1961–62 FA Cup

The 1961–62 FA Cup was the 81st staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. Tottenham Hotspur won the competition for the fourth time, beating Burnley 3–1 in the final at Wembley. In doing so, they became the first team to retain the FA Cup since Newcastle United's victory in 1952, and the fourth team ever to do so.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

1961–62 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsTottenham Hotspur
ChampionsTottenham Hotspur
(4th title)


Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 26 August 1961
First Qualifying Round Saturday 9 September 1961
Second Qualifying Round Saturday 23 September 1961
Third Qualifying Round Saturday 7 October 1961
Fourth Qualifying Round Saturday 21 October 1961
First Round Proper Saturday 4 November 1961
Second Round Saturday 25 November 1961
Third Round Saturday 6 January 1962
Fourth Round Saturday 27 January 1962
Fifth Round Saturday 17 February 1962
Sixth Round Saturday 10 March 1962
Semi Finals Saturday 31 March 1962
Final Saturday 5 May 1962


First Round Proper

At this stage clubs from the Football League Third and Fourth Divisions joined those non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 4 November 1961, although three games were not played until the midweek fixture. Nine were drawn and went to replays, with one fixture requiring a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Chester 4–1 Ashington 4 November 1961
2 Darlington 0–4 Carlisle United 4 November 1961
3 Bournemouth 0–3 Margate 4 November 1961
4 Bristol City 1–1 Hereford United 4 November 1961
Replay Hereford United 2–5 Bristol City 8 November 1961
5 Rochdale 2–0 Halifax Town 4 November 1961
6 Weymouth 1–0 Barnet 4 November 1961
7 Reading 1–1 Newport County 4 November 1961
Replay Newport County 1–0 Reading 6 November 1961
8 Notts County 4–2 Yeovil Town 4 November 1961
9 Crewe Alexandra 2–0 Lincoln City 4 November 1961
10 Swindon Town 2–2 Kettering Town 4 November 1961
Replay Kettering Town 3–0 Swindon Town 8 November 1961
11 Shrewsbury Town 7–1 Banbury Spencer 4 November 1961
12 Doncaster Rovers 0–4 Chesterfield 4 November 1961
13 Wrexham 3–2 Barrow 4 November 1961
14 Brierley Hill Alliance 3–0 Grantham 4 November 1961
15 Tranmere Rovers 2–3 Gateshead 4 November 1961
16 Stockport County 0–1 Accrington Stanley 4 November 1961
17 Wycombe Wanderers 0–0 Ashford Town 4 November 1961
Replay Ashford Town 3–0 Wycombe Wanderers 8 November 1961
18 Brentford 3–0 Oxford United 4 November 1961
19 Northampton Town 2–0 Millwall 4 November 1961
20 Coventry City 2–0 Gillingham 4 November 1961
21 Bradford City 1–0 York City 4 November 1961
22 Hull City 5–0 Rhyl 4 November 1961
23 Oldham Athletic 5–2 Shildon 4 November 1961
24 West Auckland Town 3–3 Barnsley 4 November 1961
Replay Barnsley 2–0 West Auckland Town 8 November 1961
25 Crystal Palace 3–0 Portsmouth 4 November 1961
26 Southend United 0–2 Watford 4 November 1961
27 Bradford Park Avenue 0–1 Port Vale 4 November 1961
28 Exeter City 3–3 Dartford 4 November 1961
Replay Dartford 2–1 Exeter City 8 November 1961
29 Hartlepools United 5–1 Blyth Spartans 4 November 1961
30 Mansfield Town 3–2 Grimsby Town 4 November 1961
31 Southport 1–0 Northwich Victoria 4 November 1961
32 Morecambe 2–1 South Shields 4 November 1961
33 Torquay United 5–1 Harwich & Parkeston 4 November 1961
34 Workington 2–0 Worksop Town 4 November 1961
35 Walthamstow Avenue 2–3 Romford 4 November 1961
36 Aldershot 3–1 Tunbridge Wells United 4 November 1961
37 Peterborough United 3–3 Colchester United 4 November 1961
Replay Colchester United 2–2 Peterborough United 6 November 1961
Replay Peterborough United 3–0 Colchester United 13 November 1961
38 Chelmsford City 1–2 King's Lynn 4 November 1961
39 Barry Town 1–1 Queens Park Rangers 4 November 1961
Replay Queens Park Rangers 7–0 Barry Town 6 November 1961
40 Bridgwater Town 0–0 Weston-Super-Mare 4 November 1961
Replay Weston-Super-Mare 0–1 Bridgwater Town 9 November 1961

Second Round

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 25 November 1961. Four matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Ashford Town 0–3 Queens Park Rangers 25 November 1961
2 Chester 0–1 Morecambe 25 November 1961
3 Chesterfield 2–2 Oldham Athletic 25 November 1961
Replay Oldham Athletic 4–2 Chesterfield 29 November 1961
4 Bristol City 8–2 Dartford 25 November 1961
5 Rochdale 1–2 Wrexham 25 November 1961
6 Weymouth 1–0 Newport County 25 November 1961
7 Crewe Alexandra 1–1 Port Vale 25 November 1961
Replay Port Vale 3–0 Crewe Alexandra 27 November 1961
8 Shrewsbury Town 3–0 Brierley Hill Alliance 25 November 1961
9 Barnsley 1–2 Carlisle United 25 November 1961
10 Northampton Town 3–0 Kettering Town 25 November 1961
11 Coventry City 1–2 King's Lynn 25 November 1961
12 Hull City 0–2 Bradford City 25 November 1961
13 Hartlepools United 2–1 Accrington Stanley 25 November 1961
14 Margate 1–1 Notts County 25 November 1961
Replay Notts County 3–1 Margate 30 November 1961
15 Southport 4–2 Mansfield Town 25 November 1961
16 Torquay United 1–4 Peterborough United 25 November 1961
17 Aldershot 2–2 Brentford 25 November 1961
Replay Brentford 2–0 Aldershot 28 November 1961
18 Romford 1–3 Watford 25 November 1961
19 Gateshead 0–2 Workington 25 November 1961
20 Bridgwater Town 0–3 Crystal Palace 25 November 1961

Third Round

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 6 January 1962, with seven matches postponed until later dates. Ten matches were drawn and went to replays, with two of these requiring a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 0–0 West Bromwich Albion 6 January 1962
Replay West Bromwich Albion 2–1 Blackpool 10 January 1962
2 Bristol City 0–0 Walsall 6 January 1962
Replay Walsall 4–1 Bristol City 9 January 1962
3 Burnley 6–1 Queens Park Rangers 6 January 1962
4 Bury 0–0 Sheffield United 6 January 1962
Replay Sheffield United 2–2 Bury 10 January 1962
Replay Bury 0–2 Sheffield United 15 January 1962
5 Liverpool 4–3 Chelsea 6 January 1962
6 Preston North End 3–2 Watford 6 January 1962
7 Southampton 2–2 Sunderland 6 January 1962
Replay Sunderland 3–0 Southampton 10 January 1962
8 Leicester City 1–1 Stoke City 10 January 1962
Replay Stoke City 5–2 Leicester City 15 January 1962
9 Notts County 0–1 Manchester City 6 January 1962
10 Aston Villa 4–3 Crystal Palace 6 January 1962
11 Sheffield Wednesday 1–0 Swansea Town 9 January 1962
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 3–1 Carlisle United 8 January 1962
13 Middlesbrough 1–0 Cardiff City 10 January 1962
14 Everton 4–0 King's Lynn 6 January 1962
15 Ipswich Town 1–1 Luton Town 6 January 1962
Replay Luton Town 1–1 Ipswich Town 10 January 1962
Replay Ipswich Town 5–1 Luton Town 15 January 1962
16 Newcastle United 0–1 Peterborough United 6 January 1962
17 Fulham 3–1 Hartlepools United 6 January 1962
18 Brentford 1–1 Leyton Orient 6 January 1962
Replay Leyton Orient 2–1 Brentford 8 January 1962
19 Bristol Rovers 1–1 Oldham Athletic 6 January 1962
Replay Oldham Athletic 2–0 Bristol Rovers 10 January 1962
20 Brighton & Hove Albion 0–3 Blackburn Rovers 6 January 1962
21 Manchester United 2–1 Bolton Wanderers 6 January 1962
22 Norwich City 3–1 Wrexham 10 January 1962
23 Plymouth Argyle 3–0 West Ham United 6 January 1962
24 Huddersfield Town 4–3 Rotherham United 9 January 1962
25 Port Vale 3–1 Northampton Town 6 January 1962
26 Charlton Athletic 1–0 Scunthorpe United 6 January 1962
27 Arsenal 3–0 Bradford City 6 January 1962
28 Southport 1–3 Shrewsbury Town 9 January 1962
29 Morecambe 0–1 Weymouth 6 January 1962
30 Leeds United 2–2 Derby County 6 January 1962
Replay Derby County 3–1 Leeds United 10 January 1962
31 Workington 1–2 Nottingham Forest 6 January 1962
32 Birmingham City 3–3 Tottenham Hotspur 6 January 1962
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 4–2 Birmingham City 10 January 1962

Fourth Round

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 27 January 1962, with three Lancashire-based games postponed until the midweek fixtures. Five matches were drawn and went to replays, which were all played in the following midweek match.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 1–1 Leyton Orient 30 January 1962
Replay Leyton Orient 0–1 Burnley 6 February 1962
2 Preston North End 2–0 Weymouth 29 January 1962
3 Nottingham Forest 0–2 Sheffield Wednesday 27 January 1962
4 Aston Villa 2–1 Huddersfield Town 27 January 1962
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 West Bromwich Albion 27 January 1962
6 Sunderland 0–0 Port Vale 27 January 1962
Replay Port Vale 3–1 Sunderland 31 January 1962
7 Everton 2–0 Manchester City 27 January 1962
8 Shrewsbury Town 2–2 Middlesbrough 27 January 1962
Replay Middlesbrough 5–1 Shrewsbury Town 31 January 1962
9 Fulham 2–2 Walsall 27 January 1962
Replay Walsall 0–2 Fulham 30 January 1962
10 Manchester United 1–0 Arsenal 31 January 1962
11 Norwich City 1–1 Ipswich Town 27 January 1962
Replay Ipswich Town 1–2 Norwich City 30 January 1962
12 Plymouth Argyle 1–5 Tottenham Hotspur 27 January 1962
13 Oldham Athletic 1–2 Liverpool 27 January 1962
14 Charlton Athletic 2–1 Derby County 27 January 1962
15 Stoke City 0–1 Blackburn Rovers 27 January 1962
16 Peterborough United 1–3 Sheffield United 27 January 1962

Fifth Round

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 17 February 1962. Two matches went to replays in the following mid-week fixtures, with the Liverpool–Preston North End game requiring a second replay (at Old Trafford) before the tie was settled.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 3–1 Everton 17 February 1962
2 Liverpool 0–0 Preston North End 17 February 1962
Replay Preston North End 0–0 Liverpool 20 February 1962
Replay Liverpool 0–1 Preston North End 26 February 1962
3 Blackburn Rovers 2–1 Middlesbrough 17 February 1962
4 Aston Villa 2–1 Charlton Athletic 17 February 1962
5 West Bromwich Albion 2–4 Tottenham Hotspur 17 February 1962
6 Sheffield United 3–1 Norwich City 17 February 1962
7 Fulham 1–0 Port Vale 17 February 1962
8 Manchester United 0–0 Sheffield Wednesday 17 February 1962
Replay Sheffield Wednesday 0–2 Manchester United 21 February 1962

Sixth Round

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 10 March 1962. Two matches went to replays on the 14th before being settled.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Preston North End 0–0 Manchester United 10 March 1962
Replay Manchester United 2–1 Preston North End 14 March 1962
2 Sheffield United 0–1 Burnley 10 March 1962
3 Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Aston Villa 10 March 1962
4 Fulham 2–2 Blackburn Rovers 10 March 1962
Replay Blackburn Rovers 0–1 Fulham 14 March 1962


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 31 March 1962 with a replay being required between Burnley and Fulham on Monday, 9 April 1962. Tottenham and Burnley came through the semi final round to meet at Wembley.

Connelly Goal 50' Report Leggat Goal 29'
Tottenham Hotspur3–1Manchester United
Greaves Goal 4'
Jones Goal 23'
Medwin Goal 87'
Report Herd Goal 85'


Langley Goal 90' Report Robson Goal 33' Goal 80'


The 1962 FA Cup Final took place on 5 May 1962 at Wembley Stadium and was won by Tottenham Hotspur over Burnley, by a 3–1 scoreline. Due to the lack of passion and excitement, replaced by patience and cautious play, the final was dubbed "The Chessboard Final". Tottenham took to the field as holders, having won the League and FA Cup Double in 1961.

Tottenham Hotspur3 – 1Burnley
Greaves Goal 3'
Smith Goal 51'
Blanchflower Goal 80' (pen.)
Robson Goal 50'


1961–62 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1961–62 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 59th in the Football League and their 35th in the First Division. They finished in 17th position in the 22-team division. They entered the 1961–62 FA Cup in the third round proper and lost in that round to Tottenham Hotspur after a replay, and entered the League Cup at the first round, again losing their opening match after a replay, this time against Swindon Town. Birmingham lost in the final of the 1960–61 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup in October 1961, and only a few weeks later, were eliminated from the 1961–62 competition in the second round by Espanyol. This was Birmingham's last appearance in major European competition for nearly 50 years.

Twenty-five players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were eleven different goalscorers. Forward Mike Hellawell played in all 50 first-team matches over the season (half back Malcolm Beard missed only one), and Ken Leek and Jimmy Harris finished as joint leading goalscorers with 20 goals in all competitions; Leek was top scorer in league competition with 18 goals.

1961–62 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The FA Cup 1961–62 is the 81st season of the world's oldest football knockout competition; The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. The large number of clubs entering the tournament from lower down the English football league system meant that the competition started with a number of preliminary and qualifying rounds. The 30 victorious teams from the Fourth Round Qualifying progressed to the First Round Proper.

1962 FA Charity Shield

The 1962 FA Charity Shield was the 40th FA Charity Shield, an annual football match played between the winners of the previous season's Football League and FA Cup competitions. The match took place on 11 August 1962 at Portman Road in Ipswich, and played between 1961–62 Football League champions Ipswich Town and FA Cup winners Tottenham Hotspur. It ended in a 5–1 victory for Tottenham Hotspur.

1962 FA Cup Final

The 1962 FA Cup Final took place on 5 May 1962 at Wembley Stadium and was won by Tottenham Hotspur over Burnley, by a 3–1 scoreline. Due to the lack of passion and excitement, replaced by patience and cautious play, the final was dubbed "The Chessboard Final". Tottenham took to the field as holders, having won the League and FA Cup Double in 1961. They had finished the 1962 league campaign in third position. Burnley finished runners-up in the league that season, behind Ipswich Town.

Adam Blacklaw

Adam Smith Blacklaw (2 September 1937 – 28 February 2010) was a Scottish professional football player who played as a goalkeeper.Blacklaw joined the Burnley ground staff as a schoolboy apprentice in 1954, directly from Frederick Street School in Aberdeen, earning a professional contract in October of that year. He made his first-team debut on 22 December 1956 and spent over ten seasons with the Clarets. He took over as regular goalkeeper when Colin McDonald suffered a broken leg in March 1959. During his time at Burnley, Blacklaw earned a League championship medal in season 1959–60 and an FA Cup runners-up medal in 1962.

He joined Blackburn Rovers for £15,000 at the start of the 1967–68 season and stayed for three years before finishing his career with short spells at Blackpool in season 1970–71 and moving into the non-league game with Great Harwood in season 1971–72. He later had a spell as manager of Clitheroe.Blacklaw represented Scotland at schoolboy level 3 times, at Under–23 level and also at full international level. He made his debut in a 4–3 defeat by Norway on 4 June 1963 and gained a further two caps. Scotland defeated Spain nine days later, on 13 June 1963 with a 6–2 victory in Madrid and Blacklaw's final appearance for Scotland was on 7 December 1965 in Naples, where they lost 3–0 to Italy. Blacklaw's first two international matches, against Norway and Spain respectively, were friendlies and his third and final cap against Italy was a FIFA World Cup qualifying match.Blacklaw died on 28 February 2010. For their fixture away to Arsenal on 6 March 2010, the Burnley players wore black armbands in memory of him.

Bill Shankly

William Shankly (2 September 1913 – 29 September 1981) was a Scottish football player and manager, who is best known for his time as manager of Liverpool. Shankly brought success to Liverpool, gaining promotion to the First Division and winning three League Championships and the UEFA Cup. He laid foundations on which his successors Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan were able to build by winning seven league titles and four European Cups in the ten seasons after Shankly retired in 1974.

Shankly came from a small Scottish mining community and was one of five brothers who played football professionally. He played as a ball-winning right-half and was capped twelve times for Scotland, including seven wartime internationals. He spent one season at Carlisle United before spending the rest of his career at Preston North End, with whom he won the FA Cup in 1938. His playing career was interrupted by his service in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He became a manager after he retired from playing in 1949, returning to Carlisle United. He later managed Grimsby Town, Workington and Huddersfield Town before moving to become Liverpool manager in December 1959.

Shankly took charge of Liverpool when they were in the Second Division and rebuilt the team into a major force in English and European football. He led Liverpool to the Second Division Championship to gain promotion to the top-flight First Division in 1962, before going on to win three First Division Championships, two FA Cups, four Charity Shields and one UEFA Cup. Shankly announced his surprise retirement from football a few weeks after Liverpool had won the 1974 FA Cup Final, having managed the club for 15 years, and was succeeded by his long-time assistant Bob Paisley. He led the Liverpool team out for the last time at Wembley for the 1974 FA Charity Shield. He died seven years later, aged 68.

Ian Callaghan

Ian Robert Callaghan MBE (born 10 April 1942 in Toxteth, Liverpool) is a retired English footballer who played as a midfielder. He holds the record for most appearances for Liverpool.

Ian St John

Ian St John (born 7 June 1938) is a former footballer who played for Scotland 21 times and for Liverpool throughout most of the 1960s as a stalwart member of the team that won several major championships and was runners-up for several more. He later became a manager and pundit. In 2008, he was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame.

Jackie Henderson

John Gillespie Henderson (17 January 1932 – 26 January 2005) was a Scottish international footballer who played as a forward in the English Football League for Portsmouth, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Arsenal and Fulham.

John Angus (footballer, born 1938)

John Angus (born 2 September 1938) is an English retired footballer, born Amble, Northumberland, who played his entire club career as a right back for Burnley between 1956 and 1972, helping them win the Football League title in 1959–60. He also made a single appearance for England in 1961.

Liverpool F.C.

Liverpool Football Club is a professional football club in Liverpool, England, that competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football. The club has won 6 European Cups, more than any other English club, 3 UEFA Cups, 3 UEFA Super Cups, 18 League titles, 7 FA Cups, a record 8 League Cups, 15 FA Community Shields and 1 Football League Super Cup.

Founded in 1892, the club joined the Football League the following year and has played at Anfield since its formation. Liverpool established itself as a major force in English and European football in the 1970s and 1980s when Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish led the club to a combined eleven League titles, four European Cups, two UEFA Cups, seven domestic cups and several super cups within a span of eighteen seasons. Under the management of Rafael Benítez and captained by homegrown star Steven Gerrard, Liverpool became European champions for the fifth time in 2005 before adding a sixth crown under Jürgen Klopp in 2019.

Liverpool was the ninth highest-earning football club in the world in 2016–17, with an annual revenue of €424.2 million, and the world's eighth most valuable football club in 2018, valued at $1.944 billion. The club is one of the most widely supported teams in the world. Liverpool has long-standing rivalries with Manchester United and Everton.

The club's supporters have been involved in two major tragedies: the Heysel Stadium disaster, where escaping fans were pressed against a collapsing wall at the 1985 European Cup Final in Brussels, with 39 people – mostly Italians and Juventus fans – dying, after which English clubs were given a five-year ban from European competition, and the Hillsborough disaster in 1989, where 96 Liverpool supporters died in a crush against perimeter fencing.

The team changed from red shirts and white shorts to an all-red home strip in 1964 which has been used ever since. Red has been the main shirt colour ever since 1896. The club's anthem is "You'll Never Walk Alone".

Roger Hunt

Roger Hunt, (born 20 July 1938) is an English former footballer who played as a forward. He spent eleven years at Liverpool and was the club's record goalscorer with 286 goals until that number was surpassed by Ian Rush. Hunt remains Liverpool's record league goalscorer. Under Bill Shankly, Hunt won two league titles and an FA Cup. Regarded as one of Liverpool's greatest ever players, Hunt is referred to as Sir Roger by the club's fans. He was ranked 13th on the 100 Players Who Shook the Kop, an official fan poll.

Hunt was a member of the England team that won the 1966 World Cup. He played in all six England games in the tournament, scoring three times. Hunt was inducted into the English Football Hall of Fame in 2006.

Ron Yeats

Ronald Yeats (born 15 November 1937) is a Scottish former association footballer. He was a key defender in the rejuvenation of Dundee United in the early 1960s. He then spent a decade at Liverpool captaining them to three trophies in the mid 1960s. He later had three years as player/manager at Tranmere Rovers. Yeats was also player/manager at Barrow and Santa Barbara Condors. He also made appearances for the Scotland national team.


Suffolk () is an East Anglian county of historic origin in England. It has borders with Norfolk to the north, Cambridgeshire to the west and Essex to the south. The North Sea lies to the east. The county town is Ipswich; other important towns include Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds, Newmarket and Felixstowe, one of the largest container ports in Europe.The county is low-lying but it has quite a few hills (especially more to the west), and has largely arable land with the wetlands of the Broads in the north. The Suffolk Coast and Heaths are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

The Boot Room

The Liverpool Boot Room was a room at Anfield, home of Liverpool F.C., during the 1960s to the early 1990s where the coaching staff would sit, drink tea and discuss the team, tactics and ways of defeating the next opposing side.

Walsall F.C.

Walsall Football Club is a professional association football club based in the town of Walsall, West Midlands, England. The team compete in League Two, the fourth tier of the English football league system. The club's nickname, "The Saddlers", reflects Walsall's status as a traditional centre for saddle manufacture. Walsall moved into their Bescot Stadium in 1990, having previously played at nearby Fellows Park for almost a century. The team play in a red and white kit and their club crest features a swift. They hold rivalries with nearby Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion, as well as farther away but more regularly contested rivalries with Shrewsbury Town and Port Vale.

The club was founded in 1888 as Walsall Town Swifts, an amalgamation of Walsall Town and Walsall Swifts. The club moved to the Football Alliance from the Midland Association the following year, before being invited to help found the Football League Second Division in 1892. They failed re-election in 1895, but were elected back into the Football League after one season in the Midland League. They failed re-election again in 1901 and this time spent two decades outside the Football League, primarily in the Birmingham & District League. Invited to help form the Football League Third Division North in 1921, they would remain in the third tier for the next 37 years before becoming founder members of the Fourth Division. Walsall won the Fourth Division title in 1959–60 and then secured promotion out of the Third Division the following season, though were relegated in 1963 and again in 1979.

Walsall won promotion out of the Fourth Division in 1979–80, but suffered two successive relegations after winning promotion into the Second Division at the end of the 1987–88 campaign. Promoted in 1994–95 and again in 1998–99, they spent four of the next five seasons in the second tier, punctuated by a successful third tier promotion campaign in 2000–01. Two relegations in three years left Walsall back in the fourth tier in 2006, but they secured an immediate promotion as 2006–07 League Two champions. Their first match at Wembley Stadium came in the 2015 Football League Trophy Final, which they lost to Bristol City, and they ended an 11-year stay in League One with relegation in 2019.

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