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FORGOTTEN SADDLERS - BODAK

3 May 2013

Profiling those Saddlers that came and went in the blink of an eye...

AS WE embark upon a year of celebration to mark Walsall FC’s 125th Anniversary, a lot will, quite rightly, be said about the most popular players or those who have made the most appearances for the club over the years.

But what about those players that came and went in the blink of an eye? They may have only appeared on a handful of occasions, but nevertheless, have made a contribution to the history of this great club of ours.

We will be highlighting some of the forgotten Saddlers from the Bescot Years, starting with a man who scored in our first-ever League victory here at the stadium and is still a regular at matches today...



Birmingham-born Peter Bodak found his way to The Saddlers via the unconventional route of Hong Kong.

Joining the club early in our first-ever season at Bescot Stadium, the 29 year-old made his Walsall debut as a substitute against Hereford United (pictured) and went on to figure a total of five times, including a starting place for our Rumbelows Cup second round first leg clash with Chelsea.

His solitary goal for The Saddlers came in our first-ever League victory at Bescot Stadium – a 3-0 win against Scunthorpe United on October 2nd 1990.

Bodak’s early career had been spent in the top-flight with the likes of Coventry City, Manchester City and Manchester United. He then embarked upon his travels with Hong Kong outfit, Seiko, Royal Antwerp of Belgium and Happy Valley in Hong Kong, from where he joined The Saddlers.

He is still a regular visit to Banks’s Stadium on matchdays in his role with The Press Association.

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