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Little left a large mountain to climb but our fans gave giant support

March 22, 2015

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01 down wembley wayWE came, we saw and in the end had to listen to thousands of supporters of the Robins – like the orange-breasted creatures on a frosty winter’s morning – chirping at the top of their voices.

I joined the army of Saddlers’ fans early doors today hoping to see a Wembley win at the first time of making it to the football’s Mecca in our 127-year history.

We amassed around 7.30am in the town centre. I was joined by brother Shaun, a die-hard Walsall FC fan, and great nephew Russell.

The atmosphere as the 500 coaches pulled off from the Bescot Stadium was electric and I was looking forward to my debut at the home of English football – and one of those famous Wembley pies.

02 kidsBut while the day was memorable – the result left me gutted.

Our opponents Bristol City sit proudly at the top of League One – some 10 points clear of their rivals and more than three dozen ahead of us.

There were 72,000 people at the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy – better known at the Football League Trophy – cheering on their teams.

In the end Bristol City – nicknamed the Robins – scored twice, the second coming from a defender called Mark Little. He left us a rather large mountain to climb and it was City who got their name on the trophy  . . . for the third time in their history.

03 brother shaun HealyWe lost but won the hearts of the neutrals – and I’m proud of our fans.

Better luck next time  . . . there’s bound to be one, now we’ve got the hang of getting there.

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