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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.

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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!

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

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General Football & Sports / 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

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General Football & Sports / 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pPoBu2ZLLhU

Come on Big Dave and COYB!


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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!

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General Football & Sports / 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 rubbish 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 backside 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.

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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 backside 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.

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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.

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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.

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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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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Who's starting to become resigned
« on: December 28, 2017, 09:02:42 PM »
Game to game I would certainly say I was in the 'resigned' camp, due to the lack of goals we've been scoring, conceding late goals and losing points from winning positions...and of course the current 18 game run without a win.

However football as we know it is a game of fine margins. When you look back at the results we were not far from being 4-10 points better off (Stoke at home, Watford, Newcastle, Palace and Everton to name a few).

I know its all ifs, buts and maybes but I feel if we can address the goal scoring problem and get that bit of luck which seems to have deserted us since Burnley away we can dig ourselves out of this.

We are hardly the whipping boys of the division and performances have been getting better but we need to start picking up three points NOW.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Guochuan Lai
« on: July 08, 2015, 08:22:05 AM »
Some of you may recognise me from being a regular poster on here up until me moving to Hong Kong a couple of years ago but seeing as I'm on the door step to China I have spoken with some friends about these murmurs and thought I'd share what I learnt about Wang Jianlin and wider to that the context of why he'd be interested in buying a club in the PL.

Football believe it or not is very high on the agenda for the ruling Communist party in China at the moment. It's the biggest sport in the world and they see it as a big opportunity for their ambition to become the number one super power in the world. They have plans to host a world cup in the foreseeable future and it's the governments aim to make it the number one sport in China but they do understand people need to take an active interest in the sport before they are able grow the talent closer to home. Investing in the EPL and exposing the mainland to this would be a must to grow interest.

Jilanlin himself is a member of the Communist Party, his Dad was even in Mao's Red Army, and he has remit from President Xi Jinping to invest in football overseas. If it's to happen Jilanlin will be the first mainland Chinese PL owner. He's not shy to make it known he's loaded so be sure he'll invest in the club. One issue might be on the playing side, they might want to use the club to channel Chinese players through which could be a bit of a disaster knowing the lack of quality but that remains to be seen.

Anyway I'm very excited to see this happen if it's true. Knowing how bullish the Chinese are and their ambitions to be number one I think it can only be a good think to see us advance as a club. He won't be investing to come 2nd best against the Arab's or the Yanks but will have expectations from the China to make their mark.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: FA Cup Round 6 - Aston Villa (A)
« on: February 16, 2015, 07:46:35 PM »
Cracking draw. Fancy us to at least get a draw there. Thing we'll do them in the replay  :P

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Biggest game of the season so far
« on: January 06, 2015, 12:26:22 AM »
Need I say more let's make some noise. Play the liquidator for starters

Massive game, be great if the club decided to play the Liquidator as they did latter end of last season to get the crowd up for it.

New man in charge, fresh optimism, hopefully a full ground and cracking atmosphere. Can't wait.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: January 04, 2015, 04:13:46 PM »
I've been back in the UK for the Christmas period from living in HK the past year and a half. I was at the game against Man City and couldn't believe the negativity surrounding the club and how flat the atmosphere was. Really got me down and was so sad to see having left the UK and my season ticket (7 years in the BRE) with the club finishing 8th under Clarke.

Had no plans to make the Hull after my first taste of Irvine but the Pulis appointment has got me really excited to be at the Hawthorns once more! Really believe this has the opportunity to galvanize the club.

Just hope the fans respond, turn up in numbers and really get behind the team for this, massive game.

COYB!!!

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General Football & Sports / Re: Alan Irvine sacked by Albion
« on: July 08, 2014, 06:24:17 PM »
I'm sorry but for all the 'positive publicity' spin the club seem to have been following up since this appointment from 'through thick or thin' slogans on Facebook for the launch of the to whisping Lescott in front of the cameras as quick as they could isn't really consoling me on the situation.

Thinking about it today really compounded the fact as much as Peace or Burton wan't to bang on about Irvine being "one of the best coaches around' doesn't really buy with me. Irvine is not even worthy of a Championship managerial role, let alone Premier League 'Head Coach'. Those of you that argue the point, 'well we do hire head coaches, not managers anymore' is a completely invalid viewpoint. Are you telling me the best of what's out there or even Tim Sherwood on that same note can't coach?

Of course not, so who's not to imply we should of taken the best manager out there and put them under a head coach role. All they have to focus on is the coaching? None of that transfer business to worry about. And thats where the problem lies because thats Peace's call, scrutinising every penny that is paid out of the club.

The head coach role would work if our Chairman didn't have to be so tight. It just so happens to be the falling block all the time. Whether thats bringing in the right quality player or coach, we seem to  too often just get second best.

From where I'm looking, it's Peace's dictatorship over the purse strings is why we've ended up with the 'Yes Man' puppet of a head coach to just coach and always accept the way things are.

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General Football & Sports / Re: Alan Irvine sacked by Albion
« on: June 15, 2014, 08:19:12 PM »
It's been a good year I think since my last post on here after emigrating out the country and having to observe everything from the outside through media and now really lacking being part of Albion as much as I was for the past 10 seasons I had following the club home and away, but the news on Alan Irvine's appointment has really made me so livid I feel I have to take it out on here.

How on earth can a manager of Irvine's track record at Sheffield Wednesday and PNE ever merit him landing a Premier League managerial position? It's outstanding. I wouldn't be surprised if most Championship football fans were disappointed in this as an appointment for them. It stinks of 'lack of ambition' and again show's Peace to be the penny pinching accountant he truly is. How is this guy ever going to take us forward, how is he the person to rebuild a premier league team from scratch an, get them organised and  get them winning again?

Yet another 'Yes' man to shove in front of the camera's and downgrade our club as something not worth of the Premier League; 'a team punching above their weight'; well Peace will sure have his wish and will be reaping the consequences of losing those riches come next May.

And for the disappointment of those 16,000 naive fans that trusted Peace to turn things around, give us some optimism, give us some hope and a appointment to rally the players and fans alike then appoint nothing more than a puppet coach; shame on you sir, shame on you!

No, it was never Moyes fellow Baggies, we were only ever good enough for his assistant. We wouldn't of minded the Premier League Blackburn winning captain, instead we get the Insurance Broker from Queens Park. SOS.


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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: New Head Coach - PEPE MEL
« on: December 16, 2013, 04:42:33 PM »
How about Eddie Howe at Bournemouth? Worked wonders on a shoestring budget there.

Also a likeable and endearing guy who would go down well with the fans.

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Eddie Howe. Worked wonders at clubs with very little resources; seems the kind of guys players love to play for being the likeable guy he is.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Disenchantment
« on: June 02, 2013, 02:02:48 PM »
Sorry to hear this. Goes to show where the supporters stand in the pecking order of importance to the club.

I thought the whole point of spending the millions they did on the refurb of the Halfords was to create extra capacity for media there. Seems strange for them to have another separate gantry in the Birmingham Road.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Stadium Expansion
« on: June 01, 2013, 06:33:36 PM »
Agreed.

I've renewed our two tickets as usually but at the moment the Club is only geared to attract the 'usual' fans (season ticket holders and members) and they seem to little to try and attract the peripheral fans or expand the fan base by high profile marketing. I suspect this is because there is little point in trying to attract more when the home support is running at over 95% capacity !  Basically, there is little scope to market to families , groups etc as the blocks of decent seats together rarely exist at the stadium most match days.

Now really is the ideal time to speculative a LITTLE and get the capacity up to a still modest 30k (any respectable Prem team should have this as a minimum).

Near to me, Derby County do a fantastic promotion to keep their gates relatively high despite mediocrity season after season - they are always having marketing campaigns (eg for the coming season you can see buses and billboards carrying their lastest 'Derby DNA' slogan around the area).

WBA are the top Midlands club at present so it's about we started acting that way !

I agree completely.

I don't understand why so many fans on here are happy for the club to sit on their hands and accept that we can only ever attract the stable hardcore fans that we've already got rather than use the initiatives you talk about to see how we can expand on that.

Were not even talking about a large scale expansion. 4,000 seats is hardly massive. The ground seated just over 28,000 5 years ago before we started ripping out seats to make it 26,000 and we filled that so why couldn't we ever fill that 2,000 surplus from before?

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