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27.02.2016… WBA v Palace…

West Bromwich Albion 3  Crystal Palace 2

The Hawthorns… Saturday February 27th… 5.30pm

Attendance: 24,806

Ticket: £27 – Programme: £3.50

A first for me. A Premier League match as a neutral, and a pretty good one too…

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Pre- Match: Outside The Hawthorns…

West Brom cruised through the first half, going in 3-0 up at half time. The pick of the goals being the third, a lovely move capped off by a fantastic finish from Berahino.

Palace pulled one back fairly quickly after the restart through Conor Wickham and continued to press. They pulled back to 3-2 with about ten minutes left, leading toa fairly squeaky finish for the home side…

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First Half Action…

Following a fairly poor run, this was the three points that really put West Brom’s Premier League berth for next season beyond doubt. Palace, on the other hand appear to be sinking like a stone. Do you ever get the feeling that you’ve been Pardewed…?

West Bromwich Albion; Foster, Dawson (YC), McAuley, Olsson, Brunt (Chester 44 (YC)), Fletcher, Yacob, Gardner, Sessegnon (McClean 75), Rondón (Sandro 87), Berahino

Not Used; Anichebe, Myhill, Lambert, Pritchard

Goals; Gardner (12), Dawson (20), Berahino (31)

Crystal Palace; Hennessy, Kelly, Dann, Delaney, Ward, Zaha, Cabaye (YC) (Gayle 80), Ledley (Jedinak 81), Mutch, Adebayor (YC) (Bolasie 45), Wickham

Not Used; Speroni, Mariappa, Lee Chung-yong, Chamakh

Goals; Wickham (48, 80)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

06.02.2016… West Brom (h)…

Newcastle United 1 West Bromwich Albion 0

St. James’ Park… Saturday February 6th… 3pm

Attendance: 50,152

Ticket: £29 – Programme: £3

A decent performance against a woeful West Brom. Our inability to turn possession and chances into goals is still a worry though. Whether we will come to regret not moving for a recognised striker in the window remains to be seen but not sure whether a semi-fit Seydou Doumbia is going to be the answer…

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Approaching St. James’ Park…

So, nineteen shots, seven on target; and, most importantly, a  1-0 win. Labouring the point but with a decent quality centre forward it would have been a lot more…

West Brom offered very little at the other end, Janmaat clearing up near the end just to make sure. In fact the Throstles (Baggies?) look a fairly reasonable bet to replicate our late season capitulation of last year, the more the merrier…

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Second Half Action…

Next stop, Chelsea on Saturday evening, the ridiculous £55 ticket. Let’s not get carried away though, it has all the makings of a damage limitation exercise, although I’m desperate to be proved wrong…

Newcastle United; Elliot, Janmaat, Taylor, Coloccini, Aarons, Shelvey (Saivet 90), Tioté, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Townsend (Pérez 88), Mitrovic

Not Used; Darlow, Doumbia, Gibson, Williams, Barlaser

Goals; Mitrovic (32)

West Bromwich Albion; Foster, Dawson, McAuley (YC), Olsson (YC), Chester (YC), Yacob, Sandro (Berahino 45), Gardner (Pritchard 45), Fletcher, McClean, Anichebe (Rondón 74)

Not Used; Myhill, Pocognoli, Lambert, Sessegnon

Goals; None

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

14.04.2015… West Brom (h)…

Nuneaton Town 1 West Bromwich Albion 1 aet

Nuneaton Town win 4-2 on penalties…

JPR James Parnell Stadium…… Tuesday April 14th… 7.45pm

Attendance: 254

Ticket: £5 – Programme: Teamsheet

Into the final of the Birmingham Senior Cup after extra time and penalties…

I’m still not quite sure how Nuneaton managed to win this one. West Brom bossed the game for the majority of normal time before Rob Ogleby equalised late on…

Extra time drifted by without incident before Nuneaton took it in the shoot out.

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Nuneaton Town Warming Up…

So it’s off to St. Andrews to play Birmingham City on Thursday 30th April in the final…

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Extra Time Action…

Nuneaton Town; Crocombe, Wheeler, Dean, Cowan, Smith, Rees, Dawson, Ogleby (Brown 112), Gordon, Nardiello (Walker 67), Sodje

Not Used; Franklin, Wren

Goals; Ogleby (76)

West Bromwich Albion; Palmer, Gamboa, Pocognoli (S.Nabi 98), Birch, Davidson, Wisdom (Atkinson 91), McManaman (Leko 62) O’Sullivan, Roberts, A.Nabi, Garmston.

Not Used; Cleet, Ross.

Goals; A.Nabi (23)

As usual, more pictures on flickr…

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…