Walsall Facts Nicknames: The Saddlers Manager: Dean Smith Ground: Banks's Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall WS1 4SA Capacity: 11,500 Founded: The club was founded in 1888 as Walsall Town Swifts, a joining of Walsall Town F. C.
Nicknames: The Saddlers
Manager: Dean Smith
Ground: Banks's Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall WS1 4SA
Founded: The club was founded in 1888 as Walsall Town Swifts, a joining of Walsall Town F.C. and Walsall Swifts F.C. The club was one of the founder members of the Second Division in 1892.
The club's nickname, The Saddlers, reflects Walsall's status as a traditional centre for saddle manufacture.
Getting in touch with Wallsall FC
Telephone: 01922 622 791
Getting to the Saddlers
Walsall FC's Banks's stadium is at the Bescot retail Park, just off Junction 9 of the M6. Head off the M6 and follow the A461 to Walsall, turning right at the lights after you have passed the Morrison's on your left into A4148 Wallows Lane/Broadway West - sign-posted Banks's Stadium.
At the next set of traffic lights (1/3 mile) turn right onto Bescot Crescent, the stadium is 1/4 mile along the road on the left hand side.
Parking is available at the stadium at £3 per vehicle. Click here for information from the official club's website.
The nearest railway station is Bescot Stadium station, situated across the road and a two minute walk from the ground.
Saddlers titles and trophies
- Division Two Runner-Up : 1998–99
- Division Two Play-Off Winners : 2000–01
- League Two Champions, Division Three Runners-Up, Division Three Runners-Up(old): 2006–07, 1994–95, 1960–61
- Division Three Play-Off Winners (old) : 1987–88
- Old Division Four Champions : 1959–60
- Old Division Four Runners-Up : 1979–80
Career appearances: 419
Buckley, who signed from Birmingham City in 1979 for still a club transfer record sum of £175,000, remains Walsall's all-time record goal scorer with 202 goals.
Buckley cemented himself in a Walsall side that had a reputation of cup giant killings in the 70s.
The all-time Saddlers top scorer grabbed a goal against Manchester United in an FA Cup upset in 1975 and lead the Saddlers as a manager to defeats of Arsenal and a valiant draw at Anfield in the League Cup. They lost the return leg 2-0 and missed out on their chance to get a maiden voyage in Europe.
Famous Saddlers Fans
Pete Waterman, the music mogul and former Pop Idol judge is a Saddler. Waterman, also a keen train enthusiast was born in Coventry but is a life-long Walsall fan.