WEST BROMWICH
ALBION F.C.
Founded: 1878


Also Known As:
WEST BROMWICH STROLLERS (1878-80)
WEST BROMWICH ALBION (1880-)




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WEST BROMWICH ALBION F.C. (Football Club)
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BRIEF HISTORY of WEST BROMWICH ALBION FOOTBALL CLUB (reproduced from 'Wikipedia' pages)

The club was founded as West Bromwich Strollers in 1878 by workers from George Salter's Spring Works in West Bromwich, then in Staffordshire but now part of the West Midlands administrative county. They were renamed West Bromwich Albion in 1880, becoming the first team to adopt the Albion suffix. Albion was a district of West Bromwich where some of the players lived or worked, close to what is today Greets Green. In 1883, Albion won their first trophy, the Staffordshire Cup. Albion joined the Football Association in the same year; this enabled them to enter the FA Cup for the first time in the 188384 season. In 1885 the club turned professional, and in 1886 they reached the FA Cup final for the first time, losing 20 to Blackburn Rovers in a replay. They reached the final again in 1887, but lost 20 to Aston Villa. In 1888 the team won the trophy for the first time, beating strong favourites Preston North End 21 in the final. Albion became one of the twelve founder members of the Football League. Albion's second FA Cup success came in 1892, beating Aston Villa 30. They met Villa again in the 1895 final, but lost 10. The team suffered relegation to Division Two in 190001, their first season at The Hawthorns. They were promoted as champions the following season but relegated again in 190304. The club won the Division Two championship once more in 191011, and the following season reached another FA Cup Final, where they were defeated by Second Division Barnsley in a replay.

Albion won the Football League title in 191920 for the only time in their history following the end of the First World War, their totals of 104 goals and 60 points both breaking the previous league records. The team finished as Division One runners-up in 192425, narrowly losing out to Huddersfield Town, but were relegated in 192627. In 193031 they won promotion as well as the FA Cup, beating Birmingham 21 in the final. The "Double" of winning the FA Cup and promotion has not been achieved before or since. Albion reached the final again in 1935, losing to Sheffield Wednesday, but were relegated three years later. They gained promotion in 194849, and there followed the club's longest unbroken spell in the top flight of English football, a total of 24 years. In 195354 Albion came close to being the first team in the 20th century to win the League and Cup double. They succeeded in winning the FA Cup, beating Preston 32, but injuries and a loss of form towards the end of the season meant that they finished as runners-up to fierce rivals Wolves in the league. They remained one of the top English sides for the remainder of the decade, reaching the semi-final of the 1957 FA Cup and achieving three consecutive top five finishes in Division One between 195758 and 195960.

The mid-1980s saw the start of Albion's longest and deepest decline. They were relegated in 198586 with the worst record in the club's history, beginning a period of sixteen years outside the top flight. Five years later the club were relegated to the Third Division for the first time. Albion had spent the majority of their history in the top-flight of English football, but when the FA Premier League was founded in 1992 the club found themselves in the third tier, which had been renamed Division Two. In 199293 Albion finished fourth and entered the playoffs for the first time, having just missed out the previous year. The appointment of Gary Megson in March 2000 heralded an upturn in the club's fortunes. Megson guided Albion to Division One safety in 19992000, and to the play-offs a year later. He went on to lead the club to promotion to the Premier League in 200102. After being relegated in their first Premier League season, they made an immediate return to the top flight in 200304.[34] In 200405 Megson's successor, former Albion midfielder Bryan Robson, led the team to a last-day "Great Escape", when Albion became the first Premier League club to avoid relegation having been bottom of the table at Christmas.


CLUB FACTS & INFORMATION

Official Name
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West Bromwich Albion F.C.
Club Nickname
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The Baggies
Year Founded
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1878 (137 years ago)
English County
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West Midlands
Current Ground
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The Hawthorns
Ground Location
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West Bromwich, England
Club's Owner
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Jeremy Peace
Club Chairman
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Jeremy Peace
Current Manager
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Tony Pulis
Current League
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Premier League
Last Season
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Premier League, 13th place


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THE HAWTHORNS
Halfords Lane, West Bromwich,
West Midlands, B71-4LF, England


OPENED: ......... September 1900
SURFACE: ........ Desso GrassMaster
COST: .............. not available
CAPACITY: ...... 26,850
RECORD: ......... 64,815 (1937 vs Arsenal)
OWNER: ........... West Bromwich Albion F.C.
OPERATOR: ..... West Bromwich Albion
FIELD SIZE: ...... 115 x 74 yards (105 x 68 meters)



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