Walsall

Banks's Stadium

Capacity: 11,300 (all seated)
Address: Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA
Telephone: 01922 622 791
Fax: 01922 613 202
Ticket Office: 01922 651 414/416
Pitch Size: 110 x 73 yards
Pitch Type: Grass
Club Nickname: The Saddlers
Year Ground Opened: 1990
Undersoil Heating: No
Shirt Sponsors: HomeServe
Kit Manufacturer: Errea
Home Kit: Red and Black
Away Kit: Blue With Red & White Stripe
Third Kit: Grey and Green

Main Stand External View
Main Stand External View
Looking Towards The Homeserve Stand
Looking Towards The Homeserve Stand
Main Stand
Main Stand
KIA (Away) Stand
KIA (Away) Stand
Family Stand
Family Stand
Homeserve Stand
Homeserve Stand
Looking Towards The KIA Stand
Looking Towards The KIA Stand
Homeserve Stand External View
Homeserve Stand External View

The Banks's Stadium is a fairly simple affair and is somewhat similar looking to Glanford Park in Scunthorpe, which was opened two years earlier in 1988. However, one major difference is in 2003 the Banks's Stadium received a boost with the opening of a huge stand at one end. This is a large two-tiered affair that completely dwarfs the rest of the ground. It is smart looking, with a glassed area running across its middle, which houses the concourse. Unusually, it has a slightly larger upper than lower tier. This end before it was re-developed was previously called the Gilbert Alsop (a former Walsall playing great) Stand, but in a commercial sponsorship deal, it is now currently called the Homeserve Stand. 

The rest of the stadium is totally enclosed with three of the stands being roughly the same height, giving it a 'box-like' feel. These stands are not particularly big, around 15 rows high. The corners are filled, but only for advertising hoardings. The Main Stand on one side has a small television camera gantry perched on its roof, as well as the players tunnel and team dug outs at its front. At the back of the stand is a glassed area, which I presume is used for corporate hospitality. Opposite is the Community Stand which is a simple seated stand that has dedicated areas for wheelchair users at its front. 

The main disappointment is a large number of supporting pillars in each of the older stands (the newer Homeserve Stand is pillar-free). As Walsall unfortunately very rarely fill the stadium, this is not a huge problem. However, for big games, this can be very annoying if you are unlucky enough to get seated behind one. There are four floodlight pylons mounted on the roof of each side stand. In one corner of the stadium between the away end and the Community Stand is a large video screen that was installed in 2014. In a corporate sponsorship deal with Marston's Brewery, the stadium has been renamed the Banks's Stadium.

The Saddlers moved to then called Bescot Stadium in 1990 from Fellows Park, which had been their home for 104 years.

Alas, the Saddlers Club situated just outside the stadium is no longer available to away supporters. Close to the ground, just a short walk along Bescot Crescent from the away end is the Park Inn Hotel, which has a bar and shows Sky Sports. Usually, there is a good mix of home and away fans inside. Otherwise, the nearest pub to the stadium is 'King George V' on Wallowes Lane. It is okay, but again understandably busy which can make it a bit difficult to get served quickly. It is about a 15 minute walk away, opposite the Morrisons Supermarket. If you are walking from the stadium, go out of the official car parks and down towards McDonalds. Go past McDonalds on your right and take a left hand turn into Wallowes Lane. At the end of the lane, turn left onto the main road and the pub is just setback on the left. Away fans though should avoid the Fulbrook pub near to the ground. Otherwise, after many years of opting not to sell alcohol to away supporters inside the stadium, the Club now serves beer to visiting fans!

Away supporters are housed in the University of Wolverhampton Stand at one end of the ground, where around 2,000 away supporters can be accommodated. There are a few supporting pillars at the front which could impede your view. The good news though, is that even a small amount of away fans can really make some noise and make a good atmosphere. A trip to Walsall can be disappointing in terms of trying to get there and the stadium itself but is more than countered by the relaxed atmosphere around the ground and the friendliness of the Walsall fans themselves. Neil Harding a visiting Hull City fan provides his thoughts on the stadium; 'In my opinion, the Banks's Stadium has to be one of the poorer grounds in the country. It has a strange look to it with three covered stands all the same size, but one large stand that towers over the rest of the ground, giving it a somewhat lopsided feel. I found the away end to be rather cramped and the view distorted by one of the four pillars that run across the front. The only good thing is that it the stand is covered, which means a good away following can create a lot of noise. The away end is served by a food kiosk stuck in each corner, and near to the toilets which created a bit of a bottleneck at half time, especially as a large away following was present. The food though, if you are prepared to wait, was excellent, especially the chicken balti pies. The home fans didn't appear to be threatening in anyway and the stewards came across as a friendly bunch of people. The amount of Police on duty though did seem a little excessive for what was a bit of a nothing game.'

Inside you will find a range of Pukka Pies available including Chicken Balti (allegedly Walsall were the first Club in the country to stock Balti pies) and Steak & Kidney Pies (both £3.20), Cheeseburgers (£3.60), Burgers (£3.40), Hot Dogs (£3.60), Sausage Rolls (£2.20), Cornish Pasties (£2.70) and Cheese & Onion Pies (£2.70).

Neutral supporter going to the game?

If you are a neutral supporter attending the game then I would recommend sitting in the Tile Choice Stand at one end of the ground. This is simply that situated between the two tiers is a large enclosed area that overlooks the pitch. This contains two bars, refreshment kiosks and a giant television screen showing the latest scores. I was very impressed with the facilities. In fact, if the refreshment kiosks had been serving prawn sandwiches then I might have thought that I had stumbled into a corporate hospitality area!

The Club have announced that they have been granted planning permission to redevelop the KIA (William Sharp) Stand at one end of the ground. The new stand would look similar to the Tile Choice Stand and add 2,300 seats to the stadium, raising the overall capacity to 13,500. It would also mean that up to 4,000 away supporters could be accommodated at that end. The back of the stand will also feature a giant advertising hoarding, clearly visible from the M6. However there are no firm time scales as to when this might actually happen.

The Banks's Stadium is located right next to the M6, in fact, you can see it from the motorway just north of the RAC Control Centre. Unfortunately, this stretch of motorway normally has a large traffic jam on both Saturday lunchtimes and early weekday evenings, so allow extra time. 

From M6 South
Leave the M6 at Junction 7 and take the A34 towards Walsall (beware though of speed cameras on this stretch of dual carriageway). At the end of the dual carriageway turn left at the Bell Inn public house into Walstead Road (sign posted Bescot Stadium, Bescot Station Park & Ride). Continue straight on this road for two miles, passing another pub called the Tiger on your left. You will come to Bescot Stadium and entrance to the away end on your right.

From The M6 North
Leave the M6 at Junction 9 and take the A461 towards Walsall. Bear right onto the A4148 (Wallowes Lane) and turn right at the second set of traffic lights. You will see the ground on your left. 

Car Parking
There is a good sized car park located at the ground behind the away stand, which costs £4. The entrance to this car park is off Bescot Crescent next to the Park Inn Hotel and is signposted as 'Blue Zone'. The car park which is for the use of visiting supporters only (there are two other car parks available at the ground for home fans), normally lends itself to a quick getaway after the match. More or less opposite the away end is Bescot Railway Station, which also offers pay and display car parking for £2. Alternatively, there is some street parking to be had off Wallowes Lane.There is also the option of renting a private driveway near the Banks's Stadium via YourParkingSpace.co.uk.

Post Code for SAT NAV: WS1 4SA

The Banks's Stadium has its own Railway Station, called Bescot Stadium which is situated behind the away end and is only a few minutes walk from the turnstiles. Trains run there on a local line from Birmingham New Street and the journey time is around 20 minutes. There is a regular service on Saturdays along this line and you should not have too many problems getting away after the game.

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Like a number of Clubs Walsall have a category system (A & B) of ticket pricing, whereby the most popular games cost more to watch. Category A games are shown below with Category B prices in brackets.

Home Fans*

Main Stand: Adults £24 (£22.50), Concessions £18.50 (£17)
Homeserve Stand (Upper Tier): Adults £23.50 (B £22), Concessions £17.50 (B £16)
Homeserve Stand (Lower Tier): Adults £19.50 (B £18.50), Concessions £15.50 (B £14.50)
Community Stand: Adults £23.50 (B £22), Concessions £17.50 (B £16), Under 18's £15.50 (B £14)
Community Stand (Family Tickets): 1 Adult + 1 Junior £25.50 (B £24), Extra Junior on family ticket £12.50 (B £11)

Away Fans*

University of Wolverhampton Stand:
Adults £21.50 (B £20.50)
Concessions £17 (B £15.50)
Family Tickets** 1 Adult + 1 Junior £23.50 (B £22.50) Extra Junior on family ticket £12.50 (B £11)

Concessions apply to Over 60's/Juniors who are Under 18.

* Please note that these prices are tickets purchased prior to matchday. Tickets bought on the day of the match can cost up to £2 more.

** These Family Tickets are only available on matchdays from the Walsall FC Ticket Office.

Official Programme £3.
There is also an excellent programme shop behind the William Sharp Stand

Walsall FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website)

Wolverhampton Wanderers, West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City, Aston Villa & Shrewsbury Town.

For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the Level Playing Field website.

Record Attendance at the Banks's Stadium:

11,049 v Rotherham United
Division One, 9th May 2004.

Record Attendance At Fellows Park:

25,453 v Newcastle
Division Two, 29th August 1961.

Average Attendance
2017-2018: 4,760 (League One)
2016-2017: 5,072 (League One)
2015-2016: 5,382 (League One)

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Walsall v Stoke City
Pre-season friendly
Saturday 14th July 2018, 3pm
Ryan Jones (Stoke City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?

I and my Father had never been to Walsall's ground and we are fans of Stoke City so we decided to attend the game as it wasn't all ticket and you could pay on the gate.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey was easy down the A38 (as we don't live in Stoke) before going onto the Walsall Ring Road., It then became satnav reader for my dad on Google maps for the last part of the journey. We arrived at the ground at about ten to two, car parking was easy at the ground itself and only £4.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We just went into the ground after we got parked.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?

My first impressions of the Banks's Stadium was that it was a decent ground, we gave it a rating of 8/10, I thought the away end was good albeit, with a few supporting pillars in the way which could impend your view, the other sides of the ground were quite good too.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Stoke started the game like an express train scoring twice in the first five minutes to effectively kill off the game then and there. They added a third in the second half and that was how the game finished. The atmosphere from the Stoke fans was fabulous, with the visiting supporters comprising two-thirds of the crowd. The stewards were fine albeit with one incident in the first half when they had to deal with a group of young Stoke fans. The toilets were okay, but the catering according to my Dad was rather unorganised as I bet they didn't expect so many Stoke fans to attend the game.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away was easy as we left about ten minutes before the end.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A good day out I would happily return to Walsall again.

England U17's v Italy U17's
UEFA U17 European Championships
Monday 7th May 2018, 3pm
John Hague (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?
 
The Bescot Stadium was a new ground for me and these days I'm not too bothered by paying over £20 to watch rubbish league football when I can pay £10-£12 to watch some decent Non-League stuff. I tend nowadays to pick off League grounds when there are League or FA Cup games at reduced prices. The UEFA U17 European Championship games gave me a rare chance to tick off a few League grounds for a fiver. Kerching! I was also thinking that these games would give me an opportunity to see some rising stars of European Football. My past experience of U21 football showed nearly all of Spain's losing U21 squad from 1984 went to to the first team whilst most of England's winning team drifted into obscurity... and this was years before foreign imports and the Premier League ruined English football.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
Following the directions from this website to leave at Junction 7 of the M6 we were parked up in the station car park an hour before kick off. Because it wasn't a league game we, after asking a policeman, managed to park for free. On such a hot day we also got some welcome shade from the M6.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
We had gone without tickets so our first job was to secure a ticket for The University of Wolverhampton stand to give us some relief from the sun. After this, we popped into the club shop for a pin badge and then had a walk around to take a few photos. As this was an international fixture and they had clearly targeted the game at kids it was very sad to see and hear that young England fans are already turning into xenophobes and following in their parents narrow view of the world.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?
 
Bescot Stadium is totally functional and unremarkable and looks almost like Blandford Park in Scunthorpe. The home end looks an impressive stand but it would have been better if it could have been balanced by a bigger main stand. In this day and age having your view blocked by pillars is unacceptable when you think how much tickets ordinarily cost.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was a pretty exciting game. Italy are clearly a better technical side but England's physicality eventually told much to the delight of the Brexiteer Youth. I had until today always resisted the Chicken Balti Pie but being in the spiritual home of the Balti Pie I decided to give it a go. I love Balti and I love pies and whilst the pie was okay, it is not something I would have again. Another complaint was the filling was superheated and totally untouchable for hours.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
No problems, the away end is right by the station and we took a detour around an industrial estate to avoid the queues.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
An enjoyable day, sadly Italy couldn't get a win. I must say that young kids in attendance were very disappointingly xenophobic and that can only be blamed on their parents who did nothing to challenge them. It is one reason why I have always gone with supporting (West) Germany since 1974.

Walsall v Northampton Town
League One
Saturday 28th April 2018, 3pm
Andy Willis (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?
 
It was a key game with Walsall needing a win to stay up and Northampton needing a win to have a chance of staying up on the following final game of the season. As a neutral I was also looking to visiting a ground I had not been to before.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey from Thrapston to Walsall was straightforward from the A14 to the M6; which wasn’t as busy as I’d anticipated around Birmingham; steady flow rather than crawling car park ( I did leave early so was navigating the Brum area at 11am. The ground was easy to find from Junction 9 off the M6 and there was lots of space in the supporters car park at the back of the main stand. I enjoyed the journey which surprised me as the journey is not exactly scenic. Perhaps the anticipation of the match and Bruce Springsteen spurred me on. Good job I didn’t mind diving because I’d soon be driving in the opposite direction without seeing the game!
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I’d like to say I visited the Saddlers Bar and enjoyed some banter with other neutral supporters or fans from either Northampton Town or Walsall. I’d read the information on this website saying the Walsall supporters were a good lot from a friendly welcoming club and I had been to Northampton a few times and always been well received as a neutral visiting supporter. Unfortunately, on this visit I saw a lot of the car park and certainly little of either fellow football supporters, convivial bars or food.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?
 
My first impressions simply walking round to the ticket office was it’s a bit stark and empty but to be fair it was only 11.30am in the morning for a 3pm kick off. I had anticipated taking it all in during the hours building up to this crucial game for both sides. I can’t comment on the feel or layout of the ground once inside either empty or full of fans as I was not allowed to purchase a ticket! Hence my day consisted of three hours driving with the highlight being able to renegotiate back the four pounds I had handed over only ten minutes earlier to the the car park attendants.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
For obvious reasons I can’t comment on the game as I didn’t get in to see it and at this point of posting this the result is unknown. The following is a warning to prevent others sharing the disappointing experience I have just had. To be honest it may have been my fault for thinking a neutral supporter can simply gain entry into a ground to watch a match? I had checked the Walsall website on the morning of the game and knew the away allocation had been sold. I looked to see if tickets were available on the day and if there were any restrictions that applied. There didn’t appear to be but if I missed this then the club certainly need to give a much clearer warning! I arrived at the ticket office late morning and was asked my name and address post code. At this point I should have lied as honesty was not to prove the best policy which says a lot about the times we live in. I live on the border to Cambridgeshire but my post code is for Northants and on this discovery I was told I could not get a ticket. I explained I was there as a neutral supporter and was in fact a life long follower of Chelsea FC. The official was polite but showed not an ounce of empathy or potential flexibility. I said my main family home had a Peterborough post code so could I submit that one instead only to be told my name was already in the system and they couldn’t break some FA rule? At this point I asked why the system couldn’t handle two Willis surnames in it with two different post codes? Surely the computers wouldn’t crash with such an information overload!
 
Unfortunately there was no way I was going to see this game and by now I was already losing the will to live when faced with officialdom so clearly intended to block any semblance of joy. It lead me to reflect on my experience only the week before when I watched Northampton as a neutral from their main home stand. When I purchased the ticket I did not need to give my post code to secure entry. When I was inside the ground I was sat next to a Plymouth supporter and a neutral, rugby loving, follower who lived in Oxford. Again neither of whom had provided post codes to prevent some form of perceived disaster. Amazingly the three of us were able to coexist, comment about the game and enjoy some banter without feeling some overriding compulsion to tear each other limb from limb. Given we are not still embroiled in the late 70s - mid eighties when the odd exchange or two did take place between supporters I feel it was reasonable to think I’d be able to get in to watch the said game at Walsall. If that’s not reasonable then again it’s a sad indictment of the times we live in?
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
After being refused entry in a post code lottery that I previously thought was only a worrying feature of this Country’s precious NHS I made my drive away easily. This was not a surprise given all the traffic was going in the opposite direction!
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Given the worrying trends toward declining interest and crowds particularly in the lower reaches of the EFL I am surprised clubs like Walsall are able to pursue a policy that seemingly prevents neutral supporters from attending their home games. I accept the mistake in thinking I could buy a ticket on the day was mine alone though I wondered if an online purchase or one made over the telephone would have been subject to this sort of scrutiny. Certainly not if someone is prepared to be economical with the truth. Mind you the reach of the Walsall FC “intelligence services” may well be extensive and deep! Not noted for their huge average crowds I would suggest the club would do well to be less cavalier in its attitude to neutral supporters in the future as at present I know of no Russian Oligarchs, Chinese investors or Ruling Elite from an oil rich land interested in taking this club forward in the immediate future. Clearly today it was very much a case of a sober, immobile, 59 year old Chelsea Supporter tooled up with a pair of glasses and a newspaper being far too much of a threat to those sensitive souls of Walsall’s Tile Stand.

Walsall v Bristol Rovers
League One
Tuesday 26th December 2017, 3pm
Yaz Shah (Bristol Rovers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?
 
It has been a tough season where any team can beat any other team in the league. We always have good games against Walsall and I really like watching their left-footed midfield player Ozthumer who last season I rated the best player in League One.  The Banks's  Stadium is also a very friendly ground and easy to get to.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
It was Boxing Day so I left my home in London with plenty of time up M40, M42 and M6 to Junction 7. It took just over two hours. I got close to the ground and parked free on Brockhurst Crescent, which was on the left before the stadium. Quite a few home and away fans use this road. Last year I parked in the away car park which was a bit of scrubland and difficult to get out with all the traffic on the main road.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Went to Park Inn next to the away end as per last year and had a lager. Home and Away fans here with Sky Sport being shown. Home fans friendly as usual.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?
 
The away end was okay but the view was spoiled by pillars. I did not mind too much as the game did not live up to expectations. The Banks's Stadium is generally fine. The away end is close to the goal with pre match warm up balls flying hilariously into the stand. Shows really the Rovers shooting skills?
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was generally boring which is unusual for Rovers. It was hard to see either side scoring and it finished 0-0. We had just under 2,000 away fans and like most away games, outsang and outshouted the home support. The referee good compared to most League One referees. Had tea which was a 25 minute queue and cost £2.20. Very expensive and tasteless. Stewards good as usual.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
I left five minutes early, taking the 15 minute walk to the car. It then took another 25 minutes to get onto the M6 motorway and then easy to home.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Our first draw this season, our first draw in 34 league games! Cold, a slight drizzle at half-time, but happy with a point. Although I would prefer win or loss, to have made the game more interesting! Rovers don't do many draws.

Walsall v Shrewsbury Town
League One
Saturday 7th October 2017, 3pm
Clive Richards (Shrewsbury Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?
 
A Midland derby and with Shrewsbury top of the league this match had more of an edge to it.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I live in Herefordshire so I got the train from Hereford to Birmingham New Street then a connecting service straight to Bescot Stadium station, which is only a two minute walk away from the ground.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
Away fans can use the Saddlers Club bar, but on this occasion, I decided not bother so just went straight into the ground.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?
 
Having been past the ground many times when driving up the M6 this was my first visit here. It is a typical lower league stadium that was built in the 1990's but was beginning to show its age. The away end was compact but found it quite spacious, food in the stadium was good better than Shrewsbury's but on the downside it had only one serving hatch on open on either corner of the away end, which caused long queues and the waiting time for those arriving later with only three staff serving a full away following who very polite and the best they could to keep the wait to a minimum. The toilets looked like they had seen better days and could do with a good clean.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
It was a good competitive game which ended in a 1-1 draw which on reflection was a fair result although both teams had chances to win, there was a good atmosphere as you would expect from a Midlands derby. The stewards were fine with no problems with them.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Getting away from the ground was easy. I got onto a train almost straight away. The trains run about every 20 minutes from Bescot to Birmingham New Street station.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Overall a very good enjoyable day out at the Banks's Stadium. I will be going again when we play next play Walsall away.

Walsall v Shrewsbury Town
League One
Saturday 7th October 2017, 3pm
Stephen Marvin (Shrewsbury Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?
 
The natch is something of a local derby. It had the potential to have a great atmosphere with Shrewsbury top of the table. Plus I had never been to the Banks's Stadium before.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
The journey to the Banks's Stadium was very easy. However, I felt that the ground had insufficient parking as it was 2.10pm and I just got the last space available in an overspill car park.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
I went straight in and bought a coffee. I had little experience of the home fans, who seemed to be keeping themselves to themselves.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?
 
The Banks's Stadium ground is very like Scunthorpe's Glanford Park. It really isn't steep enough for a decent view. It has a lot of supporting pillars and the corner we were in was dingy. The three smaller stands are all the same; the big stand is impressive enough.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was scrappy and tense with a few dubious refereeing decisions. Walsall scored first with a worldy, then Shrewsbury equalised with a penalty, before having a goal disallowed for offside. I saw two of our fans ejected, quite forcibly, for what I don't know. The catering was inadequate for 1,673 away fans, as were the toilets.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
It took me forty minutes to get to the M6 after the game, with no sign of anyone controlling the traffic, which seems to be the way at football matches these days. Just echo what the Bolton fan said on this website about Walsall fans exiting by the same route as all the cars in the overspill car park.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
It was an okay sort of a day. Walsall though need to improve their facilities for bigger away followings.

Walsall v Aston Villa
Pre-Season Friendly Match
Tuesday 18th July 2017, 7.45pm
John Boynton (Neutral fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?
 
Chance of a mini man trip away to visit a couple of new grounds meant the country was my oyster. Looking for consecutive days fixtures close together led me to a few possibilities in the Midlands. Being a massive Chelsea and John Terry fan meant this game was a no brainer.
 
How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
I stayed close to the M1 which made the journey pretty straight forward bar the slowish moving rush hour traffic. In case of travel issues and to savour the trip I got to the ground early and found the car park at the ground to be ideal at cost of £4.
 
What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?
 
There was a good atmosphere around the ground. As I coach kids football I was able to watch some kids doing a session on the pitch next to the ground. I then had a wander into the club shop which was decent though short on some stock which may have cost the club with a large crowd in attendance.
 
What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?
 
The Banks's Stadium is easy enough to find from the M6 motorway. It is a very tidy stadium which seems to bridge the gap between the old type of stadium and the "all look the same" modern stadiums.
 
Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
The game was just a friendly but there was very little between the teams. Both played decent football until the final third then ran out of steam. This was particularly disappointing from Villa who look in desperate need of a good quality striker. The atmosphere was quite good with a real family feel about the place. On my visit to Villa Park a few years back to see Chelsea play I was disappointed that Villa fans only seemed to have one song that they kept repeating. Well credit to them as they now seem to have doubled their repertoire. The facilities at Walsall are pretty old fashioned with pretty grubby toilets and a couple of food kiosks. Hopefully a 7,000 attendance at this game will free up some money to spruce things up a little.
 
Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
The advantage of being a neutral means I can indulge myself with an early departure which I never do when watching Chelsea. So I left ten minutes before the end and consequently had no problem getting out of the car park.
 
Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
A very enjoyable trip to a club with a very warm feel to it. From the community spirit of seeing kids training just before kick off to the general friendly ambiance of the crowd, to the helpful announcing of the train departure times from Bescot station, were all was very pleasant. The chance to see John Terry playing in less auspicious surroundings was also a good reality check for football in general. As a guy next to me in his local accent said "ee is probubly the wilthiest man oive ever sayn in the flesh" - fair point said his pal fair point!

Walsall v MK Dons
Football League One
Sunday 30th April 2017, 3pm
Harry Costnall (Neutral)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?

I had won tickets for this game in a raffle from my local Walsall College. Although I am a West Bromwich Albion fan, I thought it'd be nice to go

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As I live fairly local it was a simple matter of taking a bus into Walsall town centre and then the train from Walsall to Besot. The train was busy but I wasn't too fussed as it was only a short five minute journey. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had something to eat at a Burger King in Walsall town centre, which was fairly quiet considering it was a Sunday. On approaching the ground the fans we saw didn't seem that buzzed seeing as it was the last game of the season and with nothing to play for.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?

The Banks's Stadium is decent for a lower league club and the views we had from our seats near the team dugouts were good. It was also nice to be in a four sided stadium of separate stands, in comparison to the newer enclosed bowl stadiums that teams seem to be moving to nowadays.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game ended with MK Dons winning 4-1, with the visitors having most of the chances. The atmosphere was quite flat considering it was the last day of the season and both sides had nothing to play for. The visiting Dons fans were in good spirits considering they won 4-1. The facilities inside the stadium were okay.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was pretty easy getting out of the ground. The train was rammed back into Walsall but it was only for one stop so I didn't mind.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was quite an enjoyable visit to the Banks's Stadium. It made a pleasant change for a Sunday afternoon.

Wallsall v Oxford United
Football League One
Saturday 8th April 2017, 3pm
Rob Pickett (Oxford United fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?

Although at the back end of the season, the Banks's Stadium is a new ground for me to visit and a nice sunny day out. A theoretical 1 hr 45 mins journey time for a Northern Exile was appealing.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The Banks's Stadium is very easy to find, being just off Junction 9 of the M6. There is plenty of parking at ground and some spaces in the railway station car park opposite. My journey was delayed by an incident on the M6 though.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

I met up with two old mates in the Saddlers Club. It cost £2 to get in and real ale at the bar. No problem with home fans and it seemed a decent atmosphere. The Saddlers Club is functional, and a good option if time challenged, as it is right by the ground.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?

The Banks's Stadium is one of the older "new" grounds. My only criticism were the number of supporting roof beams which were annoying.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Wallsall dominated the first half and should really have been ahead before they scored just into the second half. Oxford had changed shape at half time and dominated the rest of the game to equalise.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It took half an hour to get out of the car park and this was not a huge crowd in attendance.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A decent end of season day out and despite the supporting beams, I'd go to the Banks's Stadium again.

Walsall v Bradford City
Football League One
Saturday 17th December 2016, 3pm
Charlie (Bradford City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?

I couldn't decide if I was looking forward or dreading this game. I had visited the Banks's Stadium on one occasion before, a 2-0 victory not long after we were promoted back to League One. That was a brilliant day so I was hoping for a repeat. However, in the week leading up to the game I had been very under the weather and even contemplated giving it a miss the night before! So it was sure to be a quiet and calm day from myself (on the outside anyway).

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As always, we took the supporters coach down to Walsall which left Bradford at 9:45am. The coach parked right outside the away end and the ground can be seen from a distance away.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We had some dinner and a few drinks in a pub near Wolverhampton for an hour and half and arrived slightly later than planned, at 2:15. However still with plenty of time before kick off. After getting off the coach I bought a programme and headed straight into the stadium. I didn't come across any home fans near the away end but those in the ground didn't give off a hostile/intimidating atmosphere. It felt like a very family friendly club.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?

I have visited the Banks's Stadium before so I knew what to expect. The stand opposite to us behind the other goal is impressive with its size compared to the rest of the stadium. The other three stands are pretty basic and small all with a similar size. The low roof on the away end can help create a cracking atmosphere for visiting teams. The only let down, however, is the pillars which could impede your view. On both of my visits to Walsall the stewards have allowed us to sit where we please. So it's a case of whoever gets in first gets the best seats.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself was one I felt we should of won. We had a few decent opportunities in the 1st half and maybe should of scored. We didn't start the second half well with Walsall taking lead in the 49th minute through Osbourne. City reacted brilliantly though, equalising through Jordy Hiwula 4 minutes later. The rest of the game was stressful to say the least with City having a couple of golden chances to take the lead. City fans grew frustrated throughout the game at the teams recent lack of goal scoring. The game finished 1-1 and I was disappointed we didn't take all three points.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

After everyone got back onto the coach we began the journey back up north. Getting away from the ground was easy enough and we arrived back in Bradford at around 8:30pm.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall a decent day out, ruined slightly by me not feeling great. However, it was another good (but stressful) away day following City and I hope that we can turn our goal scoring form round as soon as possible as I feel these are the type of games we need to be dragging three points from. Again, I enjoyed the day at  the Banks's Stadium Walsall FC, a nice ground to visit as an away fan and would most probably go again.

Walsall v Bradford City
Football League One
Saturday 17th December 2016, 3pm
Andy M (Bradford City fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?

I was looking forward to it as the Banks's Stadium is a ground that I have never been to and this was the first away game for myself this season.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I went with the Bradford City Supporters Coach, so the journey was quite straightforward. I noticed that the Banks's Stadium was well signposted. It took roughly two and a half hours to arrive in Walsall.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Before the game the coach stopped off en route at a Hungry Horse pub, which was about 20 minutes away from the ground. The food was very good. The home fans seemed friendly.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?

At first look on the approach to the Banks's Stadium, you would be forgiven for thinking that it wasn't a football ground, but part of the retail park that is adjacent to it. One thing that did frustrate me though was that there was only one turnstile open and Bradford brought 1000 fans so there was a massive queue which to be fair went down fairly quickly.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.

The atmosphere from the Walsall fans was disappointing however the Bradford fans were making a lot of noise. The only time I really heard the Walsall fans was when they scored. The stewards seemed helpful and friendly from what I saw. The toilets were located in very odd areas. They were at both corners of the away end, but not in the area where the food and drinks are sold as you would  think. There were also big queues for the toilets as there are very few of them.

The game itself was very frustrating. Bradford were the better team in the first half but Walsall took the lead early in the second half. Bradford equalised not too long later and from there on it was chance after chance for Bradford but no one could finish and it ended 1-1

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy and no hold ups at all getting out.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall it was a good day out at the Banks's Stadium. The atmosphere among the Bradford fans was good. The food at the pub beforehand was good also. Everyone at the ground was friendly, it was just a shame we couldn't pick up the three points.

Walsall v Shrewsbury Town
Football League One
Saturday 15th October 2016, 3pm
Thomas Inglis (Dundee United  fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?

I usually plan my trips ahead, and like to cover all the leagues. Also from this guide, I noticed there is a train station right at the ground.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I got an overnight megabus from Dundee to Birmingham (£6 return). Then at about 10.30am a train from Birmingham New Street to Bescot Stadium (£3.70 return) and the ground is right in front of you.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

When I got to the Banks's Stadium it was only 11am. so I bought ticket, and had a look in the club shop. I then walked into the town centre for a look around. I went for a meal and a pint in St, Mathew Hall (a Wetherspoon's). I picked up my football coupon and headed to a more football pub 'The Black Country Arms'. Whilst having a couple of beers and watching lunchtime game I got chatting to a few locals (kind of). A Walsall fan who was with his Birmingham supporting mate and an exiled Celtic fan, we chatted about football in general, and how anybody could be on 300 grand a week. All very friendly and in depth stuff as you could imagine.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?

A nice wee ground. For the first half I sat in the 'Tile Choice Stand' which is the biggest (behind the goal) and has the most vocal fans. For the second half I was able to move around to the 'Homeserve Stand'. There appeared to be a few ex-players around me and I found I was sitting next to Leon Mike who said he was the Walsall player Oztumer's agent. On hearing my accent he asked where I came from, and he told me he played for Aberdeen around 2001-02 and scored against my team (Dundee United). The away support, behind the other goal was just under 600, I thought there may have been more as this was a local derby.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

A great game for the neutral. Walsall took the lead when Bakayoko fired them in front on 23 mins. Then a Lancashire header looped in for the equaliser, with the keeper not looking too clever. Just before half time Morris bundled in from a few yards to give the home side the lead again. I checked half time scores in the bar, which seemed fine, as were the toilets and the stewards appeared helpful enough. Onto the second half and Shrewsbury again levelled with Brown scrambling in from close in. On 65 minutes.. McGiven of Shrewsbury was sent off for a bit of 'handbags' with Bakayoko. With two minutes to go, Oztumer scored direct from the corner, during the wild celebrations, Bakayoko leapt into the crowd and was given a yellow from the ref for over celebrating, This getting him sent off having been booked in an earlier skirmish. The Walsall fans kept the rousing atmosphere going then to the final whistle.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game :

Not so great getting on the train back to Birmingham as the Shrewsbury fans and Walsall fans and some Villa fans (playing Wolves in tea time game) were all on the same train along with a fairPpolice presence. There was some singing/shouting going on and some underlying tension but things were kept in hand.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

For my English ground visit No.67, a great day of football and banter with the fans, Unfortunately soured a little with the events on the train. Anyway onto planning No.68.

Walsall v Bolton Wanderers
Football League One
Saturday 17th September 2016, 3pm
Tom (Bolton Wanderers fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?

Getting relegated to a level you've not played in for over 20 years is a horrible thing, but for fans who enjoy away days, it presents a whole new selection of grounds to tick off the list. The Banks's Stadium is one that I've never visited before so I was quite excited about the prospect.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We didn't have much time before kick off, so just went straught into the ground.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As I was driving down from Blackpool, our journey more or less consisted of the M55 then M6 to Walsall. Apart from the odd patch of traffic, I've never encountered such a straightforward away day journey (which is quite funny considering it was over 100 miles!) The ground was easy enough to get to. It was a matter of exiting the M6 at Junction 9 and following the signs to Bescot Railway Station. The parking itself was stupendously simple as well. We were directed up a narrow hill onto quite a large car park which cost £4.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?

The Banks's Stadium has quite a cosy feel to it and all corners are filled in. Their Main Stand at one end is a giant, but that doesn't detract from the local feel to the place.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

From a Bolton point of view the game was pretty horrific. I won't go into detail as to why (the referee) ;-), but we ended up losing 1-0 to a Walsall side who were down to ten men after 16 minutes. Atmosphere was lacking. We had a couple of thousand fans in attendance which was quite a contrast to the clusters of Walsall fans dotted about the ground. If you're in the overflow section (basically the half of the Kia Stand bordering the away end) the only source of alcohol is at the aptly named "Legends Bar" which was more or less a dull windowless room with a few seats in it. I heard "waiting room" and "doctors office" mentioned by other fans. They served decanted cans of Carling or bitter (no cider), crisps and other "bar snacks". The stewards were very friendly and didn't have any element of 'Jobsworth' about them. Our fans were getting very rowdy though and I feared that they were about to lose control of the crowd. Alas, everything calmed down in the end.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

The car park exits on to the main road. The exit is rather narrow too, so you have to be very careful as you share it with swathes of departing Walsall fans - they didn't seem to care one iota about their safety, so you need to roll out very slowly. You can get onto the M6 if you take a left or right out of the car park. We chose right and turned into a large queue which took a good half an hour to reach the front of.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

I would have enjoyed it more if the game wasn't as bad.

Walsall vs AFC Wimbledon
Football League One
Saturday 6th August 2016, 3pm
Dale Why (AFC Wimbledon fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?

The start of Dons campaign in League One was the biggest reason for attending the game.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Straightforward enough! We left from Wycombe and arrived shortly after 1pm as we hit some traffic on the way up but that was expected. I had looked at parking beforehand and found a spacious car park at the ground designated for away fans which I thought was handy and at £4 we couldn't complain. Literally out of the turnstiles and back into the car.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

The ground is next to a retail park with a McDonalds so we walked over there and had something to eat. Walking through the car park to the retail park we were met by many Walsall fans who were all excellent and friendly a nd wished us well for the season and we never felt out of place or threatened.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?

Both myself and my cousin commented on the ground. For a League One club its actually a decent ground and the stand we were in had everything you needed and the views were good, though there were a few restricted views because of the supporting pillars holding the stand in place.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

A 3-1 defeat but the dons didn't stop singing which made for a great atmosphere. Bog standard food which we didn 't eat. Stewarding was fine and no real issues.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As it was 3-1 we left a few minutes early so we got out of the car park with relative ease. There was no real traffic to speak of around the ground.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A great little away day.

Walsall v Fleetwood Town
Football League One
Monday 2nd May 2016, 12.15pm
Matthew Bowling (Fleetwood Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?

The Banks's Stadium was to be another new ground for me. Plus it was the final away game of our season and a big match in our battle against relegation..

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I got official coach travel and there were no problems on the journey down and we parked directly outside the away end. The ground is quite easy to find with signs for the Bank's Stadium in view as soon as you leave the M6 motorway.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

Before the game I walked up to the retail park and had McDonald's, which was full and there were home fans there but I never felt threatened nor did any away fan which was good.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?

The Banks's Stadium is decent looking from the outside and it's not too bad inside though, I didn't though like the seats they were terrible which makes it a better case to stand up. The bar, food and toilets are all in separate parts of the stadium but are all signed so it's easy to find.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

Fleetwood were right up against it from the start when Tom Bradshaw's volley gave Walsall the lead inside two minutes. Walsall continued to dominate, adding a second at the start of the game and it was 2-0 when a corner was flicked in at the near post. At this time I was thinking this could b e a very long day. But after that Fleetwood actually started to get into the game and had a few shots at Walsall's goal but only tested be keeper once.

Fleetwood started the second half brightly and had Walsall under the cosh, Walsall looked dangerous on the break and the three points were wrapped up when Romain Sawyers drove in a shot off the post from 25 yards out. Fleetwood sub Devante Cole managed to curl in a goal back for Fleetwood to give the away fans something to cheer.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

As ever it's a struggle to get away from the ground especially on a coach it took us about 20 minutes to get away and onto the M6 back up north. The stewards kindly stopped the traffic for us so we could join the main road.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, it was a nice build up to the game but a big disappointment in the performance so not an awful day it but still not very good.

Walsall v Fleetwood Town
Football League One
Monday 2nd May 2016, 12:15pm
Ellie Stirzaker (Fleetwood Town fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?

I was looking forward to it because it was my first away match of that season (even though it was the clubs last of the season), I was unable to attend other away matches due to circumstances.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I travelled on one of the coaches ran by Fleetwood Town. The Banks's Stadium was only just off the M6 motorway and looked to be well signposted. 

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went to the Saddlers Club just by the stadium and only a short walk from the away stand turnstiles. The Club admits both away and home supporters, serves food and there was a friendly atmosphere between both sides.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then ot her sides of the Banks's Stadium?

The Banks's Stadium is quite cosy with the stands being close together. The pitch looked like it was in a poor state, but it was the last away match of the season so not so much bother. Opposite to the away stand is a big three tier stand.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The atmosphere from Walsall's side was good- all cheering along. Stewards were friendly, food was good and facilities were decent.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was hammering it down with rain when the game just finished so everyone was rushing to their cars and coaches- the road next to the away stand entrance is a bit busy so our coaches got stuck in traffic for about ten minutes- after that the traffic was great.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

It was a good away day despite the 3-1 loss.

Walsall v Millwall
Football League One
Saturday 6th February 2016, 3pm
Jack Pittman (Millwall fan)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?

I've been to the Banks's Stadium before in 2010 and I found it to be an easy away day in terms of getting to the ground and the stadium itself. Also Walsall were in the play-off mix with us so this was geared up to be an important match.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Me and my mate arrived by train coming into Birmingham New Street and from there an easy twenty minute train journey to Bescot Stadium Station (You will pass Villa Park on the way). The Banks's Stadium is literally outside of the station via a footpath. Overall a very easy stadium to get to compared to some others in League One!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We went straight into the stadium and soaked in the atmosphere. They had a usual array of pies and burgers on offer, which were reasonably priced and the balti pies are fantastic! Home fans were very quiet and didn't cause any trouble at all.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?

The ground is a very standard yet tidy affair. The home end behind the goal is a two tiered smart looking stand that towers over the rest of the ground. The away end is a single tier stand and the rest of the stadium is similar. Its quite a small stand so we were able to really make an atmosphere but be warned there are plenty of supporting pillars to impede your view! The facilities themselves however left a lot to be desired. The toilets were flooded and the away end itself is quite cramped so moving around isn't easy.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

After a subdue first half where there were few chances and the atmosphere was flat from both sides the game suddenly sprang into life in the second half when our in form striker Lee Gregory scored for the 5th game in a row to put us 1-0 up. The atmosphere rocketed from there on in and not long after we were celebrating again as Mahlon Romeo scored a sublime individual effort on his debut. At this point me and my fellow Millwall fans went crazy. Some people ended up on the pitch! Gregory then notched up a third to round off a fantastic away day and another win on the road for the lions!

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

A simple short walk back to the station. Both sets of fans were let out at the same time and there were no problems. We were even talking to some Walsall fans on the train back to London so overall a quite pleasant experience.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall Walsall is a relaxed and simple away day. Its easy to get to by train and the people/police are friendly. Facilities aren't great but for a League One stadium its a decent place to go watch football. Thank you Walsall!

Walsall v Millwall
Football League One
Saturday 6th February 2016, 3pm
Mick Richards (Millwall)

Why were you looking forward to this game and visiting the Banks's Stadium?    

I had never been to the Banks's Stadium, so I was not going to miss the chance to see Millwall play there.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?    

My journey started off from Basingstoke, Hampshire at 10am travelling up by car the A339 then on to the A34,M40,M42,M6 and finally on to the A34 into Walsall and arriving at the stadium at 1.15pm. Then journey itself was trouble free apart from a minor hold up on the M42 for 10 minutes. I parked outside the away end which was a touch and only cost £4.

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?    

I decided to take advantage of the Saddlers Club which was at the edge of the away supporters car park. I paid the £2 entrance fee and once inside I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the place. Having drove up, I had my usual one pint of lager at a cost of £3.05, which i thought was a bit steep for a club up north. I bought a portion of chips for £1.60 and the portions were more than generous and lovely fat chips at that. Both sets of fans mixed and there was a good atmosphere amongst everyone and the door man were friendly and shared a joke with the Millwall fans which eases any potential problems.

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the Banks's Stadium?    

I didn't think much of the exterior of the Banks's Stadium, but once inside I thought it was quite a tidy little ground and was big enough for Walsall. Three sides are very similar in shape and size, with the remaining end stand, towering over the rest of the stadium. With only one refreshment bar for away fans and the toilets being in the two corners of the ground and nowhere near the bar,i thought the lay out was poorly designed. There was a tiny kiosk in the corner next to the toilets which was not very nice with the smell from the loo's and due to the kiosk only able to serve one person at a time, it took 10 minutes to get a coffee.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..    

After a fairly even but goalless first half, Millwall got stronger and stronger. In the second half Millwall's dominance paid off with three well worked goal's in 16 minutes which deflated Walsall but you could see why they were second in the league as they never gave up. As always our support was load and out sung the Walsall fans throughout the game. I thought for a team second in the league, their fans were quiet and never broke out into song of encouragement. All in all we played brilliant and deserved the 3-0 score line, which had the Millwall faithful dancing in the stands. The stewards and Police were really good and allowed us to stand up throughout the entire game and never attempted to make anyone sit down. I suppose this is due to our fans old reputation, but it keeps the peace and is sensible stewarding rather than creating a problem. All credit to the Police/stewards who were happy to talk and laugh at the witty remarks being made.

Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was quite easy and was back home by 7.30pmn, the stewarding was organised and helpful until the last.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall an all round good day out and most importantly another three points. I would certainly return to the Banks's Stadium where the away fans can generate a great atmosphere as did the Millwall fans yet again.

Walsall v Crewe Alexandra
League One
Saturday 26th September 2015, 3pm
Liam (Crewe Alexandra fan)

Why were you looking forward to visiting the Banks's Stadium?

This was to be my first visit the Banks's Stadium, so I was looking forward to seeing another different stadium.

How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We got the train from Crewe to Birmingham New Street. We changed at New Street onto another train to Bescot, which took about twenty minutes. The Banks's Stadium is literally across the road from Bescot Railway Station, so very easy to find!

What you did before the game pub/chippy etc, and were the home fans friendly?

We visited the Saddlers Club which is located just outside the ground. It cost £2 to get in, but it was nice inside, welcoming and has Sky Sports (as well as some rather fetching Walsall themed carpet!)

What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the stadium?

The ground seemed quite dated with a number of supporting pillars obstructing the view of the playing area. This is annoying at the best of times but with the Club charging higher ticket prices than most, then this was even more so. Leg room was also tight.

Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The stewards were a bit funny about fans standing up in the away end and in my opinion, needlessly ejected a couple of otherwise well behaved fans for doing so. I was surprised at the stewards actions which didn't help the overall experience. The game itself was an entertaining 1-1 draw and Walsall look like a good team, playing good football. As regards facilities then the less said about the bar area the better.

Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The Banks's Stadium is easy to get to and away from. But with a restricted view and poor stewarding, I won't be in any rush to return.

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