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MOWER SEES SIMILARITIES

5 February 2014

Legend on our Milk Cup run of 30 years ago...

FRIDAY will be the 30th Anniversary of our Milk Cup semi-final first leg clash at Liverpool when Alan Buckley's brave, young team played out a 2-2 draw against arguably the best club side in Europe at the time.

The Reds had won the League Championship in each of the past two seasons and were on course for a third title in a row, they had also lifted the League Cup in each of the previous three years.

However, they found The Saddlers, who had won at Arsenal earlier in the competition, formidable opponents.

Kenny Mower played in all nine of our Milk Cup ties that season and can see the similarities between the current day Saddlers and the Class of '83/84.

“I can’t believe its 30 years since we made it to the semi-final," he said. "There was so much confidence in that team; we felt like we could beat anyone and to win at Arsenal and also hold Liverpool to a draw away from home was fantastic.

“It was a young team made up of lads who had all come through together. Alan Buckley and Garry Pendrey gave us so much belief in ourselves and we just went out there and played with no fear.

“There are many similarities between the current day Walsall team. It’s great to see Dean Smith doing so well. He’s a lad who has come through the ranks and understands the club.

“He has built a bright, young team who just want to go out and play football like we did all those years ago. There also appears to be an excellent team spirit, something which was certainly very important during my time here.”

Look out for Saturday's Matchday Programme which will be The Kenny Mower Issue and also feature more on that Milk Cup run. Copies will be available from the usual outlets at £3 each.


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