On Wednesday April 26th, 1961 Walsall secured their place back in Division Two for the first time in 60 years with a 2-1 win at Shrewsbury Town. With a fantastic run of 9 wins from their previous 10 games and a point advantage over second placed QPR, Saddlers needed just to get a better result than the Londoners with two games remaining each to be promoted.
A record breaking Gay Meadow attendance of 18,917 which contained an estimated 10,000 followers from Walsall saw Colin Taylor produce one of his specials in the first half and he went close with another effort just afterwards. On the stroke of half time Arthur Rowley pulled one back from the penalty spot for a dubious handball decision to equal Dixie Dean's record of 379 FL goals.
Colin Askey gave the visitors a 2-1 lead with a flying header on 56 minutes to send Walsall fans wild. There was no additional scoring and with news that QPR had lost 3-1 at Reading, promotion was secured for the second consecutive season.
The teams on duty that evening were -
SHREWSBURY TOWN - Gibson, Walker, Skeech, Wallace, Pountney, Harley, Jones, Starkey, Baker, Rowley, Mc Laughlin.
WALSALL - Christie, Palin, Sharples, Hill, Mc Pherson, Dudley, Askey, Hodgkisson, Wilson, Richards, Taylor.