Saturday, 11 December 2010

Into the Valley of death

Walsall striker Will Grigg, part of the strike force that has scored 17 league goals this season, has proclaimed tomorrow's match with Charlton a 'life or death' encounter as the bottom club in npower League One visit The Valley.

Ugly mug manager Chris Hutchings is in buoyant mood, rather like a condemned man looking forward to his last meal. Having watched the Addicks at Luton he has pronounced them 'fallible' (we could have told him that) and has forecast that Phil Parkinson will succumb to the 'manager of the month' curse: Saddlers

For most football fans, Walsall is best known as the stadium they crawl past on the M6 as they head towards one of the many clubs in the north-west. The club has been in the second tier and I remember beating them 4-2 there. Walsall fans were protesting that day about the failure of their board to spend any money and it doesn't look as if they've spent very much since.

I was thinking of using Ali G's line about Wales to describe Walsall: 'I don't know much about Wales, but I hear it's crap'. However, here are three good things about Walsall:

1. Leamington won a famous cup victory there.
2. The Addick artist (see links) lives there and is a season ticket holder at The Valley.
3. My nice friend Lindsay lives there (if you think you have a hard time commuting to London, listen to her tales about the London Midland service to Perry Barr where she works opposite the dogs track).

Reading the result off the table should lead to a 2-0 win and closing the gap on Brighton. This being Charlton, I am forecasting a failure to get a grip on the game and a 1-1 draw.

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