I have been taking my step son to matches since he was 14, he’s now 18. His Grandad was a Walsall player and he identifies as a Walsall fan. In the summer he took himself to the club shop one afternoon and bought our away top.
Recently he has been going up the Blues with his mates when we aren’t playing at home. Yesterday he went to the Blues instead of Walsall. The reason? He can get a 13-18 ticket for a tenner. It costs him to travel from Hall Green and £20 minimum door tax to come and watch the Saddlers, which sometimes I will pay.
I have just been having a look at the Birmingham City match day ticketing policy and its frightening how out of touch Walsall FC are. Whether its negligence or laziness I do not know, but Walsall are charging double for an 18 year old to watch a lower standard of football in a 1/3 empty stadium with no atmosphere! Not only this but the most expensive Birmingham City adult ticket yesterday was exactly the same as the upper tier at Walsall.
Are the club absolutely crazy - no of course not - they are just not bothered in the slightest. It’s not the fact that we are surrounded by big clubs that stops our growth, is the backwards policies and lack of community engagement from our backwards board of Directors.
It really hurt yesterday but how can I be upset with the lad? Go and stand with 18k fans in a great atmosphere with a group of your mates watching a higher standard of football for half the price, or more expensive travel costs to stand with 3600 in silence at Walsall. Their current offers and initiatives do not work and haven’t worked for a very long time! You know what they say about repeating the same process and hoping for different results…
Walsall FC needs to wake the ■■■■ up.