I’ve been going to Walsall since 1990.
The 3 things I enjoyed and was most proud of during this time;
- Atmosphere and camaraderie on the terraces
This would now be referred to as ‘match day experience’. Even when there wasn’t many of us, we sung each players name before the game, there was a level of togetherness. It felt like I was a supporter and part of community - not a ‘customer’.
- Our away following
Since Bonser did whatever he did to wrestle control of the club, we have been pretty poorly supported at home. However, our numbers away were always terrific in comparison and the % of home fans that travelled away was one of the highest in the league for many years. The atmosphere was usually great away also.
- A laugh with mates and a drink before a game
There was a group of 15 - 25 of us that had season tickets and it was as much a social gathering as football. We were young, hooked and enjoyed the whole experience.
All of the above is now dead? Its gone - it doesn’t exist! How the hell is the club going to survive with a few fans that have been going since 1959 and are so stuck in their ways they refuse to acknowledge the decline? So selfish that their actions could see the ruination of the club.
2 people from that group of 25 still go - they’ve all had kids and choose not to bring them! Why would you - I took mine and he was nicked by Birmingham City’s progressive policies & significantly cheaper prices - after all the work I put in to bring him and make him a Saddler!