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West Bromwich Albion FC / Best Albion XI
« on: October 18, 2017, 09:55:40 PM »
Since we've been doing the worst XI, what about the best?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Worst Albion XI
« on: October 17, 2017, 09:04:59 PM »
Now that got your attention. Thought we could have a bit of a laugh and look down memory lane. Considering we've got probably one of our strongest squads now, what would be your worst Albion XI? Can add subs if you can't decide and a manager of course.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Hat Tricks
« on: August 29, 2017, 09:03:48 AM »
As was mentioned in the Burke thread, Lukaku scored our only premier league perfect hat trick against Man Utd.

We've had 5 players score a premier league hat trick for us in total. For a bit of fun, without cheating, who were the other 4 players and who did they score their hat trick against?

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General Football & Sports / Playing away
« on: July 22, 2017, 01:52:49 AM »
Listening to the news and a debate the other day on the radio about the FA wanting to have 1 premier league fixture for each team played in another country like the superbowl. What's the thoughts on this? Would people travel abroad for a Premier League fixture? Would it increase the profile of clubs such as ours? Is it fair on fans that have bought season tickets? Would anyone pay to go abroad to watch a league game or should the clubs subsidise travel? Will it work as an idea?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Captain
« on: June 01, 2017, 10:49:53 PM »
With Fletcher leaving it's time for a new captain. Which of the current squad can step up? Who do you want it to be? Who do you think it will be?

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Player of the Season 16/17
« on: May 22, 2017, 07:01:34 PM »
The player rating thread prompted me to make this one as I don't think I've seen a player of the season thread so far? I've only added those that have made league appearances this season.

Thought it would be good to look back at the positives of what was (if we're honest) a pretty comfortable mid table finish with a few exciting performances thrown in.

So who's everyone's player of the season and why?

It was a toss up between Phillips and McAuley for me, but I've gone for Phillips as he added that bit of excitement that we've been missing.

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General Football & Sports / Diving
« on: May 18, 2017, 02:36:07 PM »
The FA votes to bring in retrospective bans on players for diving next season:

http://www.bbc.com/sport/football/39962886

Players who dive in English football will face bans from next season under new Football Association regulations.

Under the new rules, passed by the governing body at its annual general meeting on Thursday, a panel will review footage from the weekend each Monday looking for cases of simulation.

Any player unanimously found guilty of diving would be given a suspension.

The panel will consist of one ex-match official, one ex-manager and one ex-player.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Goal of the Season 2016/17
« on: May 07, 2017, 03:47:46 PM »
The club are running their annual goal of the season vote on the OS. Thought we could have an unofficial one. Yes it appears we've scored enough goals this season to actually have a competition!

Video here showing the goals: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDxuNDNcq7A

Phillips v Southampton for me I think

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Twenty's Plenty - Virgin Media
« on: April 08, 2017, 09:38:39 PM »
Thought I'd share this on here:

https://keepup.virginmedia.com/twentys-plenty

Vigin are refunding the difference for any away tickets bought for selected games at more than £20. Don't need to be a Virgin customer, looks as though you fill in a form and send them your ticket and they send you a cheque for the difference.

Our away game with Man City has been chosen in their line-up for anyone who's paid more than £20.  :D

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BBC Sport Breaking News:

Liverpool have been fined £100,000 by the Premier League and handed a two-year ban on signing academy players from other clubs for a rule breach.

It relates to the club's approach to a 12-year-old academy player at Stoke City in September last year.

Liverpool will be banned from signing any academy players who have been registered with a Premier League or EFL club in the previous 18 months.

This second year of the ban will be suspended for a three-year period.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/39508491

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General Football & Sports / Referees onside
« on: April 02, 2017, 07:17:51 PM »
On Sky Sports 1 now with Carragher and Neville. Anyone else watching?

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General Football & Sports / League Cup
« on: February 26, 2017, 05:42:53 PM »
Couldn't find a thread on it, but really good final so far. Gabbiadini just scored a great goal to make it 2-2

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Team Spirit
« on: February 25, 2017, 06:03:15 PM »
After the comments about the Villa not interested in their own team mate injured on the floor, I think today showed how much team spirit we've got with this group. Really playing for the manager and each other. 3 observations of this today for me.

The Dawson incident, none of our players were away celebrating, they were all calling for the medics and more interested in him on the floor.

The two goals. Both celebrated by the whole team, really good to see. No attention seekers, all just happy the team had scored.

At the end of the game. Livermore and another jumping on Foster's back to thank him for the two saves at the end. Celebrated like we'd won the cup!

All of these made me feel very good about the team, and together with the last few real battling performances make me feel very proud of the team at the moment. This was the type of game we'd have thrown away the past few seasons, but the lads are really fighting for each other and it's paying off. Long may it continue!

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General Football & Sports / Football and head injuries
« on: February 15, 2017, 08:19:36 AM »
There's probably a thread already for this, but seen Dawn Astle on the news and radio today/yesterday campaigning for research into modern-day footballs and links to head injuries. They were saying that there is now scientific evidence that there is potentially a link between dementia found in retired footballers and blows to the head suffered during their playing days.

I think with this new information, it's got to be looked into to make sure that we are doing everything we can to avoid these types of life-changing injuries in the future. I know modern-day footballs are not anywhere as heavy as they were in the past, but there haven't been any studies conducted so we don't know for sure whether there are any consequences. Especially with head injuries getting a lot of coverage in the Premier League recently.

The story in the Mail:

http://www.expressandstar.com/news/health/2017/02/15/jeff-astle-campaign-scientists-find-link-to-dementia-from-blows-to-head-in-retired-footballers/

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General Football & Sports / Graham Taylor
« on: January 12, 2017, 01:45:52 PM »
Just seen the news flash up at work that he's passed away aged 72

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General Football & Sports / The cost of football - BBC
« on: November 16, 2016, 10:12:47 PM »
Just had this come up on my phone:

The cost of attending Premier League football has come down in the first season of a record £8bn global TV rights deal, a BBC study has found.

The Price of Football, the biggest study of its kind in Europe, looked at prices at 223 clubs.

More than two thirds of ticket prices across the UK have been either cut or frozen for the 2016-17 season.

However, an away ticket in the Championship can now be more expensive than for a Premier League match.

This is because top-flight clubs have capped prices for visiting fans at £30.

How much does football cost you? Try out our Price of Football calculator
Price of Football 2016 - full results
Malcolm Clarke, chairman of the Football Supporters' Federation, said: "On their current £8.3bn deal, the Premier League could afford to let every single fan in free for every game and still have as much money as they had under the previous deal.

"That gives you an idea of the scale of the amount of money they have got."

The Premier League said in a statement: "Clubs are listening to their fans and working hard to make sure that Premier League football is accessible as well as competitive and compelling."

The study also found replica shirt prices have increased year-on-year and half of top flight clubs put up the price of their junior shirts.

For the first time, we asked clubs for the percentage of male and female season-ticket holders. In the Premier League, 14 clubs responded with Southampton revealing one in five of their season ticket holders are women, while at Liverpool the figure is 11%.

Average price of the most expensive away ticket
Other findings include:

The average cost of the cheapest adult home matchday ticket in the Premier League has decreased by 6% year on year (from £30.95 to £29.05)
A Premier League cap of £30 on away tickets has led to the average cost of the most expensive away ticket dropping 37% (from £46.44 to £29.44)
The average cost of the most expensive away ticket in the Championship is now more expensive than the Premier League (£31.57)
In the Scottish Premiership, cheapest matchday ticket prices have risen slightly (1%) as four clubs, included newly promoted Rangers put up their prices to an average £20.58. But they are still cheaper than the English Championship (£22.11)
Only 14% of prices have increased in the Premier League, while 34% were cheaper than last year and 53% of prices have been held
Three clubs - Burnley, Middlesbrough and Leicester increased their cheapest matchday tickets but Hull City, Liverpool and Manchester City reduced theirs
The Premier League's cheapest season ticket average of £480 is less than the cost in 2013, when it was £489
In the Welsh and Irish Leagues, matchday tickets have been held at 2015 prices and cost £10 or less per game
Prices have gone up in the Women's Super League as the game continues to grow but WSL 1 games cost on average less than £5 and WSL 2 cost £4

With the bumper 2016-2019 Premier League TV rights deal coming into effect - which includes £5bn for domestic rights and another £3bn globally - top-flight clubs will each benefit by a minimum of £100m.

In this year's study, we contacted 223 clubs across 23 leagues in England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the continent.

We have analysed ticket prices in six categories - cheapest matchday, dearest matchday, cheapest away ticket, dearest away ticket, cheapest and dearest season tickets - as well as teas, pies, programmes and junior and adult shirt prices.

The rate of inflation over the last year, as measured by the Consumer Price index, is 0.9% and over the six years of study it has risen 15.65%.


What are the clubs charging?

Arsenal have the most expensive match-day ticket at £97 but this price has not increased since 2014
Hull City and Liverpool have the cheapest Premier League matchday tickets at £9
The top three most expensive season tickets are all in London - Arsenal £2,013, Spurs £1,895, Chelsea £1,250 but these are all frozen from 2015
At £252, Hull City have the cheapest season ticket in the Premier League and it is less expensive than 88% of clubs in the Championship
National League side Sutton United have the cheapest season ticket of the top five men's English leagues - Porto in the Portuguese Primeira Liga charge a similar amount, 100 euros (£86)
Newly promoted Rangers have the dearest season ticket in the Scottish Premier League at £625 - £66 more than Celtic and an increase of £101 on last season
Kitting out costs more

31% of clubs in the top four English leagues have increased the price of their junior shirts with Manchester United charging the most at £50
Manchester United and Manchester City charge £60 for adult shirts while Bournemouth and Burnley charge the least in the Premier League - £40
In the Scottish Premiership Celtic charge the most - £53 - for an adult shirt, while Inverness Caledonian Thistle's are the cheapest at £35
The cheapest men's shirts can be found at Newtown AFC of the Welsh Premier who charge £27, while shirts for London Bees in the WSL2 cost £20.90
Food and drink

Pies and tea have increased above the annual rate of inflation, 0.9% over the last year, as calculated by the Consumer Price Index.
And in the six years of the study, pies have gone up by 17%, and tea is up by 13%. The rate of inflation since 2011 is measured at 15.65%
Forfar Athletic, in Scottish League Two, charge £1.20 for a pie and 80p for a cup of tea - which are the cheapest in the study
West Ham's pies are the most expensive at £4.10 - and seven other English clubs charge £4
£2.50 is the most expensive cup of tea and five clubs charge it - Liverpool, Manchester United, Bristol City, Fulham and Rangers
Manchester United would have to sell 35.6m cups of tea at £2.50 to recoup the £89m fee paid for Paul Pogba
France midfielder Paul Pogba joined Manchester United in August for a world record transfer fee
What about European football?

Replica shirts at top European clubs are a lot more expensive than the Premier League. Standard Liege in Belgium charge 90 euros for an adult shirt which equates to £77.68 while Bayern Munich, Schalke, Ajax, AC Milan and Juventus are 89.95 euros (£77.67)
Barcelona's dearest matchday ticket is a whopping 450 euros (£372) yet their cheapest season ticket is 132 euros (£114) while Paris St-Germain's most expensive season ticket will set you back 3,000 euros (£2,588)
At the other end of the scale, Porto's cheapest season ticket is 100 euros (£86.31)
What is the reaction?

English Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey:

"It's clear to see from the recent research that EFL clubs are working very hard to ensure home and away ticket pricing continues to be as competitive and affordable as possible.

"In addition to the BBC's findings, we know from our own analysis that EFL clubs have reached a significant landmark this season, in attracting over 500,000 season-ticket holders across the three divisions for the first time.

"Quite rightly, clubs make the final decisions on pricing models and we will continue to work with them to ensure the positive trends highlighted are maintained and that football attendances across the three divisions of the EFL continue to thrive."

Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster:

"All 42 SPFL clubs work tirelessly to ensure they have a pricing structure which provides as much value for money as possible, especially for families to help attract the next generation of supporters.

"We know that while much progress has been made in three years there is much more that can and needs to be done to help make Scottish football as attractive as it can be to existing and potential customers."

Average pie cost in the Premier League compared to the Scottish Premiership
Football Supporters' Federation chairman Malcolm Clarke:

"We believe it's a positive thing that almost three quarters of ticket prices have been reduced or frozen. That's thanks in no small part to pressure from football supporters up and down the country.

"There is no room for complacency, however, with some Premier League clubs charging far too much for their season tickets and away ticket prices in the Championship being the most expensive in the country. We will remain vigilant and continue our campaigning to make football affordable for this generation of supporters and the next."

The Premier League:

"Clubs value their fans and appreciate their support. Full and vibrant grounds are a significant part of what makes the Premier League a great football competition.

"Research we published only last week, using club data and analysis by leading professional services company EY, detailed not only the price of tickets, but the number purchased at each price. The research also found that four million tickets are discounted from the publicly listed price through early-bird renewals and concessions.

"The data demonstrated the real prices being paid by fans and what volume of tickets are being sold at what levels, finding that 56% of fans in Premier League stadiums this season will pay £30 or less per game with the average price paid being £31."

Burnley chief executive David Baldwin:

"What's very evident about Burnley as a town is that it is very much a one-club town. You very rarely see other club colours being worn around the town. It is very much claret and blue.

"We don't take that for granted because what we have to be conscious of is what is affordable to people. You don't want them to fall out of the love of football.

"We've established this year a fans' forum so fans can discuss ticket prices for next year and we already have a number of supporter consultant groups that we discuss our pricing policy with before it goes forward for a recommendation."

Shadow Sports Minister Dr Rosena Allin-Khan:

"Football should be accessible to everyone, from Sunday League to Premier League.

"I am pleased to see the average cost of Premier League tickets come down this year, but with the amount of television and sponsorship money being pumped into football - more needs to be done.

"Despite the small reduction in ticket prices, the vast majority of fans are priced out of football. Children look up to these players, they are role models for millions - yet it costs £40 for a child to wear the same shirt."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37962214

Not sure what to make of it all if I'm honest. In the full results below, we seem about average for ticket prices, but have one of the cheapest most expensive tickets (if that makes sense!). Think the junior shirt prices across the board are a joke, averaging around £40, and only about £10 cheaper than the adult shirts for most clubs.

Full results:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/37953195

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General Football & Sports / Checkatrade Trophy
« on: November 09, 2016, 08:02:01 PM »
Apologies if there's already a thread, but listening to talk sport on the way home today and they were discussing this farce of a tournament. Didn't realise there were rules about the squad for the league one and two teams.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-3823080/After-Bradford-s-goalkeeper-substitution-just-three-minutes-EFL-Trophy-descended-farce.html

They have to field 5 first team players; either their 5 highest appearing players, 5 players who played in the last game, or 5 who will play in the next game! Apparently a few clubs messed about the game before subbing off their keeper after a few minutes.

Add this to teams choosing not to enter it, and playing foreign 25 year olds in their development teams and it shows what a joke the tournament is! They were saying two teams knew they hadn't qualified out of their group before the game last night and still had to play a penalty shootout to decide the winner!

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