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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Wes Hoolahan Signs on Short Term Deal
« on: September 15, 2018, 10:43:41 AM »
Welcome to the Baggies Wes!

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Tyrone Mears signs official
« on: August 28, 2018, 02:43:08 PM »
Making me smile that Cranie is now being seen by some as a "better" option!  :o

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Tyrone Mears signs official
« on: August 28, 2018, 12:42:26 PM »
Lots of assumptions that this might be to free up money for a CM ... let's wait & see what they pull out of the bag!

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Tyrone Mears signs official
« on: August 28, 2018, 11:56:02 AM »
Welcome to the club Tyrone!

That's about as positive as I can get about this signing though, anybody care to add something positive to this post?
Please.

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General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: August 24, 2018, 09:18:27 AM »
"Yannick Bolasie: Aston Villa 'close' to agreeing loan deal for Everton winger"
https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/45281262

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: WBA - Allan Nyom
« on: August 17, 2018, 12:15:35 PM »
Interesting departure given our lack of RBs but assume we have something solidly lined up. Thanks Allan, good luck in Spain.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Carabao cup round 2 draw
« on: August 16, 2018, 06:56:13 PM »
Plymouth please
We're in the Northern section ...

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Craig Dawson
« on: August 16, 2018, 05:53:50 PM »
Sky reported he had a thigh strain.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Tonights Attendance
« on: August 14, 2018, 10:02:55 PM »
Not a bad guess that, official site said 10,404!

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 14, 2018, 09:58:42 PM »
Yep a win's a win!

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: August 14, 2018, 03:35:48 PM »
Sky reporting a thigh injury may keep CD out of tonights match.
http://www.skysports.com/football/w-brom-vs-luton/391908

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore
« on: August 13, 2018, 09:30:04 AM »
Not sure previous managers received such early criticism.

In my opinion, Darren Moore has some hugely undervalued qualities considering the posts we're seeing in this thread.

Big Dave has a level of emotional intelligence and self awareness rarely seen other than those who are top managers. His tactics in midfield are interesting to say the least but let's get something straight here - no one knows our best 11 yet, I totally appreciate he needs time.

In addition he is fully qualified and has an industry leading assistant coach.

I could go on, but I'm just happy we have some identity and integrity back thanks to Darren Moore.
Great post fella, thanks!

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore
« on: August 05, 2018, 09:03:15 AM »
There will be more days like yesterday I am sure. Darren is a rookie Head Coach and he made some mistakes but he was also let down by some of his players.
... ...
This is a hell of a challenge for any Head Coach but even more so for one in his first job. All that said the plain fact is every fan who was on the Moore bandwagon had to know that and for some to be turning after one game is disappointing.

We have to give him time to ring the changes that are needed and if that means we have a stuttering season well that is just the way it is. We absolutely don't need another 6 month Head Coach appointment for any coach to achieve a culture and football shift they need time it won't happen overnight nor will it be plain sailing but the long term gain is worth the short term pain.
Nicely put Stan.
There are challenges on so many fronts & we as supporters have to stay strong and support one of our own, someone we all know has the clubs best interests at heart - that's a rare opportunity!

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: August 03, 2018, 07:12:41 PM »
Anyone know if the new Man City lad and/or Cranie can play?
Not seen whether Cranie has even signed so I suspect not.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Email fromDarren
« on: August 03, 2018, 07:10:50 PM »
There you go, full email, a worthwhile read, you can almost hear Darrens voice saying it;

I just wanted to take a few minutes to write to you ahead of the start of the season and, primarily, thank you for the huge vote of confidence that you have given me and the Albion by getting behind the team ahead of the new season.

Last season ended in disappointment when we lost our Premier League status but over the last few weeks of that campaign, what was encouraging was the way everybody in the dressing room, in the staff, at the football club, and especially the supporters all pulled together and tried to make something incredible happen. That gives us something to build on this season.

If anything, we will need that togetherness, that self-belief, even more in the Championship than we did in those last few weeks of last season. It’s more vital than ever before because the mentality with which we approach the season is going to be key.

I’m calling on all our fans to get to The Hawthorns in numbers, to travel around the country and back us in numbers, because if we want to have a successful season we will only do it if we are all pushing in the same direction, every minute of every day.

We’ve brought some new faces into the football club this summer, players who I think will excite you over the next nine months. One of the things that attracted them to The Hawthorns was what they’d heard about the support we get and the atmosphere you help to create, home and away. I need you to make those new boys feel welcome, to get right behind them and to help them give their best so that in the years ahead, they can become the next wave of Albion heroes.

I want a team that will excite you, I want a team that is full of energy and enthusiasm. Equally, I want a team that works very, very hard because if you don’t have that, you’ve got nothing.

I want my team to fight for every ball, for every yard on the pitch. I want them to be desperate to succeed and wanting to do well for the football club. If we get that, their ability will come into its own. But first and foremost, we have to work hard, we have to be energetic, we have to be determined and we have to want to win, every challenge, every game, every week.

That includes supporters too, because you’ve got a massive part to play. The impact you can have on the players is huge. You must not underestimate how much you can help the team. As I said time and again last season, it’s about all of us, about togetherness, not about individuals. Let’s be a united force throughout the season and let’s all do our very best to get the season off to the right start.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Email fromDarren
« on: August 03, 2018, 07:07:07 PM »
Not sure, it dropped at 17:16.
PM me your email & I'll forward it on if you want.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Email fromDarren
« on: August 03, 2018, 07:01:46 PM »
Yes a superb "Welcome To The New Season!" email from Darren.
"I want a team that will excite you, I want a team that is full of energy and enthusiasm. Equally, I want a team that works very, very hard because if you don’t have that, you’ve got nothing.

I want my team to fight for every ball, for every yard on the pitch. I want them to be desperate to succeed and wanting to do well for the football club. If we get that, their ability will come into its own. But first and foremost, we have to work hard, we have to be energetic, we have to be determined and we have to want to win, every challenge, every game, every week."

Love it!

Also, the caps to Super Bob & Sneekes is a great touch before kick-off.
https://www.wba.co.uk/news/2018/august/stars-in-stripes-forever/

It feels like something very, very special is starting.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: OUT ON LOAN THREAD
« on: August 03, 2018, 01:10:40 PM »
Surprised by this. Not Wilson, he needs another year or two, but I genuinely thought Fitzwater would play a part this year - albeit a bit part.
Guessing they must be confident of bringing someone in then.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: James Morrison
« on: August 03, 2018, 10:09:47 AM »
Yes great news for me as well, welcome (again) James!

Always gets my full support just for "havin a word" with Sado!!  :D

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Graeme Jones - Assistant Head Coach
« on: August 02, 2018, 08:33:18 PM »
Underlines what we've already seen from Darren to date, really looking forward to him shaping our future - "The Redeemer"

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Graeme Jones - Assistant Head Coach
« on: August 01, 2018, 02:59:18 PM »
Excellent intro article on the main site:
https://www.wba.co.uk/news/2018/august/darren-moore-on-graeme-jones/
Great insight from DM about Graeme & why it was so important for him to bring him aboard, gives some insight into DMs philosophy on footie & his expectations of the players.

DARREN Moore has explained why he was determined to realise his dream of working alongside Graeme Jones, the new Assistant Head Coach whose appointment was today confirmed.

The pair have been close friends and footballing soul mates ever since they spent one season together during their playing days at Doncaster Rovers.

They have never been out of contact since, with Darren revealing that his pal was a constant sounding board during his six-game season finale as interim Head Coach.

By then, the new man was locked into Belgium’s World Cup campaign. Graeme has worked alongside Roberto Martinez through his posts at Wigan, Everton and finally with the team which finished third in Russia this summer.

But now they are together at last, delayed only by the Albion gaffer’s insistence that Graeme take a family holiday after the World Cup to ‘recharge his batteries’ in readiness for the Championship challenge ahead.

Summing up why he had waited to ensure Graeme be assistant Darren said: “His attention to detail, his work ethic, his professionalism, his achievements and performance at the highest level . . . beyond all that, his qualities as a human being are what I want to bring into this building in every appointment.

“His philosophies within the game, how it should be played . . . he is an attack-minded coach who knows what I want from forward play and I believe he can deliver it with precision.

“We’ve been friends ever since that season together and never been out of touch, no matter where we’ve been in the game. We’ve always spoken football and that connection has been there from day one.

"I’ve been out watching him in training with Roberto and we have always had this exchange of views. His outlook on the game from both a defensive and attacking point of view is something that works for me.

“His football knowledge and ability are only part of it. His qualities as a man are just as important. He is a wonderful person who can only benefit West Bromwich Albion going forward.

“I don’t like to say too much about this but I’m changing the culture around here and the first thing we have to do is recruit people with respect and humility for everyone, absolutely everyone, who we come into contact with. Everyone who steps into this place must show these characteristics.

“Ever since this opportunity was available, I know the Club has appealed to him and he is excited by what we want to do here. Graeme can impact the Club in many, many ways which can only be good for West Bromwich Albion.”

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Graeme Jones - Assistant Head Coach
« on: August 01, 2018, 02:22:39 PM »
Excellent news, Welcome Graeme. Boing, boing!

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Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Re: Dingle on Come Dine with Me
« on: August 01, 2018, 12:05:26 PM »
Good to see he knows his place eh!

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Boaz Myhill
« on: August 01, 2018, 08:30:41 AM »
As someone on Tweeter said

“Albion fans making a mountain out of a Myhill”  ;D
Love that, ain't it true!

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Boaz Myhill
« on: July 31, 2018, 04:43:00 PM »
welcome back to the albion boaz :)
Exactly, gotta put our 100% faith in Darren Moores decisions.

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