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Wembley wonders score a winning goal with Culture Secretary Sajid

April 19, 2015

00 1891344_1581532102125127_7360176526493738201_oIT’S four weeks ago today since I joined 30,000 fans in a pilgrimage to Wembley to see the Saddlers make a first appearance on the hallowed turf in its 127-year history.

Unlike Villa’s superb FA Cup semi-final triumph this afternoon against Liverpool (which guarantees another trip back next month for the final) – Walsall FC had to settle for second best against runaway League One champions Bristol City.

But our boys’ brave show – and the extraordinary work being achieved behind the scenes at the Bescot Stadium – is not going unnoticed.

00a 1795268_1581531868791817_8471444935398002612_oCulture Secretary Sajid Javid gave the Saddlers a real pat on the back for their performance in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final on March 22, when he officially opened the club’s new community room which was given a £15,000 facelift by more than 30 volunteers from HomeServe.

The work took around four weeks to complete and included replacing and refitting the kitchen and girls’ and boys’ bathrooms, installing new flooring, radiators, ceiling tiles and fixtures and fittings and decorating the room.

The Culture, Media and Sport secretary of state was joined by myself and Walsall North parliamentary candidate Douglas Hansen-Luke for the opening ceremony which also included meeting the Walsall Academy junior team.

Mr Javid said talking to everyone at Bescot had been “incredibly uplifting and inspiring.”

00b 11114241_1581532095458461_3247424061620775467_oHe added: “”One of the perks of my job is being able to meet those like the Walsall Saddlers and private companies like HomeServe, that care about their community, who work tirelessly to achieve one common goal.”

But the real star of the show for me was Swifty the mascot.

The community room is great new facility for the local area, and everyone should be thrilled at what has been achieved.

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