Manager: – Tony Pulis
Captain: – Chris Brunt
Rivals: – Aston Villa & Wolverhampton Wanderers
West Bromwich was one of the founding members of the Football league in 1888. Nicknamed “The Baggies”, West Brom play their home matches at “The Hawthorns” in West Bromwich, Sandwell.
The club has historically been more successful in cup competitions than the league. In the 04-05 season the West Brom team under the management of Bryan Robson performed the greatest “Great Escape”, by securing safety from relegation on the last day of the season despite being 20th at the start of the game.
Early days for Albion were difficult
Founded in 1878 the baggies were initially known as “Westbromwich Strollers” however within two years from the formation of the club the name was changed to the current name of West Bromwich Albion FC.
West Brom joined the Birmingham & District Football Association in 1881 and won its first silverware in 1883 by winning the Staffordshire Cup. It was in the same year that West Brom joined the Football Association (FA).
The club turned pro only in 1885 and in 1888 won it’s first major trophy by beating Preston North End 2-1 in the FA Cup final. West Brom was one of the pioneer members of the football league when it was established in 1888.
West Brom would taste FA Cup success once again in the 1892 edition of the tournament as it beat Aston Villa 3-0 in the final. West Brom would play out the remainder of the decade in the First Division before getting relegated to the 2nd Division in the 1900-01 season. West Brom would get promoted the very next season only to be relegated in the 1903-04 season.
West Brom won it’s one and only League title till date in the 1919-20 season but got relegated back to the 2nd Division in the 1926-27season.
West Brom won their third FA Cup in the 1930-31 season and it was during the same season that they won promotion back to the First Division however West Brom couldn’t enjoy top flight football for long as they again got relegated in the 1938 season.
West Brom, the king of good times
It took slightly over a decade for West Brom to return to top flight football as it won promotion in the 1948-49 season and the Baggies would continue to play top flight football for the next 20+ years.
During this time they would go on to win the FA Cup in the 1953-54 season. The team that beat them in the FA Cup were renowned for their attacking brand of football, with some pundits even calling them “The team of the century”.
West Brom had to wait over a decade to win another trophy and this time it was the League Cup that they won in 1966. They almost won the League Cup next season as well but failed to get past QPR in the final (lost 3-2).
The return of difficult times for Albion
West Brom got relegated back to the 2nd Division for the first time in 24 years in the 1972-73 season but was promoted back within 3 years. The club had a great 1978-79 season as it finished 3rd in the First Division but other than that the club didn’t have much to show as its accomplishments.
The baggies went on to get relegated again in the 1985-86 season and that was the start of their 16 year hiatus from top flight football. Within 5 years of getting relegated to the 2nd Division the team went down to the third tier of English football after the 1990-91 season.
Premier League Era and Good times
When the Premier League was formed in 1992, West Brom who were one of the founding members of the football league was in the third tier of English football, which had been renamed to Division Two.
West Brom got promoted to the newly formed Division One in 1992-93 after securing their promotion through play-offs. West Brom would go on to solidify themselves as a solid Division One team for the rest of the decade.
Gary Megson was appointed as the baggies coach at the end of the 1999-2000 season under his management the team would go on to get promoted to the Pemier League for the first time in the 2001-02 season.
They were relegated in their first season in the EPL but managed to come back at the end of the 2003-04 season. In the 2004-05 season the West Brom team under the guidance of Bryan Robson would go on to secure safety in the last day of the season despite having been 20th at the start of play.
The team wouldn’t get lucky next year as they got relegated back to the Championship and remained there for two seasons before coming back to the EPL as Championship Champions in the 2007-08 season. West Brom however got relegated once again the next year.
West Brom won promotion again in the 09-10 season and in 2011 under the management of Roy Hodgson the team would achieve its highest ever finish in the EPL with 10th place. Hodgson left at the end of the season to manage England National Team and Steve Clark was brought in as his replacement.
Clark would go on to improve West Brom and they finished 8th overall in the 2012-13. Steve Clarke was sacked halfway through the 2013-14 season as the team struggled to perform however his permanent replacement Pepe Mel was able to guide the team to safety (Finished 17 with 36 points).
Watch West Brom’s Great Escape: –
The season so Far – 2014/15 season
Alan Irvine was appointed as the West Brom manager before the start of the 2014/15 campaign however this reign wouldn’t last long as he got sacked at the end of December 2014. Under Irvine the team had won only four out of there 19 matches and were also knocked out of the League Cup in the third round by non-league side Oxford United.
One of the positives of the Irvine reign was the form of Saido Berahino whose impressive form early on in the season saw him earning an England call-up. He has so far scored
Tony Pulis was appointed as Irvine’s replacement just three days after his sacking.Under Pulis the Baggies so far has won 4 points in three games. West Brom currently lies 15th in the table with three points separating them from the bottom three.
West Brom has 22 points from 23 games (As of 2nd,February 2015) but the Baggies fans and management will be quietly confident on achieving safety, after all they have a man who has never been relegated from the Premier League – Tony Pulis. The team are still alive in FA Cup and will face fellow Premier League side West Ham in the 5th round.
West Brom Albion Club Records
Most Appearances: – Tony Brown (720)
Top Goalscorer: – Tony Brown (279)
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