WEST BROMWICH ALBION

 

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The early days of West Bromwich Albion were exemplified by the name that the club adopted on formation.  Their lackadaisical approach to the game brought them the name of West Bromwich Strollers and the opposition were always keen to "walk" around the Strollers.  However, the reason for this less than energetic style may have been the fact that there is a reduced oxygen content in the air at The Hawthorns, as it is the highest ground in the UK at 551 feet above sea level.  For many years this is the highest the Baggies had got in the game.

Many stories surround the various nicknames the Midlands side have.  One about "the Throstles" nickname is that the club used to have such big crowds that to get everyone in before kick-off, they had to introduce turnstiles to get the supporters into the ground and for season ticket holders, they had the first "fast-track" entrances, known as "through-stiles", which became corrupted in common parlance in the Black Country accent to Throstles."  The other one about the nickname "The Baggies" is said to come from the size of the shorts the team used to wear in the 1920s, but it actually originates from the sponsorship by a local sports shop, who became the first suppliers of kit bags to West Bromwich Albion and they were required to change their nickname to promote this sponsorship to "The Baggies".

They are the proud holders of a couple of records when in 1930-31 they became the only team to win promotion to the top flight and win the FA Cup in the same season and then in 2004-05, Albion became the first ever team to avoid relegation from the Premier League having been bottom at Christmas in 2004/05.  Since then it has been up and down for the Boing Boing Baggies, once more regaining their Premiership place with new boss Roberto Di Matteo in 2010, after going down the previous season.  When he moved on, Roy Hodgson took over and steered Albion to another safe placing, before he took over the England national side.  It was another former Chelsea man who took the helm at the start of 2012-13 and Steve Clarke's first club management post will be a test for him as the club attempt to push on from their solid positions of recent years.

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Famous players : - Jeff Astle, Tony "Bomber" Brown, Des Whye, Gerald "Blondie" Fortesque, Tommy Manship, Len Cantello, Cyrille Regis, Gerry Ware, William "Ginger" Richardson, Enos Bromage, Gerry Womanship, Bert Millichip, Mickey Mellon, Don Howe, Harry Raw, Martin Fish, Chippy Simmonds, 

Famous Fans : - Eric Clapton (Rock guitarist), Frank Skinner (Comedian), Dean Hedley (Former Kent and England Cricketer), Adrian Chiles (BBC TV Presenter - "Match of the Day"; "The One Show"; "Daybreak"); Goran Ivanisevic (Wimbledon tennis champion 2001);

Club Records

Formed 1878
Turned Professional 1885
Became a Limited Company 1892
Became a Public Limited Company 1996
Former names 1878 - 1871 = West Bromwich Strollers 
Previous grounds 1878-1879 = Coopers Hill
1879-1881 = Dartford Park
1881-1882 = Bunns Field, Walsall Street
1882-1885 = Four Acres (Dartford Cricket Club)
1885-1900 = Stoney Lane
Nickname "The BAGGIES" or "THE THROSTLES" or "ALBION"
Club Colours HOME : Shirts - Navy Blue and White stripes
Shorts - White
Socks - Blue and White

AWAY : Shirts - Yellow with Navy Blue band
Shorts - Blue with yellow stripe
Socks - Yellow

Record Football League Win 12-0  v  Darwen  Div 1     4.4.1892
Record Football League Defeat 3-10  v  Stoke City  Div 1     4.2.1937
Record Cup Win 10-1  v  Chatham (Away)  FAC R3     2.3.1889
Record Fee Paid 13,00,000 to Tottenham Hotspur for Nacer CHADLI (29th August 2016)
Record Fee Received 6,000,000 from Fulham for Diamansy KAMARA (July 2007)
Record Football League Appearances 574  -  Tony BROWN  1963-80
Record goal-scorer in a season 39  -  William "Ginger" RICHARDSON  Div 1 1935-36
Record all-time goal-scorer  218  -  Tony BROWN  1963-79
Most goals in a match 6  -  Jimmy COOKSON  v  Blackpool  Div 2  17.9.1927
Record Attendance (all-time) 64,815  v  Arsenal  FAC R6  6.3.1937
Record match receipts 270,000  v  Nottingham Forest  Div.1  3.5.1998
Record total of goals in a  League season 105  -  Division 2  1929-30
Record League points total 3 points for a win : 85  Division 2  1992-1993

2 points for a win : 60  Division 1  1919-20

Most Capped player while at club 33  -  Stuart WILLIAMS (Wales)
Youngest player Charlie WILSON  -  16 years   73 days   v Oldham Athletic  1.10.1921

 

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Address : The Hawthorns, West Bromwich B71 4LF

Telephone : 0121 525 8888
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Fax : 0121 553 6634

Capacity : 25,396
Pitch size :  115 yards  x  74 yards
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