Pretty sure the 2000/01 video is floating around my attic, somewhere.
Oh, lordy- the club’s own “commentary” added in post-production, that did it’s absolute best to come across as live, but failed miserably, as lifeless and awkward as it was.
“Walsall have the ball again. They need to (awkward pause) try and (awkward pause) create a chance. Keates to Wrack. Cross. And there it is. Matias. (Long pause). One-nil.”
Utterly devoid of any context whatsoever, too. I vividly recall being at the Swindon game on New Years Day, and the delirium when Jorge scrambled home from about a foot out, in about the 17th minute of injury time. Not that you’d have known any of this from the audio…
“Ball is in the box. Where’s it going to land? And, there…. (long pause)… Jorge Leitao… (awkward pause)… has put the Saddlers in front.” * Screen goes to freeze-frame * Voiceover (same bloke): “That was followed four days later (awkward pause) by another game.” Or similar.
There wasn’t even any context added to the Rougier and Byfield goals at Cardiff- a non-fan could’ve come away from watching that VHS none-the-wiser as to whether they were a couple of minutes, or 15 minutes, apart. I have genuinely no idea why they didn’t just add a post-hoc narrative voiceover to the thing. So very, very Walsall… in fact, I’m not entirely convinced it’s not highly, ironically self-aware, in that regard.