The Bescot Era | Simon Osborn
To kick things off we've got an interview with former Saddlers midfielder Simon Osborn.
Osborn made 113 appearances for Walsall during the mid-200s with his spell at the club featuring memorable moments such as 'that' 4-1 win against West Browmich Albion, and less so successful times.
Talking to Vital Walsall, Osborn spoke about his time at the Bescot, his career in general and what he's up to now.
Vital Walsall: Firstly, what are you up to since you retired from football, are you still involved in the game at all?
Simon Osborn: 'I am a operation director now for a Building Firm in London and my only involvement other than watching football is coaching with a firmer teammate Bobby Bowry at his Volenti academy.'
VW: What are your expectations for Walsall this season and where do you think they will finish in League One?
SO: 'I think it will be a tough season for Walsall this year as been quite a lot of change over past seasons. Would expect to see them in and around the playoffs.'
VW: What was your favourite Walsall game in your time with the club?
SO: 'Has to be the the West Brom game first day of season. Was a joy to play on that day and some great goals.'
VW: You played in a Walsall team that featured Paul Merson, what was it like to play alongside him?
SO: 'Merse was a great player and loved playing with him. I got on well with him on the pitch and enjoyed playing with him. He always wanted the ball and had that bit of magic.'
VW: Outside of your Walsall career what was your favourite game to play in?
SO: 'I loved the play off final for Reading at Wembley even though we lost but too many to mention as just loved playing.'
VW: Who was the best manager you worked under during your career?
SO: 'All managers had their good and bad. I enjoyed playing under Mark McGhee and also Colin Lee as had some good times playing in their teams. But I have a soft spot for Steve Coppell as he gave me my first contract and debut.'
VW: How much has football changed nowadays since you were playing, even at Football League level?
SO: 'It's changed massively in the 10 years since I retired from full time football. Lots of good but feel that a little of the character and interaction with the fans has gone which is a shame.'
VW: You have covered a few Walsall games over the past few seasons, are you looking to do some more media work in the future?
SO: 'Yes, I've been asked to cover the southern games but there isn't loads of fixtures down towards London. I enjoyed doing the radio and hope to keep involved. I also need to get back to the Bescot soon to catch a game.'
Huge thanks again to Simon for taking time to answer our questions. The next blog entry in 'The Bescot Era' series will be appearing soon!