Wolverhampton Wanderers v Walsall
Johnstone's Paint Trophy 1st Round
Tuesday, September 3rd 2013, 7.45pm
Karl Robinson (Walsall fan)
1. Why you were looking
forward to going to the ground (or not as the case
The most local derby that Walsall will get now is
the now league one rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.
However as it's my first away day with Walsall
it's also interesting to visit another stadium
albeit a local one.
2. How easy was your journey/finding the
I caught the local metro from Wednesbury to
Wolverhampton and then had a short walk to the
ground through Wolverhampton City Centre.
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy....
home fans friendly?
Stopped off at McDonalds pre match however bumped
into a fellow Walsall fan and we had a drink in
the Goose (which was a home fans only pub) and
then headed to Walkabout which was designated for
the away fans to drink in.
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first
impressions of away end then other sides of the
I've got to admit while the ground itself is
pretty decent looking both in size and just
looking at how the stands are, the only thing that
annoyed me was the fact that the stands were so
away from the pitch.
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere,
stewards, pies, facilities etc..
The match got off to a poor start for Walsall with
Wolves taking the lead through Liam McAlinden and
looking a strong force down the left wing, however
going into the half time Walsall looked a bit of a
better side. Having head to the toilets during
this time the one thing that made me laugh was the
entrance and exit much similar to that of Wembley
stadium (even though with Wembley there are no
doors so no one pays attention to theirs).
Going into the second half Walsall were quick off
the mark and took the match to Wolves through an
Ashley Hemmings goal which was a wonderful goal
from the ex-Wolves player, however after four or
five corners somehow the referee decided to award
a penalty to Wolves which even confused the home
fans in the Stan Cullis Stand but they were happy
to see Sako put the ball in the back of the net.
Walsall then fought back to 2-2 through a Troy
Hewitt goal after Matt Doherty had slipped up a
header. The match then went to penalties which
Wolves won 4-2.
Overall it was a good showing of will and
determination by Walsall to level the score twice
and for the second year on the bounce Walsall have
lost out in the JPT on penalties. Both sets of
fans were very vocal, especially the Saddlers who
had a funny moment that when the Wolves stated
they hated the baggies, the Saddlers responded
with their in the prem and they don't care.
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after
There were police in presence after the game,
directing the Walsall fans the way they wanted
them to go however somehow both sets of fans met
slightly at a junction which was silly by the fact
that it seemed something was likely to happen. I
continued straight on past this and got to the
metro fine which was full of true fans of both
Wolves and Walsall.
7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
As it was my first away day I couldn't have picked
a better game to go to than a local derby and
hopefully this will see me head to a few more away
days with the Saddlers in the future.