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Walsall Visits Down the Years

History of Pilgrims Hosting Saddlers

22 August 2019

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ARGYLE welcome Walsall to Home Park on Saturday for game number five in the Sky Bet League Two campaign and our Statso has had a look at the Saddlers’ history at the Theatre of Greens.

Overall summary: P 30 W 22 D 5 L 3 F 57 A 28

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First time: Bob Jack’s men won 2-1 in a Third Division South fixture on Saturday, January 7, 1928. Alf Matthews and Frank Sloan scored for us.

Last time: Derek Adams team won 2-1 in a League One match on Tuesday, January 22, 2019. Our two centre-halves, Ryan Edwards and Niall Canavan, scored the Pilgrim goals.

Biggest win: Bobby Moncur was our manager when we beat the Saddlers 4-1 on Saturday, March 20, 1982 in the Third Division. Gordon Nisbet, Andy Rogers and a brace from Jeff Cook gave us the victory.

Heaviest defeat: Jack Rowley’s team lost 2-4 on Saturday, March 2, 1957 in the Third Division South. Neil Dougall and Gordon Quinn were our scorers.

Most goals in a single game: Six, in the 2-4 defeat (see above) and a 3-3 draw on Tuesday, September 13, 1977 in the Third Division. Terry Austin (2) and Brian Hall scored for Mike Kelly’s Pilgrims.

Further interesting facts: This is the first time that the two clubs have met in the fourth tier of the EFL.

Walsall have only stopped us from scoring twice in 30 previous EFL encounters at Home Park: a 0-3 defeat on September 30, 1972 and a 0-0 draw on February 8, 1983.

We have won our last seven EFL encounters with Walsall at Home Park. This equals a record originally set between 1958 and 1971.

We have beaten Walsall 22 times at home in the EFL. Only Bristol Rovers (23) have fallen victims to us more often on our own turf, but we have faced the Pirates 45 times – 50% more often than the Saddlers. Gillingham have also been beaten 22 times at Home Park in the EFL but that is from 35 games, five more than Walsall.
 
Our home win percentage of 73.3% against the West Midlanders is only bettered against three clubs that we have met on 15 or more occasions at home in the EFL: Mansfield Town (77.8%); Scunthorpe United (75.0%) and Carlisle United (73.7%). All three are, of course, on our fixture list for this season.

 


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