Walsall

Walsall

Nickname: The Saddlers

Year formed: 1888

Ground: The Banks' Stadium, Bescot Crescent, Walsall, WS1 4SA

Capacity: 11,300


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2008/09 average: 4,571

For visitors: 2,000 in the Homeserve Stand

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Position last season: 13th in League One

Manager: Chris Hutchings (January 2009)

Player to watch - Stephen Hughes: The former Arsenal and Everton midfielder was once hailed as an England international during his formative days with Arsene Wenger at Highbury. But things never quite came off for the elegant left-footer and now 32-years-old, he finds himself as one of the leaders at the Bescot Stadium. Hughes still poses a big threat from dead-ball situations.

Record transfer fee paid: �175,000 (Alan Buckley, Birmingham, 1979)

Record transfer fee received: �600,000 (David Kelly, West Ham, 1988)

Ticket office: 0871 663 0111/0222

Official website: www.walsallfc.co.uk

Distance: 165 miles

Journey time: 3 hrs, 1 min

For directions to the ground go to www.pinkun.com/content/pinkun/norwich-city/away-guide/Map.aspx

Pub: Rivalling Colchester for the most inconveniently situated ground award, the best bet for a pre-match pint might be The Saddlers Club, next to the ground, which welcomes away fans but for a small entrance fee.

Last league meeting: Norwich City 0, Walsall 0 (5 September, 2009): Norwich City's hopes of a third successive League One victory under new manager Paul Lambert were dashed by determined Walsall in an uninspiring goalless draw at Carrow Road. The Canaries thought they had bagged three points when defender Michael Nelson headed home from Paul McVeigh's corner after 62 minutes, but referee Russell Booth appeared to spot an infringement and disallowed the effort. It was a frustrating afternoon for City, who had been hoping to chalk up three league wins in a row for the first time in more than 18 months but seldom got out of second gear.

City connection: A regular in the Norwich attack, Keith Bertschin joined the Saddlers in 1988.

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