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Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: December 15, 2018, 09:01:22 AM »

Agreed. There is no need to make substitutions for the sake of it. The second half performance was the best half of the season in terms of us controlling the game and keeping possession, I'm struggling to think when we've played better than that, it would've been silly to change what was working so well.

Darren got it right again, in fact since we binned that blasted 3-4-1-2 and went 4-3-3 he's been pretty much faultless. I think he's doing a magnificent job.
Agree we did well, but I am a little troubled that on the bench yesterday there was no one really we could have brought on to have shaken things up or given Barry a rest.  Feels like we are a bit thin in squad terms.  Hopefully we can address at least some of this in the transfer window.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: December 15, 2018, 07:31:20 AM »
So I was really pleased with the result and two really worked goals and good team play.  I am worried that we do not seem to have any approach which makes use of subs- Brunt on for a couple of minutes to wind down the clock, but we either have no one who can change things from the bench, or we have no game plan which allows this.  Some of our team were really tired at the end- having given their all, and could have done with being rested.  Still great win and on to the next one.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Happiest memory as a Baggies fan
« on: December 06, 2018, 01:29:07 PM »
My dad (now 83) was there for two FA cup wins and would count these days out as his best.  I would have to say the day we went back up to the Premiership for the first time.  The anticipation when we were catching the Wolves, the Balis penalty and that last game (Palace?).  One ear on the radio listening to Tony Butler who I miss greatly... at one stage saying that the Palace striker "could not even aim a wee".  The not even vaguely hopeful announcement not to invade the pitch as the entire crowd started to move forward at the end and then the pitch invasion.  A number of people were in tears such was the joy.  Back to the Vine afterwards.  I have never seen so many elated people in one place.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Guochuan Lai
« on: December 06, 2018, 01:23:02 PM »
Expectations by this stage are lowered.  I see no evidence of significant inward investment to the club, and any cash we spend is likely to be generated from sales.  We have a little bit to spend, and we might loose players in the window- Dawson might be at risk.  However, on balance I think we will come out about even.

Low point for me was just before we appointed Megson in the 1999/2000 season.  We seemed destined to go down to be clawed back into league one and our football had gone from reasonable to dreadful.  however, even in the darkest days there is hope.  Megson came in and we avoided relegation.  Okay, it was on the last day, playing an already promoted team and in the process we relegated a plucky Saddlers team which probably deserved to stop up.  The next season we reached the play-offs, and the season after that was our first automatic promotion season when we eased out the Wolves.  The moral is that its always darkest just before it gets light again...

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: November 28, 2018, 09:25:23 PM »
Time for Gayle now?
I think that would be a good move.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Team
« on: November 15, 2018, 02:06:17 PM »
I think we may well see Gayle back in for HRK and possibly Barry in for Morrison, he may also  bring Bartley in as centre half.

I can see why we would play Gayle, HRK had a great last game, but Gayle is better, Barry for Morrison is also not unreasonable (though I would stick with Morrison to start).  I would be disappointed if we bring Bartley back in.  I am not convinced he has the skill we need in defence.  I have not seen him tackle well and his passing is woeful.  Position wise I am also unconvinced.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Accident near Cricket Club after the game
« on: November 12, 2018, 12:55:26 PM »
Saw the man on the ground but not the accident itself.  Police and ambulances were quickly on the scene.  I agree with the comments on the Brummy road, it is dangerous.  Over time drivers seem to have got ever more inpatient and are desperate to get out of car parks, often accelerating quickly in front of pedestrians, sometimes past small children. Given the amount of traffic heading back to West Brom, we definitely need pelican crossings on the roundabout.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: TV Games
« on: October 16, 2018, 12:33:54 PM »
Yeah, I think we're probably all agreed on that.

Equally (I'd imagine) we're mostly agreed Sky are taking the absolute piss at the mo'.

Agree with both of the above, I can see why we are interesting to watch on Sky, but tough when you cannot get to some great matches.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: TV Games
« on: October 15, 2018, 09:06:32 PM »
I actually think we have done worse for games moving about in the Championship rather than the Premiership.  Given my location in Norfolk it is really difficult to get back for Friday night games..gggggrrrr!

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Thoughts on the Season to date
« on: October 09, 2018, 07:56:30 AM »
Saturday's match epitomises this team at the moment. First half we were quite poor.  We looked vulnerable at the rear and we could easily have gone in three down.  However, even after this we all thought we would at least score and that we would do a whole lot better in the second half.  And boy did we do that. At times the football was simply superb.  Barnes's goal in particular was so fantastically well worked by the team as a whole.  It is gripping to watch.  There has been no game this season where were out of it or where we were massively outclassed.  Moore is a better manager than I thought he would be.  On Saturday he figured out that Reading were weak on cross balls and altered the tactics to reflect this.  Hence our first goal. The Hawthorns is a happy place at the moment.  Love the boiler songs and the cabbage songs.  So well done so far team Albion.  We do need to improve in defence though. Partially this comes on the training ground, but one or two well thought out purchases may be required.  I am a bit disappointed not to have seen more of Burke but given three Managers of very different types have not seen fit to play him there must be more to this than we immediately see.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Darren Moore sacked
« on: October 05, 2018, 07:38:07 AM »
Well done Darren! ...just hope we get the win to match on Saturday, as I recall on previous occasions when an Albion Manager has won MOM we have lost the next game.... But we should have enough in the tank.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: October 03, 2018, 09:49:30 PM »
Last twenty was breathtaking.  Overall I would have to say we were poor and did not really look up for it.  However, we got a drawn under difficult circumstances on a Wednesday night in Sheffield, and what a second goal.  Full credit to DM and the passion in the team.  When you play badly and still do not loose that is a sign for me of quality!

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 24, 2018, 09:40:30 PM »
Boro had a bit of luck, but we need to defend set pieces better.  Simple as!  Brunt overall is not looking great.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Craig Dawson
« on: August 21, 2018, 01:42:11 PM »
I am a bit confused here.  1) Is Dawson officially injured?- I have not heard that he is.  If he is not injured he should be fit by know, at least to the level where he could be on the bench.  If he is not fit what is the path to getting him there?  If he is not injured, and fit, then why is he not playing?  If he is refusing to play, why are we paying him? 

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Boilerman mascot
« on: August 21, 2018, 07:51:36 AM »

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 20, 2018, 01:09:08 PM »
I think we will be vulnerable to set pieces and crosses, especially when the ball is in the air.  However, Barnes running at any defence can cause panic, and we have the attacking talent to cause mayhem with a little luck.  Morally we need to win this so we can demonstrate once and for all that attractive attacking football is the right way to play.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Re: Craig Dawson
« on: August 18, 2018, 11:48:10 PM »
I am a bit confused as to what is going on here.  I have not heard he has a specific injury, and by now I would have hoped he would at least have made the bench.  Is he going abroad prior to the month end?  Hope not, we could really do with him in the team come Friday.                                                     

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 11, 2018, 10:48:02 PM »
Overall a good win, it is clear our defence needs a bit of work, and if at all possible some reinforcement.  We need Dawson back in as soon as possible.  Credit to the Baggies fans.  Small in number but we sang our hearts out.  Hello to all the baggies I met in the Waggon and Horses.  Never realised so many from Norfolk.  Particularly the baggies from Stalham.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 10, 2018, 10:19:04 PM »
thanks for replying .is this woodfords wherry a real ale [not a fan ] think i will have to settle for one of the lagers

Yes it is a real ale. I would head for the riverside by the train station. Plenty of places to drink there and a good range.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 10, 2018, 02:06:09 PM »
be at the game sat down by train. is there any pubs serving m&b or bank"s mild near the station that you know of . some parts of the country dont i realise that any info appreciated

I have come across Banks's as a guest beer on occasion in some Norwich pubs, but I am not aware of anywhere near to the train station which has it on tap regularly- sorry.  Some good Norfolk beers on offer though- a number would have Woodforde's Wherry which is a decent pint.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: After Match Debate
« on: August 07, 2018, 09:41:15 PM »
We were very lucky.  Bereft of tactics, and a team that looks like they have never met each other... it is going to be a long hard season unless we get things together quickly.

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 07, 2018, 08:04:01 PM »

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: In Game Chat
« on: August 07, 2018, 07:52:33 PM »
Anyone got a decent link?

Albion Matchday Forum / Re: Pre Match Chat
« on: August 06, 2018, 12:45:58 PM »
As I live just outside of Norwich I thought I might post with some useful info on pubs and places to eat. 

Most prominent away pub is the Compleat Angler which is diagonally oposite the train station.  Good welcoming pub which has a range of ales and lagers (for those that like that sort of thing...).

Also around the train station is the Riverside area which has more modern bars, pizza restaurants and a few nightclubs. Five to ten mins to the ground from here.

Further into the town centre is the Murderers on Timber Hill.  Nice pub serving Woodfordes ales (local brewery try Once Bittern or Wherry as a suggestion).  Also does good food.

A little further out Norwich has one of the best real ale pubs in the country in the Fat Cat.  Strongly recommended for the real fans amongst us.  Distance wise though take into account that it is around the same walk from West Brom town centre to the ground as from the Fat Cat to Carrow Road.  Personally though might be worth it for the 30 plus ales exclusing ciders and lagers. Also (and a little closer to the ground, try the linked Fat Cat and Canary.

Home fans pubs are varied but the locals favourite is the Carpenters Arms which is a few mins from the ground.  Somestimes excludes away suporters but we should be okay (start a Wolves chant and the canaries will join you...).

Places to eat if your stopping are many and various.  Try the Belgian Monk for something a bit different (Belgian beers, mussels etc).  Great chinese in the form of Baby Buddha ten minutes from the ground (v good dim sum).  Party street is Prince of Wales Road (though as with anywhere else this can get rough late at night).  More refined nightlife can be found in Tombland by the cathedral which also has a good range of restaurants.

If you are looking for places to stay, the Holiday Inn is next door to the ground, and actually has some rooms which overlook it (but if you have not booked you will not get in).  Otherwise if you are driving try the Holiday Inn North (nice enough but far out of town).  Try student accommodation for rent at UEA if you want to do cheap, if you want something in the middle try bed and breakfast at The Sugar Beat Eating House or Old Thorn Barn in Hethel.

If you are heading to the coast Yarmouth is okay, but there are nicer places in Cromer, Sheringham and further up in North Norfolk (Thornham and Cley). 

PM me if you want more suggestions.

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