Category Archives: FA Cup

Walsall Preview

Salop return to the Bescot for the 4th time in 3 seasons so our informative piece telling you of all the things to do at Walsall should be pointless but we’re still going to do it for those who might be breaking their Walsall virginity.

When the draw was made for the first round of the FA Cup many Salop fans instantly screamed 2 words, the second being “off, but then it started to sink in that this has to be one of our best chances to beat the travellers from down the road.

Form is irrelevant when it comes to cup games especially when the game is between 2 teams in 2 different leagues. But when you look at the start Walsall have made it does make for decent reading from a Salopian point of view. They are sitting 16th in League One and have only won 4 all season, 2 of which are in the last 2 games.

Key Player

Believe it or not we are about to tell you that TOM BRADSHAW is the player to watch for Walsall – yes the Tom Bradshaw who couldn’t hit a cows arse with a banjo at times for Salop. Tom has made a very impressive start to his career at Bescot scoring 7 goals so far.


Ticket for the trip to Walsall are selling really well with the club stating over 800 had been sold by the start of play on Thursday morning. If you haven’t got yours we really do suggest to get it sorted as the club are still not sure if tickets will be available to buy on the day. (See tweet below)

For those who still haven’t got their tickets then what is stopping you? Prices are below!

Adults £15
Concessions (U18’s/over 60’s) £10
Family Ticket (adult and child) £20

Bescot Stadium (Banks Stadium)

Otherwise known as the biscuit tin is a pretty shoddy excuse of a modern football stadia. You have pillars blocking your view wherever you sit, you have no leg room if you want to take a seat and the atmosphere created from the home supporters is non existent. The only good thing about the away end is the low roof allowing away fans to make a good amount of noise no matter how many go.

Salop fans will be situated in the KIA stand which can host up to 2000 away fans so we expect a announcement stating that there will be limited amounts of tickets available on the day but don’t take our word for it.

There is a train station just a stones throw away from the away end so it does make getting to Walsall on the train so much easier. We suggest Salop fans get the 10:33 train to Birmingham New Street and have a few drinks in Birmingham before catching the 1:27 to Bescot which takes about 20 minutes going past Villa Park.

We have been warned that there will be large amounts of Cardiff City supporters on the trains from Shrewsbury heading towards Birmingham due to their team playing away at Birmingham City so some trains may be busier than expected.

We cannot give a good indication of the first train to go back towards New Street but Walsall do usually announce the times during the game so keep your ears open if you do come of the train.



Simple as that anything can happen in the cup so we will let Micky Mellons men write another bit of history this season by become the first team to win at Walsall since 1993! All we can say is get behind the lads and lets make this one of the best away days of the season #Salop


Derby Day Info

This Saturday Salop take on Walsall at the Bescot Stadium for the 4th time in 3 seasons but this one has a different feel surrounding the game. You look on Twitter, Facebook, Blue & Amber and even ticket sales (300) on Monday alone and you get the feeling Salop fans have a little bit more confidence about Salop coming home with a famous win for the first time in 22 years.

Obviously everyone knows where Walsall is and how to get there in the car and we obviously know Smithy and OSC will be running coaches leaving as close to midday as they can but derby days are all about catching the train and havArriva_Trains_Wales_Class_150(229)_and_153(303)ing a few beers, sing song on the way and going in good numbers.

We have suggested everyone from Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas who do fancy the train to meet up in The Shrewsbury Hotel at about 9am then catching the 10:33 train to Birmingham New Street.

It would be great to see as many of you as possible on that train and for more info on what to do in Walsall and Birmingham, we will have a full Away Day Info up on Thursday.

Also any updates on our plan will be put on our Twitter page @salopsbluearmy so keep your eye on there throughout the week


Town Vs Hereford

#SalopBullWell it’s November now, and all football fans know what that means… It’s FA Cup time!!

Over recent years the FA Cup has produced numerous shocks, and has certainly reduced the egos of many of the so called “Big Teams”.

The draw has worked it’s magic again this year, and has pitted Town against local rivals and Blue Square Bet Premier promotion hopefuls Hereford United.

The Bulls have had a mixed history in the Cup with the highlight coming in 1972 when as a Southern League club they knocked top-flight Newcastle United off their perches.
Town meanwhile have had a some results which have shocked the fans; a one-nil loss to Staines Town in 2009 and a three-one loss to Blythe Spartans the year before certainly left fans wondering about our cup form. However, a good run under Turner last season presented us with a third round trip to Middlesbrough. Salop fought hard in that game and eventually went down one-nil at the Riverside.
Salop last met Hereford in the cup in 2006, when a nil-nil draw at the Gay Meadow – in the first round – meant that Town had a trip to Edgar Street to keep themselves in the competition. The Bulls won that game two-nil in front of their fans, sending Town players and fans home with their tails between their legs.
Let’s hope this year Turner and the lads can string together another run of results in the FA Cup starting at Edgar Street on Saturday. The game could well be a feisty affair with it being Turner’s return to a club he spent so many years at, not to mention Rob Purdie who will have a point to prove against his former club.
A note for fans: the game is kicking off at 1PM due to policing arrangements.
Breathe on ’em Salop!