Tag: West Bromwich Albion

Video of the Day: West Bromwich Albion vs Tottenham Hotspur, January 1965

At White Hart Lane this evening, West Bromwich Albion could, if they haven’t already departed on their summer holidays, make the destination of this year’s Premier League trophy little more than a mathematical matter. Spurs need a win in order to cling onto the coat-tails of Leicester City at the top of the table, however remote that may already feel after their demolition of Swansea City yesterday. This morning, though, we’re gong back more than half a century to a match that was West Bromwich Albion’s first in front of the cameras of Match Of The Day. Albion went...

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Video of the Day: West Bromwich Albion vs Arsenal, April 1971

As Arsenal prepare for an end of season fight to hang onto a Champions League place, this morning we turn our attention to a somewhat more successful season for the club. The 1960s was not a terribly kind decade to the Gunners, with the ten years from 1960 to 1970 seeing Arsenal finish in the top six in the First Division just once, in 1969.  The 1970/71 season, however, would end an eighteen year wait for the league title to return to Highbury, and by April 1971 the club was powering clear at the top of the First Division...

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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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