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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: What is "The West Brom way?"
« on: February 10, 2021, 10:50:43 PM »
The Albion way for me is watching a team that inspires me, does its best and fully respects the shirt and the fans in the stands. Pre the big dollar contracts, our players did all this, it was what they lived for and they fully understood what it meant to us all to see them win, fight out a draw, or go down gallantly. I think we can get back to some semblance of this with; a very good keeper (SJ is showing he can fill this slot), two uncompromising centre backs (our last 2 in my opinion were Jonas and DMac), a ruthless DMF (Mulumbu, Yacob, Robson), and the rest of the 11 come from under 25 year olds. Throw into the mix a manager needing to make a name for themselves and just go for it, at least we would all be happy watching this unfold. Everytime we lose 5-0, we learn from it, not bury our heads in the sand and complain about lack of funds, the wrong transfers, the owner is a prick, blah, blah, blah. We need to stop being the last bus stop for pensioners!

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: July 14, 2020, 07:47:24 AM »
On foxtel at 2am, alarm set, can't wait

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: March 30, 2019, 12:46:12 AM »
A tough well earned win against what I thought was a very decent championship side. Couldn't really expect much in the first half when we have 3 older players who are unfortunately slow and a young kid in the midfield. Brunt & Mozza have been great servants to our club for many years and it is sad that age has caught up with them. HRK creates chaos in the forward half, sometimes I think he doesn't even know what he will do, it was the perfect remedy to break down a pretty stubborn defence, overall a great result. We do not have the Man City squad, a couple of average prem standard players, half a dozen below average prem players and loans and kids is what is here. Still think that as a team we can win the remaining games, up to the top 3 to slip up. Fingers crossed.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Ahmed Hegazi
« on: March 13, 2019, 10:40:44 PM »
Shout out to Hegazi, the man is a colossus. We haven't won a single match this season when he was unavailable.

Bang on

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Claudio Yacob
« on: September 07, 2018, 12:33:04 AM »
He's magic, you know, good luck Claudio. Loved his killer battling attitude, hope he gets a very warm welcome, ala Gera's return to the Hawthorns in the khaki green of Fulham, was lucky to witness that and will never forget it.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: I ain't giving up!
« on: February 14, 2018, 10:52:47 PM »
Safe with 33 in 16th position, only goal difference between 16th and 19th.  :o

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rest in Peace Cyrille Regis.
« on: January 15, 2018, 11:17:34 PM »
My Childhood hero, RIP

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Claudio Yacob
« on: December 14, 2017, 10:38:06 PM »
Love the gut to bits, plays his heart out for us. First game I've seen him offer an attacking threat as well, reminded me of the videos of him prior to joining the Albion, scoring the odd goal. No Pulis, no shackles for the Yak?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next Manager Thread
« on: November 20, 2017, 09:59:58 PM »
Aussie bias here, please feel free to shoot me down but, Ange Postecoglou ticks all the boxes re footballing philosophy; attack at all costs, plays the youth, takes no rubbish.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: October 18, 2017, 01:48:49 AM »
If our reserves beat our firsts, does the curse still apply? Just asking.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Your starting 11 for Brighton
« on: September 01, 2017, 06:07:05 AM »
Pulis dream team for Brighton:

Nyom  Hegazi  Dawson  Evans  Gibbs
Livermore  Yacob  Barry  GK

General Football & Sports / Re: Seals watch - Anything Villa
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:36:06 PM »
European powerhouse Villa losing 2 - 0 in the Champions League  :o

Oops correction ChampionShip ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: The Run Home...
« on: March 22, 2017, 10:58:43 PM »
Manchester United (Away) Win - 46
Watford (Away) Draw - 47
Southampton (Home) Win - 50
Liverpool (Home) Lose - 50
Manchester City (Away) Lose - 50
Leicester City (Home) Draw - 51
Burnley (Away) Win - 54
Chelsea (Home) Win - 57
Swansea City (Away) Win - 60

so 17 more points out of a possible 27, maintaining our average of 1.60 points/game. COYB let's break into the 60s!

General Football & Sports / Re: Tony Pulis
« on: September 02, 2016, 12:01:48 AM »
I think Pulis is gone, he knows it and the club has just not decided when they will drop the axe. TP is limited to only one game plan and buying players that do not fit his system is just a waste of resources. No matter who we bought in this window how would they go about displacing the current crop of first choice players (when they are fit) that TP has unwavering belief in that they will not get him relegated? I believe that TP's viewpoint is: Our goalkeepers, Foster & Myhill are about as good as each so no problem there. LB is Brunt's position, CB are Evans & McAuley, RB is Dawson, CMs are Fletcher & Yacob, AM is Morrison and CF is Rondon. Utility is Gardner, either starting or on the bench. I cannot see the arrival of anyone dislodging any of these 10 players from TP's plans. The two (or one)  remaining position(s) could be anyone's. The only requirement is that they support the full back on their side. With such a narrow approach, I believe that when the takeover is finally rubber stamped massive changes will occur as 6 of the 10 will be past it for the new manager. Very disappointed, but glass still somehow half full.

General Football & Sports / Re: Official Europa League thread
« on: August 26, 2016, 06:55:47 AM »
In a similar vein:

We weren't always as tippy-tappy back then as some like to portray us....
Wow, who is the football team in the stripes??? 4 goals in half an hour!!!! **** I stay up all night for a month to see four goals by Albion. Is Superkev still around???

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jeremy Peace
« on: August 06, 2016, 05:32:10 AM »
Thank you Mr. Peace for all you have done, enjoy the ample rewards for your toils. I hope history refers to you as the local lad who steadied the ship, preserved our great old club and prepared it very effectively for the globalization of football. Cheers

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: February 03, 2016, 05:42:42 AM »
Just saw the Vardy goal  :o :o :o :o Hope they keep going, such a refreshing change.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 03, 2016, 12:47:06 AM »
Observations from watching the game this morning.
1. we have no pace other than McLean
2. Age has caught up with too many of our players
3. I feel for Gardner, 5 years ago was probably a very decent player but now too often resorts to forcing the ref to decide if he is being fouled or he is fouling
4. Sandro looks like a very handy player, just match sharpness missing
5. we do not appear to practice open play attacking enough, too many times it looked like a training drill with token efforts at finishing
6. Fletcher is not a no. 10
7. Vic  :o, wow
8. we should have won in a canter with the chances we had
9. Foster should have dived, 9 times out of 10 that shot will go far post. Even if he was late and dived after it had past him it would be better than imitating a statue.
10. Floodgates might now open for Rondon, fingers crossed.

General Football & Sports / Re: Saido Berahino
« on: February 02, 2016, 12:39:50 AM »
Glad he has not gone for 20 odd million. Don't know what I am missing but if rumors about Stones (defender with 65PL games and 1 goal) at 50mil, then Saido's rumors (88PL games for 22) IMHO should be for more. Suppose it all depends on who is doing the shopping. If he pulls his finger out, JP could be sitting on a gold mine.

General Football & Sports / Re: Tony Pulis
« on: September 29, 2015, 12:32:01 AM »
Regardless of the tactics and also the substitution of Rondon for Gardner, luck, as mentioned in many of the previous post played a very big part in the outcome. Unluckily we lose 2 CBs that can go toe to toe with Romelu and end up with Chester being outmuscled for the first goal that goes in off Rom's forearm, unluckily our players don't do a Man Utd and surround the ref demanding a hand ball. Unluckily, Rondon plays the ball and doesn't drop to the ground when pushed in the back making it a pretty obvious call for a penalty. Second goal, our fill in LB unluckily finds himself just close enough so that the lino has a semi difficult call on an obvious off side. Third goal and Rom handles the ball before putting it away. Luck is a bitch.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Score prediction
« on: September 28, 2015, 07:29:03 AM »
2 - 0 , Dawson & Berahino

« on: September 16, 2015, 07:21:47 AM »
Brown Ideye could be starting today v Bayern Munich!  :o

General Football & Sports / Re: Greatest ever World Squad
« on: September 04, 2015, 01:09:56 AM »
b. 1964

Breitner   Maldini   Baresi   Carlos
            Cryuff   Zidane
      Pele   Klinsmann  Maradona

General Football & Sports / Re: Saido Berahino
« on: August 26, 2015, 11:49:09 AM »
Talking out of turn here being an Aussie but, if Berahino was utilized as a true number 10, playing behind Rondon or Lambert or Vic for the next 2 seasons, then we may develop a stand out forward that would be in prime condition to fill Rooney's spot in the English team. He needs to be further developed (imho) playing regularly with a brute forward as a partner to allow him to express all his talents. Spuds will run him into the ground chasing a beyond their grasp glory that they can only dream about. If he went to a big 4, then the pine bench would become his best friend, and the glory seeking fans of that club will give their team a standing ovation at seasons end and be left bewildered come Euros or WC time as to why England can't do so well. Imperative for many reasons why the lad should stay a Baggie. My opinion only

General Football & Sports / Re: Saido Berahino
« on: August 26, 2015, 08:09:44 AM »
Finishers = goals, goals = wins. Sterling is a headless chook, even has the hairstyle to match, also dare I say it is one footed.
Berahino wins teams games, just like Defoe would have if ......
End of the day, IMHO Sterling is an unbelievably good athlete that was nurtured into a footballer because of his speed, Berahino was only ever going to become a footballer because of his ability to read the game, be in the right place, finish on either side of his body, or his head, take responsibility for penalties/free kicks and convert them. It is not practical to compare out and out strikers, but if we were to then Zlatan only does what Berahino does, difference is he is doing it a lot better and has been doing it for a lot longer. Berahino to me is the spring lamb the farmer is looking to sell, not realizing that it may become the prized bull in a couple of years. Sterling will only get s l o w e r as the years go by and his value to the lower division team he will find himself at will come into question. The Chump and League 1 are full of Sterlings of the past.

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