Walsall F.C.

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Walsall Football Club
Full nameWalsall Football Club
Nickname(s)The Saddlers
Founded1888; 126 years ago (1888)
(as Walsall Town Swifts)
GroundBescot Stadium,
Ground Capacity11,300
ChairmanJeff Bonser
ManagerDean Smith
LeagueLeague One
2013–14League One, 13th
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season
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Walsall Football Club
Full nameWalsall Football Club
Nickname(s)The Saddlers
Founded1888; 126 years ago (1888)
(as Walsall Town Swifts)
GroundBescot Stadium,
Ground Capacity11,300
ChairmanJeff Bonser
ManagerDean Smith
LeagueLeague One
2013–14League One, 13th
WebsiteClub home page
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours
Current season

Walsall Football Club are an English association football club based in Walsall, West Midlands. They currently play in League One, the third tier in the English football league system. The club was founded in 1888 as Walsall Town Swifts, an amalgamation of Walsall Town F.C. and Walsall Swifts F.C. The club was one of the founder members of the Second Division in 1892, but have spent their entire existence outside English football's top division; their highest league finish was sixth in Division Two in 1898–99.

Walsall moved into their Bescot Stadium in 1990, having previously played at nearby Fellows Park. The ground is now known as Banks's Stadium for sponsorship purposes.[1] The team play in a red and white kit and their club crest features a swift. The club's nickname, The Saddlers, reflects Walsall's status as a traditional centre for saddle manufacture.


Formation and early years[edit]

The Walsall team pictured in 1893

Walsall were formed as Walsall Town Swifts in 1888 when Walsall Town F.C. and Walsall Swifts F.C. amalgamated.[2] Walsall Town had been founded in 1877 and Walsall Swifts in 1879.[2] Both clubs had played at the Chuckery, and the new club remained at the same ground. Walsall Town Swifts' first match was a draw against Aston Villa. Two players from this early era received international caps; they remain the only Walsall players to be so honoured. In 1882, Alf Jones won the first two of his three caps (against Scotland and Wales) while with Walsall Swifts, and in 1889 Albert Aldridge received the second of his two caps while playing for Walsall Town Swifts. The club were first admitted to the Football League in 1892, as founder members of the new Second Division. They moved to the West Bromwich Road ground in 1893. After finishing 14th out of 16 teams in 1894–95 the club failed to be re-elected to the Football League.

At the start of the 1895 season the club moved to Hilary Street, later renamed Fellows Park. In 1896 they changed their name to Walsall F.C.[2] and joined the Midland League. A year later, they returned to the Second Division, three teams having failed re-election in 1896. The team finished in sixth place in 1898–99, but once again failed re-election two years later, dropping back into the Midland League. A move to the Birmingham League followed in 1903, and in 1910, the club were elected to the Southern League. With the expansion of the Football League after World War I, Walsall became a founding member of the Third Division North in 1921.

Walsall's highest "home" attendance was set in 1930, when they played in of front of 74,600 fans against Aston Villa in the FA Cup Fourth Round. Although a home match for Walsall, the tie was played at their opponents' Villa Park ground, and it remains the highest attendance that Walsall have ever played in front of.

The football used in Walsall's victory over Arsenal in the third round of the 1933 FA Cup.

In 1933, Walsall won 2–0 in the FA Cup against Arsenal at Fellows Park. Arsenal went on to win the First Division that season, and the cup defeat to Third Division North side Walsall is still regarded as one of the greatest upsets in FA Cup history.

Post-war era[edit]

In 1958, following a reorganisation of the Football League, Walsall became founder members of the Fourth Division. Under the management of Bill Moore, the club achieved successive promotions, scoring 102 goals on their way to winning Division Four in 1959–60 and finishing as Division Three runners-up in 1960–61 to reach the second tier of English football for the first time since the early 1900s. Players such as Bill 'Chopper' Guttridge, Tony Richards and Colin Taylor were intrinsically important to the success of the side. After just two seasons in the Second Division, the club were relegated back to Division Three in 1962–63, and remained there until a further demotion to the Fourth Division, in 1978–79.

The club has always had a rich history of producing players who go on to play at the top level. Allan Clarke went on to win the League Championship under Don Revie at Leeds United after beginning life at Fellows Park. Bert Williams and Phil Parkes both became England goalkeepers in the years after they progressed from their roots in Walsall. David Kelly had a long career at the top level after leaving Walsall in 1988, representing the Republic of Ireland at the very highest level of international football. More recently, Michael Ricketts represented England after blossoming at Bolton Wanderers. In recent years, Matty Fryatt and Ishmel Demontagnac have both represented England age-groups.


Walsall in action in 1982

The 1980s were a period of considerable activity for Walsall. In 1983–84 they defeated First Division club Arsenal in the League Cup at Highbury, and advanced to the semi-final, where an estimated 10,000 Saddlers saw a 2–2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield, however a second leg 2–0 defeat in front of 19,591 at Fellows Park saw Walsall lose the tie 4–2 on aggregate. This cup run saw Walsall famously only 90 minutes away from playing in Europe, which was once the name of a Fanzine, unfortunately no longer running. Walsall narrowly missed out on promotion to the Second Division in the same season.

In 1986 plans were announced to move Walsall to Birmingham, to groundshare with Birmingham City. The town rallied behind Barrie Blower, who led a campaign to save the club. Walsall were subsequently bought by millionaire entrepreneur and racehorse owner Terry Ramsden and with his money came high profile signings and the attention of the national media. In 1986–87, under new manager Tommy Coakley, Walsall narrowly missed the play-offs, but made considerable progress in the FA Cup as they defeated First Division Charlton Athletic and Birmingham City and took Watford to two replays in the fifth round.

Walsall earned promotion through the old Division Three play-offs in 1988, beating Bristol City in a replayed final at Fellows Park, 13,007 where there to see it. 1988–89 saw the club relegated from Division Two and Ramsden's business empire collapsed alongside the Tokyo Stock Exchange. Walsall were minutes from being taken over by Japanese administrators and folded, but survived, again through the actions of Barrie Blower and local businessmen.

Further relegation followed at the end of 1989–90 as Walsall were consigned to Division Four.


Logo used from 1995 to 2007

The club moved to the Bescot Stadium in 1990. At the time it was a state-of-the-art arena, and was only the second new Football League ground since the 1950s. The arrival at Bescot Stadium saw some stability brought back to the club after two successive relegations. Ex-Wolves star Kenny Hibbitt managed the club for four years, setting the groundwork for a golden era for the club that would follow soon after his dismissal in September 1994.

New manager Chris Nicholl led the club to promotion in his first season, building the nucleus of a strong and under-rated team. Two seasons of stability followed, the team finishing 11th and 12th, before Nicholl resigned in 1997.

Ex-Ajax and Danish international Jan Sorensen took the helm after Nicholl`s departure. Whilst 'The Saddlers' finished a lowly 19th in Division Two that season, the club reached the 4th Round of the League Cup, as well as rampaging through the early rounds of the FA Cup. Lincoln United were dispatched in the first round, before league newcomers Macclesfield Town were beaten 7–0 away and a victory over Peterborough United in the 3rd Round was rewarded with a glamour tie away at Manchester United, which Walsall lost 5–1. However, despite the club's cup exploits, a poor finish in the league signalled the end of Sorensen's time at Walsall after just one season.

In 1998–99, ex-Aston Villa winger Ray Graydon took over as manager and led the club to a runners-up spot in Division Two, beating Man City to automatic promotion by 5 points.[3]


After an unlikely promotion to the second tier Walsall found life difficult at a higher level, but battled right until the final day of the season, when their fate was finally sealed. A 2–0 defeat at Ipswich coupled with West Brom's home victory over Charlton meant Walsall returned to the third tier, despite derby wins over local rivals Wolves, Birmingham and West Brom earlier in the campaign.

The Saddlers returned to the second-tier of English Football at the first attempt, defeating Reading 3–2, after extra time, in a thrilling play-off final at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.[4] After a promising start to the season, the form began to slip away over the winter period. However, the signings of Fitzroy Simpson and Don Goodman added much needed steel to the side and spurred them on to reach Division One once again.

Despite all the success he had delivered, it soon became clear that Ray Graydon had reached the end of the road at the club. Following an abject performance and 2–0 defeat, live on Sky Sports against local rivals West Brom, Jeff Bonser dismissed Graydon. His replacement, ex-Wolves manager Colin Lee polarised supporters, but ultimately proved to be a success. The style of football improved and Lee's signings improved the team dramatically. Relegation was avoided thanks to vital away wins against Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United.

Chart of table positions of Walsall in the Football League.

2003–04 proved to be one of the most remarkable seasons in the club's history. Up until Christmas, Walsall were flying. West Bromwich Albion and Nottingham Forest were both destroyed 4–1, as new-signing, the ex-England and Arsenal star, Paul Merson seemed to be repeating some of the magic that had led Portsmouth to promotion the previous season. Following a Boxing Day victory at Cardiff City, the club sat just four points off a place in the play-offs.

However, 2004 saw a spectacular slump in form. The New Year began with a disappointing FA Cup Third Round defeat away at Millwall, and an embarrassing 6–1 home defeat against fellow-strugglers Coventry City. The following weeks saw further costly defeats, and it took until 13 March for the club to win their first league game of 2004. Colin Lee was sacked on 16 April 2004 after a shambolic display at Gillingham, though the reason given for his dismissal was his decision to speak to Plymouth Argyle about their vacant manager's position.

Lee was replaced on a temporary basis by Paul Merson, who was assisted by Simon Osborn. Despite the rallying cries of the ex-England international, and the backing of the town, Walsall were ultimately relegated, agonisingly by a single goal, despite a 3-2 victory over Rotherham Utd at home, on the season`s final day.

Despite the club's relegation and no previous managerial experience, Merson was immediately appointed as full-time manager of the club in May 2004. Although initially a popular choice, a poor season almost ended in successive relegations. However, an inspired loan signing Julian Joachim spurred the team on to winning all five of their final games of the 2004–05 season and 14th place in League One, restoring some faith in his management ability.

Although the 2005–06 season started promisingly, it turned into a disastrous one for Walsall. After increasing supporter pressure following a string of bad results, culminating in a 5–0 defeat at Brentford, Merson's reign as Walsall manager came to an end on 6 February 2006.

Later that month, former Birmingham City captain Kevan Broadhurst was appointed as Paul Merson's replacement. However, Walsall were relegated on 22 April 2006 after losing 3–1 to Huddersfield Town. Broadhurst was sacked the next day. On 3 May 2006, the team appointed their third permanent manager of the season in former Scunthorpe manager Richard Money.

Richard Money's reign started with a bang as Walsall lost just once in the first 20 league games in League Two, including maximum points from their first seven home ties. An impressive start to the season was maintained throughout, and despite a mini-blip in February, Walsall remained in the top three for almost the entire season. Walsall were promoted into League One on 14 April after beating Notts County 2–1 away from home. On the final day of the season, Walsall drew 1–1 with Swindon Town at the County Ground thanks to a last-minute goal by Dean Keates in front of 3,419 travelling fans, to secure the League Two title.[5][6]

Walsall (in red shirts) playing Gillingham in 2009

Walsall's form continued into the new season, as the club performed strongly in 2007–08, including a run of 17 league matches without defeat. However, a January transfer window that culminated in the sales of important first team players Daniel Fox and Scott Dann (both to Coventry City) caused a drop in form throughout 2008. The club's play-off challenge was ended after a run of poor results in March leading to Richard Money resigning as manager in April. Jimmy Mullen took over as caretaker manager before being given the job on a permanent basis after the club finished in 12th place.

Walsall endured an inconsistent start to their League One campaign in 2008–09, with a number of home defeats leading to the sacking of manager Jimmy Mullen in January 2009. Mullen was replaced by former Walsall player Chris Hutchings. Hutchings started his reign with a 1–1 home draw with Hereford United. His first win as Walsall manager came against Leeds United on 31 January 2009 at Bescot Stadium, with Troy Deeney's first half goal proving enough in a 1–0 win.

2009–10, Hutchings's first full season as Walsall manager, was again inconsistent. At the start of December, Walsall were 7th and only a point outside the play-offs. However, the start of 2010 brought a slump in form and by the beginning of April, Walsall were 13th with only one win in seven league games. The last eight games brought a striking change in form, only losing once to seal a top 10 finish – their highest since being relegated in 2004.

The end of the 2009/10 season saw some of the darkest days in the club's history. Chairman Jeff Bonser & then Chief Executive Roy Whalley banned innocent supporters Neil Ravenscroft, Wayne Swift & Darren Rhodes from the football ground for daring to bring a cypriot flag into the Banks's Stadium.[7] Roy Whalley stepped down at the end of that season[8] and Jeff Bonser has not attended a Walsall game since the end of that season. The innocent supporters were eventually unbanned but no formal apology was either received or presented to either the supporters or individuals concerned. The retirement of Roy Whalley and Jeff Bonser's exile was the start of a new era at Walsall. Stefan Gamble took over the reigns as Chief Executive and the club has not looked back since.

2010 to present day[edit]

The 2010–11 season started poorly and by the beginning of October, Walsall were rock-bottom of the table and facing a relegation battle. On 3 January 2011, after a 4–1 defeat against Peterborough United, Hutchings was sacked. Head of Youth, and ex-Walsall player, Dean Smith was placed in temporary charge. On 21 January he was announced as permanent manager of the club until the end of the season.[9]

On 29 January 2011, Walsall recorded their best league result since 1986 by beating Bristol Rovers 6–1. This was Smith's first win in charge, and sparked an upturn in form seeing Walsall gain ground on their relegation rivals. A 1–0 win over promotion chasing Southampton on 1 March 2011 saw Walsall climb out of the relegation zone for the first time since October. A points haul of 8 in April was enough to ensure Walsall were one point clear of the drop zone going into the final set of fixtures. Despite losing 3–1 to Southampton, and accumulating only 48 points, Walsall survived relegation by 1 point ahead of Dagenham & Redbridge.

The 2011–12 season once again saw Walsall flirt with relegation from League One. However, a 1–1 draw at home to Huddersfield Town on 28 April 2012 guaranteed Walsall's survival in League One at the expense of Wycombe, Chesterfield, Exeter and Rochdale, who were all relegated.

The 2012–13 season began with a 3–0 home defeat to Doncaster on 18 August 2012, though Walsall gradually began to improve after their initial setback, reaching 5th place in the League One table after a 2–1 win over Portsmouth at Fratton Park on 15 September 2012. However, a winless run of sixteen games followed from early October until 22 December 2012, when the Saddlers defeated Colchester 1–0 at home. Following this, the club began to prosper in the New Year, only being beaten three times in 24 games until the end of the season and emerging as a serious contender for the play-offs. Despite falling just short, they finished 9th in the table, marking a significant improvement following two seasons of struggling.

A timeline of Walsall's history[edit]


Walsall have rivalries with neighbouring Black Country teams West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers (though these teams are often more concerned with their rivalry against each other, rather than against Walsall).

More 'reciprocal' rivalries exist with Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale, who to many are Walsall's main historical rivals, as the clubs clashed frequently in the 1970s and 80s.


The Chuckery[edit]

This multi-purpose sports ground was situated in a district near to the Walsall Arboretum. It comprised some 12 soccer pitches and four good-sized cricket squares. It was the first ever home ground for Walsall F.C. from 1888 until 1893.

West Bromwich Road[edit]

The new ground in West Bromwich Road, which had a capacity of just over 4,500, proved to be a lucky omen for The Saddlers between 1893 and 1896.

Fellows Park[edit]

Main article: Fellows Park

Fellows Park was a former football stadium in Walsall, England. It was the home ground of Walsall F.C. from 1896 until 1990, when the team moved to the Bescot Stadium.

Bescot Stadium[edit]

Main article: Bescot Stadium

Bescot Stadium, currently known as Banks's Stadium for sponsorship purposes, is the home ground of Walsall Football Club. It was built in 1989–90 at a cost of £4.5m, replacing the club's previous ground, Fellows Park, which was located a quarter of a mile away. The ground was opened by Sir Stanley Matthews.


Current squad[edit]

As of 30 December 2013.

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

1EnglandGKRichard O'Donnell
2EnglandDFBen Purkiss
3EnglandDFAndy Taylor
4EnglandDFAndy Butler (captain)
5EnglandDFDean Holden
7EnglandMFAdam Chambers
8EnglandMFSam Mantom
12EnglandDFPaul Downing
14EnglandDFMalvind Benning
15EnglandDFJames Chambers
16EnglandMFJames Baxendale
17EnglandMFReece Flanagan
19EnglandFWJake Heath
20EnglandDFMatt Preston
21EnglandMFKieron Morris
25Saint Kitts and NevisFWRomaine Sawyers
27EnglandFWAmadou Bakayoko

Out on loan[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

11EnglandMFAshley Hemmings (at Burton Albion until 31 May 2014)

Youth and Reserves[edit]

For the reserve and youth squads, see Walsall F.C. Youth and Reserves.

Former players[edit]

For details on former players, see Category:Walsall F.C. players.

Players of the Year

Anthony Gerrard (Player of the season 2005–06 & 2007–08)
Ian Roper (Player of the season 2002–03)
England Sam Mantom2013–14
Northern Ireland Will Grigg2012–13
England Andy Butler2011–12
England Andy Butler2010–11
England Troy Deeney2009–10
Trinidad and Tobago Clayton Ince2008–09
Republic of Ireland Anthony Gerrard2007–08
England Dean Keates2006–07
Republic of Ireland Anthony Gerrard2005–06
England Matty Fryatt2004–05
Scotland Paul Ritchie2003–04
England Ian Roper2002–03
England Jimmy Walker2001–02
Portugal Jorge Leitão2000–01
Argentina Gino Padula1999–00
England Jimmy Walker1998–99
France Jeff Peron1997–98
England Adrian Viveash1996–97
England Adrian Viveash1995–96
Northern Ireland Kevin Wilson1994–95

Top goal scorers

Tommy Mooney (Top Scorer 2007–08)
Michael Ricketts (Top Scorer 1999–2000 and 2008–2009)
England Craig Westcarr162013–14
Northern Ireland Will Grigg202012–13
England Alex Nicholls and Republic of Ireland Jon Macken102011–12
England Julian Gray102010–11
England Troy Deeney142009–10
England Michael Ricketts and England Troy Deeney122008–09
England Tommy Mooney122007–08
England Dean Keates132006–07
England Matty Fryatt142005–06
England Matty Fryatt152004–05
Portugal Jorge Leitão92003–04
Brazil Júnior162002–03
Portugal Jorge Leitão102001–02
Portugal Jorge Leitão212000–01
England Michael Ricketts111999–2000
England Andy Rammell201998–99
France Roger Boli241997–98
Bermuda Kyle Lightbourne201996–97
Bermuda Kyle Lightbourne and England Kevin Wilson151995–96
Bermuda Kyle Lightbourne231994–95
England Dean Peer81993–94
England Wayne Clarke211992–93
England Rod McDonald181991–92
England Stuart Rimmer131990–91
England Stuart Rimmer101989–90
England Stuart Rimmer81988–89
Republic of Ireland David Kelly201987–88
Republic of Ireland David Kelly231986–87
England Nicky Cross211985–86

Club officials[edit]

Board officials

England Barry Blower MBEPresident
England Jeff BonserChairman
England Stefan GambleChief Executive
England Clive WelchDirector
England Nigel BondDirector
England Peter GilmanDirector
England Richard TisdaleDirector
England Roy WhalleyDirector
England Leigh PomlettDirector[10]
Republic of Ireland Mick KearnsAmbassador

First team staff

Manager Dean Smith.
England Dean SmithManager[11]
England Richard O'KellyAssistant Manager/First team coach
England Neil CutlerGoalkeeping Coach
England James TroupHead of Performance Analysis
England Tom BradleyKit Man
England Dean HoldenProfessional Development Coach

Youth Team Staff

England Neil WoodsAcademy Manager[12]
England Graham BiggsHead of Academy Coaching
England Paul LarvinLead Coach for Youth Development Phase
England Adam DavyLead Coach for Foundation Phase/ Community Manager

Medical staff

Dr Ricky ShamjiClub Doctor
England Jon WhitneySenior Physiotherapist
England Dean HarrisSports Scientist
England Hannah PriceSports Therapist

Managerial history[edit]

Only competitive matches are counted. Wins, losses and draws are results at the final whistle; the results of penalty shoot-outs are not counted.[13]

H. SmallwoodEngland England1 August 18881 August 18918945113350.56
A. G. BurtonEngland England1 August 18911 August 1893491462928.57
J. H. RobinsonEngland England1 August 18931 August 1895622233735.48
C. H. AisloEngland England1 August 18951 August 189631196661.29
A. E. ParsloeEngland England1 August 18961 August 1897331251636.36
L. FordEngland England1 August 18971 August 1898301251340.00
G. HughesEngland England1 August 18981 August 1899351512842.86
L. FordEngland England1 August 18991 August 19017925243031.65
J. E. ShuttEngland England1 August 19081 July 191214469284747.92
Haydn PriceWales Wales1 July 19121 August 191511457193850.00
Albert GrovesWales Wales1 May 19201 August 1921361961152.78
Joe BurchellEngland England1 August 19211 February 192619974368937.19
David AshworthRepublic of Ireland Ireland1 February 19261 February 1927421691738.10
Jimmy TorranceScotland Scotland1 February 19271 May 19286117123227.87
James KerrEngland England1 May 19281 April 19293913121433.33
Sid ScholeyEngland England1 April 19291 October 19306121103034.43
Peter O'RourkeScotland Scotland1 October 19301 February 19326321103233.33
Bill SladeEngland England1 February 19321 October 193411455213848.25
Andrew WilsonScotland Scotland1 October 19341 April 193713347325435.34
Tommy LowesEngland England1 April 19371 September 193910533225031.43
Sam LongmoreEngland England1 September 19395 August 194416654347832.53
Harry HibbsEngland England5 August 194430 June 195123085578836.96
Tony McPheeEngland England1 July 19511 December 195121731133.33
Brough FletcherEngland England1 March 19521 April 195352983517.31
Frank BuckleyEngland England1 April 19531 September 195511224286021.43
John LoveScotland Scotland1 September 19551 December 195711338264933.63
Bill MooreEngland England1 December 19571 November 19633321326813239.761 Division Four (Champions)
1 Division Three (2nd place)
Alf WoodEngland England1 November 19631 October 1964310233.33
Ray ShawEngland England1 October 19641 March 196816667356440.36
Dick GrahamEngland England1 March 19681 May 19681354438.46
Ron LewinEngland England1 July 19681 February 1969288101028.57
Bill MooreEngland England1 February 196916 October 197217965526236.31
John SmithEngland England16 October 197223 March 197327851429.63
Jimmy MacEwanScotland Scotland23 March 19731 June 1973932433.33
Ronnie AllenEngland England6 June 197320 December 197423491017.39
Doug FraserScotland Scotland1 January 19747 March 197715154435435.76
Dave MackayScotland Scotland9 March 19775 August 19786123251337.70
Alan AshmanEngland England23 August 197817 February 19791866633.33
Frank SibleyEngland England1 March 19795 May 19791524913.33
Alan BuckleyEngland England27 June 19791 July 19819336332438.711 Division Four (2nd place)
Alan Buckley &
Neil Martin
England England
Scotland Scotland
1 July 19811 January 19821895450.00
Neil MartinScotland Scotland1 January 19821 May 198224381312.50
Alan BuckleyEngland England1 May 19821 June 198620187486643.28
Tommy CoakleyScotland Scotland1 August 198627 December 198814160364542.551 Division Three (Play-off winners)
John BarnwellRepublic of Ireland Ireland17 January 19891 March 19905410182618.52
Paul TaylorEngland England1 March 199015 May 199018441022.22
Kenny HibbittEngland England16 May 19902 September 199420169557734.33
Chris NichollEngland England1 August 199421 May 199715771414545.221 Division Three (2nd place)
Jan SørensenDenmark Denmark25 June 19975 May 19986226132341.94
Ray GraydonEngland England5 May 199822 January 200219979497139.701 Division Two (2nd place)
1 Division Two (Play-off winners)
Colin LeeEngland England24 January 200216 April 200411638304832.76
Paul MersonEngland England16 April 20046 February 20069432233934.04
Kevan BroadhurstEngland England22 February 200624 April 20061114609.09
Richard MoneyEngland England3 May 200622 April 200810344332642.721 League Two (Champions)
Jimmy MullenEngland England22 April 200810 January 2009291051434.48
Chris HutchingsEngland England20 January 20094 January 20119831244331.63
Dean SmithEngland England4 January 2011Present15849614831.01
† Served as caretaker manager before being appointed permanently.

Correct as of January 1, 2014.









Football League Third Division (now League One)

• Runners-Up (2): 1960–61, 1998–99

• Play-Off Winners (2): 1987–88, 2000–01

Football League Fourth Division (now League Two)

• Champions (2): 1959–60, 2006–07

• Runners-Up (2): 1979–80, 1994–95


Birmingham Senior Cup

• Winners (4): 1880–81 (as Walsall Swifts), 1896–97, 1897–98, 1993–94

• Runners Up (6): 1883–84, 1884–85, 1885–86 (all as Walsall Swifts), 1907–08, 1999–00, 2006–07

Staffordshire Senior Cup

• Winners (4): 1881–82, 1884–85 (both Walsall Town), 1928–29, 1967–68

• Runners Up (13): 1880–81, 1881–82, 1886–87 (all as Walsall Swifts), 1889–90, 1892–93, 1898–99, 1910–11, 1920–21, 1921–22, 1948–49, 1949–50, 1952–53, 1965–66

Walsall in film and television[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c M Greenslade (editor) (1976 (original book)). "Walsall Social Life". A History of the County of Stafford: Volume 17: Offlow hundred (part). British History Online. Retrieved 4 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Up where we belong! Graydon upsets the odds to take Walsall into Division One.". Birmingham Evening Mail (England). 19 May 1999. Retrieved 5 July 2008. 
  4. ^ "Walsall break Reading hearts". BBC Sport. 27 May 2001. Retrieved 5 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Swindon 1–1 Walsall". BBC Sport. 5 May 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Promoted Walsall's open top tour". BBC Sport. 8 May 2007. Retrieved 5 July 2008. 
  7. ^ http://www.expressandstar.com/sport/2010/04/08/whalley-promises-to-ban-protestors/
  8. ^ http://www.fsf.org.uk/latest-news/view/walsall-chief-exec-fans-the-flames-of-protest-2
  9. ^ "Dean Smith gets Walsall job until end of season". BBC Sport. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  10. ^ http://www.saddlers.co.uk/page/News/0,,10428~2086528,00.html
  11. ^ http://www.saddlers.co.uk/page/News/0,,10428~2271989,00.html
  12. ^ http://www.saddlers.co.uk/page/InDepth/0,,10428~2380827,00.html
  13. ^ "Soccerbase". 

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