If I wanted professional football I went to Walsall at Fellows Park if memory serves, a division 3 or 4 team. The quality was missing but they probably had other things on their minds!
Fellows Park. That brings back memories! I used to go there a lot with my Dad and we always stood at the railway end (the number of balls that went over onto the railway line was quite impressive) and had a cup of hot Bovril at half time. I can remember going to the last ever game at Fellows Park and unusually at half time we moved from the railway end to the stand at the opposite end of the ground. Looking on line, the last league game was 1st May 1990, but there was a testimonial game for Peter Hart played 10 days later. My memory deserts me on which game we went to.
I can remember asking to go with my Dad when I was very young, to be told that there was a wall you have to look over. I imagined my Dad (who was 6ft2) standing on tip-toes trying to watch the game, When I finally got to go the wall turned out to be 18-24 inches high.
I've also, twice been on TV at fellows park. Back when Match Of The Day covered games from League 1 through to 4. The first time, I'd bumped into one of my school friends at the match and we were standing just behind the above mentioned wall at the corner. A corner was taken and me and my friend were shown immediately behind the player. The second time was also on MOTD, but I was standing further back with my Dad.
I seem to recall that shortly after the last game, the roof of one of the stands collapsed. Sadly, the site is now a supermarket. I always liked the name 'Fellows Park'.
Moving on to Bescot Stadium, I went there a lot too. As Jenny says, it doesn't have the atmosphere of Fellows Park, but does have the advantage of having a railway station right next to it.
One funny memory from Bescot (now Banks's) stadium, is that when an extra tier was added to the eastern stand it gave fans a view over the western stand to the M6 motorway. Whenever one of those lorries painted like a friesian cow went past, a huge 'MOOOOO!' would echo around the ground. What the away fans at the other end made of it, I have no idea. Probable not a good indicator of the quality of the football though.