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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Albion Boxes/New Artwork
« on: September 11, 2019, 12:23:40 PM »
With my business head on I can see versions of this artwork potentially hitting the club shop in time for Christmas :o #cynic

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Oliver Burke
« on: August 14, 2019, 01:10:06 PM »
Although if (as is being reported) he/his agents are looking at trying to secure him a move back to Germany then that may explain his seeming on-field attitude last night.
Also wonder if he was told in the summer he was part of the thinking then we sign a load of wingers and forward players who are 'not just squad fillers' whether he thinks his time is up?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kenneth Zohore
« on: July 17, 2019, 11:21:08 AM »
New song

When the ball hits the goal
It's not Shearer or Cole
It's Zohore
(pronouncing as Za hore ay)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Mr program Dave Bowler
« on: July 17, 2019, 07:41:26 AM »
Don't understand this.
Am I wrong in thinking that Homer and Cleverly are in unpaid positions?

Even so, if they choose to 'stand down' from their positions as a statement of unhappiness with how things are going (assuming they are in a position of more knowledge than the rest of us) then that would be very telling indeed.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Oliver Burke (on loan at Celtic)
« on: June 25, 2019, 03:26:49 PM »
Same as when we've taken players on loan and then not used them a la Gnabry, Montero and the left back from Everton whose name escapes me.

I know most of that predates Dowling but it does leave us wide open of accusations of hypocrisy

Don't forget Fulham could have extended his contract and said he'll be key for them next year to ensure he doesn't leave on a free or too cheaply. Much the same as we have done with players in the past

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: What happens if we stay down
« on: May 13, 2019, 03:20:45 PM »
I think its completely normal to have fears if we don't go up, but i'm sure given our parachute payments that should give us enough to make another good go of it next year.
Didn't the club say something in January like they were borrowing £10m against next year's parachute payment to secure players - admittedly we only bought in Murphy, Johansen & Montero so may not have used that much, but I'm curious as to whether this will further add to our 'cutting the cloth' justification

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: May 07, 2019, 08:32:03 AM »
Home season tickets need to got to Reserved tickets section, not home tickets - a bit confusing if you're not used to the system.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Kit 2019/20
« on: May 02, 2019, 08:15:29 PM »
The video is brilliant. I think the cameos from former players are brilliant and show a good sense of humour, especially from Odemwingie.

The actual kit is bit too similar to last seasons home top aside from the swirly bits on the sleeves. Still think there are more inventive options based on some other clubs with stripes kit templates but it is what it is. If the away id the same in green and yellow I'm not sure it'll work as well as this years. More nostalgia about that design, but I'll wait til I see it

General Football & Sports / Re: Mason Holgate Signs
« on: January 07, 2019, 12:12:51 PM »
I'd love to know who picked his squad number 68 ;D
If it was him, then fair play to win over the fans - classy move.

He's not exactly pulling up trees for them, but then they may be saying the same about Gayle - lets sell him while they think he's good in the Championship

And just for clarification on the lanyards - mascots and their parents all have lanyards so that security staff can check that they are allowed to be in the ground pre-kick off and in the various areas of the ground that are off limits to most people - they still sit with the fans (in the Halfords) so as many have already said, Tai having a security pass was more to do with him getting back in to the ground as a guest of the club

And obviously the fact that he's probably on more as Newcastle than we were willing to pay under our wage structure - with the 50% flex down on wages we can't then look to sign players on PL wages otherwise we upset the rest of the squad.
Although not much has been said, I'd guess that Newcastle are still paying a % of Gayle's wages or some of the 'loan fee' we've had for Rondon is that in a lump sum.

Definitely need more options up front, as even with Gayle coming in that leaves us with 3 'first team' players and if we're playing two up top that's not enough for a 46+ game season - especially if one has a dip in form, injury or suspension
I think if we get £20m for JRod we'll spend on a couple of players possibly that we've already been linked with

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Fan Zone
« on: August 06, 2018, 12:41:00 PM »
As drummer in a band that have played in the fanzone I'm gutted that they're not having the stage. The team that they used for the stage and sound were great, but I accept that they would have been costly.
However, the food and beer offerings were very poor and by the time I got to the fanzone there was a steward at the gates saying if you wanted a drink you'd be better off going to the stadium!

Surely not difficult to anticipate - in the middle of a heatwave, sold out game, first game of the season with optimism at a high given the away kit launch and general feeling that Big Dave has brought the family feeling back - was always going to be busy, and from what I could see the two 'bars' had two people serving and significantly fewer taps than the bars that were used previously.
Surely this isn't paid for by the club - unless they take the profits. I thought the bars etc would have been business that paid the club to be in the fanzone and then took the profits from their sales ??

To be fair Diego Luna passed a medical at a premier league club and couldn't run  :o

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Kit/ Sponsors
« on: July 26, 2018, 11:26:17 AM »
Surely as long as we have about 20 of them by the first time we need it that's OK ?

I think it was last season (whenever Blues switched to adidas) their home kit wasn't released until mid September, and the Vile had similar with their kit suppliers in recent years.

I still prefer the days when we used to play the last game of the season in the new kit, but with sponsor deals changing so often I guess we can't

And also lets not forget we agreed several of these contracts and release clauses 2-3 years ago, since then the transfer market has become even more inflated (with a huge jump last year) so what seemed good clauses at the time and protected the club from inflationary market increases nobody saw these massive transfers (Neymar, Mbappe etc) coming and therefore the knock on effect to the rest of football.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Claudio Yacob
« on: July 19, 2018, 07:43:36 AM »
They could have had a proper send off had they played in the supposed testemonial that Brunty and Mozza were supposed to have last season and again this................

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Kit/ Sponsors
« on: July 19, 2018, 07:42:10 AM »
What’s a pro version ? I saw that the authentic shirt was a lot more expensive then the ordinary shirt. I always thought the ordinary shirt was the authentic one. What’s the difference? Material ?
I noticed this a couple of years ago with the England shirts, they are advertised as 'match' and 'stadium' shirts - if you look on the Nike website the 'stadium' shirt is £65 and the 'match' is £90 - the only seeming difference being the material they are made from and the 'technology' it uses.
 :o :o :o :o :o

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kyle Bartley
« on: July 10, 2018, 01:15:11 PM »
And lest we forget, signing Dawson himself from Rotherham and loaning him back there

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: My worry................
« on: July 09, 2018, 11:06:02 AM »
It's one thing to have a budget, it's another to actually USE it

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: My worry................
« on: July 09, 2018, 07:43:29 AM »
But they could all say they want to leave but unless we get an 'acceptable offer' (in the terms of Daws & JRod) or someone meets the release clause they're going nowhere, so we can't sign on the expectation they will leave.
And that's why the wold cup thing is slowing things down - as the the merry-go-round only really starts once the bigger clubs start to do their business, and that cascades down - suddenly a player that wasn't leaving might become sought after if other teams have their players picked off

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Official: Sam Johnstone signs
« on: July 05, 2018, 12:19:34 PM »
And working with a coach (Neil Cutler) who knows him and who he (SJ) respects will take stuff on board.

Although the Pardew thing may have clouded it, I thought Foster improved after we appointed NC as goalkeeping coach so hopefully Sam can do likewise

General Football & Sports / Re: Ben Foster
« on: July 01, 2018, 01:16:07 PM »
Although if this was the case, could the club not have made a statement to the effect that he was being given extended leave in live with the international players and therefor not fined him???

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