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West Bromwich Albion FC / Biggest disappointment of the season
« on: April 28, 2022, 08:25:56 AM »
Interesting to hear everybody’s thoughts on this one.

What are your top three disappointments for the season?

West Bromwich Albion FC / West Brom Player Contracts
« on: March 21, 2022, 01:31:12 PM »
As per the suggestion of BaggieJohn - please find below a breakdown of our players by their position. Info includes their age and contract length and is courtesy of the information on Transfermarkt.

NamePositionDate of Birth/AgeContract Expires
Alex PalmerGK10 August 1996 (27)30 June 2026
David ButtonGK27 February 1989 (34) 30 June 2024
Josh GriffithsGK5 September 2001 (22)30 June 2025

NamePositionDate of Birth/AgeContract Expires
Darnell FurlongRB31 October 1995 (27)30 June 2025
Martin KellyRB27 April 1990 (33)30 June 2024
TGHRB/CM30 December 2001 (21)30 June 2026
Semi AjayiRCB9 November 1993 (29)30 June 2025
Cedric KipreRCB9 December 1996 (26)30 June 2024
Caleb TaylorRCB14 January 2003 (20)30 June 2024
Kyle BartleyRCB22 May 1991 (32)30 June 2024
Conor TownsendLB/LWB4 March 1993 (30)30 June 2025
Adam ReachLB/LWB/LM3 February 1993 (30)30 June 2024
Erik PietersLB7 August 1988 (35)30 June 2024

NamePositionDate of Birth/AgeContract Expires
Okay YokuÅŸluDM9 March 1994 (29)30 June 2025
Alex MowattCM13 February 1995 (28)30 June 2024
Jayson MolumbyCM6 August 1999 (24)30 June 2025
Nathaniel ChalobahCM12 December 1994 (28)30 June 2024

NamePositionDate of Birth/AgeContract Expires
Matt PhillipsRW13 March 1991 (32)30 June 2024
Jed WallaceRW29 March 1994 (29)30 June 2026
Grady DianganaLW, RW19 April 1998 (24)30 June 2025
Karlan GrantLW, CF18 September 1997 (25)30 June 2026On loan to Cardiff City
John SwiftCAM23 June 1995 (27)30 June 2025
Rayhaan TullochLW, RW20 January 2001 (22)30 June 2024

NamePositionDate of Birth/AgeContract Expires
Brandon Thomas-AsanteCF29 December 1998 (24)30 June 2025
Daryl DikeCF3 June 2000 (22)30 June 2026

Any errors please let me know via PM.   We'll continue to update this as and when the squad changes.

West Bromwich Albion FC / This “rebuild”
« on: February 22, 2022, 10:26:52 PM »
Can someone tell me what this means?

I keep seeing suggestions that we’ll overhaul the playing squad but that is for the birds.

We will lose Johnstone, Molumby, Clarke, Carroll and Button in the summer.

Nobody is going to want any of our dross and some of them are on long standing contracts.

Unless someone offers us some money for the current rubbish then there is no rebuild.

I’m not hopeful that a new manager or director of football is suddenly going to turn this lot around.

The contract lengths of some of these are just staggering really - eye watering incompetency

Grant - expires at the end of 2026
Furlong - expires at the end of 2025
Robinson - expires at the end of 2025
Diangana - expires at the end of 2025
Townsend - expires at the of 2025
Phillips - expires at the end of 2024
Reach - expires at the end of 2024
Mowatt - expires at the end of 2024
Kipre - expires at the end of 2024

Our form across the last 20 games has us four points above the relegation spots.

And we’re meant to rely on this lot next year? God help us.

West Bromwich Albion FC / New Manager Thread 2020 (Archive)
« on: May 11, 2021, 09:11:59 PM »
Following our relegation from the Premier League and the clause within Sam Allardyce’ contract, we have agreed to create the following thread for all future managerial discussion as we plan our next steps.

This should prevent the other threads on the forum from being taken over by the managerial speculation.

A poll has been added for members to vote on their preferred candidate. The names within the poll have been taken from the previous bookmakers odds for the hot seat. Some current out of work managers who were linked previously have been added. Willing to add more if I’ve missed someone obvious.

West Bromwich Albion FC / West Bromwich Albion (R)
« on: May 09, 2021, 09:10:06 PM »
The mega thread to discuss our relegation.

What let us down?

What lessons can be learned?

Where do we go from here?

Really unsure what we do here going forwards & keen to hear the thoughts of others.

Our current options consist of:

Ajayi, Ivanovic, Kipre, Bartley and O'Shea.

Quite frankly you could make a case that none of them are good enough but it is clear that Ivanovic and Kipre do not have much of a future here.

If we sign a new centre half during this month - who do we drop? Who partners the new centre half going forwards?

If we do not sign a new centre half - what is the best partnership going forwards?

If we drop Ajayi, do we lose his threat of goals at the other end?


General Football & Sports / Sam Allardyce
« on: December 16, 2020, 05:28:39 PM »

Official thread following his appointment

West Bromwich Albion FC / New Manager / Head Coach
« on: December 15, 2020, 11:18:47 PM »
Following the announcements of several media outlets and the most reliable source in John Percy, it is now appropriate to discuss potential managers with the pending sacking of Bilic.

If it appears that he receives a vote of confidence then we shall lock the thread.

Please keep your managerial suggestions and reasonings in this thread.

West Bromwich Albion FC / A trip down memory lane - edition #1
« on: March 18, 2020, 12:43:10 PM »
So, we’re confined to our living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and conservatories. Some of us are now for the first time in years having conversations with our partners. Some may still be participating in a long term silence with their partners.

The pubs are shutting and the football is off. The social gatherings are brought to a close but the memories of good and bad games/players are with us forever.

Therefore, grab yourself a can of imported lager, ale or bottle of wine. For the tea drinkers amongst us, make yourself a mug of the finest Yorkshire tea.

It’s time to reminisce

Edition #1

The year is 1993.

The venue was Wembley. The proper one - not the post modern B&Q venue

30 May 1993 - 15:00 BST

West Bromwich Albion   3–0   Port Vale

Referee: Roger Milford

GK   1   Tony Lange
RB   2   Nicky Reid
LB   3   Steve Lilwall
CM   4   Darren Bradley
CB   5   Paul Raven
CB   6   Gary Strodder
CF   7   Andy Hunt      Substituted off
CM   8   Ian Hamilton
CF   9   Bob Taylor
LM   10   Bernard McNally
RM   11   Kevin Donovan
FW      Simon Garner Substituted in
MF      Gary Robson

Osvaldo Ardiles

GK   1   Paul Musselwhite
RB   2   Neil Aspin
LB   3   Kevin Kent      Substituted off
MF   4   Andy Porter
DF   5   Peter Swan      Red card
DF   6   Dean Glover
FW   7   Bernie Slaven
MF   8   Robin van der Laan   Substituted off
FW   9   Martin Foyle
MF   10   Paul Kerr
MF   11   Ian Taylor
FW   12   Nicky Cross      Substituted in
DF   14   Peter Billing      Substituted in

John Rudge


It’s nice to start with some positivity.

Share your memories. Were you there? Where was you stood?

How bad was the hangover?

Is there anything from the day that stands out?

Let’s get reminiscing and more cheerier subjects. This is a corona virus free topic  ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Midfield pairings following Sawyers suspension
« on: February 23, 2020, 05:09:46 PM »
Following the suspension to Romaine Sawyers, Bilic is now forced to break up the Sawyers and Livermore axis which has been so important to us over the course of the season.

Two home games upcoming against Preston and Wigan ahead of our cup tie against Newcastle.

How does Slav solve the problem? Any major changes to the formation or just changes to personnel.

Alternative midfield options include Gareth Barry, Chris Brunt, Rekheem Harper. Might we see the Ajayi in midfield experiment used? Does Krovinovic drop deeper with Grosicki or Phillips returning to the side?

Fire away...

West Bromwich Albion FC / Night with Gary Megson
« on: January 25, 2020, 09:33:31 AM »
Any members attend the night with SGM last night?

Event held with Nigel Pearson down in Cradley

Any interesting/funny stories or gossip to share?  :)

West Bromwich Albion FC / James Shan
« on: April 16, 2019, 12:43:58 PM »

Albion can today confirm Jimmy Shan will remain in charge of the first team until the end of the season.

Shan will continue his role of caretaker Head Coach until the close of the 2018/19 campaign in recognition of his efforts which have brought an average of two points per game in his six matches in charge.

Shan will add to his coaching team later this week as Albion gear up for a promotion push which now sees the team well placed to challenge through the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs.

“Jimmy has fully earned this opportunity to take us through to the end of the campaign,” said Technical Director Luke Dowling.

“He has earned the support and confidence of the players who have bought into the structural and organisational changes Jimmy has introduced. He has the backing of everyone to push on now and take us forward with momentum.

“Of course he recognises, as do we, that there is space for some more experience to join the coaching group and we expect to be able to clarify this element over the coming days.

“But Jimmy has impressed everyone with the way he has tackled the challenge. He is confident in his abilities, just as we have confidence in him, and he has convinced us all that our best prospects for promotion lie with him overseeing the first team.”

Shan opened his interim regime with three successive wins before setbacks against Millwall and Bristol City. Saturday saw Jimmy record his fourth victory with the 4-1 defeat of Preston which established a nine-point cushion to seventh place.

The Baggies netted 10 goals in their three Hawthorns wins under Shan following a sequence of one home victory in four months.

Jimmy said: “I’m happy that we can now move forward with clear planning and direction for the remainder of the season. It won’t change the work ethic and application of the players and the staff but it enables us to crack on with a clear target in our sights.

“From a personal point of view there is huge, huge pride to be given the responsibility. For me it is a chance to see the journey through that began at the end of last season.

“I’ve heard it said that with two or three extra games we may have stayed up last season. My aim is to make sure we get those extra games at the end of this season and complete our road back to the Premier League.”

West Bromwich Albion FC / Owners, chairman and all the top brass
« on: April 15, 2018, 06:52:26 PM »
Should apologise for accepting our relegation in February..

That car crash against Southampton at home should have meant the end for Pardew and his disastrous reign yet they allowed him to continue his limp towards relegation

That performance today leaves a sour taste in the mouth - just what if we had the change sooner...

We may still have been relegated, but at least we'd have put up a fight and that is what I find so hard to take.

General Football & Sports / The Telegraph - Football for Sale
« on: September 28, 2016, 09:38:31 PM »
They are about to release their latest exclusive report - this one focuses on the championship and according to their Twitter, it will highlight Hasselbaink of QPR and Masdimo Cellino at Leeds.

We'll make this the official thread for The Telegraph revelations

General Football & Sports / EURO 2016 MEGATHREAD
« on: June 11, 2016, 10:16:52 AM »

So its arrived! And this will be the place for all discussion regarding players, injuries, games, the fans and of course, which wag is sleeping with who!!

That time of year again when we all declare our love for the greatest British tennis player to have ever came out of these islands

The great one has won the Queens Tournament in preparation of an eagerly anticipated Wimbledon victory.

I'm sure everyone on wishes the great one the very best in the upcoming tournament  ;D

(not strictly the thoughts of everyone)

On a more serious note - anybody looking forward to Wimbeldon? I'm making me first appearance this year on Mens quarter finals day - unfortunately its clashes with the start of the Ashes.

Is anybody going to stop Djokovic?

West Bromwich Albion FC / The reminiscing megathread
« on: May 31, 2015, 08:05:07 PM »
Forgive me for being a thief but I saw this thread on another forum and it seemed a success so we'll try and recapture the Albion moments in here.

Basically, it was a thread dedicated to memories and moments throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and early 00s for us more younger ones.

Involved in the thread was a discussion on favourite 'away days' - days which were enjoyable for a number of reasons - be it the game, memorable goals, memorable chants or the urine up on the bus on the way there.

I'm relatively young (believe it or not) so my Albion memories really only stretch from 2003/04 onwards. One thing I do enjoy is the older generation reminiscing about days gone by - for me its a learning curve.

So there you have it folks - post your stories of your memories of following the Albion. They can be funny, weird or damn right stupid.

But its a trip down memory lane, ay it?

West Bromwich Albion FC / A telling and terrible statistic
« on: February 01, 2015, 06:12:56 PM »

I didn't actually realise things were that bad. Saido Berahino has scored 9 of those 20 goals.

Our next top goalscorer is Craig Dawson with two goals.

We're not getting enough goals from any of our other strikers nor our midfield.

Under Pulis it's a record I can't see improving greatly.

Baring that in mind - what's the priority for us? Bringing in new firepower to ease the burden on Berahino or some changes in the midfield? As well as a potential new signing in that area.

West Bromwich Albion FC / This group of players
« on: December 29, 2014, 11:34:36 AM »
..are getting away very lightly in my opinion.

There's only so long we can continue to lambast head coaches without looking elsewhere.

All of them are under-performing, failing to do the basics. All of them leaving their boss that they apparently like, hanging out to dry in a cauldron of abuse.

They have successfully seen off Clarke, Mel and we can now add Irvine to the list seen as he's not got long left.

I'm quite frankly ashamed of them. They do not the deserve the applause they received yesterday whilst others received large-scale abuse.

Some of them need to buck up their ideas quickly - and a few need selling in the summer. Laughable to think that many of them got ridiculous contract extentions.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Players who never got a fair crack of the whip
« on: December 18, 2014, 09:16:26 PM »
Players past and present that in your time following Albion haven't been awarded a fair crack of the whip by managers or fans..

I'll start us off:

Markus Rosenberg - never given a chance in his favoured position and had to contend with the in-form Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku. Proven elsewhere but not afforded the opportunity to show his worth here.

General Football & Sports / The Official International Football Thread
« on: September 07, 2014, 10:17:06 PM »
Euro qualifying got started tonight.

Two of the three home nations played.

Northern Ireland got their first away win in four years to beat Hungary.

Scotland lost 2-1 in Germany in a game where I thought they deserved a point.

Wales play Albania away tomorrow.

Who do we want then folks?

Sheffield Wednesday away for me.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Away Singing Section
« on: August 24, 2014, 12:39:31 PM »
I've been asked to post this - it is nothing to do with this forum. It has been organised by like minded supporters who have no connection to this forum but have asked us to politely make this request for them.

An away signing section has been created for away games this season. There is a small allocation that has been attributed to this section and the tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone or via the internet.

All you need to do is ask for your tickets to be attributed to the singing section - alternatively, if you are buying them online you can email the ticket office and ask for them to be placed in the section. Mark your email FAO of Lee.

The section has been running since the back end of last season and has had a very positive impact with our away fans making plenty of noise.

You can also like their facebook page: Away Singing Section


West Bromwich Albion are in talks with Greece international Georgios Samaras over a potential Bosman free transfer to the Hawthorns.

The Baggies have discussed terms over a potential move to The Hawthorns with the 29-year-old, who can play centrally or wide.

Samaras is without a club following an emotion exit from Celtic at the end of his Parkhead contract.

Malaga have already spoken to the player, who has been in Spain for talks over a potential move to the La Liga club.

But Albion would appeal on the basis that he would only need to relocate his family south of the border.

It has been suggested in Greece that Samaras could make a decision over his future before the weekend.

Sevilla, Hamburg and Lokomotiv Moscow have been linked with the forward.

General Football & Sports / Summer transfer window
« on: July 05, 2014, 12:31:25 PM »
The thread for all the transfer news and gossip from around the globe.  :D

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