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West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Long term deal for Josh
« on: September 13, 2019, 02:20:20 AM »
 ;D 18 is not too young...Peter Shilton made his debut for Leicester when he was 17 (and told the club he wanted the job fulltime and a bloke called Gordon Banks
had to leave the club for Stoke). Gary Sprake played his first game for Leeds at 18. :D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Goalkeepers over the years
« on: September 09, 2019, 07:13:43 AM »
Fozzie was a great.
Ozzie was a goalie of the fans.
Although I knew him, Dick Sheppard was a nightmare in goal as a back up to Ozzie.
;D I remember Dick Sheppard filled in for Ray Potter in the mid 60's. Could make absolutely stunning saves...then let one through his legs 5 minutes later!!! He was a bit of a crowd favourite when he had a run of games in those times.

Made his debut v Sunderland in 1965 and Jim Baxter took a penalty against him and said to Sheppard,before he took it "Don't F@#$%&g move".
Ray Potter deserves a mention...was steady and reliable though could also drop the odd ball or two at the wrong time.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: September 05, 2019, 06:06:55 AM »
 :( It was Marton Fulop and the poor bloke died in 2015 at the age of only 32.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: September 04, 2019, 05:24:51 AM »
https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/387942955396673674/    A photo of the late great man Ozzie having a quiet smoke while the action is at the other end...given to him by a fan

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: September 03, 2019, 11:33:38 PM »
 ;D 52 years a fan and the best keeper we have had was Ozzie Osborne...always put his body on the line and gave 110% to Albion.

Foster (great keeper) but left after we went down,after saying he was staying.

We do need to support Sam,there is a good keeper in there. His confidence will grow..played a "wordly"at Derby,but spilt a ball the next week. These things happen.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Grady Diangana (on loan from West Ham)
« on: September 03, 2019, 11:26:08 PM »
 ;D Lets enjoy his football while we have him. He is a West Ham player.....but pleased as punch we have got him for a short time regardless if he goes back in January. :D :D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: 9 Black Players starting yesterday
« on: September 03, 2019, 11:22:54 PM »
 >:( Pointless post.....we are talking about "FOOTBALL" on this site ...not whether anyone is orange,purple or green.
Who cares?? As long as they wear the shirt and give 100% to West Bromwich Albion...I have no opinion on how many green coloured skin players are playing??

Last Match Forum - 31/08 Blackburn Rovers (H) / Re: Match Officials
« on: August 30, 2019, 12:39:17 AM »
Reffed us three times last season,  the 7-1 v QPR, 4-0 win at Rotherham and the 3-2 victory at Preston North End!
;D Good omen then?....but has he been to Spec savers?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 27, 2019, 07:32:56 AM »
It’s common knowledge. Some of them are not actually human.
;D So there is "LIFE ON MARS"as Bowie asked?

Last Match Forum - 24/08 Derby County (A) / Re: Match Officials
« on: August 26, 2019, 04:29:51 AM »
 >:( F@#$%^&g useless...needs to go to Spec Savers

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Jeff Astle poem
« on: August 25, 2019, 11:43:44 PM »
 ;D Saw him play his first home game 10th October 1964 v Wolves and of course he scored in the 5-1 win.....I knew then he would become "folklore".

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 25, 2019, 11:40:15 PM »
I'm sure he always gives 100%, one thing is for sure, continual sniping from the side lines will not improve performance levels.
It has done the job after playing very well on Saturday. I think people are getting carried away with the "comments made" about his goalkeeping.
It is a "forum" and sometimes these comments can help improve a players game or attitude.
We all want him to improve...he is part of the "Baggies Family"and hopefully he will have an outstanding season.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 22, 2019, 06:35:09 AM »
 :D I think Sam has the makings of a good goalkeeper. He could take notice of a few Foster videos and notice that Foster was always on his toes when the opposition were attacking so he was well prepared for an unexpected shot and could move quickly in either direction.

He also stood in and around 3m off his goaline, which meant he had cut down the angle of the incoming shot by about 20%,allowing him to divert any inbound shot as he was on his toes and anticipating what was going to happen...he got this from years of experience and good solid concentration.

Sam does not have that concentration and anticipation ,yet. This will come in time. He is too flatfooted in preparation and clings to the goaline, hence when a shot comes in he cannot react as quickly or cover as much of his goal. This is why he seems flatfooted and fails to dive to keep out the goals he has conceded this year and last.
Foster rarely failed to attempt to stop shots no matter if he had no chance. He also had a great awareness on what was happening in front of him and was always belting out orders to his defence.
The goalkeeping coaches at Albion should be picking up on this.

I have coached keepers in the past and played myself ....I am not an expert,but can see these flaws in his game.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 21, 2019, 07:18:10 AM »
Puscas looks a hand full, we will need to defend better than we have done so far in this game.
A clean sheet would be most welcome
Need to watch him closely...plays like his "namesake". Not as good yet though.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Charlie Austin signs from Southampton
« on: August 15, 2019, 01:02:36 AM »
 ;D Reminds me of SuperKev. Has the same "tenacity" and is an in "the box" type of poacher. Will pick up the scraps or rebounds...not bad with his head either.

Think he will be a threat to defences all season...one of those you can't take your eye off when you are a defender.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 12, 2019, 11:52:25 PM »
 ;D Read that Luke Steele may play in goal for Millwall....another lad we let go who was a decent keeper.Lets hope he doesn't put in a big performance.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Sam Johnstone
« on: August 12, 2019, 11:45:19 PM »
Watching the replay of the goal, for me Johnstone isn't at fault for that goal, I don't think he can get to that cross. Granted his positioning probably could have been better but you cant place the blame on him.

The players back post should be dealing with things better, think it's HRK who switches off before reacting late to the danger.

I think Johnstone does get a lot of stick, most unjustified in all honesty. I think the way the team set up last year meant he was quite exposed, playing out from the back etc and a number of fans made their mind up that he wasn't good enough.

We need to remember we were spoilt by having Foster in goal for as long as we did. For me Johnstone is on of the best keepers in this league, I could probably only count on one hand the keepers in this league I would prefer in goal instead of him.

The constant criticism of him on twitter and instagram is unwarranted, and don't be surprised if that affects a players performance.
I 100% agree with this....the lads confidence will be affected ...and has he really done that much wrong?? None between his legs or dropped a cross over the line or missed a ball completely. There was a goalie called Gary Sprake (Leeds and Wales) who gaffed often but he was always seen as one of the best at that time. Have read his book "Careless Hands" a great read.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Morgan Rogers
« on: August 01, 2019, 02:27:11 AM »
There's more chance of Buck Rogers playing for Man City.
   ;) More like Roy Rogers

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: West Midlands Football Supporters
« on: July 03, 2019, 04:38:23 AM »
 ;D Think we are all "closet" Walsall fans to some degree and yes we are not "arrogant" like the Dogheads and Vile which really makes me proud of our club. :D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 05, 2019, 11:51:09 PM »
 :D Bilic any day of the week...always liked his managing style and the way he sets his teams up.
Thought he got a raw deal at West Ham. Would be fantastic if we get him in. ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: June 05, 2019, 04:37:33 AM »
 ;D I am beginning to think Shan should get the job with as assistant of his choice.

He was only a penalty away from getting us to Wembley and maybe PL?

Has he really done that badly considering the "tools" he has to work with??

Gayle and Brunt send-offs were not his fault but probably cost us a shot at the PL.

There are a lot of good kids in the Academy who could step up to the Chumps league.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Centre midfield
« on: May 30, 2019, 08:42:28 AM »
Granted we need a new manager first but a midfield rebuild is  2 or 3 years overdue now.
The word is rebuild so I don't want to see Livermore or Brunt in a first choice team.

It's time for Field to be first choice deeper lying midfielder as he can tackle, pass and has an engine to get around the pitch when the need is there. He could play as a box to box midfielder or just sitting in front of the back four. Barring a good spell from Barry before his form tailed off due to injury, Field would not have done any worse than anyone else in the midfield for the past two seasons. He should have more first team football under his belt than he currently has, age is on his side.

With Morrison and Barry gone and Harper probably going, we need at least two new midfielders. Let's get a couple of signings in who are good ages, 26 or under, are dynamic, attack minded, with a bit of pace and importantly can pass and move .....am I hoping for too much ?
Yes been asking the same thing for years.Fans can see it but not the hierarchy 8) 8)

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Keeping supporters informed
« on: May 23, 2019, 11:36:51 PM »
 ;D Maybe they are keeping us on tenterhooks and the announcement to be made in July,just before the Austrian hill bike rides...that we have re-signed Pulis???

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Next manager...
« on: May 23, 2019, 11:30:23 PM »
Tea lady, it is then !
;D The tea-lady has many talents. Most pundits on here have had her playing "up front",midfield and centre back not to mention the managers position.
The question is who will be making the tea? Jenkins??? LOL

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Kyle Bartley
« on: May 15, 2019, 03:10:08 AM »
 ;D Thought he was one of the stand-out players for us in the 2 Villa games....and I was the one who said"play the tea lady ????" humble pie time.

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