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Next Match Forum - 27/02 Brighton & HA (H) / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: Yesterday at 06:02:29 PM »
Phillips showed during our last relegation battle that he has no fight in him whatsoever. He's another one past his prime that for some reason we offered an extended contract. When will we ever learn?

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Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Re: Coronavirus
« on: February 22, 2021, 04:27:41 PM »
Am in the over 60s so shouldn’t have too long to wait and whoever comes with me will be over 50 so should have had theirs

I'm mid 40's so still a wait for me! As long as I can go abroad this year then I can wait for everything else.

I presume that the test match is a reduced capacity. Is that correct do you know?

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Non Sports/ Non Politics Board / Re: Coronavirus
« on: February 22, 2021, 04:07:44 PM »
Just remember all these dates carry the ‘at the earliest caveat ‘. It does look now if I may be able to go to the Test at Edgbaston on 11th June.

I was contemplating buying a ticket earlier. I doubt I'd have had my jab by then however.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Mark Ashton returning as CEO
« on: February 22, 2021, 03:53:00 PM »
Appointed Luke Dowling at Watford , when he was C.E.O there. Worked for the Baggies for 14 years.
Also was C.E.O when Michael Appleton was appointed at Oxford United..............see where I'm going here.
I told you weeks ago the The Dream Team (NOT) was coming Appy , Mozza, Brunty, and it's all falling into place IF Ashton is coming back !

Please god no!

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Free Gift from Ideal
« on: February 22, 2021, 03:50:29 PM »
Anyone else received a free gift through the post from Ideal? I've just had a limited edition Y&G away shirt sent with a note thanking supporters for their loyalty. A very nice and unexpected touch. If I knew how I would put pics up of the letter and shirt!

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Diagne & Okay
« on: February 21, 2021, 01:25:09 PM »
Not at his wage levels. Look at the hit we have likely taken with Austin going to QPR with only 6 month remaining.

Austin’s legs had gone before he got here. Diagne looks sharp and would score a hatful in the Champ.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Allardyce
« on: February 20, 2021, 11:29:07 PM »
The moment relegation is confirmed then Allardyce should be straight out of the door. Had he managed to keep us up then yes he’d have earned a stay of execution. 

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 20, 2021, 05:00:46 PM »
2 points dropped in the end but we do look more solid and competitive. We just lack quality all over. Yokuslu looks decent however.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: February 20, 2021, 03:50:57 PM »
I painted a wall earlier. Might go and watch it dry instead of the second half. That was absolute garbage. We are atrocious.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: February 20, 2021, 02:19:52 PM »
Burnley down to absolute bare bones here. Vital that we score the first goal to give us a chance.

They were done to the bare bones when we played them at home too. I can’t see past a draw here.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Chances of survival
« on: February 12, 2021, 04:00:13 PM »
I can only compare this season to 85/86 which broke many a record for us being utter tripe. Here are some of the stats. How many of these are we going to fail to better? Bear in mind that this was a 42 game season.

Fewest League wins – 4, previous 9.
Record number of defeats – 26, previous 23.
Least number of away wins – 1, previous 1
Fewest home wins in season – 3, previous 6.
Most home defeats in 21-match programme – 10, previous 10.
Least number of home points gained in season – 17, previous 22.
Fewest home League goals scored – 21, previous 22.
Lowest number of points gained in 42-match programme – 24, worst 28.
9 consecutive League games lost, previous record 8.
Most players utilised in season League & Cup games – 34, previous 33.
Most home goals conceded by a First Division club in 1985-86 – 36.
Most away League goals conceded by a First Division club in 1985-86 – 53.
Five goalkeepers used during season League and Cup competitions.
Nineteen players made their senior debuts for Albion in 1985-86.
Albion dropped to the bottom of the First Division table after their third game and stayed there.
There were three managers at The Hawthorns during the season – Johnny Giles, Nobby Stiles and Ron Saunders, appointed February 1986.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Conor Townsend
« on: February 12, 2021, 03:52:28 PM »
To be fair to Townsend he has made strides and is a decent option in the Championship and as a squad player in the Premier League. With the likelihood of Gibbs going in the summer, we didn't want to be recruiting two left backs when there'll be much work to do recruitment wise.

Interesting that decisions are being made on those out of contract now, Townsend resigning was probably the easiest decision so will be interesting to see where we go from here.

Even with Gibbs going I wouldn't be surprised if we didn't sign another LB. We'll have so much work to do on the rest of the squad it's a position that will be ignored IMO. I expect someone like Peltier as 'cover'.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: 14 Feb 2021 Albion 1 Manchester United 1
« on: February 09, 2021, 10:33:07 AM »
It’s looking like Pogba will miss the game with injury.

Every little helps 🤞

They could play with 10 and still roll us over.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Romaine Sawyers
« on: February 08, 2021, 10:33:16 AM »
I don’t even think we’ve given him the chance to play in the Number 10 role since we bought him. Pretty sure that’s where Walsall and Brentford played him and the position he was most effective.

God knows what meaty tackles he puts in during training to keep landing the fence dive midfielder gig.

It was Thomas Frank at Brentford that converted him to a holding midfielder.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 07, 2021, 02:16:09 PM »
Why: have the rules changed? Preventing a player fro moving freely when he has not got the ball, or being pushed in the back or pulled forward by the shirt used to be a foul, even if it was to put a player in an offside position.  Holding a player or pulling the shirt preventing him from moving when he has not got the ball also used to be a foul. Must only be a foul now when West Brom players do it then.

He was offside all game. I thought Horsfield had returned.  ;D

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Allardyce
« on: February 07, 2021, 02:13:43 PM »
Really hope Mozza would say no if it came to that.

Me too. We’d possibly end up with another Moore situation if he did OK.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: February 07, 2021, 02:10:42 PM »
How did Grant do today?

Defended well enough but offered absolutely nothing going forward again. I’m yet to see him go past anyone.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Allardyce
« on: February 07, 2021, 02:02:10 PM »
If the manager we want is currently either available, or could be attracted to join us now, then yes.

(In reality I can't see us getting rid until we're confirmed relegated)

I’m just trying to think what managers are out of contract.  :D

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: February 07, 2021, 11:06:42 AM »
I read a comment somewhere that said Bobby Gould used to pick names out of a hat for his teams. Looks like Sam has done the same here.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Allardyce
« on: February 06, 2021, 07:09:45 PM »
Keeps faith with the senior squad members who time and time again let him down if he doesnt play the four outfield players signed in window tomorrow then I give up.

He’s already said that Yokuslu will be on the bench as he’s not played that often.

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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: February 06, 2021, 02:28:23 PM »
Lawro has us down to lose 0-2 would you believe.

He’s being very generous at 2-0.  :D

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General Football & Sports / Re: OFFICIAL PREMIER LEAGUE THREAD
« on: February 06, 2021, 02:21:25 PM »
I thought that Ollie Watkins was way overpriced at what Villa paid but having watched him a few times this season he looks like he’s worth every penny.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Allardyce
« on: February 06, 2021, 02:18:58 PM »

Definitely. The 2002/03 side was much worse than these ability wise but made more of a fist of it than these could dare dream of. Pathetic.

Defensively the 02/03 side were far better. We came into this season off the back of 27 clean sheets. I agree though they had a lot more grit than our current lot.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Allardyce
« on: February 06, 2021, 01:01:51 PM »
It is.

Personally, I don’t think the relegation will be because of a terrible squad in terms of their ability. The relegation will be because of the overall attitude of the squad and their lack of courage.

Pathetic really. But perhaps this is a quality our scouting network can look out for in future...

There is an element of a lack of desire but this squad is a very poor one ability wise for this level. The back 5 for example struggled in the Championship.

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Obscure Albion Players
« on: February 06, 2021, 10:49:41 AM »
Steve Nicol. 9 games on loan.

Alan Fettis

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