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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: March 09, 2019, 08:21:49 PM »
In what way does you being a keeper grant you any superior knowledge of whether or not he should’ve saved it? Unless you’ve faced exactly the same shot I don’t see how you have any more information than someone who used to be a centre forward

Well I may not have played at the highest level (I did play at Step 6 of the football pyramid) I've faced shots like that before, sorry for giving my experience from a keepers perspective!  ???

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: March 09, 2019, 07:01:52 PM »
Disagree, reacted like he had concrete blocks on his feet instead of boots. Should've saved it.

That's your opinion and I respect it, but as I said in the after match thread I am still on the fence with him but I refuse to blame him for the goal today having been a keeper myself.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: March 09, 2019, 06:57:30 PM »
No chance with the goal, a well placed header.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: March 09, 2019, 06:50:16 PM »
Their goal looked like it should have been a fairly routine save to me. The guy dives in slow motion, it defies physics.

Watched it back a few times just now, as an ex-keeper myself I don't attribute any blame on him for that, it's just a well placed header.

And like I said I'm still on the fence with him, there has been times this season where I've been critical of him, but no doubt today he got us a point.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: March 09, 2019, 06:40:26 PM »
Not quite what I was expecting to write this evening, but he gained us that point today. So fairplay to him.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: March 09, 2019, 06:37:46 PM »
That was awful. No control at any point. Panic passing. Still sitting back when the goalie has possession and Doug this stupid playing out from the back thing.

Johnstone, Tosin, Dawson, Johansen, Murphy all absolutely dire along with the system. If Moore and Jones don’t rectify then big questions have to be asked of them

I agree with Mister AT, all players mentioned where not good enough, with the exception of Johnstone.

I'm still on the fence with him (Johnstone) but he made sure we got something out of the game today which we honestly didn't deserve.



Salomon Rondon will be allowed to leave this summer for £16.5million if the Baggies don’t go up – but will cost considerably more if promotion is achieved.

The Baggies striker, who is currently on loan at Newcastle United for the season, has the same release clause in his contract this summer as he did following relegation.

He has made it clear he would like to stay in the North East, where he says he feels settled, but any club will be able to trigger the release clause if they want to.

Rondon has a separate release clause in his contract if Albion do go up, believed to be north of £20m.

The Venezuelan striker, who cost Albion £12m in the summer of 2015, had a £16.5m release clause last summer which wasn’t triggered.

Newcastle wanted to sign him, but only on loan, and they agreed to send Dwight Gayle the other way to facilitate the deal.

The release clause means Albion are vulnerable to losing Rondon without getting a deal for Gayle in return.

But receiving £16.5m for a striker who turns 30 in September with a year left on his contract would represent healthy business for the Baggies.

Newcastle will be in pole position to sign Rondon in the summer, but under Mike Ashley, they have rarely signed players over the age of 29.

There is also uncertainty clouding Rafa Benitez’s future in the North East, and it was Benitez who pushed to sign Rondon.

Albion’s automatic promotion hopes have taken a dent recently, and they now sit seven points behind the top two.

But Darren Moore defended the character of his players after back-to-back defeats left them with a mountain to climb.

“I don’t think you can criticise the player’s characters, that’s one thing I’ll never do with them,” he said. “There’s some wonderful characters in there.

“You’ve got to remember over 34 games in the season, those characters haven’t been called into question.

“The most important thing is what we do going forward.”

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: March 05, 2019, 03:36:06 PM »
Bolton game against Millwall on Saturday is under threat unless Bolton can prove they are able to provide adequate safety measures by 1pm Wednesday

Don't worry it's only Millwall, they won't need any police  :-X

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: March 02, 2019, 01:54:40 AM »

As shakey as Tosin looked at LB he was not at fault for the goals.

I'm not knocking the lad as it isn't his fault he got shoehorned into left back, but the first two goals he was at fault for. The first he didn't close the man down and the second he played Bamford onside when he was looking right along the line.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: March 02, 2019, 01:22:16 AM »
Just got back.

If you asked somebody which team had played on Tuesday night and which team played on Saturday, I know what their answer would be.

It was like we were playing a back 7, and 3 forwards up top, the space in between was acres.

Absolutely shocking.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: February 28, 2019, 05:58:03 PM »
Has everyone got their tickets ok mine are not here yet ???

No, I had to ring up the ticket office today. I now have to collect from the away ticket office when I get there. They said they had posted it out but I never got it.

I thought it was strange as I normally get my daughters tickets the day after I book them.

When did you book yours by the way?

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: February 26, 2019, 01:28:45 PM »
Are you sure we haven't sold out ourselves?

When I had a look on Sunday night, there was only 100 tickets remaining....

EDIT: Just seen this post:


2,000 sold

500 remaining seats

There wasn't 500 on sale when I looked 10 hours before that post, just the 100 I mentioned. So perhaps some where being held back?

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: February 20, 2019, 01:33:08 PM »
No chap, just been on the site.

Block C17 (327 remaining) and Block C16 (43 remaining) are currently on sale.

Cheers Dan, I had a blonde moment and wasn't signed in when I went on there last night. I set my browser to remember me but it didn't this time.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: February 20, 2019, 02:34:09 AM »
Have we sold out?

No tickets showing on official site.

If anybody has a spare could they let me know please via PM.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Gareth Barry
« on: February 17, 2019, 11:23:44 PM »

Gareth Barry stayed at Albion to try and right the wrongs of last season – and says winning promotion would rank as one of the great achievements of his career.

Barry, who captained the Baggies to a 2-0 victory over former club Villa at the weekend, admitted it felt 'odd' leading out another team at Villa Park, particularly in a derby.

But the veteran midfielder, who has become a crucial member of Darren Moore's team, is glad he stayed at The Hawthorns.

“There was a big part of me that wanted to stay around and not just run away after relegation," said Barry. “It is not really in my character.

“I took responsibility, as well as a lot of other players who have hung around this season

“We were all part of the relegation team so I am working hard, as a lot of the other lads are, to put it right and try and get us straight back up.

"That isn't easy, you only have to look at the other teams who have come down. We need to go right until the end.”

Barry has won the Premier League, the FA Cup, and 53 England caps during a celebrated 21-year career.

He also holds the record for the most Premier League appearances, but says winning promotion out of the second tier would give him just as much joy.

“It would be a great achievement on the back of last season," he said. "To take on this challenge when everyone was at the lowest point and to bounce back – I am speaking ahead of myself of what could possibly happen – but if it was to happen it would be right up with a great achievement in my career."

Barry was at Villa for 12 seasons, and was a former captain of the club, so it was strange for him to lead the Baggies out at Villa Park in a derby,

“It was very odd to be honest," he admitted. "I have come back a few times over the years but to come back here and lead West Brom in a derby game felt slightly strange, I must admit that.

"But once that game kicks off you are just getting on with it."

When he was substituted off towards the end of the game, Barry received a warm round of applause from both sets of fans.

“It was a great feeling to be honest," he said. "I won't forget the 11 or 12 years I spent here.

"To come here at 16 and spend that amount of time at a club is something you won't forget.

"It is nice, you don't know, I may never play at Villa Park again in front of the fans so I was happy I went off in that way."

Barry's previous returns to Villa Park haven't always been so amicable, because plenty of supporters were disappointed in the manner he left for Manchester City back in 2009.

“Deep down I know they really love me," he smiled. "The bigger the player the bigger the boos, is what my family always used to tell me.

"I had a great time here and know the fans respected me. You do get a few boos but I never took anything like that too personally."


As if this man couldn't go up any higher in my opinion...... well he just did.

As the previous poster said, Class act!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Dwight Gayle (on loan swap from Newcastle)
« on: February 14, 2019, 05:34:46 PM »
Hmmmmm no comment

Much worse than Gayles!!!

Did Grabban get banned? I bet my house he didn't.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:40:18 PM »
Amazing, had never cheered a Vile goal in my life  ;D ;D ;D

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:31:33 PM »
Game on!

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: February 08, 2019, 09:01:19 PM »

Controversial goal, apparently the ball was kicked out of the GKs hands.

It was, called it in real time but ref having nothing of it.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: February 06, 2019, 05:54:48 PM »
Dare we even ask how many tickets have even been sold for this?  ;D

This is what's left currently:

Smethwick - 1270
East Stand - 5692
Brummie - 5589
Halfords - 1895

Sold about 500 for the Smethwick since dinner time which is when I last checked.

Roughly 9300 sold in home ends I think.

General Football & Sports / Re: Ben Foster (Sold to Watford)
« on: February 04, 2019, 01:05:35 AM »
Most fans have him as our best keeper of all time, if not comfortably top 3.

Easily, Hoult comes second, 30 years experience going up the Baggies.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Stefan Johansen (on loan from Fulham)
« on: February 02, 2019, 07:24:55 PM »
Surprised he didn't feature at all today, is he not match fit currently then?

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 02, 2019, 06:41:59 PM »
I've just seen the 3rd goal again, as bad as it is from Brunty the keeper should be coming and getting that ball.

Bond must come in next week.

Johnstone was coming for it but he stopped when Brunt started to swing for it. No communication I suspect, he doesn't command his box enough.

Give Bond a go I say.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Stefan Johansen (on loan from Fulham)
« on: January 31, 2019, 11:39:46 PM »
This is great news, appears to be just what we needed, welcome to the club Stefan.

General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL CHAMPIONSHIP THREAD
« on: January 31, 2019, 11:14:13 PM »
Leeds deal for James is OFF.

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