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General Football & Sports / EURO 2020
« on: June 06, 2021, 09:35:43 PM »


(courtesy of sky bet)

England 9/2
France 9/2
Belgium 6/1
Germany 8/1
Portugal 8/1
Spain 8/1
Italy 9/1
Netherlands 12/1
Croatia 28/1
Denmark 28/1
Wales 150/1
Scotland 200/1

Please gamble responsibly



Will this be the year that football returns home? With the final at Wembley, the trophy will certainly be on England’s green and pleasant land but whether Southgate and his band of troops makes it remains to be seen.

Are there any broken metatarsals? Have we had the drones of Baddiel and Skinner being blasted down our ears?

Here are the lads to make Skinner and Baddiels dreams come true and consign that song to the dustbin of history.

England's 26-man squad for Euro 2020

Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Manchester United), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton).

Defenders: Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Reece James (Chelsea), Harry Maguire (Manchester United), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Luke Shaw (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Atletico Madrid), Kyle Walker (Manchester City

Midfielders: Jude Bellingham (Borussia Dortmund), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Mason Mount (Chelsea), Kalvin Phillips (Leeds), Declan Rice (West Ham).

Forwards: Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton), Phil Foden (Man City), Jack Grealish (Aston Villa), Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Bukayo Saka (Arsenal), Jadon Sancho (Borussia Dortmund), Raheem Sterling (Man City).

Englands Group Fixtures

Sunday 13th June at 14:00
England vs Croatia

Friday18th June at 20:00
England vs Scotland

Tuesday 22nd June at 20:00
England vs Czech Republic


It’s record breaking sales of irn bru, haggis and kilts as Steve Clarke brings Scotland to their first tournament in what feels like since the world began.

There is good news for our friends north of the border in that Paul Gascogne has since retired though footage of him sending Mr Hendry into next week and subsequent dentist chair celebration will be played on loop.

Scotland joined the Euros courtesy of the play offs following the heroics of David Marshall in Serbia.

Scotland squad for the Euros


Craig Gordon (Heart of Midlothian), David Marshall (Derby County), Jon McLaughlin (Rangers)


Liam Cooper (Leeds United), Declan Gallagher (Motherwell), Grant Hanley (Norwich City), Jack Hendry (KV Oostende) *on loan from Celtic, Scott McKenna (Nottingham Forrest), Stephen O'Donnell (Motherwell), Nathan Patterson (Rangers), Andy Robertson (Liverpool), Greg Taylor (Celtic), Kieran Tierney (Arsenal)


Stuart Armstrong (Southampton), Ryan Christie (Celtic), John Fleck (Sheffield United), Billy Gilmour (Chelsea), John McGinn (Aston Villa), Callum McGregor (Celtic), Scott McTominay (Manchester United), David Turnbull (Celtic)


Ché Adams (Southampton), Lyndon Dykes (Queen's Park Rangers), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Newcastle United), Kevin Nisbet (Hibernian)

Scotland’s Group Fixtures

Monday June 14 - Group D: Scotland vs Czech Republic; kick-off 2pm (Hampden Park)
Friday, June 18 - Group D: England vs Scotland; kick-off 8pm (Wembley)
Tuesday June 22 - Group D: Scotland vs Croatia; kick-off 8pm (Hampden Park)


No Hal Robson Kanu? Seriously?

There will be no Ryan Giggs either but the less said about him the better.

It is currently the job of Robert Page to bring smiles, joy, heartbreak and misery to the people of Talacre to Rhoose. Here endeth the geography lesson (Adder - I hope I’ve done you proud).



Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Daniel Ward (Leicester City), Adam Davies (Stoke City)


Chris Gunter (Charlton Athletic), Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) Connor Roberts (Swansea City), Ethan Ampadu (Chelsea), Chris Mepham (Bournemouth), Joe Rodon (Tottenham Hotspur), Neco Williams (Liverpool), Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United), Ben Cabango (Swansea City), Tom Lockyer (Luton Town)


Aaron Ramsey (Juventus), Joe Allen (Stoke City), Jonathan Williams (Cardiff City), Harry Wilson (Liverpool), Daniel James (Manchester United), David Brooks (Bournemouth), Joe Morrell (Luton Town), Matthew Smith (Manchester City), Dylan Levitt (Manchester United), Rubin Colwill (Cardiff City)


Gareth Bale (Real Madrid), Kieffer Moore (Cardiff City), Tyler Roberts (Leeds United)

Wales Group Fixtures

Saturday June 12 - Wales vs Switzerland. kick-off 2pm (Baku)
Wednesday June 16 - Turkey vs Wales: kick-off 5pm (Baku)
Sunday June 20 - Italy vs Wales; kick-off 5pm (Rome)


Please use this thread to discuss all things EURO2020

Enjoy the tournament!!

West Bromwich Albion FC / New Manager Thread
« on: May 11, 2021, 09:11:59 PM »
Following our relegation from the Premker League and the clause within Sam Allardyce’ contract, we have agreed to create the following thread for all future managerial discussion as we plan our next steps.

This should prevent the other threads on the forum from being taken over by the managerial speculation.

A poll has been added for members to vote on their preferred candidate. The names within the poll have been taken from the previous bookmakers odds for the hot seat. Some current out of work managers who were linked previously have been added. Willing to add more if I’ve missed someone obvious.

West Bromwich Albion FC / West Bromwich Albion (R)
« on: May 09, 2021, 09:10:06 PM »
The mega thread to discuss our relegation.

What let us down?

What lessons can be learned?

Where do we go from here?

Last Match Forum - 03/05 Wolverhampton Wanderers (H) / Team
« on: May 01, 2021, 10:07:10 PM »
Right then, how we lining up for this one?

Can we call Odemwingie and Phillips out of retirement?  :D

Really unsure what we do here going forwards & keen to hear the thoughts of others.

Our current options consist of:

Ajayi, Ivanovic, Kipre, Bartley and O'Shea.

Quite frankly you could make a case that none of them are good enough but it is clear that Ivanovic and Kipre do not have much of a future here.

If we sign a new centre half during this month - who do we drop? Who partners the new centre half going forwards?

If we do not sign a new centre half - what is the best partnership going forwards?

If we drop Ajayi, do we lose his threat of goals at the other end?


West Bromwich Albion FC / Sam Allardyce
« on: December 16, 2020, 05:28:39 PM »

Official thread following his appointment

West Bromwich Albion FC / New Manager / Head Coach
« on: December 15, 2020, 11:18:47 PM »
Following the announcements of several media outlets and the most reliable source in John Percy, it is now appropriate to discuss potential managers with the pending sacking of Bilic.

If it appears that he receives a vote of confidence then we shall lock the thread.

Please keep your managerial suggestions and reasonings in this thread.

West Bromwich Albion FC / A trip down memory lane - edition #1
« on: March 18, 2020, 12:43:10 PM »
So, we’re confined to our living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens and conservatories. Some of us are now for the first time in years having conversations with our partners. Some may still be participating in a long term silence with their partners.

The pubs are shutting and the football is off. The social gatherings are brought to a close but the memories of good and bad games/players are with us forever.

Therefore, grab yourself a can of imported lager, ale or bottle of wine. For the tea drinkers amongst us, make yourself a mug of the finest Yorkshire tea.

It’s time to reminisce

Edition #1

The year is 1993.

The venue was Wembley. The proper one - not the post modern B&Q venue

30 May 1993 - 15:00 BST

West Bromwich Albion   3–0   Port Vale

Referee: Roger Milford

GK   1   Tony Lange
RB   2   Nicky Reid
LB   3   Steve Lilwall
CM   4   Darren Bradley
CB   5   Paul Raven
CB   6   Gary Strodder
CF   7   Andy Hunt      Substituted off
CM   8   Ian Hamilton
CF   9   Bob Taylor
LM   10   Bernard McNally
RM   11   Kevin Donovan
FW      Simon Garner Substituted in
MF      Gary Robson

Osvaldo Ardiles

GK   1   Paul Musselwhite
RB   2   Neil Aspin
LB   3   Kevin Kent      Substituted off
MF   4   Andy Porter
DF   5   Peter Swan      Red card
DF   6   Dean Glover
FW   7   Bernie Slaven
MF   8   Robin van der Laan   Substituted off
FW   9   Martin Foyle
MF   10   Paul Kerr
MF   11   Ian Taylor
FW   12   Nicky Cross      Substituted in
DF   14   Peter Billing      Substituted in

John Rudge


It’s nice to start with some positivity.

Share your memories. Were you there? Where was you stood?

How bad was the hangover?

Is there anything from the day that stands out?

Let’s get reminiscing and more cheerier subjects. This is a corona virus free topic  ;D

West Bromwich Albion FC / Midfield pairings following Sawyers suspension
« on: February 23, 2020, 05:09:46 PM »
Following the suspension to Romaine Sawyers, Bilic is now forced to break up the Sawyers and Livermore axis which has been so important to us over the course of the season.

Two home games upcoming against Preston and Wigan ahead of our cup tie against Newcastle.

How does Slav solve the problem? Any major changes to the formation or just changes to personnel.

Alternative midfield options include Gareth Barry, Chris Brunt, Rekheem Harper. Might we see the Ajayi in midfield experiment used? Does Krovinovic drop deeper with Grosicki or Phillips returning to the side?

Fire away...

West Bromwich Albion FC / Night with Gary Megson
« on: January 25, 2020, 09:33:31 AM »
Any members attend the night with SGM last night?

Event held with Nigel Pearson down in Cradley

Any interesting/funny stories or gossip to share?  :)

West Bromwich Albion FC / James Shan
« on: April 16, 2019, 12:43:58 PM »

Albion can today confirm Jimmy Shan will remain in charge of the first team until the end of the season.

Shan will continue his role of caretaker Head Coach until the close of the 2018/19 campaign in recognition of his efforts which have brought an average of two points per game in his six matches in charge.

Shan will add to his coaching team later this week as Albion gear up for a promotion push which now sees the team well placed to challenge through the Sky Bet Championship Play-Offs.

“Jimmy has fully earned this opportunity to take us through to the end of the campaign,” said Technical Director Luke Dowling.

“He has earned the support and confidence of the players who have bought into the structural and organisational changes Jimmy has introduced. He has the backing of everyone to push on now and take us forward with momentum.

“Of course he recognises, as do we, that there is space for some more experience to join the coaching group and we expect to be able to clarify this element over the coming days.

“But Jimmy has impressed everyone with the way he has tackled the challenge. He is confident in his abilities, just as we have confidence in him, and he has convinced us all that our best prospects for promotion lie with him overseeing the first team.”

Shan opened his interim regime with three successive wins before setbacks against Millwall and Bristol City. Saturday saw Jimmy record his fourth victory with the 4-1 defeat of Preston which established a nine-point cushion to seventh place.

The Baggies netted 10 goals in their three Hawthorns wins under Shan following a sequence of one home victory in four months.

Jimmy said: “I’m happy that we can now move forward with clear planning and direction for the remainder of the season. It won’t change the work ethic and application of the players and the staff but it enables us to crack on with a clear target in our sights.

“From a personal point of view there is huge, huge pride to be given the responsibility. For me it is a chance to see the journey through that began at the end of last season.

“I’ve heard it said that with two or three extra games we may have stayed up last season. My aim is to make sure we get those extra games at the end of this season and complete our road back to the Premier League.”

West Bromwich Albion FC / Owners, chairman and all the top brass
« on: April 15, 2018, 06:52:26 PM »
Should apologise for accepting our relegation in February..

That car crash against Southampton at home should have meant the end for Pardew and his disastrous reign yet they allowed him to continue his limp towards relegation

That performance today leaves a sour taste in the mouth - just what if we had the change sooner...

We may still have been relegated, but at least we'd have put up a fight and that is what I find so hard to take.

General Football & Sports / The Telegraph - Football for Sale
« on: September 28, 2016, 09:38:31 PM »
They are about to release their latest exclusive report - this one focuses on the championship and according to their Twitter, it will highlight Hasselbaink of QPR and Masdimo Cellino at Leeds.

We'll make this the official thread for The Telegraph revelations

General Football & Sports / EURO 2016 MEGATHREAD
« on: June 11, 2016, 10:16:52 AM »

So its arrived! And this will be the place for all discussion regarding players, injuries, games, the fans and of course, which wag is sleeping with who!!

That time of year again when we all declare our love for the greatest British tennis player to have ever came out of these islands

The great one has won the Queens Tournament in preparation of an eagerly anticipated Wimbledon victory.

I'm sure everyone on wishes the great one the very best in the upcoming tournament  ;D

(not strictly the thoughts of everyone)

On a more serious note - anybody looking forward to Wimbeldon? I'm making me first appearance this year on Mens quarter finals day - unfortunately its clashes with the start of the Ashes.

Is anybody going to stop Djokovic?

West Bromwich Albion FC / The reminiscing megathread
« on: May 31, 2015, 08:05:07 PM »
Forgive me for being a thief but I saw this thread on another forum and it seemed a success so we'll try and recapture the Albion moments in here.

Basically, it was a thread dedicated to memories and moments throughout the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and early 00s for us more younger ones.

Involved in the thread was a discussion on favourite 'away days' - days which were enjoyable for a number of reasons - be it the game, memorable goals, memorable chants or the **** up on the bus on the way there.

I'm relatively young (believe it or not) so my Albion memories really only stretch from 2003/04 onwards. One thing I do enjoy is the older generation reminiscing about days gone by - for me its a learning curve.

So there you have it folks - post your stories of your memories of following the Albion. They can be funny, weird or damn right stupid.

But its a trip down memory lane, ay it?

West Bromwich Albion FC / A telling and terrible statistic
« on: February 01, 2015, 06:12:56 PM »

I didn't actually realise things were that bad. Saido Berahino has scored 9 of those 20 goals.

Our next top goalscorer is Craig Dawson with two goals.

We're not getting enough goals from any of our other strikers nor our midfield.

Under Pulis it's a record I can't see improving greatly.

Baring that in mind - what's the priority for us? Bringing in new firepower to ease the burden on Berahino or some changes in the midfield? As well as a potential new signing in that area.

West Bromwich Albion FC / This group of players
« on: December 29, 2014, 11:34:36 AM »
..are getting away very lightly in my opinion.

There's only so long we can continue to lambast head coaches without looking elsewhere.

All of them are under-performing, failing to do the basics. All of them leaving their boss that they apparently like, hanging out to dry in a cauldron of abuse.

They have successfully seen off Clarke, Mel and we can now add Irvine to the list seen as he's not got long left.

I'm quite frankly ashamed of them. They do not the deserve the applause they received yesterday whilst others received large-scale abuse.

Some of them need to buck up their ideas quickly - and a few need selling in the summer. Laughable to think that many of them got ridiculous contract extentions.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Players who never got a fair crack of the whip
« on: December 18, 2014, 09:16:26 PM »
Players past and present that in your time following Albion haven't been awarded a fair crack of the whip by managers or fans..

I'll start us off:

Markus Rosenberg - never given a chance in his favoured position and had to contend with the in-form Shane Long and Romelu Lukaku. Proven elsewhere but not afforded the opportunity to show his worth here.

General Football & Sports / The Official International Football Thread
« on: September 07, 2014, 10:17:06 PM »
Euro qualifying got started tonight.

Two of the three home nations played.

Northern Ireland got their first away win in four years to beat Hungary.

Scotland lost 2-1 in Germany in a game where I thought they deserved a point.

Wales play Albania away tomorrow.

Who do we want then folks?

Sheffield Wednesday away for me.

West Bromwich Albion FC / Away Singing Section
« on: August 24, 2014, 12:39:31 PM »
I've been asked to post this - it is nothing to do with this forum. It has been organised by like minded supporters who have no connection to this forum but have asked us to politely make this request for them.

An away signing section has been created for away games this season. There is a small allocation that has been attributed to this section and the tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone or via the internet.

All you need to do is ask for your tickets to be attributed to the singing section - alternatively, if you are buying them online you can email the ticket office and ask for them to be placed in the section. Mark your email FAO of Lee.

The section has been running since the back end of last season and has had a very positive impact with our away fans making plenty of noise.

You can also like their facebook page: Away Singing Section


West Bromwich Albion are in talks with Greece international Georgios Samaras over a potential Bosman free transfer to the Hawthorns.

The Baggies have discussed terms over a potential move to The Hawthorns with the 29-year-old, who can play centrally or wide.

Samaras is without a club following an emotion exit from Celtic at the end of his Parkhead contract.

Malaga have already spoken to the player, who has been in Spain for talks over a potential move to the La Liga club.

But Albion would appeal on the basis that he would only need to relocate his family south of the border.

It has been suggested in Greece that Samaras could make a decision over his future before the weekend.

Sevilla, Hamburg and Lokomotiv Moscow have been linked with the forward.

General Football & Sports / Summer transfer window
« on: July 05, 2014, 12:31:25 PM »
The thread for all the transfer news and gossip from around the globe.  :D

General Football & Sports / Ryan Gauld - the Scottish Messi
« on: July 03, 2014, 08:07:18 PM »
Joined Sporting Lisbon today.

Dundee United teenager Ryan Gauld has signed for Sporting Lisbon on a six-year deal that includes a 60m euro (£48m) buyout clause.

The 18-times Portuguese champions, who produced Luis Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo, have paid about £3m for midfielder Gauld, 18, who was nicknamed 'Mini Messi' by his United team-mates.

The Scotland Under-21 player scored eight goals in 38 games last term.

He joins a squad that will compete in this season's Champions League.

"Everyone at the club wishes Ryan sincere best wishes in his future career," said a United statement.

A series of eye-catching performances last season drew comparisons between the 5ft 6in, Aberdeen-born Gauld and Argentina and Barcelona star Lionel Messi.

Speaking in December, United boss Jackie McNamara, who won 33 caps for Scotland, said: "He's going to be a massive star in our national team, there's no doubt about that. He will be one of the greats of our game."

Having made his United debut in May 2012, his rise to prominence with McNamara's team led to an extended contract at Tannadice as soon as he turned 18.

He impressed last season during a campaign that saw United finish fourth in the Premiership and runners-up in the Scottish Cup and was shortlisted for the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year, which was won by team-mate Andy Robertson.

His form led to him being scouted by top clubs from around Europe, including England, Italy and Spain, before Sporting made their move.

Here is a video of him in action - some of the through balls in this video are exquisite.

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