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Announcements, Feedback & Questions / At last, we're back!
« on: July 16, 2019, 02:45:58 PM »
How long has that been? I've lost count, a least fifty odd hours. Absolutely ridiculous in 2019.

BUT, welcome back everyone.  :D


PS! No, we STILL haven't signed anyone.  >:(

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General Football & Sports / Wimbledon
« on: July 04, 2019, 02:29:04 PM »
That ugly chipmunk looking seal fan Dan Evans, can't wait for him to get knocked out.

Djokovic will win the men's. Women's, wide open.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / When we sold Robson to Man Ure
« on: January 06, 2019, 07:29:13 PM »
........... At the time did we realise just how good he was? Arguably the best player we've ever produced.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Since changing to 4-3-3
« on: December 30, 2018, 02:17:07 PM »
I have stolen this from another site but we're all Albion so I'm sure no one will mind.  :D


Everybody has played 9 games.
We have won 6 and drawn 3.

The league table based on those 9 games is -

1-Albion 21 points GD+12
2-Leeds 21 points GD+3
3-Norwich 18 points GD+7
4-Hull 18 points GD+5
5-Villa 16 points GD+8
6-Blues 15 points GD+7

In terms of goals conceded we have the best record, conceding 8.
In terms of goals scored we have 20, third highest behind Villa and Norwich.

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I am probably the only person to notice the similarities in our 4-3-3 line up against Leeds to the make up of that superb 1980 - 81 team that finished forth in the old First Division. I say I am probably the only person to notice because I doubt anyone else is quite as weird as I am with regards to my memory of things Albion historic dating back to the late seventies / early eighties. Not just those times though. For example - Albion played Everton in an FA Cup third round tie in January 1989. Anyone know the attendance that day? 31,186. There you go weird. I don't know why I remember that but I do.

Anyway, apologies for my digression, back to the subject.

Allow me to list the two teams. (80 - 81 most played eleven). Leeds team on top 80 -81 team below:

       
                                           Johnstone
                                           Godden

Adarabioyo             Dawson                       Hegazi                    Gibbs
Batson                   Wile                            Robertson                Statham

                         Phillips         Livermore            Morrison
                         Robson        Moses                  Owen

Robson - Kanu                       Rodriguez                                   Barnes
                         A Brown       Regis                                          Barnes


Now, allow me to expand. In goal we have two goalkeepers who are good shot stoppers with good reflexes but maybe have a weakness with aerial balls and decision making.

At right back we have two players who are more defensively minded, though Batson would get forward more than Adarabioyo did against Leeds.

At left back we have two players that go forward at will in Gibbs and Statham.

At centre back Dawson and Hegazi reverted back to proper centre halves the type Wile / Robertson were.

The midfield three. We have the workhorses Livermore and Moses. We have the ball players who can pass a ball and dictate the pace in Morrison and Gary Owen. Now admittedly Phillips and Robson are different, there was only one Robson, but both could get forward and score goals. Phillips tackle for his goal was Robson-esque.

The front three is different I admit. Ally Brown would play more narrow than Robson Kanu did and JRod is not Big Cyrille although he did carry the ball forward for a couple of our goals. Cyrille would've done that.

Then of course we have a Barnes wide left now and we have a Barnes wide left then. Harvey and Peter both of whom can / could swap wings or play more infield and both have goals in them.

How weird is all that? I'm probably the only one who thinks so and no-one else probably gives a damn but as it's Sunday and there's nothing else going on I thought I'd share my weirdness with you.  8)


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West Bromwich Albion FC / "Reserves" / Youths
« on: November 13, 2018, 09:02:38 PM »
Because of work commitments I haven't seen any of these games for years. There is a game coming up though at the Hawthorns vs Man United on Friday 23 November. I might just be able to make that and wouldn't mind going to have a look at one or two of the kids.

Can anyone tell me what stand(s) are likely to be open and what the admission charge is please? Also (this is probably an extremely stupid question) you just turn up at the gate, yes?

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Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Dingle on Come Dine with Me
« on: August 01, 2018, 09:57:03 AM »
"I've never actually won anything in my life. Except sports day at school in the egg and spoon race when I came third".

 ;D

That was right at the start of the programme.

I cringed. If you ever forget just how dumb dingles are it never takes them long to remind you does it?  ;)

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General Football & Sports / Radio football phone in's
« on: April 25, 2018, 01:46:31 PM »
I've not really listened to phone in's for a few years now, used to listen mainly to Tom Ross who has now retired. I'm a bit out of touch with "the scene".

What do you lot listen to? Which phone in's are the best and worst?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / The Kids next season
« on: April 15, 2018, 10:24:00 AM »
With us being in the Championship next season it should be slightly easier to bring a youngster or two into the first team fold. I've been looking at our squad and there are a number of them that are on the fringes:

Sam Field: Should've been a regular this season let alone next. Given that we're likely to be a footballing team next season and at a lower level than we're currently playing at I would expect Sam to hold down a place. He turns 20 in May, now is the time.

Alex Palmer: Ben Foster says he wants to stay at the club which is excellent news. Alex isn't likely to dislodge Ben but could he be our genuine second choice next season? 21 is very young for a goalkeeper. Would we trust him in Foster's absence? I'm not so sure.

Kane Wilson: Has been on loan at Exeter. Only 18 years old but gaining first team experience. Right back isn't a position we are particularly strong in. Nyom is no world beater and Dawson is arguably a more natural central defender (Dawson may go anyway). Could Wilson make the step up next season?

Jack Fitzwater: On loan at Walsall, seemingly doing well. 20 years old centre back. Hegazi, Gabr (given that he's reportedly learning English), are likely to be here next season. McAuley at his age may not be, Dawson may or may not be, Evans won't be, there is an opening at centre back. I expect we'll add to the back line in the summer.

Oliver Burke: Has been on the fringes this season. Has had Championship experience before. I expect him to figure regularly next season.

Jonathan Leko: Soon turns 19. Has been out at Bristol City this season, didn't really make too much of an impact. I've never been too sure about Leko I'm not sure his technique is good enough and I'm not sure about his footballing intelligence. Will he be good enough to earn a place next season when he never cemented a place at Bristol? I'm not sure but I think next season is huge for Leko. If he doesn't step up to that next level I can see him going down the leagues even at his age.

Rekeem Harper: Hard to know what to make of Harper. Only 18 had a short loan spell at Blackburn, featured only once. Made the bench for us against Swansea. Our midfield is slow, defensive and poor, will surely be totally different next season. Gareth Barry should be moved on, Krychowiak won't be here for sure. Chadli won't be. Morrison?


How many of these kids will be regulars for us next season? I'd say Field and Burke, unsure of the rest.


Thoughts?


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General Football & Sports / Commonwealth games
« on: April 05, 2018, 11:09:54 AM »
Aimee Willmott just won a gold medal in some swimming event. At the medal ceremony Jerusalem was played as the English national anthem.

I felt quite proud. Always thought that should be England's anthem rather than God Save The Queen which should be used for Great Britain / United Kingdom.

I'd love the England football to adopt Jerusalem as well.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Darren Moore sacked
« on: April 02, 2018, 12:27:06 PM »
Good luck Big Dave.

Don't think you get an easy ride though. I want to see youngsters like Sam Field and Oli Burke given starts and some of the old dead wood resigned to where they should be, bench at best.

I'm certainly not expecting Big Dave to pull up any trees with this lot but I want to see reasoning behind the decisions he makes and the youngsters being helped in their progression.

Everyone loves Big Dave so at least a small cloud has been lifted from over the place.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Lack of fitness?
« on: March 17, 2018, 06:10:24 PM »
Given that we keep losing games from winning positions I'm wondering if a lack of core fitness plays it's part here?

I'll name four players that from what I've seen of them (home games) seem to struggle to last 90 minutes to my eye, I don't know if anyone else agrees.

Matt Phillips - Always seems to be blowing out of his arse after an hour.
Jay Rodriguez, Grzegorz Krychowiak - Both seem to work hard but look knackered as the game goes on.
Chris Brunt - Has a more languid style but is another one I'm not convinced can play 90 minutes.

Am I talking rubbish here?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / How things used to be
« on: March 04, 2018, 02:47:50 PM »
Just seen this on Youtube. Watch the assault by Ally Robertson on (I think) Robert Hopkins. Once Ally Rob hit you you didn't come back again.  ;D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wixYKdwhvMU

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Injuries
« on: February 08, 2018, 03:24:36 PM »
Anyone know when Chadli and Morrison are likely to be back?

Last I read was Morrison was jogging around late December, it's now February so surely a return should be nigh? As for Chadli last I read was he would be out for at least two months from the end of December which basically means he'll be back in March.

Any developments?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Hypothetical question .... but humour me
« on: December 15, 2017, 02:30:38 PM »
If we had Salah, Kane and Mane as a front three where would we be in the league?

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Albion Matchday Forum / 6 Jan 2018 Exeter City 0 Albion 2 (FAC 3)
« on: December 03, 2017, 09:25:57 AM »
Is this the first time in years we can get a little bit excited with the third round draw coming up on Monday?

Given Pardew's record (he has been to three domestic cup finals) and we are now starting to play on the front foot is it fair to say we may have a chance  of a decent run this season?

It's not likely we'll get to the final but is this the first season lately that we can just have that little bit of excitement and hope?

I'm thinking maybe!  :o

Favourable draw please. We'll have some non league team at home.  ;)

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Mr Williams / Mr Lai
« on: November 20, 2017, 12:53:45 PM »
The next appointment will be important for the development of the club. Mr Lai / Mr Williams you have to have a clear vision of what you want the club to achieve in the next five years. In my mind it is perfectly reasonable for us fans to expect the following:

1 Increase stadium capacity to above 30,000 and attract new / stay away fans.


New manager

2 Set up to attempt to win football matches. I can understand the need to be cautious against the likes of Man City / Chelsea etc but in games against the majority of clubs we should be looking to impose ourselves on the opposition. This doesn't mean we need to play like Man City do, just attempt to go forward and win football matches.

3 Remain in the Premier League.

4 Treat cup games with equal priority to Premier League games and make a concerted effort to be very competitive in cup competitions.


None of the above is impossible by any means and in order to grow as a club and as a team we need to achieve these ambitions these expectations are not unreasonable.

This next managerial appointment is crucial and so is your attitude and ambition for the club. Please this is not too much to ask.

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General Football & Sports / George Reilly
« on: December 02, 2016, 11:28:37 AM »
Anyone remember him, played for us in the 80's?

Did you know that Reilly scored the winner for Watford in the FA Cup semi final of 1984 against Plymouth (who knocked us out, Tommy bloody Tynan).

In 2003 Reilly was working as a bricklayer when someone bit part of his ear off and whispered "Plymouth" to him

That's one way to seek revenge.

You learn something new every day!

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........ Paul Pogba followed by Wayne Rooney.

Discuss!

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General Football & Sports / Septic Bladder
« on: October 08, 2015, 02:00:19 PM »
Looks like he's finally on his way out of FIFA. At fkng last.

Take Twatini with him and football will be all the better for it.


Discuss!

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I do these just for fun's every now and then when I'm bored lol.

Ok guys - who is it?

I'm going for Kevin Bartlett - he was a rocket and finished second in some sprint challenge thing. I once saw him on the half way line, he kicked the ball forward and the defender couldn't even be arsed to chase him.

He gets my vote.

Honourable mentions for Peter Barnes ................. (as was always the case with Barnesey, when he felt like it), Laurie Cunningham, Willie Johnston and (a surprise to some I'm sure) Martin Albrechtsen who I remember Henry Camara (a flyer) giving up the chase against.


Over to you lot ............................

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General Football & Sports / John Carver - Newcastle
« on: April 30, 2015, 01:36:38 PM »
Seems like a lovely bloke that has the tide to swim against, and is probably out of his depth. Anyone else feel a bit sorry for him?

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