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West Bromwich Albion FC / James Shan
« on: April 16, 2019, 12:43:58 PM »

Albion can today confirm Jimmy Shan will remain in charge of the first team until the end of the season.

Shan will continue his role of caretaker Head Coach until the close of the 2018/19 campaign in recognition of his efforts which have brought an average of two points per game in his six matches in charge.

Shan will add to his coaching team later this week as Albion gear up for a promotion push which now sees the team well placed to challenge through the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs.

“Jimmy has fully earned this opportunity to take us through to the end of the campaign,” said Technical Director Luke Dowling.

“He has earned the support and confidence of the players who have bought into the structural and organisational changes Jimmy has introduced. He has the backing of everyone to push on now and take us forward with momentum.

“Of course he recognises, as do we, that there is space for some more experience to join the coaching group and we expect to be able to clarify this element over the coming days.

“But Jimmy has impressed everyone with the way he has tackled the challenge. He is confident in his abilities, just as we have confidence in him, and he has convinced us all that our best prospects for promotion lie with him overseeing the first team.”

Shan opened his interim regime with three successive wins before setbacks against Millwall and Bristol City. Saturday saw Jimmy record his fourth victory with the 4-1 defeat of Preston which established a nine-point cushion to seventh place.

The Baggies netted 10 goals in their three Hawthorns wins under Shan following a sequence of one home victory in four months.

Jimmy said: “I’m happy that we can now move forward with clear planning and direction for the remainder of the season. It won’t change the work ethic and application of the players and the staff but it enables us to crack on with a clear target in our sights.

“From a personal point of view there is huge, huge pride to be given the responsibility. For me it is a chance to see the journey through that began at the end of last season.

“I’ve heard it said that with two or three extra games we may have stayed up last season. My aim is to make sure we get those extra games at the end of this season and complete our road back to the Premier League.”

West Bromwich Albion FC / Owners, chairman and all the top brass
« on: April 15, 2018, 06:52:26 PM »
Should apologise for accepting our relegation in February..

That car crash against Southampton at home should have meant the end for Pardew and his disastrous reign yet they allowed him to continue his limp towards relegation

That performance today leaves a sour taste in the mouth - just what if we had the change sooner...

We may still have been relegated, but at least we'd have put up a fight and that is what I find so hard to take.

General Football & Sports / The Telegraph - Football for Sale
« on: September 28, 2016, 09:38:31 PM »
They are about to release their latest exclusive report - this one focuses on the championship and according to their Twitter, it will highlight Hasselbaink of QPR and Masdimo Cellino at Leeds.

We'll make this the official thread for The Telegraph revelations

General Football & Sports / EURO 2016 MEGATHREAD
« on: June 11, 2016, 10:16:52 AM »

So its arrived! And this will be the place for all discussion regarding players, injuries, games, the fans and of course, which wag is sleeping with who!!

That time of year again when we all declare our love for the greatest British tennis player to have ever came out of these islands

The great one has won the Queens Tournament in preparation of an eagerly anticipated Wimbledon victory.

I'm sure everyone on westbrom.com wishes the great one the very best in the upcoming tournament  ;D

(not strictly the thoughts of everyone)

On a more serious note - anybody looking forward to Wimbeldon? I'm making me first appearance this year on Mens quarter finals day - unfortunately its clashes with the start of the Ashes.

Is anybody going to stop Djokovic?

West Bromwich Albion FC / The reminiscing megathread
« on: May 31, 2015, 08:05:07 PM »
Forgive me for being a thief but I saw this thread on another forum and it seemed a success so we'll try and recapture the Albion moments in here.

Basically, it was a thread dedicated to memories and moments throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and early 00s for us more younger ones.

Involved in the thread was a discussion on favourite 'away days' - days which were enjoyable for a number of reasons - be it the game, memorable goals, memorable chants or the piss up on the bus on the way there.

I'm relatively young (believe it or not) so my Albion memories really only stretch from 2003/04 onwards. One thing I do enjoy is the older generation reminiscing about days gone by - for me its a learning curve.

So there you have it folks - post your stories of your memories of following the Albion. They can be funny, weird or damn right stupid.

But its a trip down memory lane, ay it?

West Bromwich Albion FC / A telling and terrible statistic
« on: February 01, 2015, 06:12:56 PM »

I didn't actually realise things were that bad. Saido Berahino has scored 9 of those 20 goals.

Our next top goalscorer is Craig Dawson with two goals.

We're not getting enough goals from any of our other strikers nor our midfield.

Under Pulis it's a record I can't see improving greatly.

Baring that in mind - what's the priority for us? Bringing in new firepower to ease the burden on Berahino or some changes in the midfield? As well as a potential new signing in that area.

West Bromwich Albion FC / This group of players
« on: December 29, 2014, 11:34:36 AM »
..are getting away very lightly in my opinion.

There's only so long we can continue to lambast head coaches without looking elsewhere.

All of them are under-performing, failing to do the basics. All of them leaving their boss that they apparently like, hanging out to dry in a cauldron of abuse.

They have successfully seen off Clarke, Mel and we can now add Irvine to the list seen as he's not got long left.

I'm quite frankly ashamed of them. They do not the deserve the applause they received yesterday whilst others received large-scale abuse.

Some of them need to buck up their ideas quickly - and a few need selling in the summer. Laughable to think that many of them got ridiculous contract extentions.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Players who never got a fair crack of the whip
« on: December 18, 2014, 09:16:26 PM »
Players past and present that in your time following Albion haven't been awarded a fair crack of the whip by managers or fans..

I'll start us off:

Markus Rosenberg - never given a chance in his favoured position and had to contend with the in-form Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku. Proven elsewhere but not afforded the opportunity to show his worth here.

General Football & Sports / The Official International Football Thread
« on: September 07, 2014, 10:17:06 PM »
Euro qualifying got started tonight.

Two of the three home nations played.

Northern Ireland got their first away win in four years to beat Hungary.

Scotland lost 2-1 in Germany in a game where I thought they deserved a point.

Wales play Albania away tomorrow.

Who do we want then folks?

Sheffield Wednesday away for me.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Away Singing Section
« on: August 24, 2014, 12:39:31 PM »
I've been asked to post this - it is nothing to do with this forum. It has been organised by like minded supporters who have no connection to this forum but have asked us to politely make this request for them.

An away signing section has been created for away games this season. There is a small allocation that has been attributed to this section and the tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone or via the internet.

All you need to do is ask for your tickets to be attributed to the singing section - alternatively, if you are buying them online you can email the ticket office tickets@wbafc.co.uk and ask for them to be placed in the section. Mark your email FAO of Lee.

The section has been running since the back end of last season and has had a very positive impact with our away fans making plenty of noise.

You can also like their facebook page: Away Singing Section


West Bromwich Albion are in talks with Greece international Georgios Samaras over a potential Bosman free transfer to the Hawthorns.

The Baggies have discussed terms over a potential move to The Hawthorns with the 29-year-old, who can play centrally or wide.

Samaras is without a club following an emotion exit from Celtic at the end of his Parkhead contract.

Malaga have already spoken to the player, who has been in Spain for talks over a potential move to the La Liga club.

But Albion would appeal on the basis that he would only need to relocate his family south of the border.

It has been suggested in Greece that Samaras could make a decision over his future before the weekend.

Sevilla, Hamburg and Lokomotiv Moscow have been linked with the forward.

General Football & Sports / Summer transfer window
« on: July 05, 2014, 12:31:25 PM »
The thread for all the transfer news and gossip from around the globe.  :D

General Football & Sports / Ryan Gauld - the Scottish Messi
« on: July 03, 2014, 08:07:18 PM »
Joined Sporting Lisbon today.


Dundee United teenager Ryan Gauld has signed for Sporting Lisbon on a six-year deal that includes a 60m euro (£48m) buyout clause.

The 18-times Portuguese champions, who produced Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, have paid about £3m for midfielder Gauld, 18, who was nicknamed 'Mini Messi' by his United team-mates.

The Scotland Under-21 player scored eight goals in 38 games last term.

He joins a squad that will compete in this season's Champions League.

"Everyone at the club wishes Ryan sincere best wishes in his future career," said a United statement.

A series of eye-catching performances last season drew comparisons between the 5ft 6in, Aberdeen-born Gauld and Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Speaking in December, United boss Jackie McNamara, who won 33 caps for Scotland, said: "He's going to be a massive star in our national team, there's no doubt about that. He will be one of the greats of our game."

Having made his United debut in May 2012, his rise to prominence with McNamara's team led to an extended contract at Tannadice as soon as he turned 18.

He impressed last season during a campaign that saw United finish fourth in the Premiership and runners-up in the Scottish Cup and was shortlisted for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year, which was won by team-mate Andy Robertson.

His form led to him being scouted by top clubs from around Europe, including England, Italy and Spain, before Sporting made their move.

Here is a video of him in action - some of the through balls in this video are exquisite.


General Football & Sports / Pepe Mel
« on: June 30, 2014, 01:21:50 PM »
This thread has been created for those that wish to keep up to date with Pepe's future movements.

Fire away folks.  ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Albion Under 14 victorious in Denmark
« on: June 24, 2014, 08:09:28 PM »
For the second time in three years won a tournament in Denmark - isn't this the side who haven't lost in something silly like three years?


ALBION Under-14s were recently crowned champions of Denmark’s Norhalne Cup for the second time in three years after defeating host club Aab Aalborg 2-1 in a pulsating final.

The Baggies overcame Swedish outfits IF Lödde, FC Trelleborg and Boo FC, in addition to Danish opposition B1903 and Thisted FC en route to the final - which was played in front of over 600 spectators.

Coaches Delton Francis and Adam Blount found their youngsters 1-0 down in the final before Dan Meredith levelled from the penalty spot just before half-time. 

Albion dominated possession throughout the second-half and eventually went ahead with a fantastic strike from Rekeem Harper with five minutes remaining.

Lead youth development coach Mike Scott was delighted with the team's performance in Scandinavia. 

"These tournaments are a great opportunity for our Academy players to develop our culture and play against various foreign teams who all have their own playing styles and philosophies.

“Tournaments like the Nolharne Cup offer a number of challenges for our players to learn from and are so valuable in the journey of our Academy players.

“I’m really pleased with both the application and the character our boys showed in the tournament both on and off the pitch.

“They played some fantastic football and scored some excellent goals.

“They adopted a philosophy and a culture that we encourage throughout our academy.”


IF Lödde 0 Albion 7

Albion 3 FC Trelleborg 0

Albion 2 Boo FF 0

B1903 0 Albion 5

Thisted FC 0 Albion 1

Albion 2 Aab Aalborg 1

Anyway, well done to them.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Saido Berahino - his refugee story
« on: June 21, 2014, 08:25:20 PM »
Don't know how many of you have seen this - it was posted on the Albion YouTube account a couple of days ago.

The video posted below is a brief account into Saido Berahino's struggles in early life - leaving a war torn Burundi, losing his father and being separated from his family at a young age.

There were occasions last season where I saw him as a troublesome kid with a huge attitude problem - I warmed to him after this interview and I hope he can finally allow his football to do the talking rather than his off the field shenanigans.


Come and show your support for the greatest British tennis player ever

Sir Andy Murray.

Andy - the whole of westbrom.com is routing for you..

(awaits abuse)


General Football & Sports / Alan Irvine sacked by Albion
« on: June 14, 2014, 06:01:27 PM »
 WBAFCofficial @WBAFCofficial  ·  4m

Albion delighted to announce Alan Irvine will be appointed as their new Head Coach. He has agreed a 12-month rolling contract #wba 1/3

 WBAFCofficial @WBAFCofficial  ·  4m

Irvine will complete his move to The Hawthorns once he has officially signed off from his current role as Everton’s academy manager 2/3

 WBAFCofficial @WBAFCofficial  ·  3m

Irvine will bring Rob Kelly to work as Joint-Assistant Head Coach alongside Keith Downing, whilst Dean Kiely will remain as GK Coach 3/3

General Football & Sports / Malcolm Glazer
« on: May 28, 2014, 09:07:45 PM »
The Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer has passed away aged 85.

General Football & Sports / Cheltenham Festival
« on: March 10, 2014, 07:26:54 PM »

West Bromwich Albion FC / A thread to lift our spirits
« on: March 03, 2014, 08:57:46 PM »
We'll have an Albion image mega-thread.

Post your all time favourite Albion images - whether its players, fans, games or the ground.

I'll start us off - I imagine this is from 1968:

Is this West Brom high street?!

No doom and gloom in here.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Steve Clarke on Goals On Sunday
« on: February 15, 2014, 06:37:26 PM »


Be interesting to see what he says. I don't think I've seen him on television since his sacking.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Thievy Bifouma signs on loan
« on: January 31, 2014, 10:37:27 PM »
Espanyol have announced he has joined us on their official Twitter.

Steve Madeley ?@smadeley_star 3m

Espanyol confirm Thievy's move to Albion on loan. And they confirm the 500,000 Euro loan fee. #wba

Steve Madeley ?@smadeley_star 1m

Espanyol statement confirms Albion will pay Thievy's wages for the duration of loan. Not high in Premier League terms, I'd imagine. #wba

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