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General Football & Sports / Pro Football - Losing interest
« on: April 24, 2021, 03:45:47 PM »
Anyone else finding themselves totally losing interest in the pro game especially at the highest level?

The ESL fiasco  coupled with the new UCL format changes have completely derailed me this last week. Almost like the straw the broke the camels back. I can find no interest in the elite game....unused to spend hours a day looking at news reports, scanning other forums for what clubs are doing etc....in the last week it’s all gone. Zero interest.

Even the Villa game, the big one for me... I don’t care about it! Shocked myself tbh. Haven’t even got the will to wind up the Villa fans like I normally would.

I listen to a lot of football podcasts especially Undr The Cosh. Hearing the characters from the 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s and comparing it against this sanistised version of player we get now had made me realise just how much football has changed, and not for the better I add!

My attachment to the game has waned so much over the years but even more so in the last week.

Looking forward to going to non-league games once we can go again. I can’t get to Albion regular anyway as I’m in Cornwall and the wife works Saturdays, but, I can make a local nonleague side....terracing and poor pitches...that’ll do me

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Players you feel we have missed out on
« on: October 31, 2020, 10:47:48 AM »
As the title suggests, what players do you feel we could have signed and didn’t that would have had an impact.

Just watching Jermaine Defoe and even 2-3 years ago I feel he would have been an excellent signing.

I think he would have had a similar impact to Kevin Phillips.

Just to say his 300th club goal was also an excellent finish and what he was all about

Any others you can think of that would, have done, or could do now?

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General Football & Sports / Daniel Sturridge banned
« on: March 02, 2020, 04:07:39 PM »
4 month worldwide ban and a £150k fine for breaching betting rules

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/51712017

This is why he cancelled his contract at Trabzonspor

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Changing tickets
« on: February 12, 2020, 10:22:22 AM »
Ticket office is a bit busy today (I was 19th in the queue) but I’m after some advice

I’ve got 2 tickets for Forest with my 5yo daughter and unfortunately last night I ruptured or snapped my Achilles’ tendon.

What are the chances of the club allowing me to change tickets to a more easy access area as I’m on crutches?? Anyone had to do this??

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Tickets for Forest game
« on: February 03, 2020, 05:37:10 PM »
Anyone know why I wouldn’t be able to purchase Forest tickets online?

Tried online but it doesn’t have the add option for the game like it does the other matches listed

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Matchday Parking
« on: January 07, 2020, 07:34:01 PM »
I’m after the best place to park as near to the ground as possible for the Forest game on the 15th?

It’s been years since I’ve driven up to a game but I’m bringing my 5yo daughter for her first game and as they’ve changed the time we play the train is no longer viable

I know you used to be able to park down the side roads on the industrial estate on the Birmingham Rd, not sure if you still can or if they are now paid parking?

No problem paying but want somewhere that’s close as I’ll be up early is to take her to the club shop for her first shirt aswell  8)

Any help greatly appreciated

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Question I’ve always wondered
« on: January 17, 2018, 10:31:54 PM »
Why did we sell Cyrillie Regis??

He was 25 and a top striker...so why?

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General Football & Sports / BT Sport
« on: October 21, 2017, 06:38:23 PM »
Im a little perplexed

How do BT get all the Champions League and UEFA Cup games??

I thought a monopoly wasnt allowed hence Sky not getting them?

But then BT are allowed to host all European games?

The Champions League messed up allowing BT to have it, I dont think ive watched a Champions League game since BT got it, im sure there are millions of others in the same boat in this country who cant see it either so their viewing figures must be low and I personally think it will make a lot of people lose interest in the competition

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West Bromwich Albion FC / 3rd kit as worn at Brighton
« on: September 10, 2017, 01:50:34 AM »
Am I alone in liking the kit??

I really like the green tops, white shorts and blue socks combination


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West Bromwich Albion FC / Return of Sir Gary
« on: July 28, 2017, 03:16:32 PM »
https://www.wba.co.uk/news/2017/july/megson-returns-to-the-hawthorns/

Well thats a big wow from me

Welcome back Gary

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Happy Birthday 'The King'
« on: May 13, 2017, 10:22:15 AM »
Happy Birthday to 'The King' he would have been 75 today

One of my Dads favourite ever players. Talked about him constantly

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Albion Football Memorabilia
« on: April 24, 2017, 09:16:59 AM »
So this weekend I received a package from my mum which contained quite a few bits of historic Albion memorabilia my Dad and his Dad had collected during their lives.

In it were the 1931 and 1968 Sports Argus papers detailing our Cup Win, along with a few other Argus papers from those days, loads of pristine condition programmes including the 1954 FA Cup Final Programme

1993 Sports Argus from the PO Final (I had not kept mine as a 15yr old)

Programmes from the 50's/60's and 70's, a few away ones from Albion too

Signed pictures (team and individual ones) from the 40's/50's/60's and 70's

Original pictures of players from the 30's and 40's (not in great condition though but Jack Vernon and Ronnie Allen amongst them)

Signed menu's from a gala night at Albion in 1993 with Ronnie Allen, Ossie Ardiles and a few players having signed it

I remember them as a child and had forgotten about them until I received them, I wept like a baby when I got them as they bring back a lot of memories of my Dad but because even as a kid I was fascinated by them and its still true to this day and im so happy to have received them, feel like ive won the lottery.

Ill post some pics up once ive photographed them as I intend on framing some of the items to keep them in good condition.

But it begs the question?

What memorabilia do you have in your possession related to Albion that you hold dear to your heart?


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General Football & Sports / Barcelona v PSG
« on: March 08, 2017, 09:50:03 PM »
Anyone seen the score???

How have they turned that round

6-1  :o

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General Football & Sports / Wayne Rooney
« on: January 21, 2017, 05:32:20 PM »
Big shout out to Wayne Rooney today on breaking the scoring record for Man Utd

Some people don't like him but personally have loved him as a player since his first game and that goal against Arsenal

I love seeing records getting broken

England and Man Utd's record goalscorer now, whatever you think of him its a great record

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General Football & Sports / Alfie Barker
« on: January 04, 2017, 02:04:58 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38507682

Absolutely stunned someone could post such a vile post on twitter regarding the death of a players baby

What is wrong with the youth of today, cry if they don't get what they want but feel they can write vile stuff like this followed by crying with laughter faces

I know his clubs Hitchin and Condicote have sacked him which is great but I hope the FA issue him with a long term ban for this

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Disability tickets at The Hawthorns
« on: December 21, 2016, 01:39:54 PM »
So im bringing my dad up hopefully for the Stoke game, he will more than likely need to be in a wheel chair as the long walk wouldnt do him any good.

I need to find out about getting tickets for himself and me for the disabled area and also a parking spot close to the ground....

can anyone shed any light on how we go about this? I've been onto the site but there isnt much info on it regarding ticket prices for myself and my dad and any parking we could use to make it easier

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General Football & Sports / FIFA Fines Home Nations for displaying poppies
« on: December 19, 2016, 12:27:33 PM »
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/38368144

The most ridiculous thing ever, hope we refuse to pay.

They said you couldnt display on shirts and it looks like they are fining for people turning up in Poppy outfits and for the stadium displays aswell

Sad day for football, I'd love this to kick off breakaways from the current structure and countries starting putting pressure on FIFA to back down.

FIFA do not own football that still belongs to the masses

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General Football & Sports / Man Utd
« on: October 25, 2016, 10:12:08 AM »
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/sport/mourinhos-hands-off-role-stuns-players-w6nkgvflr

Just read over this report and I'm stunned to be honest....last year they were STUNNED how LVG conducted training and this year its Mourinho...when are the players going too accept responsibility and admit they are not good enough anymore??

This is a manager who was won everything everywhere, he can backup his methods with medals yet half of these players cant even backup their moaning with results

Sick to death of player power....just shut up, go training,  do as your told, play as your asked and give 110% everytime and at the end of the week pick up your astronomical wages you bunch of tarts

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Statement from the Chairman
« on: September 01, 2016, 04:22:54 PM »
http://www.wba.co.uk/news/article/2016-17/statement-west-brom-albion-chairman-john-williams-3286506.aspx

PUBLISHED

16:00 1st September 2016

John Williams discusses Albion's summer transfer window

I believe we finished the summer transfer window stronger than we started having added Nacer Chadli, Allan Nyom and Hal Robson-Kanu in the final week.

Yesterday’s last day of transfer window activity saw us bring in the Cameroon international full-back Nyom from Watford for an undisclosed fee before we received permission from Wales for Robson-Kanu to leave their training camp and complete his transfer to the Club. 

That took to five the total of our summer signings following the earlier arrivals of Matt Phillips and Brendan Galloway before Chadli was signed on Monday.

The end of the window also saw Rickie Lambert and Cristian Gamboa leave the Club and Sebastien Pocognoli depart on loan. I would like to thank them for their services and wish them well in their new opportunities at Cardiff City, Celtic and Brighton respectively.

At the end of last season, we also opted not to renew the contracts of Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe while James Chester was sold to Aston Villa in August. Likewise our thanks and best wishes go to these players.

Our Head Coach Tony Pulis is very selective and particular about the players he recruits so it follows that the new team members will add significantly to his first-team options. Tony wanted five and we got five.

That having been said, the one disappointment we suffered was not being able to add a further quality midfield player.

We were a long way down the road with a deal, which for the second time in the window would have broken the Club transfer record, thanks to the on-going support of Jeremy Peace and Guochuan Lai.




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General Football & Sports / Riyad Mahrez - PFA Player of the Year
« on: April 25, 2016, 11:31:35 AM »
Right choice?

I think so, there was a few that could all have been deserved but he has been a brilliant player all season and produced magic when needed.

The Team of the Year I can agree with all of the choices in that aswell.


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General Football & Sports / My Premier League Life on BBC Website
« on: August 07, 2015, 09:29:14 AM »
Saw this awesome little app BBC have put on their site. Quite interesting and full of facts and figures

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/football/my-premier-league-life

Also it shows us having beaten Wolves the most in my lifetime whilst losing to the Villa the most  >:(

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General Football & Sports / Tom Ince
« on: March 19, 2015, 08:43:06 PM »
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/mar/19/tom-ince-quits-england-under-21s-gareth-southgate

Just been reading that Tom Ince has decided to no longer play for the England U-21's after playing all through qualifying and expected to goto the u-21 European Championships this summer.

Im perplexed by this lad and I also think he needs to get away from his Dad being his advisor before he wrecks his career.

He will yet again be looking for another club come the summer after all his wrangling last summer and its about time he signed for a club and settled. He claims there is uncertainty at where he will be at club level next season. surely a good half season at Derby and a decent championship will get clubs interested??


looks good at Derby but I'm unsure he can hack the Premier League at the min.

He may have wrecked any chance of a senior call up for the future.

What is going on with this lad??

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West Bromwich Albion FC / Jonas Olsson on Soccer AM couch
« on: December 20, 2014, 10:14:17 AM »
He aint half a boring git aint he



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General Football & Sports / Is this what football has come too??
« on: November 24, 2014, 09:09:01 AM »
http://www.theguardian.com/football/2014/nov/23/arsenal-fan-sour-grapes-wine-thrown-manchester-united-bench

im surprised they didn't throw their prawn or cucumber sandwiches aswell

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General Football & Sports / Ched Evans
« on: November 12, 2014, 01:14:40 PM »
Right im going to have a rant here.

Now im not condoning any rape at all, its sickening. But when you are sentenced and serve your sentence you have paid your price as directed by the courts.

He should be allowed to play football still, and he shouldnt have people telling him he cant. If at the end of a prison sentence you are still punished for the offence then whats the point in letting out anyone who commits a crime if they are not allowed to prove they have been rehabilitated.

I also see he is still proclaiming his innocence, some of these rape stories involving footballers can be a bit wishy-washy at best anyway, not that he is innocent but ive seen enough people cry rape and its hard to fathom out the true from the false accusations.

Ultimately he was sentenced and found guilty, he has served his time and should be allowed to continue his football career without people punishing him any further for that sentence.

People can be rehabilitated if they have done wrong (some cant aswell) but unless we give people a chance to show this then how do we ever know that rehabilitation works or not?

He will get plenty of stick from the public and he wont exactly have women wanting to be alone with him due to his conviction but to stop him wanting to prove himself and get back into doing the job he loves is not right at all.

I know some wont agree with me but that's how I feel about the situation

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