09.11.2014… West Brom (a)…

West Bromwich Albion 0 Newcastle United 2

The Hawthorns… Sunday November 9th… 1.30pm

Attendance: 26,476

Ticket: £15 (Reciprocal Agreement) – Programme: £3

24 hours later and another of Sir Bobby’s old clubs…

Last time I was at the Hawthorns was in 1991, standing behind the same goal that we sat (well stood) behind this afternoon. A 1-1 draw at the back end of the 1990/1991 season in the middle of a run of away games; Don Goodman was on the cover of the programme, West Brom were subsequently relegated. Most abiding memory of the day would have to be push starting the car we’d travelled down in outside the ground post-match, much to the amusement of the home fans….

And back to the present. More train problems, train from Snow Hill decided it wasn’t going to go anywhere so a mad rush for the tram. Seven stops to the Hawthorns on a massively overcrowded tram was the result, further crushing at every stop. As per Spurs, a crazy sprint to the ground followed, into my seat just as the teams were taking to the field. This is getting to become a bit of a habit…

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The Hawthorns: Outside…

As usual, no match report. Suffice to say though, a really good performance, two cracking goals and another three points. Colo’s celebration after the second goal was worth the trip alone; anyone who questions his attitude should hang their head, his heart may be in San Lorenzo but he gets us…

Good atmosphere too, noisy home fans to our left, particularly in the first-half, generated more atmosphere than we can manage at St. James’. We made one hell of a racket at times too (not me, I’m too old), but I still get goose bumps when we’re in full effect. Great shows of support for Jonas and Geoff Astle from both sets of fans too, clichéd I know, but like Ipswich yesterday, West Bromwich Albion are a proper football club…

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The Hawthorns: Inside…

Post-match; ended up waiting well over an hour for a train back to Birmingham. This was largely thanks to the rather odd crowd control system used by West Midlands police which lead to us appearing to be held back, and then on finally exiting the ground, prevented us from reaching the railway station except via a ridiculously circuitous route through an industrial estate. I can remember what a pain they used to be on the giant terrace behind the goal at a two-sided Molineux back in the day, some things don’t change in 20 years…

So… Just enjoying it while it lasts, a decent month doesn’t make Alan Pardew a good manager and if recent history tells us anything, something very bad is probably just around the corner…

West Bromwich Albion; Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Lescott, Pocognoli (Gamboa 45), Dorrans (Samaras 76 ), Mulumbu (Sessegnon 63), Morrison, Brunt, Anichebe, Berahino Not Used; Baird, Yacob, Myhill, McAuley

Goals; None

Newcastle United; Krul, Janmaat, Coloccini (Williamson 78), Dummett, Haidara, Abeid, Colback, Cabella (Taylor, R. 82), Sissoko, Ameobi (Gouffran 78), Pérez Gutiérrez Not Used; Anita, Cissé, Elliot, Armstrong

Goals; Pérez Gutiérrez (45), Coloccini (62)

As usual, More pictures on flickr…

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