With four Premier League Clubs on the doorstep, they are often forgiven for feeling sorry for themselves. However, that’s not the case at the Banks’s Stadium, home of Walsall FC.
Walsall, nicknamed The Saddlers, have existed for a horrible number of years – 1888 in fact.
A family group club at the heart of the neighborhood community, they may not be in the Premier League in a divisional sense but, in a number of ways, they’re together with their game.
Within an age where costs are freezing regular football fans out of 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 yet, you can 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 consume and watch the live Sky Sports match at lunchtime before settling down to view 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 going well too.
They finished tenth in League One last season and both 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 with 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 in fact human and, shock horror, lots 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? Stick to me if you can…….
To simply help support fortunes on the field, Walsall have needed to be innovative off it. They do some really good things at the Banks’s Stadium (there’s your translation if you need it).
Walsall Football Club have made use 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 – trust in 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 throughout the week. It’s even a marriage venue, so a lot of young lovers have tied the knot at the Banks’s too……
To ensure that manages what continues on Monday-Saturday and you’d imagine the good folk of Walsall treat Sunday as per day of rest. Wrong. The innovative Saddlers turn the car park into a Sunday Market which attracts tens and thousands 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 an even prouder future.