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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: October 01, 2019, 11:32:24 PM »
A lesson in how to play good football, dominate the second half and not have a single shot of note.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Goalkeepers over the years
« on: September 26, 2019, 05:53:59 PM »
Does anyone else as ancient as me remember Jock Wallace coming flying out of his goal, almost to the halfway line  to  clatter a winger (I think) foolish enough to attempt a quick breakaway towards the end of a game? A complete nutter who I think went on to manage Rangers and Leicester - his training technique being to build a hill of sand and make players run up and down it for a few hours every day. Probably smacked any who complained.
Dick Shephard had the most stuttering run up to a goal kick I have ever seen and the few times he played opposition fans took the mickey something rotten.
We've been blessed with some pretty consistent keepers over the years - albeit consistently average. I think Foster comes out best for me, Ossie second with Godden probably third.
SJ is still young and has the time to become better than he is right now and isn't helped by being instructed to play out short ALL the time which will affect his confidence. I hope he comes on and becomes a really good keeper but he has a way to go yet.   

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Rekeem Harper
« on: May 19, 2019, 07:26:36 AM »
I sometimes wonder if people posting on here have any idea what it takes to be a professional footballer. These young lads have a rare and amazing ability. What they don't have is experience. So when they step up to the first team, the speed, the nous of opponents, the shouting of the crowd and the sheer physical effort is all new. Unsurprisingly, some take to it, some don't. Some, particularly creative, attacking players, will look slow on the uptake. Which 18/19 year old doesn't at times? I think we need to identify and nurture players with the talent and the right attitude so I hope Rakeem is here next year and playing regularly. Sadly, it's not looking likely

General Football & Sports / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: March 10, 2019, 03:51:08 PM »
Sad, very sad. Like many, I wanted DM to succeed. But then again, I wanted him to be appointed as assistant to the man down the road near Perry Barr. Then he could have learned.
Unfortunately, I think his biggest mistake was to appoint Jones as his assistant. Here is a coach who had been a part of much the same thing at Everton - promoting keep-ball sideways tactics that frustrated  their fans and were equally unsuccessful.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: West Bromwich who?
« on: February 06, 2019, 04:17:56 PM »
West Bromwich Strollers

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: OUT ON LOAN THREAD
« on: January 14, 2019, 05:56:15 PM »
Due to family commitments, I went to watch Exeter on Boxing Day. O'Shea did reasonably well for a young lad - albeit at a much lower level. He won virtually all he went for in the air and, after a bit of a shaky start, looked comfortable with the ball at his feet - not that it stays there long at this level.

As some of you may note by my user-name I've been watching for a long time. Good posts here and I agree with many of them, especially having walked away from Wembley 4 times as losers. The lowest point, however, has to be watching us lose to Torquay United at Plainmoor in the 3rd tier (called League 2 for some reason). Bobby Gould was manager, our football was dreadful and we had some old timers, Graham Roberts was one, just there to pick up the money for their pension. The lowest we could sink - hopefully, ever.
And then Pullis was appointed and for the 1st time in my life I began to lose interest, not completely because that won't happen, but I lost all interest in coming to watch. And then Pardew. For goodness sake. Big Dave has faults and failings, lower division I know but isn't life better?

General Football & Sports / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: November 04, 2018, 12:33:37 AM »
Ollie, you have written down my thoughts exactly. I don't want Big Dave out of our club but the naivety that is being shown at the moment is troubling. Let's hope he, and those around him, have a re think on tactics and approach that suit the players available - and have the courage to introduce some changes, particularly where young players are concerned.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: System tactics personnel
« on: October 25, 2018, 03:04:04 PM »
Interesting thread and yes, I think we all can see our players need to be in a back4 with some dfensive midfield in front of them. Incidentally, I think the last time I saw our defense so woefully vulnerable but goals were being scored was when Tony Mowbary was manager! What is it with centre halves that become managers?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Field
« on: October 25, 2018, 02:53:04 PM »
Just want to back up the comments on what an unbalanced midfield the lad had to play in last night. We all know that Brunt (and I speak as a Brunt fan) is not a centre midfielder - too slow on the turn, unable to change direction, desperately one-footed etc - so to put Field who is also left sided in there with him is hard on him. Strangely, I think he may well become a good defender who IS able to play in a back 3, pass or bring the ball out confidently, can make those crucial tackles and will concentrate for 90 minutes.
I certainly hope we see more of him.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Manager
« on: April 05, 2018, 04:02:54 PM »
Firstly, I want to see a return to a stable and sustainable set up (hope I don't lisp that too much!) where a DoF oversees systems throughout the club with the clear intention of bringing (and keeping) young players in the first team coached by a quality young head coach.

My ideal set up will not be popular with many perhaps but David Pleat, with his vast knowledge of players throughout Europe and experience of the game would be in overall charge of scouting, teams below 1st team, academy, style of play throughout the club and choosing the young Head Coach. My choice for that would be Paul Hurst at Shrewsbury, a progressive successful manager at Shrews and Grimsby. His energy, intelligence and style of football make him an attractive appointment. And no, he hasn't had experience of higher level leagues yet but he will have - Pardew, Pulis did have and neither should have been appointed to our club.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 03, 2018, 05:54:46 PM »
Awful - not Pulis awful, just clueless awful. When I heard the team, or at least the mf, I feared the worst. Why not Field? At least he has energy and can pass a ball. Like everyone, I thought that was the worst I have seen Phillips play. He is weak but that attempted tackle (can I call it that?) was a disgrace. And Nyom, what the hell was he doing for their corner, or indeed the rest of the game?
We desperately need someone to tell Rondon to stay in the middle. We do not need him on the left wing putting in crosses. Unfortunately, he's been coached to chase all over in the hope of winning a throw, corner or falling to the floor for a foul. Go to the middle of the 6 yard box at the same time as the ball, man, and you'll score some more like you did once today.
Sadly, for the 1st time, I think we looked relegation candidates. Yes, injuries play a part but our lack of balance and organisation, particularly down the middle, leave me worried, very worried.

We made it b***dy awkward for them. Pity about the crap goal we conceded after all that effort

West Bromwich Albion FC / Winning the league at the Hawthorns
« on: May 12, 2017, 06:15:50 PM »
I'm not sure how other people feel about tonight's game but I know I have mixed feelings. To see good football is always a treat but the prospect of Chelski strolling around The Shrine arrogantly displaying their superiority doesn't fill me with delight.
Does anyone else remember the last time the league was won at The Hawthorns? I was there to watch Everton do it in 1963. We played well but lost 0-4. Graham Williams gave them 3, I recall. An own goal, a penalty and a ridiculous free kick he put behind Potter to allow their cf (Peacock I think) an open goal.  :'(

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Why do you support/watch Albion
« on: May 12, 2017, 12:54:59 PM »
Reading these has been a delight - we are The WBA tribe
For me there was never any question or choice - not that I wanted one. My mother's family are all West Bromwich born and bred and my father played for them and so from birth I have been going to the Hawthorns.
The family moved to near Wolverhampton when I was about 5 but that didn't stop my dad and I going to home games, standing with the same people in the pre -Rainbow stand, and shouting my head off. I loved it. There were others of the true faith amongst the dingles and inevitable manure fans at school and I started going to occasional away games with them on coaches. Maybe I am biased but they seemed more interesting folks. Great fun.
I have been lucky enough to see great games, to see us win cups, play off final, beat the 'big' teams and yes, lose.
I moved away from the area over 40 years ago but have managed to get back for a few matches every season - usually 6/7. As people say, it's in the blood. Until last season that is. I have been just twice this season and been  so frustrated by our lack of adventure I feel I may not go again for a while.
I understand why some are happy with whatever it takes to stay in the Premier league and good on you for going and supporting but I am finding the greed league less and less enjoyable.

However, being an Albion fan is not always easy and we all know there will be ups and downs. I just hope I get to see an exciting style of play that I associate with us before I drop off the planet.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: March 19, 2016, 07:50:28 PM »
Yet again we struggle against a poor, struggling team who clearly lacked confidence and, if were pressed and attacked with a bit of pace and guile, would have collapsed like a pack of cards. But there we have it, we have no pace and guile - especially in midfield.
Yes, if teams come at us and are keen to retain possession, we have players who are willing to run, stay in shape, concentrate, break the game up and hope that we get a chance but we cannot create anything . Hence the 'hoof' tactics. Add to this the fact our 'fullbacks' are centre-backs who offer no attacking width and we have the obvious - the performance today and the other days when we play poor teams.
Incidently, how much did we miss a decent cross from the left today, Mr Brunt?

General Football & Sports / Re: Tony Pulis
« on: December 27, 2015, 10:49:57 PM »
Forget youngsters with Mr Pulis. May as well save money and shut the academy now. Part of the reason I was totally appalled when he was appointed.

General Football & Sports / Re: Tony Pulis
« on: December 27, 2015, 10:04:41 PM »
I vowed some time ago not to make any more comment on Pulis as he is our manager and that's it - whatever I think - but after watching that insipid, tame, dreary and slow attempt to beat a very, very poor Swansea team I find it too hard to hold the anger in. Fletcher, Gardner, and Yacob playing centrally when none of them can control or pass a ball accurately? Really?
Brunt and Lambert, with their blistering pace, to take on a defence devoid of confidence? Have Morrison play god-knows-where (he didn't)?
Keep ball carrying, attacking players such as Sess and McMan and our best goal scorer  flattening his growing backside on the bench 'til late on? What?
Play our classiest player and best central defender out of position again? What????
When we pushed on a bit we began to look better (mainly because they were so poor and kept giving us the ball) and showed what we should have done from the start, TRY TO WIN.
Good luck to you folk who want to carry on watching this stuff.   

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: 69 semi final
« on: November 01, 2015, 06:13:10 PM »
Yes it was the open 'Spion Kop' end we Albion fans stood in, though many areas were mixed. Poor game on a dry bumpy pitch and the first of 4 disappointing semis I've been to. Thank goodness for 1968.

General Football & Sports / Re: Tony Pulis
« on: August 11, 2015, 06:13:15 PM »
Seasons ago I remember coming out of the Britannia after another 0-1 loss and saying 'well at least we don't have to watch that every week'.
 However a 'Good Bloke' Pulis is, and yes we needed something to happen to our chaotic coaching/recruiting structure - I hate his football. I try to stay out of these arguments these days 'because he is our manager and that's it.
But, even against a classy outfit, last night we were abysmal. 

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Could be worse - remember Bobby Gould?
« on: April 30, 2015, 11:19:35 PM »
I can't get too sentimental about it. Like many other fans, travelled down to Torquay to see us loose 0-1 to a Justin Fash header. For me the lowest point we reached. Dreadful

Like this thread.
Many heroes to name, Graham Williams, John Wile, Maurice Setters, John Kaye and I always liked Doug Fraser. You wouldn't want to mess with any of them but, because I remember him running out to the half-way line and throwing himself at people (yes he was completely mad and unpredictable)on a couple of occasions, goalkeeper Jock Wallace springs to mind.
It's hard to imagine players of today being able to get away with stuff that went on then, Breathe anywhere near most of them and they fly through the air with a scream.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: 11 Apr 2015 Albion 2 Leicester City 3
« on: April 11, 2015, 07:22:49 PM »
I am so angry tonight after watching that. Pulis-lovers, you are just basically wrong. I have always detested his football. I thought after the Swansea & W Ham game I'd be proved wrong but no, we have hoofball to nowhere, defending on the edge of our own area if we take a lead, play with centre backs at fullback, take off midfielders for more centre backs, look clueless with the ball because all of our training is geared around NOT having it and a manager that managed to remove any confidence our players may have had.
Our football is appalling. The sooner this man is out of our club the better!

General Football & Sports / Re: Tony Pulis
« on: April 11, 2015, 07:10:17 PM »
Right, Pulis-lovers, tell me once again how he's The Saviour and how he'll 'sort it out. I am savage after watching that. I detest this man's ideas on football, how he sets up teams and the negativity with which he approaches games. Hoofball is not what I want to watch. defending on the edge of our area from the moment we take a lead or if we're away from home is not what I want to watch. Blaming players is the easy way out. Putting centre backs at full back, taking off a midfielder to bring on another centre back, hoofing the ball to nowhere and expecting skilful youngsters to chase after it is parks football at its worst.
I'm not going to bother arguing with those who were convinced that AI was taking us down. It's irrelevant as he's gone but what we have instead is appalling.  The sooner this man is out of our club the better. If it was anyone else it would be tonight.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Graham Dorrans Joins Norwich City
« on: March 29, 2015, 11:42:50 AM »
He's been a favourite of mine since signing. He passes the ball accurately with either foot, something so few modern players seem able to do. Ok, he's not going to win many headers and he hasn't got great pace but his ability to keep the ball with the team has always impressed me. As mentioned, overcoming his personal tragedies to continue being a pro footballer also deserve the highest respect.
Really hope he does well. He'll get a good reception from me should he ever come back to the Hawthorns in whatever  kit.

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