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West Bromwich Albion FC / really WBA ???
« on: October 07, 2021, 09:24:18 PM »
shirt stock running low ???  Just saw the OS saying shirt stocks are low !  In the run up to xmas ??

I know about global supply chain problems etc, but with a "partner" like Puma surely this should not be an issue, should it? just feels so typically Albion, no wonder the shops hardly ever open (that is sarcasm)

West Bromwich Albion FC / 1st team Disciplinary count
« on: September 29, 2021, 02:07:33 PM »
Thought this might be useful,

Cautions                       cut off            Suspension
5                      19 EFL League Matches            1 match
10                    37 EFL League matches             2 matches
15                    Last day of season                   3 matches
20                    Last day of season                   As determined by a Regulatory Commission

Sept 29th (Post Cardiff away) - 10 games played, next amnesty = after 19 games

Mowatt           3 yellow
Livermore       3 yellow
Bartley           3 yellow
Furlong           2 yellow

Will update after each game (assuming mods are agreeable)

General Football & Sports / coventry city
« on: September 27, 2021, 11:10:50 AM »
Apologies if there is already a Cov thread,

I keep thinking they are out performing themselves and the bubble will burst.
Will it?
I just looked at their first team squad, largely unfamiliar, their reserve keeper is the spit of a young Ben Foster.
Robins is an ok manager but not someone you would look at and think innovative, very clever or under-rated.
Is it a response to being back at Ricoh?
what are peoples thoughts, should we be concerned about them?

General Football & Sports / Safe standing
« on: September 22, 2021, 06:32:19 PM »
Behind both goals for me

West Bromwich Albion FC / Fan banned for standing
« on: August 23, 2021, 03:47:38 PM »
Just seen on twitter that a fan has received a banning letter from the club for "alleged" persistent standing.

Now whilst we dont know any facts, it does "appear" harsh to ban a fan just 2 home games into the season after 18 months away.

Anyone see anything of the "incident" (apparently the "offender" was ejected) or have any further info?

BTW the term "alleged persistent standing" (which is used by the club) seems really weird, either he was or was not ejected for persistent standing, surely.

West Bromwich Albion FC / contract extensions
« on: August 05, 2021, 10:22:45 PM »
I know that a lot of us have been crying out for stability and a longer term plan, myself included, however the contract extensions announced today have me baffled.

I do not understand why players who have played in the premier league last season and struggled are getting extensions most especially older players,

In the event that the plan is achieved and we get back to the "survival league" in the next 2 years we will have aging aged players of insufficient capability with a year or 2 left on their contracts, makes no sense to me whatsoever. Furlong / Johnston I would get,  Bartley / Phillips I do not !

West Bromwich Albion FC / The Allardyce exercise
« on: June 01, 2021, 11:07:13 AM »
without getting into the whys and wherefores, how much did the Allardyce exercise cost the club in pure financial terms (not going to get into player dis-affection / loss of value, scenarios)
a) Pay off for Bilic
b) wages the 2 Sams and acolytes
c) wages for Okay / Diagne / Snodgrass
d) Snodgrass contract
e) other bits and bobs

Surely Mr Dowling has this in his already lengthy "minus column" when it comes to annual review time?

West Bromwich Albion FC / Parachute payments - shocker !
« on: April 05, 2021, 06:57:31 PM »
I just read this,

I was under the impression that parachute payments were for 3 years but seems there is a caveat ! Was I the only 1 unaware of this???

If a club is promoted to the Premier League again during the three-year parachute payment period, the payments stop as they will once again enjoy all the financial benefits of playing in the Premier League.
The change in rules also dictate that clubs relegated after a single season in the Premier League will only receive 55 per cent and 45 per cent over two seasons with the third payment eliminated entirely.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Grady Diangana & Matheus Periera
« on: February 09, 2021, 06:08:34 PM »
Been absent for a day or two, seen on here that Grady & Pez have thrown strops, any evidence to back this up?

West Bromwich Albion FC / what is the point of WBA ?
« on: January 04, 2021, 08:34:21 AM »
Firstly let ma state that I absolutely get the fans institution, that generations have invested in the club and its history,
However the question could be framed against the back drop that football is now very much a business and the fans romantic attachment is now a virtual irrelevance
Against this backdrop,
Is WBAFC Ltd a cash generator? - unequivocally not, unless permanently resident in EPL
Is WBAFC a vehicle for global advertising, not realistically, unless permanently resident in EPL
Is WBAFC a status symbol, hardly, unless permanently resident in EPL
Is WBAFC a long term investment proposition only if it becomes permanently resident in EPL

So how to achieve the elusive "permanently resident in EPL" status, is it a quick fix, patently not, if it were many, many rich owners would have achieved it by now.

The ONLY way forward for this club is a solid medium / long term plan which is better than the "others" plans. Constantly chasing the quick fix is doomed to failure, which will mean the chinese ownership will remain in place and value of the asset will diminish.

General Football & Sports / best ever world eleven
« on: November 25, 2020, 08:57:12 PM »
the passing of Maradona and associated posts got me to thinking if I could put together a best ever 11, so here goes (from my era), fully expect it to get ripped apart and yes I know Messi wears 10, but he isn't getting it while Pele wants it !

1. Banks
2. Philip Lahm
3. Paolo Maldini
4. Ronald Koeman
5. Bobby Moore
6. Franco Baresi
7. Maradona
8. Messi
9.  Ronaldo (1st) Brazil
10. Pele
11. Ronaldo (2nd) Portugal

General Football & Sports / Stats
« on: November 24, 2020, 11:09:13 AM »
As suggested, a topic to discuss stats and stop hijacking other threads


Leicester have submitted a bid for Alvechurch striker Jacob Wakeling after he impressed during a trial following his West Brom release.

The 19-year-old was let go by the west Midlands outfit when his contract expired at the end of June.

He joined non-league outfit Alvechurch on a free transfer and made such a goalscoring impact he was invited for a trial at high-flying Leicester.

A Leicester source has told Football Insider that Wakeling has shone to such an extent during his stint that the club have offered him a contract.

They have also tabled an offer to seventh-tier Alvechurch for his services as the teenager looks to follow in the footsteps of Alan Smith.

The former England and Arsenal striker netted 84 times after being plucked from the Worcestershire side.

Leicester hero Jamie Vardy, destined to go down in the history books as the club’s greatest-ever player, has made a staggering impact after his arrival from Fleetwood Town in 2012 for a non-league record £1.7m.

Wakeling scored twice for the Foxes Under-23s as they thumped 10-man Brighton 4-0.

The forward scored the first two goals as City ran riot on the south coast, ending their four-game Premier League 2 losing streak.

This was his second appearance for Leicester’s development squad.

He was given the green light to join on on trial after netting seven goals in eight games for Alvechurch this term, including a hat-trick against Leicestershire side Barwell

West Bromwich Albion FC / Dear Ken,
« on: October 26, 2020, 09:38:24 PM »
Please tell us what is going on?  (in below, by you, I mean the board)

a) do you want the club to compete at premier league level
b) do you want Mr Bilic to continue as manager beyond his current contract
c) does self sustaining mean profit before investment

West Bromwich Albion FC / development - expectations
« on: October 15, 2020, 09:43:34 AM »
I fairly regularly read comments on here about we need to "bring in a strong / experienced center half or we need an upgrade on Jake / Sawyers isnt going to cut it in the premier league, etc, etc....)

I'm not questioning the validity of these opinions because they are just that, opinions. However, they do make me think about how well some of our "junior" players are doing on minimal experience.
Dara O'Shea - thrust into a championship side and frankly a revelation to me, now being asked to step up into 'the best league in the world - cough" and acclimatising reasonably.
Semi Ajayi, lets not forget where he was when we picked him up what 18 months ago? Again being asked to play against seasoned internationals every week and while not setting the world alight, not looking completely out of his depth.
Kyle Edwardes, a product of the academy who has worked his way up to the periphery of a premier league squad, has shown he has the ability but needs to produce regularly
Rekeem Harper another academy product who has developed into a reasonable championship player looking for the opportunity to move onto premier league standard at 20 years old
Sam Field another ex academy player, in the will he make it at prem level ?/ won't he? category, I think he has been really unlucky with injuries at crucial times, he has forced his way into the reckoning under Pardew / Pulis / Moore and now Bilic, his role is not glamorous but he could well establish himself this season in my view
Nathan ferguson decided to move on but another academy prospect who attracted prem opportunities

While I accept that I am looking at these lads with blue and white glasses firmly on, it is undeniable that we are developing a crop of young players who may make it at the highest level and we the fans should enjoy this and recognise it for what it is, exciting!  Add to this the talents of Periera / Diangana / Robinson / Krovinovic and hopefully Grant, the future is looking decidely better than it has for a long time. 

yes, I have my positive head on today !!

Will only run for 7 days as the situation is so fluid

I will start this off with my view that goalkeeper is priority as it impacts the whole defensive unit

General Football & Sports / Silk scarves
« on: July 09, 2020, 09:56:44 AM »
has anyone got any of the silk scarves we used to wear back in the 1970's, I can remember having them tied to my wrists, my plastic albion belt holding my levis up and my navy and white hooped socks, when crombie was required had a navy and white handerkerchief in the breast pocket.  Proper smart !

Back to the silk scarves, there were a plethora of designs it would be good to see some pics of them again if anyone has them. (i have officially turned into my grandad)

General Football & Sports / referees - championship
« on: July 06, 2020, 12:56:41 PM »
I think that refs are contributing to the championship being a physical league, there seems to be reluctance to protect the more skilful / technical players.

When you look at the treatment meted out to Periera / Diangana / Krovinovic / Benrhama it is appalling, these players are who we want to see doing their thing, not the cloggers who week, in week out, hack at their tendons, stamp on their feet and arrive late and follow through in the tackle.

It seems less of a problem in the premiership, I would applaud a few more cards being given if the result was better "quality" football.

West Bromwich Albion FC / some good news
« on: June 29, 2020, 09:48:20 PM »
West Bromwich Albion have tied down two of their most-talented academy stars on pro contracts.

Under-18 midfield duo Finley Thorndike and Toby King have put pen to paper to sign their first professional deals.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Made me smile
« on: June 16, 2020, 12:35:48 PM »

i'm tempted at £15, love a bit of kisch ! Would be worth it too see the dragons face !!

West Bromwich Albion FC / best team since 2000
« on: March 19, 2020, 09:55:09 AM »
I know we can all go back in time to varying degrees, some to the 50's remarkably,

We should all be able to put together a "WBA dream team since 2000"

for me (4-4-2)

GK = Foster
LB = Robinson
RB = Dawson
CB = Ollson
CB = Evans
DMF = Yacob
DMF = Scharner
AMF = Periera
AMF = Gera
Forward = Odemwingie
Forward = SKP

I would have liked to have got,  Sneekes / Koumas / McInnes / Lee Hughes / Super bob/ McAuley, in there but its the first eleven only chaps

West Bromwich Albion FC / jamie soule
« on: February 13, 2020, 01:52:00 PM »
gone to Barrow on loan for a month, can't see any downside to this.

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