With four Premier League Clubs on the doorstep, they are often forgiven for feeling sorry for themselves. However, that’s incorrect at the Banks’s Stadium, home of Walsall FC.
Walsall, nicknamed The Saddlers, have been around for an awful number of years – 1888 in fact.
A family group club in the middle of the area community, they might not be in the Premier League in a divisional sense but, in a host of ways, they are together with their game.
In a age where prices are freezing regular football fans out from the game, Walsall supporters can pop down the Banks’s and watch live football for as low as £14 for adults and £8 for juniors. Better still, you can find family tickets offered at £20 and under-8’s go free. Bonus.
The facilities are top drawer too. The bottom has been redeveloped on numerous occasions because the club upped sticks from the dilapidated Fellows Park in 1990. New Suites have been built, meaning fans can grab a bite to eat and watch the live Sky Sports match at lunchtime before settling down to watch Walsall. There’s banter available as fans of all 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 two 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 by having an affinity to a club makes a difference. Walsall has that too.
It’s in contrast to the Premier League at League One level. These players are now actually human and, shock horror, plenty of them talk with a Black Country or Brummie twang – the only real intepretors needed are those that can’t work-out what’they dow arf doe sum bostin stuff at the Bonks ‘, dow they? Stick to me in the event that you can…….
To simply help support fortunes on the field, Walsall have had to be innovative off it. They do some really good stuff at the Banks’s Stadium (there’s your translation if you need 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 or any those commuters who travel up and down the motorway – believe me, there’s plenty of them. The Suites which are great for a footie fan on matchday are hired out to businesses as conference rooms through the week. It’s even a wedding venue, so a lot of young lovers have tied the knot at the Banks’s too……
In order that takes care of what continues Monday-Saturday and you’d imagine the good folk of Walsall treat Sunday as per day of rest. Wrong. The innovative Saddlers turn the automobile park right into a Sunday Market which attracts 1000s of people every week. Good thinking.
So, with all that going on, you can see why Walsall are happy with what they’ve achieved and how they’re going about ensuring a level prouder future.