Walsall 4 Sheffield United 4 (29.11.80)

By ISSA Historian, Dave Evans

Walsall’s hero in this amazing game was substitute Don Penn, who came on in the second half to replace Tony Macken, who suffered facial injuries. The young striker, who had notched 26 goals in the previous season, made one and scored two. For a game that provided 8 goals, the first didn’t arrive until the half hour mark with a headed goal by United’s Barry Butlin. By half time it was still 1-0 however 3 minutes into the second half the visitors doubled their lead when Kenny Mower tripped Steve Neville and Tony Kenworthy blasted home the penalty.

Saddlers striker Steve Smith headed against the bar and had a shot blocked on the line before Don Penn was tripped in the area. Up stepped player / manager Alan Buckley to score the spot kick. Old warhorse Bob Hatton restored United’s two goal advantage before Penn pounced on a Ian Paul corner and it got better still when Kenny Mower made amends for his earlier mishap to level it up at 3-3 in the 80th minute.

Hatton claimed his second goal of the afternoon in the 88th minute before live wire Don Penn burst through the middle to fire home to give Saddlers a share of the points in the dying seconds. It provided excellent entertainment on a dodgy pitch that was partially snow covered and frosty during a difficult spell as results had not been very encouraging since the team returned to the 3rd Division.

Picture kindly provided by Dave Gittins.