Following on from a fine 3-1 win at Ashton Gate and a 0-2 defeat at home to Bristol City in the two - legged Play Off Final, Walsall finally gained promotion in a reply also staged at Fellows Park two days later when Saddlers made no mistake this time with an emphatic 4-0 win.
Within the opening 20 minutes the game was virtually all over with two cool strikes from David Kelly and a powerful stooping header from Phil Hawker to put Walsall 3-0 up. The only disappointment of that first 45 minutes was that there was no further goals as such was Walsall's dominance they could have been 5 or 6 up.
Bristol City had a couple of chances to try and get back into the game in the second half but were put out of their misery when 'Ned' Kelly completed a fine hat trick in the 64th minute in what turned out to be his last appearance for the club and what a way it was for him to sign off.
So for the first time in 25 years Walsall reached the old Second Division under Tommy Coakley who said in an interview with ISSA in April, 2020, "I have fantastic memories from my time at Walsall and have no regrets. I do think though what the boys and what we achieved then is not really appreciated as much as it should have been."
The team line ups from that memorable bank holiday afternoon were :-
WALSALL - Barber, Taylor, Dornan ( Mark Jones ), Shakespeare, Forbes, Goodwin ( Sanderson ), Hawker, Hart, Christie, Kelly, Naughton.
BRISTOL CITY - Waugh, Llewelyn, Newman, Humphries, Pender, McLaren, Milne, Galliers, Shutt, Walsh, Jordan.
ATT - 13, 007.
Celebration time for goal scorers David Kelly and Phil Hawker.