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Nickname(s) Albion, The Baggies, The Throstles.
Founded 1878 (as West Bromwich Strollers)
Ground - The Hawthorns.
Chairman - Jeremy Peace
Coach - Roberto Di Matteo
I wrote a predictions thing at the start of the season on who I thought would win the Premiership and European places and who would go down, entitling it www.relegation.com, the W' standing for West Ham, Wigan, Wolves and maybe West Brom, clubs likely to join Blackpool to make up the bottom five come May. After West Brom's strong start under Roberto DiMatteo who got them out of the Championship and up to fourth place in the Premier league this October they have since lost four straight games and as Ian Holloway is doing rather well I'm still very confident that three W's will go down, Wigan's anti-post 11-1 to be bottom on Christmas Day still looking very tasty for me to collect on.
This year in England it seems to be all about Italian managers. Ancelotti won the Premier League and the FA Cup double whilst Capello humiliated the nation in the World Cup, seemingly both managers struggling to keep their most influential players onside now, John Terry's made up injuries so he can dodge England all rather pathetic. Mancini at Manchester City also looks under pressure with his onion bag full of glove and Alice-Band wearing premadona's not wanting to do extra training because it's too cold and it's also looking grim for DiMatteo as the frost begins to harden up the ground at the Hawthorns. West Brom's style is passing and they don't seem to have too many guys that want to work off the ball in chilly November and fill the gaps, their three nil home tonking to Stoke last week (Stoke losing just one game in 17 visits to the Baggies) a serious sign it's a yo-yo return to the championship in 2011.
Where West Brom have had lofty ambitions is The Hawthorns, rather surprisingly the highest English league club in England at a rather pathetic 551 feet above sea level, a particularly windy part of the Birmingham metropolis housing the ageing old 28,000 seater stadium. I have been there once or twice and enjoyed it, even glimpsing their two celebrity fans of Adrian Childs and young Frank Skinner. Skinner wasn't close enough to hit with a bottle and so lived to tell the tale. I can't stand that guy.
Famous old players include a young Bryan Robson, funny man Jeff Astle and ultra serious Done Howe and, of course, Cyril Regis and Laurie Cunningham. Little Willie Johnston, he of the sent home in disgrace from Scotland's World Cup campaign fame, was also at the Hawthorns for a while.
The manager we dare not speak his name that managed WBA was also the pioneer of introducing those great black players to the top league at West Brom and so somewhat ironic he would be banished from the game he loved for being a confirmed racist. My thoughts on Big Ron are he is pretty much like everyone else on this planet that says something they shouldn't and was collectively persecuted to appease our own guilt for when we say something amongst friends we really shouldn't.
According to wikipedia, Tony Brown is Mr West Brom, holding a number of Albion's club records. He has made the most appearances overall for the club (720), as well as most appearances in the league (574), FA Cup (54) and in European competition (17). Brown is the club's top scorer in the league (218), the FA Cup (27) and in Europe (8). He is also the club's record scorer overall, with 279 goals. When I was a kid I recall that most of the West Brom team had intertwining Christian and Surnames, most of them Brown and Ally.
West Brom were once a very good side when I was growing up, iconic captain John Wile taking them to a bruising 3-1 FA Cup Semi-Final defeat with Bobby Robson's amazing Ipswich side. I recall John Wile leading from the front and being covered in blood after being head-butted by John Wark, another great warrior. Even then they played the ball on the ground and were the first team to really use the wings over the long ball.
You have to admire the West Brom ethos of playing to win with good footy up until this day and their 2-2 draw at Old Trafford in October was testament to that they are not just here to make up the numbers. They have an impressive young British midfield with the likes of Dorrens, Morrison, Brunt, Giles Barnes and Ishmeil Miller... Barnes and Dorrens sure to get international caps. With the durable and experienced Austrian Paul Sharner just behind them and the pacey Peter Odemwingie up front they have enough talent to stay up, Carson, a strong keeper too. Their defense is their weakest point by far.
1 GK Scott Carson (club captain)
2 DF Joe Mattock
3 DF Jonas Olsson (vice-captain)
4 DF Marek Čech
5 MF Somen Tchoyi
6 DF Pablo Ibáñez
7 MF James Morrison
8 MF Giles Barnes
9 FW Roman Bednář
10 FW Ishmael Miller
11 MF Chris Brunt
12 MF Steven Reid
13 GK Boaz Myhill
14 MF Jerome Thomas
17 MF Graham Dorrans
20 DF Nicky Shorey
21 MF Youssuf Mulumbu
22 DF Gianni Zuiverloon
23 DF Abdoulaye Méïté
24 FW Peter Odemwingie
26 DF James Hurst
27 MF Sam Mantom
28 FW Marc-Antoine Fortuné
29 MF George Thorne
30 DF Gabriel Tamaş
31 FW Simon Cox
32 FW Lateef Elford-Alliyu
33 MF Paul Scharner
34 DF Paul Downing
35 MF Romaine Sawyers
36 DF Gonzalo Jara
38 FW Saido Berahino
40 GK Dean Kiely
As far as winning things they are yet another one of those clubs that haven't don't anything since their pre war glory years. Apart from a spell just after England's glorious World Cup when they won The FA Cup and League Cup you have to go back to the days of gentleman and players at the start of the twentieth century to see any consistency, very much Birmingham's third team.
Football League First Division- Champions: 1919-1920.
Runners up: 1924-25, 1953-54.
Football League Second Division (old), Division One, Football League Championship - Champions: 1901-1902, 1910-1911, 2007-2008.
Runners up: 1930-1931 , 1948-1949 , 2001-2002 , 2003-2004 , 2009-2010.
Football League Third Division (old), Division Two, Football League One (modern)
Play-off Winners: 1992-1993
Winners: 1888, 1892, 1931, 1954, 1968
Runners-up: 1886, 1887, 1895, 1912, 1935
Runners up: 1967 1970.
-FA Charity Shield-
Winners: 1920, 1954 (shared with Wolves)
Runners up: 1930-31, 1967-68.
Victories in minor cup competitions
FA Youth Cup: 1976
west bromwich albio to win the premier league.
that was a joke. west brom to me are the best team in the universe even though they are losing most of their games and are rock bottom of the premier league we, the supporters are the best in the world and are very loyal to the cause, and to all the people who are against west brom all i need to say is say even though we are bottom of the league we are in the best league in the whole world.
you've seen the film ' the great escape' and now youve seen it in real life, and for you who dont know what im on about, im on about west brom were bottom of the league at christman and everyone thought we were going down but they werre wrong and we stayed up, and on the last day when games were being played we were bottom but won and the teams we needed to lose lost. and west brom have been the only team in history to have stayed up when they have been bottom of the league for christmas.
so i bet my friends felt stupid when they said wba fc stands for were bottom again for christmas, because we stayed up .
Why are everyone saying that west brom will get relegated? They beat sunderland,Man city4-0 and their goals conceeded record is bettered only by division 3 runaway leaders plymouth and premier teams(who have less games to play) Clements left footed freekicks are great and there dire penalty record was just because Igor Ballis the slovakian pen taker didn't know how to tell Gary Megson he could take pens in English!!! Albion are a great team and i hope people will learn this. And did you now tha they have quite a lot of celeb' fans Frank Skinner is just a start.
West Brom got into the Premiership last weekend after a 2-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace on the last day of the season to clinch the last automatic promotion spot in the first division ahead of their most deadly rivalry Wolverhampton Wanders. It sees them back into the top division for the first time in 12 years, and for a club with those surroundings and their history not many people could disagree that they deserve their place. Especially when you consider that Wolves had a 10 point clear lead over their midland rivals only a couple of weeks ago. It was not so much Wolves blowing their lead in second place, but a late unstoppable charge from West Brom that saw them grab the place. West Brom were also on the edge of falling out of the first division just a couple of years ago, another fact that saw their promotion even more amazing. West Brom have achieved their success without being as flamboyant or free scoring as Manchester City. Many of their wins have been 1-0 successes, showing their defensive strength and solid shape. Their goals scored and goal difference is substantially less than other top teams in the division, but it has brought them success. Even with this tag they have managed to beat Manchester City 4-0 and hit five goals in one game. Gary Megson has to take much of the credit for their rise. He is the boss of West Brom, a former player that has come good and is now turning into one of the best people at that level of the game. He has done a great job at the Hawthorns, despite clashing with the board a couple of times as any fiery manager does. West Brom play their home games at the Hawthorns. This is found in the charming place of West Bromwich, just outside Birmingham. It is one of the easiest grounds to find. It is just half a mile on the main A41 West Bromwich to Birmingham road off junction one off the M5. The capacity is just over 27,000, so it quite small compared to other Premiership grounds but looks great
and will not look out of place. It will also not be a place that Liverpool or Arsenal will relish coming to next season. Their local rivals are Wolverhampton Wanders, who they really do hate. It will have made it all the more sweeter to have piped Wolves of all teams to the last place. Birmingham and Aston Villa also form local opposition. For the second largest city, Birmingham can boast only one other Premiership club and a first division team of the same name. Considering London has so many teams, West Brom can go someway to move the difference. The playing staff will need to be improved before the Premiership season starts, and it will be a real test for Gary Megson here. A £20 million windfall for achieving promotion to the Premiership will help, even though the TV money is threatening to dip under. The current squad has the chance to put up a fight even at the moment. Their new player of the year is the ‘keeper Russell Hoult. He has set a new record this season for the number of clean sheets kept in a season. He has had a great season personally. Some may claim he is not Premiership quality having been less than successful at Derby County. The defense that has been so strong works as a great unit. At left back is one of the real stars of the team. Neil Clement has one of the sweetest left foots in the first division, as well as being a free-kick specialist. Darren Moore is an excellent defender, strong and a real presence at the back. Also good at getting forward in the air for set pieces. The midfield veteran of Tottenham Ruel Fox is starting to show his age, but is still showing his quality. Allan Johnston was signed from Nottingham Forest, a creative midfielder who has a nice style of play. Upfront another experienced player, Bob Taylor. He scored the second goal that send West Brom up to the Premiership, a typical striker who takes his chances and is deadly from six inches. Daniel Dichio has scored some good goals this term although only o
n loan. Lee Hughes was a star of the West Brom team two years ago, but left last season for Coventry a fee of £5 million. He is set to join again for a cut down £3 million after just one year there. His goals could be vital in the Premiership next season. Despite the potential weakness I firmly believe that the Baggies have got what it takes to stay in the Premiership. They will start as one of, if not the favourites for automatic relegation straight back down to the first division. Looking at some of the achievements of other so called weaker teams that have come up. Charlton, Ipswich, Leicester, Sunderland have all come up and fitted straight into the swing of things. They have shown that there is not a huge gap between the divisions in quality, but at the moment money talks. Even Bradford who no one gave a second thought to managed to stay up for a second season. Maybe a bit of a bad example as Leicester and Ipswich are now coming back down, but West Brom have what it takes to stay up. They have a great history, money now available, a good squad already and a great manager. I will not write them off as a dead loss, they are going to enjoy their time and make a few heads turn. So go on dooyoo, change the category to move West Brom to the Premiership category the Baggies are boing, boinging their way to the Premiership. Whatever happens they are sure to have a great time, so see them there!
Well done Baggies but it ill be harder staying up than getting there. Welcome to the Premiership - Advantages: 6 Points for Man U next season, A midlands club in the premiership (temporary), Frank Skinner - Disadvantages: Its a long drop back down!, Horrible colours on the away strip (which all the fans wear), Boing boing???
WBA have been impeccable this year and have surprised many by their superb form, after a rather poor season last time around in division 1. They now look as though they could very easily get into the playoffs, although I doubt if they can nudge infornt of Bolton for second in the table. It's a great fact that WBA are doing well because you don't here of them that much, and now they could be on a Premiership Challenge for promotion. West Bromich Albion have got some good players in their side, but I do not feel as though they are good enough to get them into the premiership. If they did get into the premiership for next season, I cant see them doing well at all and they would definitely be relegated. If they were to end up staying in Division 1 and the manager was given more money for new players, then maybe West Bromich Albion could do well in the premiership. WBA - I predict a 4th place finish, and they will go out in the semi's of the playoff.
Jason Roberts should be a good buy and his presence will take the forward responsibility off Lee Hughes, who looked weighed down with the expectancy level last season. Derek McInnes should bolster the midfield but as always the question mark is over Albion's defensive work. They tightened up under the negative Brian Little, but Gary Megson is more attack-minded and has freed Richard Sneekes into the role he enjoys more further up the pitch. Albion are an interesting side now and will definitely improve on last season's 21st place, and a top half finish is not out of the question.
West Brom. they are a fairly ordinary first division side - no one really knows all that much about them apart from the actual fans - you never hear of them buying or selling anyone - maybe the team is complaicant - maybe there are serious money problems - who knows? Who really cares? well, WBA are a good side and have had a fairly ordinary start to the season - before tonight they had won two got a draw and lost 3 - but still they were in the top half. I think that they will fail to score that many goals - and will finish lower mid table.
West Brom have a top quality striker in Lee Hughes and I am suprised that he has not been lured away by a bigger team. And now with the arrival of Derek Mclnnes, who seems to be a top striker, hopefully west brom can climb away from the foot of divison 1. It has been a hundred years at the Hawthorns, and their win against Crystal Palace was an excellent present for the fans. Hopefully, Megson's boys will go on from here after two straight wins and avoid another season, down at the bottom of the divison.
West Brom found themselves struggling towards the foot of Division 1 last season, and had to muster a good win against Charlton on the final day of the season to ensure their survival. However, things have not been too rosy at the Hawthorns for a while now, and manager Gary Megson has struggled to really assert his authority at the club to date. However, looking on the bright side, recent signing Jason Roberts (from Bristol Rovers) is an extremely promising striker, and if he can establish a partnership with Lee Hughes the same way he did with Jason Cureton as Bristol Rovers, then the Baggies will really have something to look forward to. However, I feel that West Brom do not yet have strength in depth and will not be challenging for honours in Division 1 this season, despite appointing a new Chairman. Expect another season of strife towards the lower end of Division 1 for the Baggies, with hopes of a better season the following year if they are able to enusre survival again. One To Watch: Jason Roberts Predicted Position in Division 1 next season: 19th
Another new season is on the way..and once again we Albion fans tell ourselves that we've GOT to have a better season this time around. We're a big fish in a small pond, we've got loads of potential etc etc. These feelings usually disappear around the end of September when it dawns on Baggies fans that another relegation battle is far more likely! Add the disappointing player performances, to questionable boardroom decisions and poor buying and selling and you wonder why Albion fans are EVER optimistic. But we are,and I tell you what....this could just be our season.