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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: May 16, 2019, 09:08:20 AM »
If nothing else, last night has brought the fans back together which we have needed for a while.

As a club, we now need to get in a manager/head coach early and allow him time to assess the job at hand.

With the rebuild we will need our expectations need to be reasonable for the new season.

In regards to last night, i'm disapointed but over it. I've spoke to a few Villa fans and they have all commented on how lucky they have been. I just hope that whoever they play in the final gives them a good kicking  ;D

Agree with this. Wasn't at the ground Tuesday but the atmosphere looked and sounded unreal.

Our opportunity to win was in that 25 minute spell at the start of the second half, including the stray goal kick and the header over by Phillips to name a couple. The Villa players seemed rattled during that period, just a shame we couldn't get that second goal as just couldn't see us conceding on the night, the defence was impeccable.

But as you say Dangerman, although it wasn't the result we all wanted, hope people left the ground proud and we can now move on and build something longer lasting with the youth.

Fair play, we need more posts like this.
At the start of the season, I thought it would be a great result if we reached the play offs so to do it with so many games to spare is amazing. However, all the shenanigans around Moore's sacking and the subsequent circus, has put a downer on it somewhat. I have pushed a lot of this angst onto the players (on here only, not real life), but they deserve credit for our achievements this season.
I, for one, am with you, from here on in, and am going to try and accentuate the positives, of what has been a great season, and look forward to the play offs with enthusiasm.
Imagine putting the Villa out and going up via Wembley. It doesn't get much better than that does it?

Exactly, and will be even more special if we beat Derby in the final  ;D

Blimey, the amount of negativity here is beyond me. Firstly, the 'lap of appreciation' is from the players to the fans, not the other way around. Second of all this will be the home crowds last chance to give the players a bit an extra boost and encouragement ahead of the play-offs.

If things don't work out after the semi or final, vent your disappointment then, but the team are going to need all the support they can get just as the other 3 teams and their fans will give too.

I'm trying to stay optimistic but seems so many fans are resigned that our season is over already...what hope do we have in the play-offs?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Shan appointed until end of season
« on: April 16, 2019, 04:28:55 PM »
I'm glad we've stuck with Shan for the rest of the season.  No point changing horses in mid-stream - more upheaval.  Any new manager would still have had to work with the same players.  At least JS knows them.  At the end of the season we can decide what sort of manager we require depending on what division we play in next season. 

Agree with this, feel a lot more comfortable going into the remaining 4 games and play offs with Shan rather than brining in someone else who would want to change things up and potentially not get their system across to the players in such a short period..

The whole episode has been a shambles but we need to forget about it for now, support Shan and the players as much as possible. It’s either going to be 7 more games in the championship or 53+ to get us back up and this will be as best as shot we’re going to get.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Stadium Expansion
« on: January 14, 2019, 05:07:07 AM »
Wasn’t the original plans when they built the east stand for it to be built with the possibility of adding another tier to it in the future? But they messed up when building it and the foundations aren’t strong enough for another tier. But that was the original plan

The plan back in circa 2005 was to re-develop both the East stand and Halfords. I remember speaking with one of the directors at the time and he said they aimed to increase capacity to around 40-42,000. Thank god that never happened!

Agree now is not the right time to be spending money on a stadium expansion but it certainly should be a medium term goal to get to 30-32,000. That would be the ideal capacity for the size of our fanbase with room to grow.

Personally I hope they'd do it by adding another tier to the Halfords. It looks like something from league 2. Adding the tier would help balance the ground out, similarly to what Liverpool did with the Main Stand but on a much smaller scale.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Harvey Barnes (on loan from Leicester)
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:53:18 PM »
Gutted to hear this. Talk about a manager putting his own interests before one of Englands most promising players.

Strangely however, if Barnes doesn't get the time he wants on the pitch whilst he's back at Leicester for the run in and we do go up, I think we'll be in better position to sign him than if he stayed. Got to somehow fill the void though. Hope Big Dave has a back-up!

Thanks Harvey for helping make this such an enjoyable season to date, we won't forget you lightly!

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: December 25, 2018, 06:31:33 PM »
East Stand                454
Brummie Road          539
West Stand               96
Smethwick                Sold Out

Remaining: 1,089

Just snapped up mine as unable to make the game on Boxing Day. Not much a selection of good seats left but great to see the ground getting packed out again. Should be a good atmosphere with Wednesday selling out.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: comparison
« on: October 06, 2018, 05:47:53 PM »
Tough call but personally prefer the squad this season to the one back in 2009. What wins it for me is the strike force, we have so many goals in us it's makes us far more fun to watch.

Coincidentally we are on the exact same amount of points from 12 games as we were in October 2009. 24 points. Just hope we can keep it up because we've proportionality played more teams in the lower half of the league than the top half, it's only going to get tougher!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: September 21, 2018, 05:53:17 PM »
I think most fans would of taken where we are at considering how much of a disaster last season was. Wasn't long ago that avoiding another relegation was the priority for this season.

We scored 31 goals ALL of last season, we've scored 20 so far and it's not even end of September! It's not perfect and the defensive certainly needs work but most importantly it's actually enjoyable watching the Albion play again.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Boilerman mascot
« on: August 05, 2018, 12:27:10 PM »
Great publicity for ideal boilers but not great PR for the club in my opinion, makes us look proper small time. It’s even made the news here in Hong Kong!


West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: How to watch online?
« on: August 04, 2018, 12:32:19 PM »
So I'm based overseas, sorry if this is a stupid question (can't find any clarity on the website) but if I buy a 'match pass' for the Bolton game, does that mean I will be able to watch the game live? Or is it audio commentary only? or live text only?  ???

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Ticket Info & Requests
« on: August 02, 2018, 03:37:09 PM »
Pretty amazing we managed to go the entirely of last season in the PL without a sell out and looks like one is on the cards for Bolton at home slap bang middle of the summer holidays. Seems Daren 'The Redeemer' Moore has really changed the atmosphere at the club. Just hope it's a different story on the pitch this year.

I used hola vpn to watch it.

A touching documentary. That's why football is the most popular sport in the world.
Even a man didn't follow any football team before, had became emotional when we beat Spur at home.

Thanks Koren, hola VPN works if anyone else is having same issues!

Anyone know where I could watch this (plus for the rest of us not based the UK)?  ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: May 21, 2018, 06:44:40 PM »
in today's world, people make a good living out of having an opposing view, sometime they are right and sometimes they are not, but hindsight is a wonderful vision.

I prefer to go with my initial "gut feeling" and Darren will do for me!!

Certainly! However I did just think it would of been a lot more heartbreaking starting next season on a bad run with a different man in charge, would of been a really horrible 'what if' moment if we didn't try ride the momentum but yeah of course theres not guarantee Big Dave is going to succeed but lets cross that bridge when come to it  ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: May 21, 2018, 05:31:37 PM »
Was disappointed to see a bit of the negative feedback about Moore getting the job. He's earned it on merit, yes albeit as a Caretaker and the pressure off but we haven't had any momentum in some time now so thought it would be foolish not to be opportunistic and instead appoint someone with so called experience (and look whats thats give us this past 18 months).

Everything is in Big Dave's favour; the players, the coaches, the staff, the board, football people in general really....and hopefully all our supporters! He's been promoted 4 times and knows how it's done and rightly managing everyones expectations.


Come on Big Dave and COYB!

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: May 13, 2018, 09:16:29 AM »
Finding myself looking forward to a match for change, strange feeling considering were down but Big Dave has really transformed the mood. COYB!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: May 08, 2018, 05:40:21 PM »
There's only one Big Dave! More than fully deserved, I think it would not be a tragedy we don't ride on this upturn and give him the job for next season now. Just imagine how awful it'd feel if we change and fall into another crap spell given most our squad seem to have issues with getting along with the manager...I say rise on the momentum and give him the job!!

Also really nice touch him brining out all the staff for his award, what a humble gentleman.

It was great to see the passion back after several years of relative stupor. That was the best goal celebration for ages and a couple of those roars were reminiscent of the 60s! The Hawthorns is still a special place on its day. Boing Boing and thank you Big Dave.

I was watching the game on some terrible stream in Hong Kong and blimey...the fans pretty much sucked the ball into the net, the atmosphere sounded incredible for that final 10mins. The Hawthorns has to be up there with the most atmospheric grounds on it's day.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New technical director - Nick Hammond
« on: April 12, 2018, 11:37:40 AM »
Really can't see it being a dream of his to rebuild us though. No chance of him coming back.

Saw Ashworth at the Arsenal game earlier this season, felt like begging him to come back. Very much doubt it too but that would be the dream!

So glad Hammond has gone, I think he was a huge part of the capitulation that's occurred over the past 18 months. Finally we can move on and start fresh now, just hope we can find another gem like Ashowrth out there to change our fortunes or we are going to end up in this vicious circle all over again.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager
« on: April 03, 2018, 12:57:14 PM »
Story on the internet saying Hammond was at Ipswich yesterday and he is now favourite on skybet.

I don’t and can’t believe it as it’s nothing much of a credible source and surely Albion couldn’t be that stupid?!?

Technical Director watching someone manage? Doubt it, thought it'd be more likely he was there to watch the players.

Personally I'm hoping McInnes gets it. Need someone to put a rocket up the players arse and show what it means to wear the shirt again. He'll get us back to doing the basics right and I'd imagine the fans will be with him all the way. It's going to be so tough changing this teams mentality to now be winning the majority of our matches, we haven't done it in over 8 years.

Was certainly the right decision to get rid of Pulis. The players had given up and we were already in free fall at that point so I couldn't of see him keeping us up anyway.

What followed that was a crisis management disaster in my opinion. Very risky to change the playing style of the team half way through the season. To go from the disciplinarian of Pulis to paly Pardew was never going to work and seems to have breeded even more complacency among the ranks.

Will probably get shot down for saying it but I believe Megson was a good choice to see the season out. He wasn't far from the Pulis style but seemed to give the players a kick up the arse and I'd say the draw against Spurs and Field scoring versus Newcastle were two of our brighter periods of this season. I believe we'd still be in touching distance if not even better if we had given him til the end of the season then rebuilt for the PL in the summer. All IFS though.

General Football & Sports / Re: Alan Pardew
« on: March 10, 2018, 05:20:42 PM »
Should of been gone after the Huddersfield match...surely we can't keep him til the end of the season, what kind of impression will that leave us for the start of next season? I've admired his honesty at times but it's time we say bye and start rebuilding for whats going to be a really tricky season in the championship, we can't allow the club to become another Sunderland.

Really? He appointed Mel, Clarke, Irvine ..  hardly the greatest record in appointments.

Not great appointments those but you could rely on Peace to get it right eventually. In any case I can't seem him returning. At this point Hammond should be axed and the sooner Pardew goes with him the better.

Personally I'd like to see a former player in as manager to inject a bit more pride and soul back into the club.

General Football & Sports / Re: Alan Pardew
« on: February 16, 2018, 05:02:58 PM »
Just my view but reading what Pards has said in his press conference through matt wilsons twitter feed, it sounds like he is a dead man walking.

Completely felt that too, especially going on about how sad he is to see Williams and Goodwin leaving, wiping his hands of this incident and even going to say he regrets it! Damn this is a pretty crappy period at the albion.

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