There was certainly a lot of interest in manager John Barnwell's transfer wheeling and dealing in March 1989. The biggest signing towards deadline day was that of striker Andy Saville, who cost £100,000 from Hull City. This was around a month after Barney had signed striker Stuart Rimmer from Notts County and was hopeful his new strike force could produce the goals to save Saddlers from what already looked like inevitable relegation back to the old Third Division.
Also signed before the deadline was a familiar face, keeper Ronnie Green, a £20,000 purchase from Wimbledon who was seen as someone to push regular keeper Freddie Barber. Outgoing were striker Trevor Christie, who moved to Mansfield Town in a £50,000 deal, Dale Banton, Steve McIllhargey and Paul Jones. Craig Shakespeare almost went to Leicester City in a play-exchange deal for Paul Ramsey but the Northern Ireland international couldn't agree terms with Saddlers.