Landywood & Chase View pupils help Walsall to go top!
Pupils from Landywood Primary School in Great Wyrley and Chase View Primary School in Rugeley enjoyed an amazing experience on Saturday when they were invited to be ball boys for Walsall FC’s crucial top of the league clash with local rivals Burton Albion.
With both teams having made excellent starts to the season the winner of the game would end the day top of the league. As a result the ground was packed with almost 7000 people in attendance. Most of the Chase View boys had been to Bescot as ball boys before but for the Landywood contingent this was a new exciting experience!
It was also an honour for the schools to be asked to do the job for Walsall’s most important game of the season with director of Community Adam Davy commenting that he had no hesitation in inviting the children as in previous visits their effort and behaviour had always been impeccable and they are always perfect ambassadors for the school and club.
Before the game the boys enjoyed 90 minutes football at the academy pitch before the main part of the afternoon begun. About 20 minutes before kick off they went out onto the pitch and lined up to meet and welcome the teams onto the turf. They then took their pitch side seats, which were undoubtably the best in the ground, to help the game run smoothly and hopefully do their bit to help the Saddlers top the league.
The atmosphere around all 4 sides of the ground was fantastic from the beginning with chances and mistakes for both teams but when Walsall scored through Liam Kinsella shortly before half time this really got the crowd excited and a late penalty for Walsall to secure a 2 – 0 win and top spot in the league lifted the roof.
This was a real afternoon to remember with all of the 54 boys having a story to tell about something they heard or saw from their pitch side seats. They were all buzzing at the end and are thrilled to have done their bit to help The Saddlers reach the summit of league one.
A signed Walsall ball and complimentary tickets were awarded to Reis Ballantyne-Bailey from Landywood School for showing a stand out effort in training and marking his 1st time as a Walsall ball boy.
Many of the children will return to Walsall in December to do the same job again when Walsall play Port Vale when they will hopefully still be top of the league.