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Walsall XI to play at Darlaston

4 September 2019

Walsall Football Club will visit West Midlands Regional League side Darlaston Town to mark the official opening of their new floodlights in November.

The club has invested £65,000, with help of a Football Foundation grant to install the floodlights following their promotion to the West Midlands Regional League Premier Division.

Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke will send a Walsall XI to the Paycare Ground for the game which will take place at 7.45pm on Tuesday 5th November.

 

The two clubs will be renewing acquaintances dating back more than 100 years. In the early 1900s both clubs were members of the Birmingham and District League and met each other for several years in competitive league fixtures.

 

There have been a number of players who have played for both clubs over the years.

Goalkeeper Harry Wait made 400 appearances for Darlaston before joining Walsall in 1923 and was trainer during the Saddlers’ famous third round FA Cup win against Arsenal in 1933.

 

Tony Richards, who scored nearly 200 goals for Walsall, also played for both clubs while more recently, former Darlaston youth player Netan Sansara featured for the Saddlers between 2008 and 2010.

 

Darlaston Chairman Neil Chambers said: "We are delighted that Walsall has agreed to send a side to officially open our new lights with a game against our first team.

 

“Secretary Dan Mole and manager Darrell Clarke have been a delight to work with and have been most accommodating. It is a very special time in the club's history as we are the first and only venue in Bentley to have floodlights.

 

“In the years to come 100s of local youngsters will benefit. The occasion will be very special and we hope to attract supporters of both clubs."


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