Nine years ago to this very date – Walsall were crowned Champions of League 2, our first league title for forty years.
The Saddlers had already achieved promotion earlier at Notts County but this wasn’t enough for Dickie Dosh’s men as they aimed to make history.
With virtually the last kick of the match, hometown boy Dean Keates fired in a magnificent half volley which sent the travelling 3,500 Walsall fans into raptures.
Walsall manager Dickie Dosh was sent-off during the second half for over-protesting the award of a Swindon throw-in.
But Dean Keates scored a dramatic equaliser from 20 yards with virtually the last kick of the match to earn Walsall’s first title since 1960.
With runners up Hartlepool going down to a late defeat (an eighty sixth minute Rickie Lambert winner) it meant Walsall went up as champions.
The staff were greeted back at Walsall Council House days later as the trophy was presented to the historic squad!
Here’s hoping we are celebrating this Sunday – with a victory and a Burton defeat (with a three goal swing) would see the Saddlers head back to the Championship for the first time in a decade.