Tag: West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion & Pardew: Separated At Last

If one had been required to define a “nightmare” season for West Bromwich Albion before a ball was kicked last August, there’s a decent chance that it would have included practically falling off the bottom of the Premier League whilst fierce local rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers streaking away clear at the top of the division below. Under normal circumstances, this might have been considered “circle of life” by Albion supporters, who have seen the fortunes of both their club and their closest rivals wax and wane over the decades. But these are not normal circumstances, at least not for West...

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Meet The New Bosses, Same As The Old Bosses

There’s a not unreasonable chance that you’ll have read a lot about the concept of “privilege” over the last year or so. Put briefly, in the context to which I refer, privilege might be considered to be the concept that certain people have greater advantages in life thrust upon them for no reason than their race, gender, or other descriptors that have little to do with their ability or lack thereof. Society, it is argued, grants privilege upon men on account of their sex, upon heterosexuals on account of their sexual orientation, and upon white people on account of...

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West Bromwich Albion & The Peter Principle

Yesterday afternoon, Huddersfield Town defeated West Bromwich Albion by a goal to nil at Galpharm. This wasn’t an especially surprising result in any respect. Huddersfield are still playing as though fired by the momentum that took the club into the Premier League in the first place, whilst Albion’s seven previous seasons in the Premier League have wavered between middling anonymity with the occasional flirtation with the top end of the bottom end of the table, so it perhaps shouldn’t surprise us that they’re having something of a wobble at the moment. The full-time whistle brought a not entirely unsurprising...

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West Bromwich Albion’s Real McClean

I am not one for “unfriending” people on Facebook. But I made an exception in March when an ex-friend charmingly captioned a photograph of Irish international James McClean and former Northern Ireland Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness “a stupid c**t and a dead c**t.” I entirely accept that many people would echo the comment about McGuinness, given his pre-political life in the Provisional Irish Republican Army. But the comment about McClean was not acceptable in any sense. McClean the footballer has done many stupid things, for which he has received yellow and red cards. And, while not excusing my...

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Video of the Day: West Bromwich Albion vs Liverpool, February 1981

Neither West Bromwich Albion nor Liverpool have a great deal to play for when they take the pitch at The Hawthorns on Sunday afternoon. West Browwich Albion have been just about safe from relegation all season and are settled comfortably into a non-threatening mid-table position, whilst Liverpool might well be forgiven for being primarily focused on their upcoming Europa League final against Sevilla, a match which offers the club the chance of a piece of silverware as well as a place in the Champions League for next season. This morning, then, we rewind three and a half decades to...

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