Recently on Facebook a picture was posted of a page from the Walsall Observer, dated Friday 28th February 1975, which they found in someone’s loft. Taking a closer look, I noticed this letter:
"Sir - I feel I must write to express my disgust at the behaviour of a section of the crowd at last Saturday’s match between Walsall and Charlton. In particular, the treatment they gave to John Saunders.
All supporters pay their money and are entitled to criticise, but surely only SPECTATORS boo one of their own players. How would they like to be booed at work when things don’t go right? I am sure they would rather be encouraged to do better.
My advice to all those so-called supporters is either support all the players, or go back to Wolves or Albion and wait until the Walsall band waggon [sic] comes round again.
Surely Mr. Wheldon would rather have 4,000 supporters than 400 supporters and 4,000 hecklers."
The implication appears to be that hecklers are not really Walsall supporters, as they’re being advised to go ‘back’ to Wolves or Albion.
I like to think of this as an early example of “stop moaning and get behind the lads”!