The Saddlers beat local rivals Shrewsbury 3-1 on this day in 2013...Saturday 2nd March 2013 - Walsall 3-1 Shrewsbury Town
Walsall entered this fixture in great form with only one loss in 11 games. The Saddlers' opponents on the day were local rivals Shrewsbury Town, who beat this Walsall team 1-0 earlier in the season thanks to a goal from winger Paul Parry and a fantastic goalkeeping display from Salop keeper Chris Weale. The Saddlers wanted revenge and to continue a potential League One play-off bid.
With nearly 6,000 supporters in attendance, lining up for Walsall in goal was Wolves loanee Aaron McCarey, experienced full-back James Chambers, fans’ favourite and captain Andy Butler, former West Brom academy graduate Paul Downing, left-back Andy Taylor, skilful ex-Manchester United winger Febian Brandy, central midfielders Adam Chambers and Sam Mantom, pacey wide midfielder Jamie Paterson, striker Craig Westcarr and Saddlers top goalscorer Will Grigg.
The team wearing red and white made an instant impact, with Brandy cutting inside into the box before being brought down following a mix-up between Rob Edwards and Welsh wing-back Joe Jacobson. Grigg stepped up and buried his penalty comfortably into the back of the net to give the Saddlers a first-half lead.
Once again, Walsall came flying out of the blocks at the start of the second half to double their lead on 47 minutes. James Chambers bombed down the line and crossed into the area where Grigg flicked the ball into the path of strike partner Westcarr, who converted with ease.
A few moments later, Grigg doubled his tally when he burst into the box to hammer in his 16th goal of the season and give the Saddlers a three-goal advantage. It was the in-form striker's fifth goal in two games after he scored his maiden senior hat-trick in a fine 3-0 away win at Carlisle United a few days earlier.
The game was not yet over, however. On 77 minutes, great build-up play from Salop saw Cameron Gayle cross the ball over to Dave McAllister to head into the net and deny the Saddlers a third consecutive clean sheet.
Walsall would see the game out to add another valuable three points to their tally. The Saddlers would finish a fantastic season in ninth place on 68 points, while Shrewsbury came 16th, 13 points behind Dean Smith's team.
Other notable Saddlers fixtures on this day:
2002 - Portsmouth 1-1 Walsall
1996 - Walsall 3-1 Rotherham United
1991 - Halifax Town 5-2 Walsall
1987 - Walsall 0-1 Watford
1985 - Newport County 1-2 Walsall
1982 - Walsall 1-1 Burnley