Tag: West Bromwich Albion

Video of the Day: West Bromwich Albion vs Watford, April 1983

This weekend’s Premier League match between Watford and West Bromwich Albion falls quite squarely into that category of matches that we might consider “dead rubbers.” Both of the teams competing have already done enough to ensure that relegation isn’t going to be troubling their minds over the last few weeks of the season, whilst the possibility of European qualification is also beyond both clubs, for this season. And for today’s video we’re going all the way back to the corresponding fixture from – more or less – this weekend, thirty-three years ago. Watford were heading for Europe for the...

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Video of the Day: Manchester United vs West Bromwich Albion, December 1978

Much as it may seem difficult to believe to our modern, multi-cultural eyes, there was a time when having three black players in the same was treated as if it was a novelty. The signing of Cyrille Regis, Laurie Cunningham and Brendon Batson by West Bromwich Albion was considered dangerously exotic by some and a reason to spew hatred and bile by others. These three players, however, were the spark behind the West Bromwich Albion team of the time, a team that was packed with skill and creativity yet somehow managed never to win a major trophy. Nicknamed –...

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Video of the Day: Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion, August 1983

The decline of Midlands football throughout the 1980s really was something to behold. In 1981, Aston Villa ended the season as the champions of England, whilst West Bromwich Albion finished in fourth place in the First Division and Wolverhampton Wanderers came within a whisker of the FA Cup final, only losing their semi-final after a replay against Tottenham Hotspur. By 1987, however, there would be no West Midlands clubs left in the top flight of English football at all (though Nottingham Forest and Derby County were both there, representing the East Midlands), with Wolves having what would turn out...

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Monday Night Live: West Bromwich Albion vs Manchester City

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen! It’s been a long time, but for this season we’re going to be getting back on the whole live-blogging thing, kicking off this evening with the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City. Manuel Pellegrini threw a spanner in the works of a few of his detractors when it was confirmed that he had signed a new contract extension keeping him at the club, whilst this time last year the West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis was licking his wounds after having been sacked barely a couple of days prior to...

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McClean, Compromise & Democracy Of Thought

Upon reading about the recent James McClean controversy, two questions sprang immediately into my mind before any others. Firstly, why on earth were national anthems being played before a club match? Secondly, was it appropriate that I should even seek to address the issues raised by McClean’s refusal to face the Union Jack when this most divisive incident took place? To answer the first question, the match in question was being played Charleston, South Carolina and, as we all know, there is perhaps no other nation that has fetishised the very notion of flags and anthems in a way...

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