Tag: West Bromwich Albion

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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Nicolas Anelka, The Quenelle, Gestures & Words

It was a tense and nervy evening at The Hawthorns tonight, as West Bromwich Albion and Everton played out a one-all draw that did neither too many favours in this year’s Premier League. Everton missed out on the chance to leapfrog back over Tottenham Hotspur and into fifth place in the table, whilst West Bromwich Albion rose to thirteenth place in the table but remain just four points above the relegation places in what has become an extremely congested bottom half of the league table. Tonight, though, the match being played was only part of a wider issue facing...

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All Aboard The Managerial Merry-Go-Round… Again

It has, dare we say it, been a tetchy two or three days for the managers of England’s football clubs. Even a breed of people that live their entire lives with a metaphorical axe suspended precariously over their heads will have offered an extra shudder at the events of last three days, which have resulted in the departure of three of their brethren from their positions, and such is the instability of the manager of any club these days that those that remain in work may well even find themselves unable to offer so much as a whispered, ‘There but for the grace of God go I’ tonight. If the form book is anything to go by, there, regardless of the grace of God, they are most likely to go in something like the short to medium term. To begin, then, at the top of the football food chain. Tottenham Hotspur may not have been the champions of England since John F Kennedy was the president of the United States of America, but modern football pays little attention to long-term trends. Spurs spent their Gareth Bale transfer window before they’d even sold that player, and the sheer volume of new recruits at White Hart Lane meant that Andre Villa Boas was always likely to face an uphill struggle in order to placate both the directors and supporters of the...

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