28.8.1999. Wolves 1 Walsall 2.

Walsall chose the perfect location to record their first win of the 99/00 season - The Molineux - in a game that Saddlers fans had been looking forward to since the fixtures were released that summer. The 3,000 strong travelling army who made the short journey were rewarded as early as the 3rd minute when Tony Barras outjumped Neil Emblen to head home from close range from a Darren Wrack corner. .


Just past the half hour Carl Robinson got the home side back on level terms as he drove home past Jimmy Walker. Walsall continued to have good passages of play and stunned the hosts again when Andy Rammell stroked the ball home on the stroke of half time. Keith Curle's poor backpass was pounced on by Gabby Bukran who in turn found Mark Robins. His glancing header was only parried by Mike Stowell and 'Rambo' increased his already legendary cult status by grabbing what turned out to be the winner.


Walsall held their own in the second period and there were good performances all over the field. Chris Marsh had the better of Andy Sinton all afternoon. Centre backs Ade Viveash and Tony Barras blocked most of what was thrown at them. Rambo was well supported on attacks whilst Jimmy Walker didn't have too much to do in the Saddlers goal.


The final whistle was greeted by 'What a load of rubbish' from the Wolves supporters and around 300 protested outside the ground aiming most of their anger at MD John Richards with chants of 'What's a ground without a team'. Oh dear! Wolves were managed at the time by Colin Lee with five of his players later having spells at Walsall including goal scorer Robinson.


The teams on duty that afternoon were -


WALSALL - Walker, Marsh , Pointon, Viveash, Barras, Wrack, Keates, Bukran, Brissett (Daley ) Robins, Rammell ( Roper )


WOLVES - Stowell, Muscat, Bazeley, Robinson, Curle, Emblen, Osborn, Flo, Sinton, Corica, ( Naylor ), Larkin ( Sedgeley )


ATT - 24, 439.



Rambo winds up the home fans on his way to celebrate with the Saddlers fans.

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