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General Football & Sports / Uefa Europa Conference League
« on: September 15, 2020, 08:42:16 PM »
If you thought the Europa League was mickey mouse wait until you hear about this one.

Starting 2021 and the winners of the League/Carabao Cup are granted a place in this prestigious competition.

The third tier of European competitions ranking beneath the Europa League.

West Bromwich Albion FC / 2020/2021 EPL Season
« on: August 20, 2020, 07:46:23 AM »
It’s early days but what is your gut feeling so far?

At the moment I can’t see anything other than relegation but not 20th.

General Football & Sports / EPL adjusted stadia capacity
« on: August 19, 2020, 01:34:05 PM »
How many fans every Premier League club could have in their stadiums with one metre social distancing measures in place.

Football is being played out in front of no fans right now but soon we could have them back in stadiums in England.

We are set to see pilot events in September with some fans in attendance and if they are successful we will soon see spectators in all grounds.

Capacity will be limited and those attending will have to adhere to new codes of behaviour which may mean no singing or shouting so as to respect social distancing measures.

There will also be crowd management in place with staggered entry times and plenty of hand sanitising points.

But how full might stadiums be when we do eventually get fans back into them?

Well, Liberty Games have done some calculations and found out how many supporters would get in on the premise of one metre social distancing measures.

West Bromwich Albion FC / From Buzaglo to Balis
« on: August 16, 2020, 10:44:09 PM »
Got hand delivered this afternoon. Enjoying it so far. This is very much ‘my Albion’ that are being referred to throughout.

I doubt I’ll ever feel such an affinity to a squad like the 2001/2002 promotion winning side.

West Bromwich Albion FC / What is the Albion to you?
« on: August 02, 2020, 01:21:18 PM »
The Albion to me is, familiarity, my constant.

When I think of ‘The Albion’ I think of going to the game with a few close mates, meeting up at 1:30pm for a stroll to the ground, walking the same route each time and seeing familiar faces on the way at exactly the same sort of time/place, milling around in the concourses until one of us say ‘are you ready?’ then we’ll walk up to our seats.

Looking at the programme and familiarising myself with the opposition players names/numbers, Faithless Isomnia, The Liquidator, the smell of the grass, the blinding sun, looking at the away fans and occasionally picking one out thinking ‘what’s your life story’, the standing up at half time flicking through the programme, the mad rush back to seats with seconds to spare of the second half starting, the inevitable ‘halfords give us a song’ if we are in jovial spirits, my mate always demanding a sub on the hour whatever the result, the huddle down the stairs at the final whistle and walk back down the same route we came until the crowds disperse around Trinity Way, heading for a pint and to discuss the game. Then say goodbye until the next time.

I miss it!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Return to The Hawthorns
« on: July 15, 2020, 01:05:30 PM »
How do you think this will look and when do you think this will be?

I can envisage one way systems, no leaving seats, every other seat empty, no concourse open for half time, no bars and eateries open, masks to be worn etc.

I reckon we will return in September based on the above but will be a right mare with some season ticket holders missing out based on loyalty points and length of service.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Promotion?
« on: July 11, 2020, 06:06:18 PM »
Today was painful and we are making hard work of it. I am going out on a limb and say I expect us to go up because Brentford will fold, not because we win the next three.

West Bromwich Albion FC / New kits 20/21
« on: July 07, 2020, 10:50:51 PM »
First mock ups or genuine leaks?

Do we know how long the deal is with Puma? Hummel are making some great looking kits at the moment.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Kids at The Albion
« on: June 10, 2020, 10:53:16 PM »
My daughter made her debut at just before 4 (last September) she loved it and we went up twice since.

For those with kids - how old were yours before you got them a season ticket? I’m thinking the season after the 5th birthday which will be August 2021.

Is this too early? The odd game here or there she loves but don’t want to frighten her off by going too often too soon. Or putting her off on those cold Saturday afternoons. Suppose I should take it game by game, night kick offs would be a no go anyway.

Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / King John III
« on: June 04, 2020, 09:54:45 AM »
This is a good one for the conspiracy lovers out there.

Here is an interesting youtube video, the first ten minutes is the nitty gritty the last ten I didn't bother with.

A quick summary:

A man called Joseph Hallett is a legitimate great grandchild (however many times down the line) of King Henry VIII.

At the end of March he formally requested transfer of the crown and sent letters to all world leaders.

The Queen is not the legitimate child of King George.

Since the announcement the Royal Family have dispersed around the country and are preparing a transfer of powers.

Joseph intends to reign as King John 3rd.

Is this guy a nut job or genuine?

Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Madeline McCann
« on: June 04, 2020, 09:44:34 AM »
Is this long ongoing saga about to be solved? It looks like it to me. The parents gets a lot of stick and rightly so but for their sake and ours it would be nice to get this put to bed.

It's interesting that German police are saying they are treating it as a murder case, whereas British police are treating is still as a missing person case. The Germans claim to almost have enough evidence to charge.

Jailed German paedophile at centre of new police inquiry

A German paedophile has been identified as a key suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The suspect, who has not been named, is described as white with short blond hair and about 6ft tall with a slim build at the time she vanished on 3 May 2007.

Christian Hoppe, from Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA), told the country's ZDF television channel the 43-year-old is serving a prison sentence for a sex crime and has two previous convictions for "sexual contact with girls".

Mr Hoppe said German police have not ruled out a sexual motive for the alleged crime, which is being treated as murder by the BKA.

He added that the suspect may have broken into an apartment in the Ocean Club complex in Praia da Luz - where Madeleine was on holiday with her parents, Kate and Gerry McCann, and her twin siblings Sean and Amelie - before spontaneously kidnapping her.

Clarence Mitchell, a spokesman for Madeleine's parents Kate and Gerry McCann, has said the family believe the development is "potentially very significant".

He added on BBC radio: "They've never given up hope that she may still be found alive but they are realistic.

General Football & Sports / AFC Wimbledon
« on: May 03, 2020, 09:14:42 AM »
What a great sight for all football fans, not only Wimbledon!

Clear signs of progress at Plough Lane with pictures of our home turf!

Announcements, Feedback & Questions / Banned?
« on: April 21, 2020, 04:39:30 PM »
I can get onto the forum via iPad but not via iPhone, it says I have been banned forever for calling someone a ‘compete bellend’, which I haven’t  ???

Could someone take a look please?

Screenshots sent to Oldburywba@hotmail account.


Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Greta Thunberg
« on: September 24, 2019, 10:02:48 AM »
Mentally unstable from what I saw and her parents and the UN should not be encouraging her.

General Football & Sports / The Gay Footballer
« on: July 23, 2019, 03:36:13 PM »
I'm a professional footballer, currently playing in The Championship. I will reveal my identity soon, but I am a PROUD gay man.


West Bromwich Albion FC / Play Offs
« on: May 08, 2019, 01:18:21 PM »
It will be an absolute miracle if we go up IMO.

We have to be 4th favourites.

Even if we do go up it will be a long hard season because Shan will be given the gig full time seeing as ‘he will have earnt it’.

I think Leeds will do it.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Are we skint?
« on: May 04, 2019, 08:39:11 AM »
Just a few things I have picked up recently. I’m not ITK it is just a general assessment.

* Overdraft for the first time in 10 years
* Early bird season ticket, effectively collecting the cash two months earlier
* New home kits released with one game plus play offs left, effectively collecting the cash three months early
* Low salary appointments of Head Coach in Big Dave and Jimmy

We only get the benefit of an overdraft once and you only get the benefit of early birds and early kits income early once. It’s the same as having a cash advance from your employer.

Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Extinction Rebellion in London
« on: April 15, 2019, 10:25:27 PM »
Peaceful protest apparently but they decide to cause criminal damage.

Why do these eco-type always look like they need a good wash?

Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / New Zealand Mosque Shooting
« on: March 15, 2019, 07:17:27 AM »
A lone gumman opens firs at Christchurch Mosque killing at least 40 people. The gunman live streamed the event.

General Football & Sports / Footballers as Law/Accountancy Firms
« on: February 21, 2019, 01:00:21 PM »
Shamelessly stolen from another forum but it is an amusing one worth stealing.

Which ex or current footballers have names that sound like Law/Accountancy firms?

Mason Holgate - best one for me  ;D

Clarke Carlisle

Jacob Murphy

Morgan Gibbs-White

David Davis

Alberto Moreno

West Bromwich Albion FC / West Bromwich who?
« on: February 06, 2019, 03:51:18 PM »
Bit of a pointless discussion but I'm a thinker and this subject has crossed my mind more than once!

It's not very common amongst 'big' clubs but the smaller non-league clubs go out of business quite often and then often re-brand as something else.

If we were to follow that unfortunate path what would your choice of new club name be?

Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Liam Neeson
« on: February 05, 2019, 08:12:34 AM »
Liam Neeson reveals how he walked the streets with a weapon looking for a 'black b******' to kill after a loved one 'was raped' as he is branded a 'racist' who 'should be banned from Oscars'

Liam is very brave to admit that in this day and age. Luckily for him he is minted because he is finished now.


If anyone is interested please see the link.

£2 per strip raising money for Macmillan Cancer Research and Jinglers FC (Crown & Anchor, West Brom).

Some EFL clubs want to stop printing match programmes for every game.

The Football League has been asked whether publishing one for each league match should continue to be a requirement next season.

Clubs are concerned about declining sales and increased costs and will vote on the issue at their meeting in June.

The EFL will continue to produce programmes for all its major games, including the Carabao Cup final and all three play-off finals.

Collecting programmes remains a popular hobby, with six fairs being held in England and another in Northern Ireland, during May.

There are many examples of programmes being sold for sums in excess of £1,000.

In 2014, a copy of the 1901 FA Cup final programme between Tottenham and Sheffield United was sold for £19,000 at auction.

West Bromwich Albion FC / 2018-2019 Season
« on: April 17, 2018, 02:01:22 PM »
This poll is assuming (which is very highly likely) that we will be relegated.

What is you immediate gut feeling on next season?

It's very early days and we don't know who will be staying, who will be going or who will be signing.

I would like to think we will come back and rebuild but I think the likelihood is we will probably finish around the 8-12th mark. 

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