch live football for as little as £14 for adults and £8 for juniors. Better still, you will find family tickets offered by £20 and under-8’s go free. Bonus.
The facilities are top drawer too. The floor has been redeveloped on several occasions because the club upped sticks from the dilapidated Fellows Park in 1990. New Suites have already been built, meaning fans can grab a mouthful to eat and watch the live Sky Sports match at lunchtime before settling down to watch Walsall. There’s banter available as fans of ages, shapes and sizes come together for a pre-match chat.
On the field, things are getting well too.
They finished tenth in League One last season and the 2 men responsible – Chris Hutchings (boss) and Martin O’Connor (assistant) both used to play for the club ดูบอลสด. Actually they both captained Walsall before hanging up their boots, meaning they have the club inside their blood.
Having players having an affinity to a team makes a difference. Walsall has that too.
It’s in contrast to the Premier League at League One level. These players are actually human and, shock horror, plenty of them speak with a Black Country or Brummie twang – the only real intepretors needed are those who can’t work-out what’they dow arf doe sum bostin stuff at the Bonks ‘, dow they? Stay with me in the event that you can…….
To greatly help support fortunes on the field, Walsall have had to be innovative off it. They do some really good things at the Banks’s Stadium (there’s your translation if you want it).
Walsall Football Club have made usage of their location alongside the M6 by installing giant advertising signs that attract some big players, who advertise their goods to all those commuters who travel up and down the motorway – trust me, there’s lots of them. The Suites which are good for a footie fan on matchday are hired out to businesses as conference rooms throughout the week. It’s even a marriage venue, so lots of young lovers have tied the knot at the Banks’s too……
So that manages what continues Monday-Saturday and you’d imagine the nice folk of Walsall treat Sunday as per day of rest. Wrong. The innovative Saddlers turn the car park in to a Sunday Market which attracts 1000s of people every week. Good thinking.
So, with all that going on, you will see why Walsall are happy with what they’ve achieved and how they’re going about ensuring a level prouder future.