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BUCKLEY DELIGHTED WITH WELCOME

25 October 2013

Copies of Buckley's autobiography on sale from Saturday...

SADDLERS' Legend, Alan Buckley, has spoken of the warm welcome that he received last weekend as he promoted his autobiography, 'Pass And Move: My Story'.

The goalscoring hero signed copies of the book in The Saddlers Club both before and after the game whilst also making an appearance on the pitch as part of the half-time entertainment.

"I enjoyed being back amongst the fans," he said. "I've done a couple of events at local pubs in recent years, but nothing such as this at the club itself.

"The supporters were just as I remember them; they made me feel so welcome and the reception that I received when I went onto the pitch was fantastic.

"It's such a long time ago since I played here, and the younger generation could be forgiven for wondering who I was, but young and old, they were brilliant with me.

"It was also nice to catch up with a few people I hadn't seen in years such as Paul Marston as well as former team-mates like Richard O'Kelly, Peter Hart and Mick Kearns.

"I am delighted with the initial response to the book. As you would expect, Walsall FC plays a big part in it and it's nice if people enjoy the stories and memories."

Buckley was also impressed with some of the football that the modern day Saddlers played as we beat Stevenage.

"The opening quarter was a bit mixed, but once Walsall settled down, they looked very fluid. Dean Smith has put together a very good footballing team here.

"My only concern at the break was that it was only 1-0, it should have been three or four to be honest, but the second goal settled things down and whilst the football wasn't as good in the second half, it was a deserved win.

"I was pleased to see that the team went on to pick up an excellent victory at Swindon in midweek and it sets things up nicely for Saturday's local derby with Coventry."

Copies of Alan Buckley's book will be on sale from The Programme Shop here at Banks's Stadium on Saturday at £18 each.

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