Things you may want to know about Walsall;
- Walsall are known as ‘The Saddlers’ which reflects this Black Country town’s reputation as a traditional centre for saddle manufacture.
- Walsall were formed in 1888 as Walsall Town Swifts – a swift still features in their club crest and the club’s mascot is called ‘Swifty’ (see below).
- Their local rivals are Wolves and West Brom. However, the Saddlers have had few meetings with either of these sides over the years – Shrewsbury and Port Vale (both about 30 miles away) have been more frequent derbies.
- Walsall have spent a number of seasons in football’s second tier but have never reached the top flight. Walsall gained one of their promotions to the second tier in 1999 and they did so by pipping Manchester City to the division’s runner-up spot!
- Jeff Bonser bought the club in 1992 (when it was minutes away from entering into receivership) and ended his almost 28-year spell as owner and Chairman when he sold his 76% shareholding in the club in July 2019 to Leigh Pomlett .
- There has been just one league meeting between FGR and Walsall – a 1-1 draw at the Bescot Stadium back in August 2019.
- Caolan Lavery (who plays number 9) and Josh Gordon (who plays number 10) are the club’s leading goalscorers so far this season.
- Walsall tried to sign striker Josh March from Leamington recently. As we know, Josh chose to come to FGR instead.