Official Matchday Thread - PNE vs West Brom Nov 30, 2019 15:42:06 GMT PNE From Afar, ginagee, and 4 more like this
Post by walburghian on Nov 30, 2019 15:42:06 GMT
West Bromwich Albion FC:
History:- The club was formed in 1878 and has played at its home ground, The Hawthorns, since 1900. Albion were one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888, the first professional football league in the world, and have spent the majority of their existence in the top tier of English football. They have been champions of England once, in 1919–20, and have been runners-up twice. Albion have reached ten FA Cup finals, winning the Cup on five occasions. As far as North End are concerned, their most notable was in beating us in 1954. My father bought our first TV on the back of watching the Lillywhites in theCup Final. Sadly, neither Sir Tom or North End were at their best. I played golf with Ronnie Allen some 25years ago, who was one of their key players in the Final, and he was a lovely man.
Current Staff & Management:- the playing Staff is still Premier League quality and they have strength in depth throughout their Squad. In gola is the ex-Preston and PNE Loanee Sam Johnstone. There is experiencein Robson-Kanu, Gibbs,Brunt and Barry, together with one of my favourite Goalscorers Charlie Austin. It will be difficult to stop them scoring. Their Manager is arguably the best in the Division in Slavan Bilic. He did an excellent job at West Ham but eventually got the sack – like most Premier League Managers, who cannot get into Europe for their Club.
Nickname:- The Throstles or The Baggies
West Bromwich Albion have alternatiely used the throstle and the town’s first coat of arms as their insignia. The arms were granted in 1882 and except the millrinds, which represent the iron and brass foundries, the items are all derived from the arms, crest and supporters of the Earls of Dartmouth, who were formerly seated at Sandwell Hall. The ostrich feathers in the crest, nowadays associated with the Heir Apparent, were introduced into English royal heraldry by Edward III, who probably derived it from his wife, Philippa of Hainault. They represent willing obedience and derenity. The shield with the stag’s head is charged with blue stars and fleurs-de-lys alluding to the sparkling water of Sandwell Spa.
Less readily explained than the crest is the nickname The Baggies. It is a mystery defying a solution; we do not know what to believe but you will enjoy whatever version. In its early days The Hawthorns had only two entrances, one behind each goal. On match days the gatekeepers would gather up the takings at each end and be escorted by policemen along the sides of the pitch to the centre line where there was a small office under the stand. The gate money, mostly in pennies, amounted to a considerable sum and was carried in large cloth bags.
It wasn’t long before some wag in the crowd started shouting “here come the bag men!” at their appearance in front of the main stand, and this developed into a chant of “here come the Baggies!” , giving the team its unnofficial nickname.
Another version claims that in early days of the club’s history, many of the supporters worked in the local ironworks and because of the intense heat, tended to wear very loose, baggy clothing. Since most of them would go straight to the match after work, it resulted in a very oddly attired bunch standing on the terraces at the Hawthorns, and led to the nickname of ‘Baggies’.
Whatever, I am looking forwards to a good game of football and North End re-discovering their form – if not they will be hard=pressed to keep the score manageable.