Archive for April, 2002

Walsall 2 Bradford 2

roger6 @ 12:10 am Monday 22 April 2002

Walsall’s final game of the season ended in a 2-2 draw with Bradford, giving the Saddlers their best finishing position in the league in many years. Two goals from Steve Corica and a host of further missed chances were ultimately and undeservedly punished by Bradford in the second half, but the 8,000+ at Bescot celebrated with a party and a lot of optimism for the times ahead.
The focus of activity now turns to the offices within Bescot and the telephone over the close season, as the club seek to retain the services of Lee and his assistant Dave Merrington. Many players become out of contract, and the future of the loan signings like Steve Corica, who has been the star player in recent games, hangs in the balance. So let’s wish the administrators behind the scenes well, and trust that this summer’s close season is rather more successful than the last, when a host of unknown talent arrived, few of which ever made it in anger on to the pitch.

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Arise Lord Lee

roger6 @ 12:12 am Saturday 13 April 2002

Another great day in the history of Walsall Football Club today as Colin Lee completed his Bescot miracle with the team getting a 1-0 win at Sheffield United, and securing a place in the first division for another season. Who’d have thought it after the dramatic dark day in January when Sir Ray was given the bullet? Walsall fans tonight salute a new folk hero – Lord Lee of Bescot.

Walsall 1 Stockport 0

roger6 @ 12:13 am Monday 08 April 2002

It’s three weeks until I get married – and at least two now until we know for definite where Walsall will be plying their trade next season. Will it be visits to the Walkers Bowl in Leicester, or Kenilworth Dump in Luton? The Saddlers picked up the three points at the weekend with a victory over Carlton Palmer’s doomed Stockport, a poor game enlivened by a touch of majesty from Jorge Leitao. His deft flick over Andy Dibble saw Walsall climb out of the relegation zone for the first time in two months. This is what the fans are saying:
Neil Ravenscroft – The only way you can get out of a mess like we were in is by grafting and picking up the points, even when you’re not playing well. That’s exactly what we managed today. The one thing no one ever stopped doing was working, epitomised by the wonderful moment when Gus cleared upfield, then chased 70 yards diagonally across the park to get it himself.
Paul G – It was dire today but we somehow ground out the goal. Unlike last week it never seemed we would conceed an equaliser. Fantastic save by Dibble to deny Jorge the second.

Forest 2 Walsall 3

roger6 @ 12:13 am Tuesday 02 April 2002

Forty eight hours is a long time in football, and the despair of Saturday evening has been replaced by light traces of hope around Bescot this week, thanks to Walsall’s second away win of the season at Forest on Easter Monday. Fans reaction:
Pico – Been to the game today, and as usual at Forest gave great vocal support to spur the team on to one of our best away displays for a while. We scored three superb goals and could have had a few more, as we soaked up Forest pressure and broke forward dangerously in the second half. Everyone played well today. I chose Corica just ahead of Roper for MOTM. Goodman may have lost a lot of pace but his aerial and hold up play is excellent and he has returned from injury at just the right time, as he gives us that little bit extra.
Shifnal Saddler – What have we been saying all season? “Why don’t we shoot?” and “Someone have a go!” and today we get three goals from outside the area, or the edge. Hopefully this policy will be continued for the rest of the season.
Fish – It wasn’t just that we won today, it was the way we won. Some of the football was outstanding, there were times that we ran Forest ragged. Some great performances, Simpson for me was MOM.

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