Walsall next

Tuesday 12 February 2002

Walsall v Fulham, Saturday 16th February - Kick Off 12pm.

Ground Details

Address: Bescot Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall WS1 4SA
Telephone: 01922 622791
Capacity 9,000 (6,700 seats)
Visitors Section: William Sharp Stand - SOLD OUT
Disabled Fans - SOLD OUT

HOW TO GET THERE:

Travel By Road (Approx 132 miles) Leave London via M1 to junction 19. Join M6 until junction 9 then follow signs Walsall on A461. After 0.2 miles turn right into Wallows Lane (A4148) cross railway bridge then turn right at traffic lights into Bescot Crescent. Ground is on the left hand side.

CAR PARKING:

Car parking available at ground. Street parking also available.

Travel By Train

Train travellers should travel from Euston to Birmingham New Street then change for a local service to Bescot. Station is opposite the ground.

THE CLUB:

Rather surprisingly, and perhaps ungratefully, Walsall sacked Ray Graydon under whose stewardship they won two promotions. Subsequently, they turned to Colin Lee who was less than successful at Wolves. Nonetheless, they remain unbeaten under their new manager and of course despatched Charlton out of the Cup. Their League form is worrying though they earned a spirited 2-2 draw at Millwall the week before last.

FORM & TACTICS:

The influence of the continentals has permeated through every level of football. Walsall has no less than five players from the Iberian Peninsula - three from Portugal and two from Spain. Indeed all five players were playing in their country's senior league. The Saddlers play a 4-4-2. In goal is the long serving James Walker who makes up for his lack of inches through great agility. Ian Brightwell, the ex-Manchester City and Coventry player, is at right back. Matt Carbon, who signed from WBA pairs up with David Holdsworth, the ex-Watford, Sheffield Utd and Birmingham stopper, in central defence. The Spaniard Aranaide bought from Logrones plays on the left of the defence.

In midfield, Bennett the Scot is club captain. The Spanish Under 21 star Matias learned his trade at Real Madrid. He gets forward and has scored four goals this season. Darren Wrack, though on the transfer list, can also score from midfield weighing in with five goals. Another Portuguese player, Andre, completes the midfield quartet.

Up front Jorge Leitao needs the greatest attention. He was last year's player of the season and has scored seven this term. His normal striking partner is Byfield, the pacy attacker from Aston Villa.

HE WORE BOTH COLOURS:

One of the best strikers we had in the sixties or indeed ever was Allan Clarke who was recruited from Walsall in 1966 for £35,000. He scored 57 goals in 99 appearances. He went on to Leicester and Leeds as well as playing for England 19 times.

ONE FROM THE PAST:

In 1970 we travelled up to Walsall's old ground Fellows Park and lost 3-2. We had a very exciting forward line of Jimmy Conway and Les Barrett providing pace on the wings, along with the mobile Stevie Earle partnered by the burly Vic Halom. Despite scoring twice and leading twice we lost 3-2. We did however gain promotion.

INCREDIBLE BUT TRUE:

In 1933 the Saddlers beat the mighty Arsenal. 50 years later they repeated the same feat in the League Cup. They reached the Semi Finals only to lose to Liverpool.