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West Bromwich Albion FC / Is it our fault?
« on: March 02, 2020, 11:25:54 AM »
We clearly have an issue playing at home, and have had for the entirety of our latest stay in the Championship.
Last season we had a 52% win rate at home, this season 45%. As 3 managers have presided during that time and players have come and gone, we fans are the only constant, so, is it down to us?

There has been much talk of complacency, amongst the players, following Saturday's defeat, much like there was against Stoke, Boro, Barnsley etc. but, could it actually be the opposite is true and the expectation to win at home, especially against lower opposition, is actually increasing the pressure on the players and hampering our chances?
I admit that I am far more nervous in these types of game and get frustrated more quickly if we don't get off to a flyer. I'm not the only one either as the atmosphere always seems more subdued and tetchy against sides we are expected to beat.

I may be talking out my arris, but, if there's any truth in it, what can we do about it? How do we rally ourselves to create a better, more positive, atmosphere?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Diving
« on: December 03, 2019, 12:20:00 PM »
Bit of fun based around last night's pen incident.
We all roundly condemn diving, but, deep down, is it just when we are on the receiving end?
To be clear, I consider myself to be very up front and honest. I've never been a crook, a cheat or a liar but when it comes to this question, my answer would be dive, dive, dive all day long  :D

Be honest please.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Next 4 Games
« on: November 19, 2019, 11:25:19 AM »
3 of our next 4 are at home but are all very tough games. What should we expect in terms of points?
Personally, I would like to see the unbeaten run extended, but this will be a real challenge.

Sheff Wed (H) - D
Bristol City (H) - W
PNE (A) - D
Swansea (H) - W

I reckon 8 points is minimum to keep us top and would maintain our 2+ points per game record.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Interviews with players
« on: October 29, 2019, 04:19:22 PM »
Read two articles this week, one from Bartley and one about Johnstone, both of whom I am critical of, but it doesn't half make you warm to them a bit when they talk so fondly about the club and their determination to succeed.
Not sure if I am missing anything (I don't buy programmes) but this is relatively rare for me, can't remember too many articles related to current first teamers but think it is an excellent way of building the relationship between players and fans. Provided of course it is genuine and not press release cliche, which neither of these seemed to be.
Is this a regular thing or is it a new directive?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Confession
« on: February 08, 2019, 11:58:59 AM »
I have a bit of a confession to make folks.

To be clear; In 40 odd years of watching Albion, I have never wanted us to lose a game.

On Wednesday, however, I was not as "committed" as usual, the reason being, due to a massive oversight on my part, I arranged my wedding for Cup Final day!! Needless to say, I was slightly relieved that I no longer had a decision to make, come May 18th. (My idea of a "Skype" wedding didn't go well, nor did changing the venue to Wembley registry office) ::)

Anybody got any tales of awkward conflicts of interest caused by our beloved Baggies?

Thought it might lighten the mood for a Friday but, if it's in the wrong place, Mods, please move.

West Bromwich Albion FC / In our blood
« on: February 19, 2018, 10:43:21 AM »
The above statement is used a lot with regards to supporting Albion and I would say it's definitely in mine.
Does sound like a disease though, doesn't it.

Attacks of nerves 3-4 days before every game.
Unreasonable expectations.
Mood swings
Lack of concentration on matchday
Distant and unapproachable following defeat
Brief periods of euphoria
Extended periods of depression
Tendency to kick the cat

Please feel free to "share" your own experiences of this terrible affliction  :(

£1m question is though. If someone invented a miracle cure, would you take it? :)

General Football & Sports / Ostersunds FK - Graham Potter
« on: February 15, 2018, 10:49:35 AM »
Graham Potter's team take on Arsenal tonight in the Europa League.
Tough ask for them but hope he does well.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Survival or FA Cup
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:06:31 AM »
Ok, so it's Monday morning and we are all still depressed after Saturday's surrender put another nail in our survival coffin, but let's not forget we are still in the FA cup, with a very winnable home draw.
So, what matters more to you? If it's straight up choice between survival or winning the cup, which would you choose?
I know the 2 are not exclusive and we should be aiming for both, but I don't really want that debate, I just want to know what means more to you, and why.

I'll kick off with a resounding vote for the FA cup. I'm 47 and never seen us lift a trophy and, with every passing year, my chances of doing so diminish so, the thought of us winning the FA Cup trumps everything else for me.

Strange thing is, I even feel a tingle of hope, as I think we play with a bit more freedom in cup games. Anyone with me?

West Bromwich Albion FC / What will we be left with?
« on: February 04, 2018, 02:24:47 PM »
Some will say it's too early but I really am resigned to relegation now, along with 80% who voted on another thread, so, what will we be left with come August?
I think Foster, Evans, Gibbs, Hegazi, Greg, Chadli, Phillips, Rondon, Rodriguez and Sturridge will all go which would leave us with:

Robson Kanu

Scary isn't it? Massive rebuild required.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Born to be a Baggie
« on: January 08, 2018, 10:09:54 AM »
I'm reading this book at the minute and would recommend it to any baggie who hasn't.
Real good insight into the trials and tribulations of being a Baggie over the last 50 years and, if like me, you were travelling around the country during this time, watching Albion then it will bring back many, many memories. Some good, some not so good but wonderful nonetheless.
Well written, by Dean Walton, a real true Baggie. Give it a go.

West Bromwich Albion FC / How do we change our style?
« on: October 26, 2017, 10:17:01 AM »
Ok, I'm not a fan of Pulis, never have been, probably never will be but, I'm not a "Pulis Hater" either.
To be honest, if I could watch Albion playing decent football and winning games, I couldn't care less if it was Pulis, Guardiola or Sammy Cheung in charge!

Question 1) What would you do to change our style, using the current group of players?
Question 2) If Pulis did it would you back him? Or is it just too late?

Personally, all I would do, is drop one of the DM's and bring in a no.10, play proper full backs and cut the cord between said full backs and wide midfielders.

Quite simple really, no high line or ticca takka, just allow the players a bit of freedom of expression and movement.

And, yes,  if Pulis did this ("flying pig emoji"), I would be happy for him to stay.

General Football & Sports / Distribution of overseas revenue
« on: October 03, 2017, 06:56:20 PM »
Vote to change rules regarding distribution of overseas revenue from current 100% even split to all Prem sides to 65% with 35% dependant on league position.
Unsurprisingly, top 6 in favour. Question is, is it good for us, by adding incentive to finish higher, or will it just widen the gap, between the elite and the rest?
I would hope it would force Pulls to try to win more games but fear it would give him more reason to bemoan our lack of resource.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Too much possession
« on: March 06, 2017, 09:35:16 AM »
A lot is made of possession stats and our lack of it, but it seems the more possession we have the worse the result, 49% against Palace, 32% against Bournemouth, 38% against Stoke, the list goes on.
Is the answer to playing against us just to let us have the ball? If so, what do we do about it.

West Bromwich Albion FC / How many points will we end up with?
« on: February 06, 2017, 12:13:25 PM »
I reckon 51 is a conservative estimate and should secure 8th place. Think we would need at least 58 to challenge 7th which may be just out of reach.

General Football & Sports / Jose Mourinho
« on: February 02, 2017, 08:47:02 AM »
What a classless, childish, egotistical little grub he is. Last week he tried to re-write the result against Hull by refusing to acknowledge their penalty, then this week storms out of an interview because the ref didn't award Man U one. Claims everyone's against him again.
Whatever I think of Pulis, I wouldn't swap him for that horrible little nerk.
I really hope Man U fail to make the top 4 this year and Saints beat em in the cup with a dodgy penna.
Would love it even more if we finished above em!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Is our game v Liverpool on telly?
« on: January 21, 2017, 02:01:27 PM »
Not sure where to put this, apologies if wrong place.
Liverpool at home is 1600 on Sunday 16th April but can't see if it's on telly, anyone know?

General Football & Sports / Eric Bristow
« on: December 01, 2016, 12:06:42 PM »
This bloke was a legend for me, real straight talking, take no prisoners type, but his comments about the child abuse in football are an absolute disgrace.
Can't see him working in TV again anytime soon.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Never mind 40 points, how about 40 goals!
« on: September 06, 2016, 09:40:29 AM »
Everyone talks about the magical 40 points, well how about we aim for 40 goals?

We managed only 34 last year which, apart from the sadsacks down the road, was the lowest in the league by some distance, so, given the current squad, how do we go about reaching 40?

Here's what I reckon we can need:

Rondon - 10
Chadli - 5
Berahino - 5
Robson - Kanu - 4
Phillips - 4
McAuley - 3
Dawson - 3
Gardner - 2
Evans - 1
Ollsson - 1
McLean - 1
Fletcher - 1

Sounds simple when you break it down doesn't it, but that would be 6 more than last year!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Tallest and Heaviest
« on: August 25, 2016, 02:27:19 PM »
team in the Prem is....................



Mind you Lambert is skewing at least one of those figures!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Reasons to be cheerful
« on: August 10, 2016, 09:50:28 AM »
Ok, 3 days to go and I can't think of a season where I have been so underwhelmed, so come on all the optimists, give me some reasons to be cheerful!
This is not a sarcastic post, I genuinely want to get motivated and up for the season, I'm sick of being down in the dumps.
Let's have a rally cry!!

General Football & Sports / Jerome Sinclair
« on: May 18, 2016, 09:37:32 AM »
Not sure if this has already been discussed elsewhere, but apparently he is off to Watford and Liverpool are "entitled" to compensation as he is "home grown"
Suppose we get nowt despite doing most of the growing?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Where will we finish?
« on: April 11, 2016, 08:59:26 AM »
Now that we are officially safe, where do you think we will finish and with how many points?

I reckon 14th on 45 points with a win against Watford and draws against West Ham and Bournemouth.

West Bromwich Albion FC / What sort of Striker do we need?
« on: January 27, 2016, 01:02:24 PM »
It seems clear that Rondon does not fit our current system, my question is, who would?

Not put this in the Transfer section because I would rather look at the style or qualities that we would be looking for so who, past or present, do you think would be able to play in our current system and score goals?

Past, I would say Big Cyrille as he had pace, strength and touch in abundance and think he would have loved the physicality of the Premier League.

One that, maybe, fits that bill now is Benteke. Strong, but pacey enough to play the lone striker.

Don't think either would get 20 goals because I don't think it's possible the way we set up, but maybe 10-12.

General Football & Sports / Devaluing the FA Cup
« on: January 06, 2016, 08:59:43 AM »
Not often I agree with old Boulder yed, but I do wholeheartedly with Allardyce's rant, about the fact that we have to play on Tuesday night following the FA 3rd round tie on Saturday. This is just going to provide Prem managers with an excuse to 'rotate' their squads and affect our chances of a cup run. No need for it in my opinion, just the PL exercising their power. I have no doubt they would crush the domestic cups out of existence if they could.
I for one will be fuming if we field a weakened side and lose to Bristol City and Pulis will really go down in my estimation. The side he put out against Norwich was a disgrace, I hope we don't see anything like that on Saturday!
We have a real chance this year, please don't throw it away.
Anyone else angry, or not that bothered with the Cup?

West Bromwich Albion FC / What makes you happy??
« on: November 26, 2015, 10:00:17 AM »
Is it results or performance?

I would like to think that I am in the performance bracket because I like to see us play well and be entertained. I'm not a fan of 10 men behind the ball, even if we nick a draw or even a win. That being said, if you ask my missus, she would say it's only a win that makes me truly happy and even after a gloriously entertaining defeat I am still incredibly grumpy.

Are we all just kidding ourselves and it is only results that matter, or are there genuine purists out there?
Do we even have long term goals or do we really just live for 5:45 on Saturday afternoon?

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