On this day in 1981 (March 28th) the Fellows Park faithful witnessed an unexpectedly entertaining game against Chesterfield. Following on from a depressing run of results in the February and March of that season of struggle back at Third Division level in which Saddlers had gone 6 games without a win (4 defeats and 2 draws) Walsall secured a vital 4-3 victory to give the fans the sort of
performance many people thought they were no longer capable of producing.
Saddlers got off to the best possible start when Mark Rees scored in the first minute. Ernie Moss got the visitors on level terms but speedy winger Mark Rees helped himself to a second goal before Richard O'Kelly gave Walsall a 3-1 lead mid way through the second half. An already action - packed game exploded further when Moss was on target again before Peter Hart restored Saddlers two goal lead making it 4-2. In the 87th minute that man Moss claimed his hat trick but Walsall saw the game out.
It had been a frustrating time for Player / Manager Alan Buckley in the week leading up to this game who was unsuccessful in signing his former Birmingham team mate and Eire international Don Givens and there had been no interest in defender Steve Baines who had gone on the transfer list at his own request.
The Walsall line up for this game was -
Green, Macken, Mower, Harrison, Baines, Hart, Rees, Caswell, O'Kelly, Penn, P. Waddington (S. Waddington).
Att - 4,044.
Faster than lightening - two goal hero Mark Rees.