Walsall v Darlington
Saturday 9th November 2019, 3pm
Emirates FA Cup 1st Round
Banks's Bescot Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA
Tel: 0870 442 0442
Formed in 1888 out of the merger of two other Walsall
sides, and as Walsall Town Swifts became founder members of Division
Two in 1892 but dropped out a few seasons later for 20 years, moving
grounds twice. Founder members of Third Division North (with Darlington).
The club achieved a famous win over Div 1 champions Arsenal in January
1933. It had a few Cup scalps in the 1970s, with the club between
Division Three and Four and some financial problems. The club moved
from its old Fellows Park home - now Morrisons supermarket - to
the all-seater Bescot in 1990. Walsall were League Two champions in 2007 and finalists in the FL Trophy in 2015, under current Villa boss Dean Smith - but their first Wembley appearance ended in a 2-0 defeat to Bristol City. We last played them here 11 years ago in the League Cup. The Saddlers were relegated from League One in May 2019, while long serving owner Jeff Bonser sold up.
Click for Streetmap of ground
2018/19: Away fans normally get the University of Wolverhampton stand - seated - behind the goal. Prices will be £12 adults, £6 concessions. Family ticket - one adult and one Under 18 is £15. Cash on turnstiles.
the North (171.5 miles from Darlington): After leaving the M1 and joining
the M42, take the M6 until you exit at junction 9 (signposted Wednesbury)
At roundabout take the A461 onto Bescot Road - (signposted Walsall).
Continue forward onto Bescot Road A461. Entering Walsall. At traffic
signals turn right onto Wallows Lane - A4148 (signposted Ring Road,
Birmingham A34) At traffic signals turn right onto Bescot Crescent,
signposted Bescot Stadium.
Parking: There is a car park at the ground (£4 per car, £6 per minibus and £12 for coaches). The Green Zone car park is locked two hours after the final whistle and any vehicles left on the car park after this time will be locked in. Parking also available at the nearby Bescot Stadium railway station for £2 and behind the away stand or some street parking off Wallows Lane and Fullbrook Lane.
FC Supporters' Club
Taxis: AAA Cars 01922 451111; Walsall Radio Cars 01922 644577 ; A1 Express Taxis 01922 622222; Z Cars 01922 633433
There are services from Birmingham
New Street to Bescot Stadium , which has its own station
behind the away end - only a couple of minutes walk - it's oppose
the ground and under the M6 fly-over, with the away entrance clearly
sign-posted. Don't take trains to Walsall!
The journey time is around 20-25 minutes.
The journey time is around 20-25 minutes.
The King George V, Wallowes Lane
Real ale/Walsall town
Should you decide to try Walsall town centre, it is about five minutes further on by train from Bescot. Here is a printable town centre map to help.
The Black Country Arms, High Street, Walsall
Good choice of real ale in small rooms. Not far from Walsall railway station but needs a taxi or train to the stadium.
White Lion, 150 Sandwell Street, Walsall, WS3 3EQ.
The Fountain Inn, 49 Lower Forster Street, Walsall WS1 1XB is another local CAMRA award winner in the past.
The Lyndon House Hotel Upper Rushall Street, Walsall, WS1 2HA
Those staying around Birmingham, there are some
good suggestions on the Birmingham
CAMRA site. Can we strongly recommend, The
Wellington on Bennett's Hill, off New Street for sheer
choice, while a short walk away is
The Post Office Vaults, 84 New Street is in a side-street off
New Street really, a recently-opened basement bar which has a good choice
of handpumps but a vast range of bottled beers - and is proving a hit
with real ale drinkers locally.
If you're staying over, I'd recommend the
Jewellery Quarter for some great pubs, including the Lord Clifden,
Red Lion and Brown Lion.
If you're staying over, I'd recommend the Jewellery Quarter for some great pubs, including the Lord Clifden, Red Lion and Brown Lion.
To eat: The ground should have decent catering - a
large range of pies plus pasties and hot drinks. Otherwise, there is a Macdonalds on the retail park outside.
The town, famous for its saddles and leathers traditionally, has a leather museum, an art gallery and a large Victorian park - the Walsall Aboretum, which has 10,000 trees over 80 acres - although its annual illuminations were scrapped a few years ago.