Walsall - Saddlers Memorable Matches
UK time is: 03:15:48
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Saddlers Memorable Matches

Walsall 4 Sunderland 3 19 August 1961

To some younger fans (myself included) the name Tony Richards may not mean that much. When people in Walsall talk about Saddlers legends the usual names come up- Alan Buckley, Mick Kearns, Jimmy Walker but rarely does Richards get a mention.

Despite this in 1999 fans voted him our player of the millennium ahead of Buckley and others.

The game against Sunderland was the greatest exhibition of what Richards was about as well as being, according to Walsall historians, 'a game that had almost everything'.

Over 18,000 people crammed into Fellows Park to watch the Saddlers first game in Division 2 for over half a century. It took just 13 minutes for Richards to strike from the penalty spot and sent the fans into mad celebrations.

The game was however also remembered by some as the debut in a Sunderland shirt of one Brian Clough and it was he who equalised within a couple of minutes. Both sides grabbed another goal before half time- George Herd for Sunderland and Tommy Wilson for the Saddlers.

Sunderland took the lead again just after the break with a penalty of their own but from that point on the game belonged to Richards. After 66 minutes he cooly slotted home for an equaliser and with the tension growing amongst the fans, Richards stayed calm to smash home the winner eight minutes later.

Records show that Richards had many great games for Walsall but this one is said to have been his best and an indication of why he was the Walsall player of the millennium.

If you remember Tony Richards or the game against Sunderland let us know on our forum.




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!


Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: Cannock Saddler Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 2 2007

Time: 2:19PM

Your Comments (oldest first)

Change to most recent first
never saw him play but have been told that Tony Richards was a legend of his era
Big No 9
Report Abuse
02/03/2007 16:00:00

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Walsall Articles

Walsall - FSF's May Newsletter (Friday May 29 2015)

Murphy Delighted With New Deal (Friday May 29 2015)

Murphy Signs Up (Friday May 29 2015)

Former Birmingham Ace A Target? (Thursday May 28 2015)

Aston Villa Friendly Confirmed (Thursday May 28 2015)

O'Connor Delighted To Sign New Deal (Wednesday May 27 2015)

O'Connor Signs New Deal (Wednesday May 27 2015)

Archived Walsall Articles

List All Vital Saddlers Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. john baker 2

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Bristol City 8 - 2 Walsall
Walsall 2 - 0 Oldham
Swindon 3 - 3 Walsall
Crewe 1 - 1 Walsall
Walsall 5 - 0 Crawley
Walsall 1 - 0 Fleetwood

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
11. Barnsley 46 17 11 18 1 62
12. Gillingham 46 16 14 16 -1 62
13. Doncaster 46 16 13 17 -4 61
14. Walsall 46 14 17 15 -4 59
15. Oldham 46 14 15 17 -13 57
16. Scunthorpe 46 14 14 18 -13 56
17. Coventry 46 13 16 18 -11 55

Breaking League News

Crewe bid to avoid a repeat
Crewe : 29/05/2015 23:33:01
Defender a perfect fit
Crewe : 29/05/2015 23:22:00
Competition for places
Crewe : 29/05/2015 23:16:01
Ipswich Pre-Season Friendly
Colchester : 29/05/2015 20:11:00
Watson Links Up With Sheringham
Colchester : 29/05/2015 20:07:01

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Do You Like The New Home Shirt?
Suggested By:  
Yes 63%
No 37%
Bring Back The Beaver 0%