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West Bromwich Albion FC / Morgan Rogers
« on: March 01, 2019, 03:45:12 PM »
Morgan Rogers has been nominated for February's Premier League 2 Player of the Month award.

The young attacking midfielder had an impressive February, in which he bagged four goals in Albion's 6-2 victory over Norwich City as well as starring in a 1-1 draw in the Premier League Cup with Bournemouth and a 3-1 win against Sunderland.

As well as playing for Jamie Smith's PL2 side, he also made his senior debut last month in the Emirates FA Cup in a 3-1 defeat to Brighton, and played for Albion Under-18s in the FA Youth Cup fifth-round 2-1 win at Arsenal.

The other nominees are; Jayden Mitchell-Lawson of Derby County, Bassala Sambou of Everton, Jeremie Frimpong of Manchester City, Jonathan Afolabi of Southampton and Benjamin Mbunga-Kimpioka of Sunderland.

The winner will be announced on Friday, March 8.

West Bromwich Albion FC / who are our "local rivals"
« on: February 18, 2019, 11:46:11 AM »
I'll start this off

West Bromwich Albion FC / RP - RH
« on: December 13, 2018, 01:51:12 PM »
thinking aloud, 

Round Pegs in Round Holes,
From current squad,  I suspect 90% plus of us would play the following (assuming availability)
1. Johnston - goal
2. Tosin - RB
3. Dawson - RCH
4. Hegazi - LCH
5. Gibbs - LB
6. Livermore - DMF
7. Morrison - CMF
8. Phillips - CMF
9. Barnes - wide LMF
10. Gayle - CF

which leaves 1 dilemma, another forward or another midfielder, this could be argued long and hard,
ie, should we start with HRK or JROD partnering / supporting Gayle ?
Do we need more bodies in the middle? Mozza / Matty are not the most robust so should we alternate / rest when in front.

I guess where I am going, is, given the 10 above start and we need to make use of Barry / Brunt / Field etc, etc to fill the gaps caused by injuries / suspension where do we REALLY need to strengthen,

We can shuffle the defence with Mears / Bartley / Brunt / Barry and the kids although hardly inspiring its possible but so weak.
DMF the only options for sitting in are Barry / Hodgkiss / Feild
Central / attacking MF we have Hooligan / Sako / Burke / Leko
Forwards combos of J-Rod / HRK / Sako

For me intuitively its still the DMF / box to box role which has the weakest cover but when I write it out I would suggest our defence which is already porous is an injury / suspension away from being a MAJOR problem and should take priority.

West Bromwich Albion FC / who was it
« on: November 23, 2018, 02:49:06 PM »
that pulled his shirt up to show a white shirt with BOING, Boing on it after scoring against dings?

I said Ginger Ninja my mate says The horse

West Bromwich Albion FC / is this a record
« on: November 14, 2018, 10:42:01 AM »
Gareth Barry (37) played for WBA U21's last night (lost at macclesfield).

Is this a record ???

West Bromwich Albion FC / comparison
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:23:25 AM »
I just looked at the 2009/10 squad which won promotion
a couple of things strike me in comparison to the present squad (all my opinion of course)

a) 2009/10 had FAR greater strength in depth
b) Our forwards today are far better
c) our keepers today are far weaker
d) our midfield had more legs (skill ???)

Would I rather have the current squad or the 2009 one? I would probably go with 2009, thoughts

1   GK   Dean Kiely
2   DF   Joe Mattock
3   DF   Jonas Olsson
4   DF   Marek Čech
9   CF    Roman Bednář
10   FW   Ishmael Miller
11   MF   Chris Brunt
14   MF   Jerome Thomas
15   FW   Chris Wood
16   FW   Luke Moore
17   MF   Graham Dorrans
18   FW   Reuben Reid
19   GK   Scott Carson
21   MF   Youssuf Mulumbu
22   DF   Gianni Zuiverloon
23   DF   Abdoulaye Méïté
26   DF   Gabriel Tamaş (on loan from Auxerre)
27   MF   James Morrison
31   FW   Simon Cox
32   MF   Lateef Elford-Alliyu
35   MF   Romaine Sawyers
36   MF   Gonzalo Jara
37   MF   George Thorne
44   MF   Steven Reid

West Bromwich Albion FC / Paul Scharner - wants to come back !
« on: May 03, 2018, 04:09:51 PM »
Paul Scharner wants to be a part of the West Bromwich Albion rebuild and has issued a come-and- get-me plea to his former club.

The fans favourite believes relegation can work in the Baggies’ favour, providing they rip up the script and start over with a bold new approach.

Scharner would like to see Darren Moore at least interviewed for the manager’s role on a permanent basis - and believes his own ‘heart and inspiration’ can also lift the club during their time of need.

Speaking to Birmingham Live this week, the Austrian explained how the disconnect between the club and supporters has grown to alarming levels.

He believes too many of the current players have failed to understand ‘the West Brom way’ and claims the recent upturn in fortunes is partly down to the high-earners now playing for a move elsewhere.

When Scharner joined in 2010 as a player, he studied the history of the club, met regularly with supporters, and solely represented the first-team at an end-of-season dinner.

And despite hanging up his boots he believes he can still play a role uniting the club behind the scenes as a football consultant.

“If I was to work at West Bromwich Albion in a privileged role, I would want to stick around for 10-15 years to make sure we build something and get it right,” he said.

“I wouldn’t leave or join a so-called bigger club. I’m loyal and I would see it through.”

The 38-year-old is a rare breed.

This is a man who has had a life-coach since the age of 19.

His structured target-setting took him from the Austrian Second Division at 21 to the Premier League by 25.

“I had a four-year plan to get to the Premier League and I achieved it,” he said.

Scharner would later win the FA Cup with the Latics before retiring aged 33.

He spent two seasons at Albion and made many fond memories.

He would have loved to play for longer at The Hawthorns but a falling-out with boss Roy Hodgson cost him a contract extension and there’s still a hint of sadness when he talks about that time.

“If I had played 25 games that season I would have got a contract extension but he stopped me at 23.

“I didn’t want to leave, I was happy and I loved the club so in some ways that was sad.”

Seeing the state of the Baggies this season also doesn’t sit right for the cult-hero.

“The players who signed are not identifying with the club,” he explained.

“And now, with just a few games left, you can see that they’re turning it on because they will want another club in the summer.

“The better players in the team of any relegated club will move.

“But whenever I joined a club, it was not just about playing football to earn money.

“I played football with all my heart.

“I stayed in touch with the fans, identified with the club, identified with the region and wanted to do what was best for the long-term success of the club.”

Scharner admits that he is different.

He expressed himself on the football pitch by colouring his hair and would sit down with fans in Sutton Coldfield to help bridge the gap between those on the pitch and in the stands.

“I just knew I was going to score at Villa Park that day. The shirt had to be on again (a week after he first flashed it following a win over Wolves).”
There was even a time when Scharner called out his own team-mates, via an external interview, after he felt their application was not right during the early months of his two-year spell.

“Jerome Thomas wasn’t happy with me, I remember that.

“He was very angry and said that I should be quiet, but in a much different way!

“We had a really good start in the Premier League - in the top five after eight games before we lost to Blackpool.

“But what I had seen that was good in the first place had changed a little bit.

“The team were going easy just to stay in the Premier League.

“I just felt that the boys needed to be told to ‘wake up’ because they were going in the wrong direction.

“That was the only reason I did it.”

So are the current crop missing some of that Scharner fight and courage?

“I think so, yes,” he said.

“It looks like everybody is playing football for their own reasons rather than improving the club. They don’t understand.

“The supporters cannot identify any characters.

“Most of the players don’t even know who some of the 200-odd staff members are at the club, let alone the fans.”

Which is where Scharner believes he - and other former players for that matter - can come in and make a difference.

“What I can bring is heart, identification, and inspiration.

“It’s all about being professional, committed, having a winner’s mentality and being absolutely loyal.

“I had such good memories of playing for the team and giving everything for the club.

“You get a proper connection for the future.

“That’s what I do off the pitch now.

“I’m helping young professionals learn about football on and off the pitch (in Austria), and what needs to be done to build a proper career.

“West Bromwich Albion is a former club of mine and I’m always staying in touch with my former clubs.

“It would be a pleasure for me to have a certain role in English football, and mainly at West Bromwich Albion.

“I loved everything that was combined with football.

 Always nice to be back at the Hawthorns😊

“It wasn’t just about playing on the pitch, it was also about connecting.

“As a player you have more responsibility than staying on the pitch.

“I remember I was the only player who held supporters meetings in Sutton Coldfield.

“But there are other players like (Jonas) Olsson or (Zoltan) Gera and many more who could help, too, I’m sure.”

And that brings us onto Moore - the former centre-half who is the current caretaker manager.

“Hopefully he gets interviewed for the job because he’s doing well,” Scharner said.

“I think it’s the right decision.

“One thing you can guarantee from him is he will give it everything from his heart, like other former players would do.

“He’s identifying with it and is giving everything.

“He’s not just doing it for money.

“It’s the perfect situation for the supporters to see former players returning to help the club.

“It’s all about absolute profession, identification, personal commitment, passion, heart, and loyalty.

“That’s what I can quarantee.”

General Football & Sports / World Cup 2018 Thread
« on: April 27, 2018, 01:02:34 PM »
Thought I would kick this off,

I'm going to have a sneaky bet on Egypt to make the semi-finals. (33/1)
Relatively easy group, If they win it, they will get runners up in Brazils group (Swiss?), from thereon who knows ?

West Bromwich Albion FC / 6 hours be quick
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:16:20 PM »

Just saw this looks a bargain @ £680 ! sadly I cannot justify it at the moment.    If youre interested hurry up as there isn't long left !

West Bromwich Albion FC / Psychologically weak?
« on: February 03, 2018, 06:31:07 PM »
The villa double header
Astle day
Regis day
When the club is in a high pressure environment, the players seem to bottle it, have we got a psychological problem?

General Football & Sports / Current form at 14 dec 2017
« on: December 14, 2017, 04:23:40 PM »
1   Manchester City             WWWWWW   18
2   Manchester United     WWWWLW   15
3   Leicester City             LDWWWW   13
4   Chelsea                     WDWWLW   13
5   Burnley                     WLWLWW   12
6   Liverpool                     WDWWDD   12
7   Everton                     DLWWDW   11
8   Arsenal                     WWWLDD   11
9   Crystal Palace             DWDDDW   10
10   Tottenham Hotspur     LDLDWW            8
11   Watford                     WWLDLL            7
12   Bournemouth             WDLDDL            6
13   West Ham United     LDLLWD            5
14   Southampton             LWLDDL            5
15   Swansea City             LDLLWL            4
16   Stoke City                     DLLWLL            4
17   West Bromwich Albion  LDDDLD            4
18   Huddersfield Town      LLLLWL            3
19   Brighton & Hove Albion  DLDLLL            2
20   Newcastle United      LLDLLL            1

In short, whilst we are desperate to turn draws into wins, everyone from Watford down is in dire straits as well. Its also notable that the 3 promoted clubs are seriously struggling now the initial euphoria has blown away.
We need to get back to beating the teams at the bottom asap.

General Football & Sports / emergency loans
« on: October 19, 2017, 04:59:24 PM »
Given our goalkeeping situation, I got to wondering how this works, what are the criteria required to enable an Emergency loan to take place, anyone know?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Training ground sponsored
« on: October 10, 2017, 01:07:25 PM »
Apologies if this ahas already been covered,
I have just read that the naming rights for the training ground have been sold to Palm for an undisclosed sum.

Smart business, gets cash in without contravening FFP rules - Quite impressed with this.

West Bromwich Albion FC / round pegs
« on: September 18, 2017, 05:11:47 PM »
Dear Tone,
can we please play the chaps in their natural positions, to assist you, listed in priority of choice when fit

keepers -        Foster, Myhill
Right back,     Nyom, Dawson
Left Back,       Gibbs, Brunt
Left C-H,        Evans, Hegazi
Right C-H,      McCauley, Dawson,
DCM (*2),      Gregorz, Yacob, Gaz Baz, Livermore, Field
Wide left,       JRod, Brunt, McLean
Wide right,     Phillips, Chadli
ACM              Chadli, JRod, Morrison
CF                 Rondon, JRod, HRK

Please just try this for a few weeks and lets see how it goes. PLEASE!

I know we all have opinions about order but surely we should keep blokes in their "natural" positions, shouldn't we ?

General Football & Sports / Lawro predicts - 2017/18
« on: August 10, 2017, 08:32:18 PM »
So we can all rest easy, Lawro is predicting Wba 1 - Bournemouth 2.
Nice 3 points in the bag then !

General Football & Sports / 2017 ICC cricket
« on: June 01, 2017, 04:32:03 PM »
England chasing Bangladesh - 305/7 are 148-1 off 26

Root twisted ankle, James Taylor retired injured - should win this from here, but at a cost

Who do you fancy to win the competition?

Me - i'll go India !

West Bromwich Albion FC / baggies plates
« on: April 27, 2017, 12:36:07 PM »
has anyone on here got a west brom reg plate ?

I always fancied ALB 10 N but its been gone for many a year !
Any other inventive ideas would be welcomed !

West Bromwich Albion FC / Dilemma
« on: March 13, 2017, 05:08:52 PM »
blood youngsters / Experiment   -versus-     Downing tools / putting on the flip flops   -versus-    "Ambishun" / European potential

I do feel for TP as whichever way he jumps unless the team continues to win he is going to get pilloried !!

General Football & Sports / The Old Farm derby
« on: February 24, 2017, 11:21:42 AM »
Naarwich v Ipswich this sunday, the yokels are getting excited out here, got me thinking about our connections to these clubs

Norwich have Dorrans / Mulumbu (neither made much of an impresssion there)
We have McCauley from Ipswich (best deal ever)

Any other current links to them?

General Football & Sports / Relegation predictor
« on: February 14, 2017, 11:44:38 AM »
Ok, so who do we think will go down (not want to go).

I'll start with
Hull / Sunderland / Leicester

changed on Apr 2nd 
Hull / Sunderland / Boro

West Bromwich Albion FC / Tardis
« on: February 07, 2017, 12:30:18 PM »
I find myself struggling to recall detail of the many great days out with the baggies, and this got me to thinking

If I could only pick one, Which of our many great matches would I go back and relive ?

Its a monumentally hard choice, but, I have decided that the promotion game at oldham (Bomber 1-0) would be mine.
Best away support I have EVER seen. A cracking day on the Glowbelle bus, but now I remember little other than the celebrations (and one of our mob breaking his leg).

What would be your "I would love to relive that Albion day" ?

General Football & Sports / Things i miss about Footy
« on: January 13, 2017, 01:41:13 PM »
Thought I'd start this.,

hopefully people will chip in with stuff and i can go
"Oh yes, i remember that with misty eyes"

  • Standing
    Rivers of Urine
    The Glowbelle double deckers
    Silk scarves
    Smoking in the ground
    The brummie bouncing-literally

General Football & Sports / Modern players versus old
« on: January 13, 2017, 01:30:39 PM »
Thinking about Brendan Galloway who looks like going back to Everton and the thought occurred to me that in the modern game a player HAS to make an immediate success of his chance to break into a side
ie Galloway has played very spasmodically and failed to impress. In days gone by it was usual to expect a player to get a run of competitive games to "settle" into the side or "cement" his position. It seems that this is a thing of the past and I wonder if
a) I'm correct in thinking this
b) is it realistic to jump from the training ground into competitive sport at its highest level?

At least in the old days there was training and the reserve side (central league, which could be very competitive) ) for you to get "match fit"


General Football & Sports / Clattenburg
« on: December 29, 2016, 11:35:58 AM »
best ref in the world- apparently.

He's good but I think Oliver is better, thoughts ?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Where will we finish 2016-17
« on: July 14, 2016, 03:21:37 PM »
personally, I'm assuming a late flurry of a whole 2 significant transfers in  and no change of ownership and therefore going with 14th-17th

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