Why you were looking forward to going to
the ground (or not as the case may be):
This was our first ever visit to the
Bescot having not played Walsall since the
early sixties. I was quite looking
forward to it, as it was another ground I
could tick off the list. Such has been our
fall from grace there will be a few more
of those this season!
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I decided to travel by train for this
match and the journey was quite
to Birmingham then another train to
Bescot Stadium station.
3. What you did before the game
pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
I had been warned that there wasn't much
around the ground so I decided to find a
pub near Birmingham New Street station.
The home fans were quite friendly with
some good banter between both sets of
4. What you thought on seeing the ground,
first impressions of away end then other
sides of the ground?
On first sight, you could easily mistake
the Bescot Stadium for a retail park. The
large floors-to-go stand dominates the
rest of the stadium, as it is double the
height of the other three sides. The away
end itself has a low roof, which creates a
lot of noise, especially when full as it
was for this game.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, toilets etc..
The 2,100 Saints fans made all the noise
(and almost half the attendance) with the
home fans barely raising a whisper until
they scored their solitary consolation.
The game itself was fairly even for the
first twenty minutes or so until we took
control of the game and stormed into a 2-0
half-time lead. The second half saw us
content to soak up some Walsall pressure
and then hit them on the break. We
scored our third but then switched off at
the back allowing them to score almost
from the kick-off. We never looked in any
danger of conceding anymore and we ran out
The stewards were excellent, you barely
knew they were there, which is how it
should be, but were helpful and friendly
when you needed them. I didn't try the
food but the toilets were clean and tidy
if a little cramped when busy.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground
after the game:
As the train station is only 5 minutes
walk from the away end it was very easy to
get away after the match. But be warned
the train gets very overcrowded,
especially as Aston Villa were also at
home and the train stops at Witton and
Aston stations, so be prepared to be
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day
Overall a good day out, helped by the
result of course, would certainly
consider a return visit. It is just a
shame that ground was not full, as I am
sure the atmosphere would have been a lot
better if it had been so.