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Next Match Forum - 20/10 Wigan Athletic (A) / Re: Team
« Last post by Mister AT on Today at 12:35:42 AM »
The way Moore spoke in his pre match interview about Phillips suggested to me he won't be fit to play again tomorrow worryingly

Here’s hoping he lets Edwards have a crack there if Phillips doesn’t make it.
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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Director of Football
« Last post by OldburyWBA on Yesterday at 10:39:41 PM »
Lads, you have previously been asked by a mod to keep this to the Director of Football, please do so to avoid posts being removed.
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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Oliver Burke
« Last post by Atomic on Yesterday at 09:30:45 PM »
Scored 2 in the end in a 3-0 win.
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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Oliver Burke
« Last post by gavinrussell on Yesterday at 07:54:04 PM »
Just scored for the PL2 side..
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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Oliver Burke
« Last post by ashdoy on Yesterday at 07:25:23 PM »
So, from thinking that he would be good in the Championship, you have now decided that he is useless. Based on what? One and a half games in the EFL cup, when he scored once and had one assist?

Where did I say this
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Next Match Forum - 20/10 Wigan Athletic (A) / Re: Team
« Last post by beechyboy90 on Yesterday at 06:55:37 PM »
The way Moore spoke in his pre match interview about Phillips suggested to me he won't be fit to play again tomorrow worryingly
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Forthcoming Match Forum - 24/10 Derby County (H) / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« Last post by Atomic on Yesterday at 05:39:20 PM »
Derby are probably one of the bigger attractions and well supported but the fact they as of yet have only sold half their tickets as well as us nowhere near selling out says a lot.

The club have done a lot to entice fans back with the prices, entertainment on the pitch but midweek games are going to be a tough sell from now on due to sky introducing the watch every game live midweek facility.

As with most clubs we have a hardcore of fans who will go every game and price, etc isnt an issue as they just want to be there. There are fans who probably quite fancy it especially at the moment but think cold night in October, can get home from work, save the petrol, ticket price, etc and at 8pm put on sky and watch the game live.

Personally i dont think you can beat the buzz of a live match but i completely understand why with this red button option on sky now where you can watch every midweek games, fans are using that instead of going to games.

For the football fan who just wants to see the game whether at the ground or on the tv, the red button thing is a great option, but for midweek attendances its a nightmare for the club, especially with a number of our home games being moved (leeds, brentford and villa upcoming)

At some point i have no doubt sky will do some deal where they show the 3pm saturday games too and that will really be the demise of football ground attendances, like i say you will always get a core who will attend regardless but a big chink of future generations will soon be able to watch football legally whenever they want at very cheap prices, they do even need an adult with them, they can just watch on the tv or tablet which is a shame as they will miss out on that buzz of going to a live game.


I think that is a very valid point you make Albion79. It will be interesting to see how our midweek attendances compare to other clubs.

I do blame the club as well to some extent regardless of the slashed ticket prices this season. You have to look at the long term, the bigger picture. Paul Thompson when he was chairman wanted to expand the stadium but his reign didn't last long enough and Jeremy Peace muted the idea but chose to renovate the West Stand instead. That was a HUGE mistake in my opinion. There are times when you have the opportunity to capture new fans, we have never grasped those opportunities. There were seasons in the Premier League where we were virtually selling out regularly, only single, restricted view tickets remaining, that sort of thing. That was the time where a 32,000 stadium would've attracted new supporters who could've attended with families, with good views who would've enjoyed the experience and some of them would've joined the die hard fans you talk about. That gives you a bigger "pool" of support.

Albion have in excess of 50,000 supporters registered on their database and the club is situated in a location with literally millions of people living within an hours travel of the stadium. There is plenty of potential out there for extra support. The likes of Leicester, Southampton, Derby, Middlesbrough, Sunderland, Brighton etc have all exploited their opportunities, we haven't we've just been happy to plod along without growing and without improving the image and perception of the club.

The problem we are faced with now is football clubs don't actually need support in order to make money so from the clubs point of view, at this moment in time - what's the point of attracting more supporters to games?

All this said I would've still expected the tickets for this Derby fixture to be selling better than they are.

 
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Forthcoming Match Forum - 24/10 Derby County (H) / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« Last post by Albion79 on Yesterday at 05:01:33 PM »
Derby are probably one of the bigger attractions and well supported but the fact they as of yet have only sold half their tickets as well as us nowhere near selling out says a lot.

The club have done a lot to entice fans back with the prices, entertainment on the pitch but midweek games are going to be a tough sell from now on due to sky introducing the watch every game live midweek facility.

As with most clubs we have a hardcore of fans who will go every game and price, etc isnt an issue as they just want to be there. There are fans who probably quite fancy it especially at the moment but think cold night in October, can get home from work, save the petrol, ticket price, etc and at 8pm put on sky and watch the game live.

Personally i dont think you can beat the buzz of a live match but i completely understand why with this red button option on sky now where you can watch every midweek games, fans are using that instead of going to games.

For the football fan who just wants to see the game whether at the ground or on the tv, the red button thing is a great option, but for midweek attendances its a nightmare for the club, especially with a number of our home games being moved (leeds, brentford and villa upcoming)

At some point i have no doubt sky will do some deal where they show the 3pm saturday games too and that will really be the demise of football ground attendances, like i say you will always get a core who will attend regardless but a big chink of future generations will soon be able to watch football legally whenever they want at very cheap prices, they do even need an adult with them, they can just watch on the tv or tablet which is a shame as they will miss out on that buzz of going to a live game.
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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Laurie
« Last post by Chipperfan on Yesterday at 04:52:44 PM »
Anyone read this book, Different Class: Football, Fashion and Funk – The Story of Laurie Cunningham?
It's on my Xmas list  :)
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Mine too. Looking forward to losing myself in it. Great days.
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Forthcoming Match Forum - 24/10 Derby County (H) / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« Last post by kc56wba on Yesterday at 02:32:14 PM »
I hope all went well and wish you a speedy recovery


Cheers AlbionFan but don't have op till Monday.
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