30S HALL OF FAME

Adams Crowe Jones HJ Sandford
Alsop Davies Light Sankey
Ashmore Dudley Lowery Saunders
Baldwin Edwards Mahon Screen
Banks Elliott Male Shaw
Bassett Finch McGee Shaw CE
Boston Fitton McNab Shaw GE
Boyes Foulkes Murphy Spencer
Brockhurst Gale Pearson H Swinden
Burgin Glidden Pike Trentham
Butler Green Raw Trevis
Bytheway Gripton Rawlings Tudor
Carter Harris Richardson W White
Clarke Heaselgrave Richardson W G Whitehaed
Coen Hoyland Ridyard Wilkes
Connelly Johnson Rix Witcomb
Cookson Jones E Robins Wood





 

  


 

1930 -31

The 1930 - 31season followed on from the seven straight wins that had ended the previous season, this season started with four straight wins, with a 3-0 victory at home to Bristol City a 4-0 win at Charlton and 6-3 at Ninian Park, Cardiff and a 1-0 win at home to Bradford City . Those eight points put Albion right into a challenging position from the off, a fitting start to what turned out to be the decade's star season and one of the club's greatest ever. 

The team which ended the excitement generated by that eleven game spell was ended by Everton who came to the Hawthorns as Second Division leaders. Cookson scored his sixth goal of the season to give his side a twentieth-minute lead but the Merseysiders snatched the points with two late goals in the space of a minute from White and the great 'Dixie' Dean. This defeat took Albion from the top of the table but a week later following a 3-2 win at Bradford City they were back on top, again a week later following a 2-2 draw with Bury they were knocked of top spot again by Everton who then sat there for the next seven months.

 The Hawthorns meeting with the Wolves came and went with a 2-1 victory and another two points in the bag, before a crowd of 40,065. The match was preceded with two minutes silence for the victims of the R101 Airship disaster and the singing of a hymn, and the funereal atmosphere which prevailed undoubtedly affected the play, particularly that of the Wolves side. 

As the season wore on, the jigsaw of a successful side was gradually being pieced together, with the acquisition of a new full-back named Bert Trentham, an effective defender who was to play his part throughout the successful period of the 'thirties, Bert was easily spotted on the pitch by the white handkerchief he always carried in his right hand, a relic of an old illness. Jimmy Edwards was brought in to cover the left half position he had started the term at inside-left in the reserve side in that position, but was soon converted to a an aggressive defender, forming a tough partnership with centre-half William Richardson, the duo being nicknamed 'Iron and Steel' with Richardson providing the steel.

In November there was still that one player missing, at outside-left. Edwards started in that position but after a couple of games switched to his new defensive slot leaving Joe Carter to partner Wood on the left, allowing young Harry Boston to feature very effectively on the right with Glidden, a formation which lasted for several games. The solution to the problem came with an injury to Carter which necessitated the drafting-in of a 17-year-old, Ted Sandford in the problem spot for the vital match against fellow promotion hopefuls Preston at Deep dale. The young lad was an instant success and scored the clinching third goal in a narrow 3-2 win, the start of a formidable rise to fame six months previously Sandford, who had been born within fifty yards of the Albion ground, had been playing centre-half with a local Smethwick junior team within a year of joining the club, Sandford won a Cup-winner's medal the youngest Albion man to do so and promotion to the First Division; The final piece on the team sheet was the inclusion of W.G. Richardson. William, namesake of the centre-half was gifted with a second initial, 'G' for Ginger to distinguish the two men and those initials were to figure many times on an Albion score-sheet. He had been signed from Hartlepool United in 1929 for a give-away £1,000 through the intervention of Jesse Pennington who had heard of his goal-grabbing feats even at that early stage of the young Richardson's career. Breaking a club record with fifty goals for the Central League side which catapulted him into the first team for the home game with Millwall in December 1929 when Cookson was injured.

With the inclusion of the key piece, as it were, in the team, the task of the Albion management was complete. They just had to wait for the results to come and come they did. Once Richardson had joined the side he was on the losing side only once in two months as the team moved into second place in the division and progressed into the fourth round of the FA Cup after a tough marathon with Charlton.

In the first meeting at the Hawthorns Charlton raced into a 2-0 lead in twenty minutes and it was not until eight minutes from the end that young Teddy Sandford salvaged a draw. In the replay at Charlton a blunder from Magee let in Astley five minutes after Joe Carter had put the Albion in front the match went to extra time but the game ended 1-1. The second replay was staged at Villa Park, this time with Ashmore in goal for the injured Pearson. Charlton went into the lead shortly after half-time but goals from Carter, Wood and Richardson finally ended the marathon and ensured a home tie with Tottenham three days later. 

League form in January slipped slightly with only two wins and two loses and rather more shocking was the first ever visit to Plymouth they won the game 5-1 to complete a league double and down slipped Albion to third place.

Back in the Cup, Spurs were beaten with a Stan Wood goal, as were Portsmouth, at Fratton Park, The fifth-round Cup-tie was as difficult as could have been expected as the Wolves came to the Hawthorns, Albion had never been beaten in the FA Cup by their Staffordshire neighbours in forty-five years of trying. 'W.G.Richardson' sent the 52,000 spectator's wild after thirty minutes, but George Shaw needlessly got his head to a harmless-looking shot and deflected it past the stranded Pearson to level for the Wolves. But the full-back made amends with a grand display in the replay when the Wolves, two down to Wood and Richardson pulled back a late goal and threw everything at the Albion rearguard.

The reward for the win was an challenging one a semi-final at neutral Old Trafford against Everton, who of course had already beaten Albion twice in the League and had just thrashed neighbours Southport 9-1 to reach the semi-final and were in tremendous form in fact they were almost certain of the Second Division championship

 Not surprisingly, that semi-final tie generated interest all over the country, with both teams in with a chance of a Cup and promotion double and the massive crowd which turned up 69,241 receipts f1, 629. provided new records for a semi-final so huge was the crowd that spectators encroached all along the outside track and several mounted policemen were situated around the playing area to keep order, which only served to constrict the players and make the passions even more intense many throw-ins had to be taken leaning against the flank of a police-horse. 

Everton dominated the game, but Albion as before took the lead, after fifty-five minutes when a Glidden cross was pulled into the net by the brisk breeze, with Carter rushing in to make sure. With only thirty-five minutes between them and a Wembley appearance, Albion pulled back players as Everton mounted a wave of continuous attacks

 But  could not find the net Johnson had only Pearson to beat but tamely tapped the ball into the goalkeeper's hands  the usually infallible Dixie Dean missed a sitter shortly afterwards, blasting the ball over from five yards; it hardly seemed possible that Everton could fail to score, as their players swarmed around Pearson's goal, but fail they did and Albion were Wembley bound at last, their first Cup-final for nineteen years and became only the second Midland team to visit the new stadium. Everything seemed to be going their way.

 With the semi-final out of the way, and six weeks to the final meeting with Birmingham, the Second Division promotion race, which was realistically of higher priority, could be given the attention it deserved. Because of the pace-setting of Everton, all the trailing teams were chasing a single place and in third position, four points behind Tottenham, another consistent burst of form was essential There was only one defeat in the first six games immediately after the semi-final and the game at Port Vale, where only Everton had been successful that year Albion were defeated 1-0 

The top of the table clash with Tottenham produced a thrilling match and finished 2-2 with Smailes equalizing for the Spurs in the last seven minutes. After the return game with Port Vale 4-1 on 6th April, the gap had been cut to one point, with Spurs having played one game more with five games left, Albion's chances were good, especially as they had a slightly superior goal average - but it was crucial not to drop any more points, so things were taking a bleak turn when the very next match was lost 2-1 at Turf Moor, Burnley, although Plymouth were doing the Albion a favour by holding Spurs to a draw in London. a 3-0 midweek win at Reading, Albion continued to live dangerously, dropping a home point to Bradford on the following Saturday, Albion's luck still held out, for that point turned out to be a point gained, for Spurs were losing at Bristol City, but the game was hardly an adequate preparation for the following Saturday's Cup-final, when the promotion worries were shelved for a week in favour of the greater glamour of the Cup.

 Interest in the final had rarely been higher, as Albion clashed with Birmingham in the first all-Midland final since 1895. Both clubs were besieged with requests for tickets, with 100,000 applications being received within two days of the semi-final wins, a demand such that the stadium could have been filled several times over; the allocation of both clubs was a meagre 7,500, not even sufficient to meet the needs of the season-ticket holders.  

The final was played in a downpour throughout with the eventual result being, decided on whether the referee was correct in disallowing an eighth-minute header from Birmingham's Gregg for offside. Albion's luck having held again, as the decision was undeniably questionable, but Albion's dominance after that early scare was almost complete. W.G. Richardson was brilliant and was well backed by his fellow forwards who linked together on the right side of the Stadium's vast expanse to give Richardson the first goal after twenty-five minutes. From being a possible one goal up, Birmingham were a goal down in the space of seventeen minutes and that demoralized the First Division side and served to give the Albion even more of the match than they already had.

However, as often happens, after a half-time dressing-room team talk a new Birmingham side emerged from the tunnel after the interval. They ran and agitated their now-confident opponents and finally scored through centre-forward Joe Bradford following an Ernie Curtis cross first time past a mystified Pearson to put his team right back in with a shout. But it was a shout that was stifled in the throat for straight from the kick-off Carter, Sandford and Richardson inter-passed their way through a bewildered defence with 'W.G.' giving the ball its final touch past the static Hibbs - the winner within thirty seconds of Birmingham's equalizer - the perfect comeback. From then on until the very end of the game, it was virtually 'no contest' as Birmingham reeled in the face of powerful Albion. The Cup could still have been taken from the grasp of those eager Baggies, on eighty-five minutes, Gregg shot from eighteen yards and Pearson slipped whilst collecting the greasy ball and could only push it onto the post for a corner. From the resulting corner, Crosbie lobbed a clever shot which forced Pearson to punch clear and the ball was scrambled out only with difficulty it was a relieved Albion side that greeted the final whistle the players joyfully celebrated their completion of the first leg of a mighty double, winning the Cup for the first time in over thirty years.

The medals were presented by the Duke of Gloucester, standing in for the Prince of Wales who made good his omission by later visiting the players at the Hawthorns the incentive for winning at that time, was the win bonus collected by those Albion players was £8 

As was the usual West Bromwich custom, the home-coming was a frenzied affair, with more that 200,000 people lining up to welcome the team in the town centre alone; but the celebrations were of necessity curtailed for the players, for the most important glittering prize promotion - had still to be won and Tottenham, one point ahead still had to be overhauled if the Albion were to re-write sporting history. 

 Just five days after the players, took the field of the Victoria grounds, Stoke-on-Trent, knowing that nothing less than an outright win would do. As on the previous Saturday, W.G. came into his own; in an uncompromising Staffordshire derby, Magee broke out of defence to lay on a half-chance for the centre-forward which he gratefully converted as the only goal of the game. With the odd game in hand played off, the stage was set for the final game of the year,  

Albion were seven hundredths of a goal ahead of their rivals Tottenham in goal average, which could prove vital if a disaster occurred, but the pressure was really on Tottenham. At least Albion had a clear target - if they won the last game, they were promoted, whatever Tottenham's result. However, if they, say, could only draw 2-2, Spurs would only require a 3-0 win to move into second place at the death on goal average.

Tottenham were at Burnley, never an easy place to visit, but they had the advantage of already having beaten Burnley 8-1 at

White Hart Lane, so a three-goal win was well within their capabilities. Albion, , with Charlton Athletic being their visitors looked to have the best chance of gaining the much needed victory in the fifth clash between the clubs that year. A new record league crowd of 52,415 turned up for the game and provided a tremendous atmosphere for their team.

An atmosphere full of expectation and excitement

Imagine then the sense of anti-climax in the hushed stadium when that man Astley scored in the seventh minute, for Charlton were again to prove something of a thorn in the Albion flesh. The lead lasted all of thirty minutes, despite Glidden and Sandford striking unstoppable drives against the bar, when Sandford lobbed into an empty net after keeper Robertson had imprudently advanced too far after a corner. Within a couple of minutes came a carbon-copy of the visitors' first goal, a Horton-Astley combination giving the latter his second goal. The pace, hectic at the start, noticeably quickened and the second equalizer was delayed only a few minutes and the Albion players were thankful to go in level at half-time after Glidden's point. 

At the start of the second half, Astley shot wide twice from good positions when he should really have broken the hearts of those fifty thousand supporters. Visibly relieved, the home team pressed onwards and gradually Charlton faded and finally after good work from Carter, Glidden was able to lay on a simple chance for - of course - W.G. Richardson, who in seven days had scored the four most important goals in the history of the club.

As it turned out, a win was not even needed, for Spurs had completed what had been a dismal run-in to the season by losing 1-0, and thus the Albion won their unique double, the only time before or since that any team has won both FA Cup and promotion in the same season,

 

 

Division 2

Mo 01Sep 1930


Charlton

0 - 4

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 06Sep 1930


Cardiff

3 - 6

West Brom

Division 2

Mo 08Sep 1930


West Brom

1 - 0

Bradford

Division 2

Sa 13Sep 1930


West Brom

1 - 2

Everton

Division 2

We 17Sep 1930


Bradford

2 - 3

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 20Sep 1930


Bury

2 - 2

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 27Sep 1930


West Brom

1 - 2

Plymouth

Division 2

Sa 04Oct 1930


Swansea

1 - 1

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 11Oct 1930


West Brom

2 - 1

Wolves

Division 2

Sa 18Oct 1930


Southampton

1 - 1

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 25Oct 1930


West Brom

1 - 0

Reading

Division 2

Sa 01Nov 1930


Millwall

2 - 0

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 08Nov 1930


West Brom

2 - 0

Oldham

Division 2

Sa 15Nov 1930


Preston

2 - 3

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 22Nov 1930


West Brom

0 - 2

Tottenham

Division 2

Sa 29Nov 1930


Nottm Forest

1 - 6

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 06Dec 1930


West Brom

2 - 0

Burnley

Division 2

Sa 13Dec 1930


Bradford PA

3 - 1

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 20Dec 1930


West Brom

4 - 0

Stoke

Division 2

Th 25Dec 1930


Barnsley

0 - 0

West Brom

Division 2

Fr 26Dec 1930


West Brom

5 - 0

Barnsley

Division 2

Sa 27Dec 1930


Bristol C

1 - 1

West Brom


Division 2

Sa 03Jan 1931


West Brom

3 - 2

Cardiff

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Sa 10Jan 1931


West Brom

2 - 2

Charlton

FA Cup 3rd Rd Replay

We 14Jan 1931


Charlton

1 - 1

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 17Jan 1931


Everton

2 - 1

West Brom

Division 2

Mo 19Jan 1931


West Brom

3 - 1

Charlton

FA Cup 4TH Rd

Sa 24Jan 1931


West Brom

1 - 0

Tottenham

Division 2

Mo 26Jan 1931


West Brom

2 - 0

Bury

Division 2

Sa 31Jan 1931


Plymouth

5 - 1

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 07Feb 1931


West Brom

0 - 0

Swansea

FA Cup 5th Rd

Sa 14Feb 1931


Portsmouth

0 - 1

West Brom

Division 2

We 18Feb 1931


Wolves

1 - 4

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 21Feb 1931


West Brom

1 - 2

Southampton

FA Cup 6th Rd

Sa 28Feb 1931


West Brom

1 - 1

Wolves

FA Cup 6th Rd Replay

We 04Mar 1931


Wolves

1 - 2

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 07Mar 1931


West Brom

0 - 0

Millwall

FA Cup Semi Final

Sa 14Mar 1931


Everton

0 - 1

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 21Mar 1931


West Brom

2 - 0

Preston

Division 2

Mo 23Mar 1931


Oldham

2 - 2

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 28Mar 1931


Tottenham

2 - 2

West Brom

Division 2

Fr 03Apr 1931


Port Vale

1 - 0

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 04Apr 1931


West Brom

2 - 1

Nottm Forest

Division 2

Mo 06Apr 1931


West Brom

4 - 1

Port Vale

Division 2

Sa 11Apr 1931


Burnley

2 - 1

West Brom


Division 2

We 15Apr 1931


Reading

0 - 3

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 18Apr 1931


West Brom

1 - 1

Bradford PA

FA Cup Final

Sa 25Apr 1931


West Brom

2 - 1

Birmingham

Division 2

Th 30Apr 1931


Stoke

0 - 1

West Brom

Division 2

Sa 02May 1931


West Brom

3 - 2

Charlton

 

Pos

Team

Pld


W

D

L

F

A


W

D

L

F

A


F

A

GA

GD

Pts

1

Everton

42


18

1

2

76

31


10

4

7

45

35


121

66

1.833

+ 55

61

2

West Bromwich Albion

42


14

3

4

40

16


8

7

6

43

33


83

49

1.694

+ 34

54

3

Tottenham Hotspur

42


15

5

1

64

20


7

2

12

24

35


88

55

1.600

+ 33

51

4

Wolverhampton Wanderers

42


15

2

4

56

25


6

3

12

28

42


84

67

1.254

+ 17

47

5

Port Vale

42


15

3

3

39

16


6

2

13

28

45


67

61

1.098

+ 6

47

6

Bradford Park Avenue

42


15

4

2

71

24


3

6

12

26

42


97

66

1.470

+ 31

46

7

Preston North End

42


12

5

4

55

31


5

6

10

28

33


83

64

1.297

+ 19

45

8

Burnley

42


13

5

3

55

30


4

6

11

26

47


81

77

1.052

+ 4

45

9

Southampton

42


13

4

4

46

22


6

2

13

28

40


74

62

1.194

+ 12

44

10

Bradford City

42


12

5

4

39

26


5

5

11

22

37


61

63

0.968

- 2

44

11

Stoke City

42


11

6

4

34

17


6

4

11

30

54


64

71

0.901

- 7

44

12

Oldham Athletic

42


13

5

3

45

28


3

5

13

16

44


61

72

0.847

- 11

42

13

Bury

42


14

3

4

44

20


5

0

16

31

62


75

82

0.915

- 7

41

14

Millwall

42


12

4

5

47

25


4

3

14

24

55


71

80

0.888

- 9

39

15

Charlton Athletic

42


11

4

6

35

33


4

5

12

24

53


59

86

0.686

- 27

39

16

Bristol City

42


11

5

5

29

23


4

3

14

25

59


54

82

0.659

- 28

38

17

Nottingham Forest

42


12

6

3

54

35


2

3

16

26

50


80

85

0.941

- 5

37

18

Plymouth Argyle

42


10

3

8

47

33


4

5

12

29

51


76

84

0.905

- 8

36

19

Barnsley

42


13

3

5

42

23


0

6

15

17

56


59

79

0.747

- 20

35

20

Swansea Town

42


11

5

5

40

29


1

5

15

11

45


51

74

0.689

- 23

34

21

Reading

42


11

2

8

47

33


1

4

16

25

63


72

96

0.750

- 24

30

22

Cardiff City

42


7

6

8

32

31


1

3

17

15

56


47

87

0.540

- 40

25

1931 FA Cup Semi Final 

M arch 14th 1931

v Everton

Played at Old Trafford

Attendance 69,241

1-0 

Scorer Glidden     

 1931 FA Cup Winners

25th April 1931

v Birmingham City

Wembley

Pearson, Shaw, Trentham, Magee, W Richardson, Edwards, Glidden, Carter, WG Richardson, Sandford, Wood,

Scorer W.G Richardson 2

 


 

 

The Great WG Richardson scores the Winner at Wembley against Birmingham City. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1930-31
Pearson H
Finch
Shaw GE
McGee
Richardson W
Rix
Boston
Glidden
Cookson
Edwards
Trentham
Carter
Richardson W G
Sandford

FittRawon

 


Murphy
Bytheway
Ashmore

 


 1930S Training Session

 

Fred Everis

 

 

The opening match, of the 1931 -32 season the team travelled to Highbury to meet Arsenal and won 1-0 and later completed a rare double over the champions with a similar scoreline at the Hawthorns.

Albion and Everton, the two promoted sides were both early pace setters, and were joint top in October, after Albion beat Manchester City 5-2 at Maine Road. Everton were destined to go on to clinch the title on their return to Division one

Albion slipped away somewhat to finish a creditable sixth. September 19th Albion played Blackburn Rovers at The Hawthorns and won 4-1 but the game was marred when Joe Carter, became the first Albion player ever to be sent off at the Hawthorns against Blackburn Rovers, it would be 40 years before that ever happened again Carter had been the victim of some terrible treatment from the Blackburn defender Rankin and lost his head, the football authorities obviously saw Carters side of the story, he was suspended for two weeks without pay, but Rankin received six weeks suspension.

As it happened, Carter's suspension was hardly penalizing for the club, as he was out for some time with a nagging injury not returning to the team until January 2nd helping Albion to a 1-0 victory over Arsenal. The players remembered the ill-tempered game well, for in the return match, Sandford was dismissed in another niggling affair.

Possibly the best chance of a trophy this season had been wasted, in the Charity Shield fixture at Villa Park on the 7th October 1931 in front of 21,276 spectators, against Arsenal, which was lost in the last four minutes when a quick movement from James, Lambert and Bastin saw the Bastin drive past Pearson.

 

Another five-goal effort away from home was the famous game with, W.G. Richardson battering the bottom club of the First Division West Ham with goals after four, six, eight and nine minutes, finishing up with a 5-1 win and consolidating their position with a exciting 3-0 victory over Aston Villa in which Wally Boyes made his debut .

Birmingham gained revenge over the Christmas period for their defeat in the previous seasons FA Cup final Jimmy Cookson made his final appearance for the Albion in this game, and Aston Villa came to the Hawthorns in the Cup and beat the Cup-holders.

The home draw with Everton which effectively ended Albion's interest in the title race was a exciting game , a personal  success for centre-half Billy Richardson who, for once, had Everton's great Dixie Dean 'in his pocket' and another good win was at Hillsborough where runners-up Sheffield Wednesday were beaten 5-2. Despite some good results and some top quality football Albion were not quite good enough to last the pace

A late addition to the team was Walter Robbins who made his debut in the last away game of the season in a 2-0 victory over Chelsea

The final position, was sixth but could have been as high as fourth  the final game of the season was at home to Grimsby Town desperately struggling to avoid relegation in front of a surprisingly low crowd of 7,796,. After being 2-3 down, Albion fought back, missed a penalty but were leading 5-3 on the hour yet lost 5-6 after a three-goal-in-eight-minute burst. Those two lost points would have lifted Albion two places above Huddersfield and Aston Villa and they did not do Grimsby much good, either as they were still relegated along with West Ham United.

 

 

Division 1

Sa 29Aug 1931


Arsenal

0 - 1

West Brom

Division 1

We 02Sep 1931


Sunderland

2 - 1

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 05Sep 1931


West Brom

4 - 0

Blackpool

Division 1

Mo 07Sep 1931


West Brom

1 - 0

Sunderland

Division 1

Sa 12Sep 1931


Sheff Utd

1 - 0

West Brom

Division 1

Mo 14Sep 1931


West Brom

1 - 1

Man City

Division 1

Sa 19Sep 1931


West Brom

4 - 1

Blackburn

Division 1

We 23Sep 1931


Man City

2 - 5

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 26Sep 1931


Portsmouth

0 - 1

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 03Oct 1931


West Brom

4 - 0

Derby

Charity Shield

We 07Oct 1931


Arsenal

2 - 1

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 10Oct 1931


Huddersfield

2 - 2

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 17Oct 1931


West Brom

1 - 2

Liverpool

Division 1

Sa 24Oct 1931


Bolton

1 - 0

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 31Oct 1931


West Brom

1 - 1

Sheff Wed


Division 1

Sa 07Nov 1931


West Ham

1 - 5

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 14Nov 1931


West Brom

3 - 0

Aston Villa

Division 1

Sa 21Nov 1931


Newcastle

5 - 1

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 28Nov 1931


West Brom

1 - 1

Middlesbro

Division 1

Sa 05Dec 1931


Leicester

2 - 3

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 12Dec 1931


West Brom

4 - 0

Chelsea

Division 1

Sa 19Dec 1931


Grimsby

0 - 0

West Brom

Division 1

Fr 25Dec 1931


West Brom

0 - 1

Birmingham

Division 1

Sa 26Dec 1931


Birmingham

1 - 0

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 02Jan 1932


West Brom

1 - 0

Arsenal

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Sa 09Jan 1932


West Brom

1 - 2

Aston Villa

Division 1

Sa 16Jan 1932


Blackpool

1 - 2

West Brom

Division 1

Mo 25Jan 1932


West Brom

0 - 1

Sheff Utd

Division 1

Sa 30Jan 1932


Blackburn

2 - 0

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 06Feb 1932


West Brom

3 - 0

Portsmouth

Division 1

We 17Feb 1932


Derby

3 - 1

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 20Feb 1932


West Brom

3 - 2

Huddersfield

Division 1

We 02Mar 1932


Liverpool

4 - 1

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 05Mar 1932


West Brom

3 - 0

Bolton

Division 1

Sa 12Mar 1932


Sheff Wed

2 - 5

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 19Mar 1932


West Brom

3 - 1

West Ham

Division 1

Fr 25Mar 1932


Everton

2 - 1

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 26Mar 1932


Aston Villa

2 - 0

West Brom


Division 1

Mo 28Mar 1932


West Brom

1 - 1

Everton

Division 1

Sa 02Apr 1932


West Brom

2 - 1

Newcastle

Division 1

Sa 09Apr 1932


Middlesbro

1 - 0

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 16Apr 1932


West Brom

1 - 2

Leicester

Division 1

Sa 23Apr 1932


Chelsea

0 - 2

West Brom

Division 1

Sa 30Apr 1932


West Brom

5 - 6

Grimsby

  

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pts

Everton

42

26

4

12116

64

56

Arsenal

42

22

10

10

90

48

54

Sheffield Wednesday

42

22

6

14

96

82

50

Huddersfield Town

42

19

10

13

80

63

48

Aston Villa

42

19

8

15

04

72

46

West Bromwich Albion

42

20

6

16

77

55

46

Sheffield United

42

20

6

16

80

75

46

Portsmouth

42

19

7

16

62

62

45

Birmingham

42

18

8

16

78

67

44

Liverpool

42

19

6

17

81

93

44

Newcastle United

42

18

6

18

80

87

42

Chelsea

42

16

8

18

69

73

40

Sunderland

42

15

10

17

67

73

40

Manchester City

42

13

12

17

83

73

38

Derby County

42

14

10

18

71

75

38

Blackburn Rovers

42

16

6

20

89

95

38

Bolton Wanderers

42

17

4

21

72

80

38

Middlesbrough

42

15

8

19

64

89

38

Leicester City

42

15

7

20

74

94

37

Blackpool

42

12

9

21

65

02

33

Grimsby Town

42

13

6

23

67

98

32

West Ham United

42

12

7

23

62107

31

 

 

 


 

  

Pos

Team

Pld


W

D

L

F

A


W

D

L

F

A


F

A

GA

GD


Pts

1

Arsenal

42


14

3

4

70

27


11

5

5

48

34


118

61

1.934

+ 57


58

2

Aston Villa

42


16

2

3

60

29


7

6

8

32

38


92

67

1.373

+ 25


54

3

Sheffield Wednesday

42


15

5

1

46

20


6

4

11

34

48


80

68

1.176

+ 12


51

4

West Bromwich Albion

42


16

1

4

50

23


4

8

9

33

47


83

70

1.186

+ 13


49

5

Newcastle United

42


15

2

4

44

24


7

3

11

27

39


71

63

1.127

+ 8


49

6

Huddersfield Town

42


11

6

4

32

17


7

5

9

34

36


66

53

1.245

+ 13


47

7

Derby County

42


11

8

2

49

25


4

6

11

27

44


76

69

1.101

+ 7


44

8

Leeds United

42


10

6

5

39

24


5

8

8

20

38


59

62

0.952

- 3


44

9

Portsmouth

42


14

3

4

39

22


4

4

13

35

54


74

76

0.974

- 2


43

10

Sheffield United

42


14

3

4

50

30


3

6

12

24

50


74

80

0.925

- 6


43

11

Everton

42


13

6

2

54

24


3

3

15

27

50


81

74

1.095

+ 7


41

12

Sunderland

42


8

7

6

33

31


7

3

11

30

49


63

80

0.788

- 17


40

13

Birmingham

42


13

3

5

40

23


1

8

12

17

34


57

57

1.000

± 0


39

14

Liverpool

42


10

6

5

53

33


4

5

12

26

51


79

84

0.940

- 5


39

15

Blackburn Rovers

42


11

6

4

48

41


3

4

14

28

61


76

102

0.745

- 26


38

16

Manchester City

42


12

3

6

47

30


4

2

15

21

41


68

71

0.958

- 3


37

17

Middlesbrough

42


8

5

8

35

33


6

4

11

28

40


63

73

0.863

- 10


37

18

Chelsea

42


9

4

8

38

29


5

3

13

25

44


63

73

0.863

- 10


35

19

Leicester City

42


9

9

3

43

25


2

4

15

32

64


75

89

0.843

- 14


35

20

Wolverhampton Wanderers

42


10

4

7

56

48


3

5

13

24

48


80

96

0.833

- 16


35

21

Bolton Wanderers

42


10

7

4

49

33


2

2

17

29

59


78

92

0.848

- 14


33

22

Blackpool

42


11

2

8

44

35


3

3

15

25

50


69

85

0.812

- 16



 

1932-33
Pearson H
Shaw GE
Trentham
McGee
Richardson W
Edwards
Glidden
Carter
Richardson W G
Sandford
Wood
Finch
Gale
Robins
Murphy
Rix
Raw
Ridyard

 


 

 

1933-4, ended with the team dropping down to seventh, but the goals still continued to flow, as the Hawthorns was becoming known as the ground to visit to see goals in quantity as well as quality. W.G. Richardson could not keep up his scoring of the previous year, notching 'only' twenty-six amongst them three goals in three minutes in the 5-1 win over Derby County and also scored a hat-trick in another big win 7-2 at Maine Road was the team's biggest away win since 1893 and it was the legendry Frank Swift in goal for City who were to go on to win the FA Cup that season. For the second time in a little over two years, the unusual scoreline of 6-5 was again recorded at the Hawthorns, but this time Albion were the victors, over a strong Sunderland side. Once again the cup seemed like the most likely place to lift any silverware to save a rather mediocre season, the fans were deprived of a good Cup run, and when the draw was made it produced a tie at Stamford Bridge with Chelsea. Robins scoring for the Albion Chelsea won the replay in West Bromwich by the only goal. Tommy Magee left the club after 15 years service and two players made their debuts Tommy Green and the player who still holds the record for the longest name in professional football Arthur Stanley Sackville Redvers Trevor Boscoawen Griffith Trevis. (Imagine asking for that name on the back of your replica shirt at £1 a letter). He was called Bos for short. Bos only ever made one first team appearance for Albion in a 2-2 draw at home to Liverpool.

A record attendance for a central league match was also recorded this season when 22,372 saw Albion beat Aston Villa to win the title for the second consecutive year.

 

 

1933-34
Pearson H
Shaw GE
Trentham
Murphy
Richardson W
Edwards
Glidden
Carter
Richardson W G
Sandford
Wood
Ridyard
Finch
Robins
Boyes
Gale
Crowe
McGee
Sankey
Rix
Green
Foulkes
Trevis

 


 

 

1934-5 the side was obviously lacking much of the fight of earlier
years. The season did not start well and they had to wait until the fourth game
of the season against Birmingham City to gain their first win. Albion steadied
the decline and strung together 5 match unbeaten run until a new record defeat
was set at Derby; nine goals were put past Pearson while Albion could onlymanage three in reply.

 

W.G. Richardson did have had some competition for the main striker's

position, with his twenty-four goals being only just better than the twenty
returned by both Sandford and Boyes.

Albion fans as always look to the cup when the league form is on the wane
so were not too concerned with league success that year for the Cup turned out
to be the main prize too chase all the way to a second Wembley appearance. the Cup-tie of the year was
at home to Port Vale who took the lead just after half-time and held out determinedly
until six minutes from time, when Arthur Gale, a schoolteacher signed from
Chester scored an equalizer and W.G. Richardson hit the winner in the dying
seconds to deny the Port Vale even the consolation of a replay.

The draw for the Fourth Round again handed the Albion with another home
draw against Second Division opposition, Sheffield United, but that match was very
much easier than the previous tie, the forwards going to town 7-1 Richardson
3, Sandford 2, Carter,
Gale. When the draw was made for the fifth round, there must have been some
apprehension in the minds of older Albion supporters as the team travelled to a
Third Division side, Stockport County, where the winning of the toss turned
out to be a crucial factor, with gale-force winds blasting around the exposed Edgeley Park. Strangely enough, the
decision over the toss was the reverse of what would normally have been
expected, for although the Stockport captain had made the correct call of the
coin, he made a grave error in choosing to kick against the wind first
half-with such an advantage in addition to their greater skills, the Albion
forwards cruised comfortably to a five-goal lead within thirty minutes and then
their defenders had a relatively easy task to hold out against the wind during
the second period.

The quarter-final was a home match with Preston, and Gale continued his
record of scoring in each round with the only goal of the match to end a close struggle
to win a semi-final meeting with yet another Second Division team, Bolton, at Elland
Road, Leeds. A very even first game ended all square at 1-1 with WG scoring for
Albion, but it was all Albion in the replay at Stoke, Sandford and Richardson
netting the crucial goals to quality for the final at Wembley against Sheffield
Wednesday on 27th April. Then a problem arouse; Glidden, who had
been side-lined for most of the year after a cartilage operation had fully
recovered and had forced himself back into the reckoning as club captain and
specialist winger he was really a certainty for the final once he had proved
his fitness in the League. That, however, left one place available in the team
between two players, Carter and Gale. Carter had suffered an injury in the
Stoke semi-final and despite the assurances of both the club-trainer and local specialist;
there were nagging doubts in many minds about the inside-right's fitness for
such an important occasion. Obviously the directors were inclined to favour the
old hand, especially as it would revive the old Glidden-Carter partnership, so
despite Gale's having played in every previous Cup game and having scored in
every one up to the semi-final the unlucky player was dropped in favour of
Carter. How the directors must have regretted that choice when Carter broke
down in the first half at Wembley and was reduced to a passenger in the side,
with Albion going down in a marvellously exciting Final. If they had been at
full strength for the whole game, the powerful Albion side would surely have
won nine of the players had been in the 1931 Cup-winning side, with only Magee
and Stan Wood missing, a great asset at Wembley. Magee had been edged into the
reserves the previous year by Jimmy 'Spud' Murphy, a player very much in the
hard-working.

The team line up for the final was as follows

Albion: Pearson;
G. Shaw, Trentham; Murphy, W. Richardson, Edwards; Glidden, Carter, W.G.
Richardson, Sandford, Boyes.

Sheffield Wednesday: Brown; Nibloe, Catlin, Sharp, Millerchip, Burrows;
Hooper, Surtees, Palethorpe, Starling, Rimmer

Sheffield Wednesday started strongly and dominated the early part of the
game with some powerful football, Palethorpe putting them ahead in under two
minutes. Once they had got over this shock, the balance of the play gradually
swung Albion's way, despite the early injury to Carter. After playing a
wall-pass with Carter, Boyes ran almost fifty yards to score a brilliant
equalizer, to leave the score level at half-time. After the interval, Albion
again pressed but went behind again to a Hooper goal, a goal which would
normally seal a cup final victory teams very rarely equalized twice in a
Cup-final. But Albion were a vastly experienced side and had learnt never to
lose heart in such circumstances, so equalize they did, Sandford hitting a
twenty-yarder, aided with a deflection. From then on, Albion were in the
ascendency and WG Richardson should have settled the game but tapped the ball
wide with the goal gaping wide, so that with five minutes remaining, the
spectators were prepared for the decisive half hour of extra-time. Then, out of
the blue, Wednesday lobbed a ball aimlessly through the middle Pearson came out
to collect but was beaten by Rimmer, who headed through to complete his record
of a goal every round, and if that was not enough the same player scored again
in the last minute to provide one of the most misleading score-lines ever
recorded in a final, Albion's ten fit men had deserved much more than theyeventually received.                                                                                                                                                                         Even after this disappointment there was still some silverware in the
Hawthorns trophy cupboard in 1935 the Central League side picked up the
championship for the third consecutive year to create a new record,
three years in which they had completely dominated the competition, scoring 328
goals in the 126 games to set a new goal-scoring high. In addition to the
Central League trophy, Albion where awarded a special silver shield to mark
their great achievement of the hat-trick.

 

FA Cup 6th Round 

March 2nd 1935

v Preston North End

1-0 

Scorer Gale

Attendance 56,227

Pearson, Shaw, Trentham, Murphy,, W Richardson, Edwards, Gale Carter, WG Richardson, Sandford, Boyes,

 

FA Cup Semi Final 

March 16th 1935

Played at Leeds

1-1

 Scorer W.G Richardson

Attendance 49,605

 

Pearson, Shaw, Trentham, Murphy,, W Richardson, Edwards, Gale Carter, WG Richardson, Sandford, Boyes,

 

 

FA Cup Semi Final  Replay

March 20th 1935

Played at Stoke

2-0

 Scorers W.G Richardson, Sandford

Attendance 49,110

 

Pearson, Shaw, Trentham, Murphy,, W Richardson, Edwards, Gale Carter, WG Richardson, Sandford, Boyes,

 

 

 

 

 

 FA Cup Final

 

April 27th 1935

Played at Wembley

2-4

 Scorers  Sandford, Boyes

Attendance 93,204

 

Pearson, Shaw, Trentham, Murphy,, W Richardson, Edwards, Gale Carter, WG Richardson, Sandford, Boyes,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1934-35
Pearson H
Shaw GE
Trentham
Murphy
Richardson W
Sankey
Glidden
Carter
Richardson W G
Sandford
Robins
Boyes
Edwards
Wood
Ridyard
Whitehaed
Gale
Jones
Screen
Finch
Rawlings

 

 


 

 

 

1935-36
Pearson H
Shaw GE
Trentham
Murphy
Richardson W
Edwards
Glidden
Green
Richardson W G
Sandford
Boyes
Rawlings
Finch
Robins
Sankey
Wood
Gale
Rix
Mahon
Jones HJ
Carter
Crowe
Alsop
Ridyard
Adams
Light
Foulkes

 


 

 

 

1936-7, saw the virtual complete breakdown of the 1931 side; Pearson left to be replaced by Light and Jimmy Adams (who had been a reserve 'keeper for eight years) with Ernie Finch finally taking over at full-back after a long career in and out of the side. Sandford had moved back to his old junior position of centre-half with Wally Boyes alongside him in Edwards' old berth. The Glidden-Carter combination had ended, to be replaced by John Mahon and Harry Jones, the latter a very useful free-transfer acquisition from Preston who was to score a phenomenal number of goals, particularly during the war. It was also to be Stanley Wood's final season, although his replacement was more difficult to find, with the number eleven shirt being given in turn to Boyes, Robbins and Coen. League performances that year were far from impressive as the new side tried hard to establish itself - only five wins were managed before the turn of the year and relegation was a strong possibility. As in 1927, when the same spectre threatened, the directors strived to strengthen the full-back position - in 1927 they had signed George Shaw from Huddersfield in a vain attempt to stave off the drop; this time they moved in for Cecil Shaw of the Wolves, a similar type of player and once again, a penalty expert. On this occasion, the purchase was successful, for league results did improve somewhat (to give an almost respectable final placing of sixteenth) although it was at this time that the club suffered its greatest ever defeat, 3-10, at Stoke although it must be noted that Albion have never lost a match by more than a margin of seven goals. Despite the enormity of that defeat, there were mitigating circumstances, for in attempting to save the first Stoke goal, Bill Light twisted his ankle and was forced to retire. Harry Jones deputized in goal for ten minutes and did not have a shot to save until Light returned, his ankle bandaged - a goalkeeper in name only, as he was hardly able to move. The great Stanley Matthews was at his most elusive for the home side as Stoke surged forward, determined to make use of their advantage, as the England maestro repeatedly sent over centres which begged to be converted into goals. Such was his eminence that Boyes and Sandford were forced to change places in the second half and the latter did curb the winger somewhat, but the onslaught continued from all sides - Billy Richardson had a shocker at centre-half, such that Stoke's centre-forward, Stan Steele, scored five times. The match undoubtedly affected the confidence of the whole team, but none more so than Light, who only played a further six games for the club, conceding twenty-five goals.

With such a defeat coming in the middle of the Cup season (the fifth round had already been reached after beating amateurs Spennymoor United 7-1 and bottom of the Third Division Darlington 3-2, after early shocks) it was even more meritorious for the club to reach the semi-final stage yet again, by disposing of Coventry City at Highfield Road (with Cecil Shaw missing his first ever penalty, as his namesake George had done in 1927) and Arsenal. The quarter-final was at West Bromwich against the still formidable Arsenal side and the match was an epic affair - it drew a never-to-be beaten record attendance of 64,815 (receipts £3,913) ind was a thrill-a-minute affair. W.G. Richardson scored the first goal after ten minutes, but it was Mahon who scored the important Hal a minute before half-time which rocked the Londoners, who suffered a further blow shortly after the break when Milne was carried off. But they still battled on and when Sandford brought down Kirchen and Bastin scored, a come-back looked a strong possibility, until Mahon settled matters two minutes from time. Despite Mahon's important contribution, the Albion supporters all knew who had won the game for them - Ted Sandford, a tower of strength in the centre, the real pivot and driving force of the team, and it was for Sandford that the massive crowd bayed for as they filled the arena after the game. Throughout, Sandford had kept the mighty Drake under control, but a collision with the Arsenal forward put the Albion captain out for the rest of the year, so he missed the semi-final with Preston at Highbury.

That semi-final will be long remembered for what it was - a complete disaster. A couple of days before the match the club was struck a savage blow by the death of Chairman Billy Bassett, which cast a shadow over the whole of the town, for Mr Bassett had been a popular figure in West Bromwich for over half a century. For the game, both teams wore black armbands and stood in silence before the band played verses of "Abide with me", hardly the best preparation for the players. Preston hit early at the Albion, Shaw mis-kicking in front of goal to allow H. O'Donnell to drive home, with Dougal scoring a second six minutes later; within another twelve minutes Albion were 'dead and buried' after yet another Preston goal, although Robbins' thirty-yard free-kick did give a glimmer of hope ten minutes before the interval. Once both sides had settled down, the second half was a much more even affair but Dougal scored his second seven minutes from the end to seal up a very convincing and most deserved 4-1 win.

 FA CUP 6th Round Albion 3-1 Largest Attendance at the Hawthorns 64,815

March 6th 1937

Adams, Finch, C,Shaw, Murphy, Sandford, Sankey, Mahon, Jones, W.G Richardson, Boyes, Cohen

Scorers Mahon 2, W.G Richardson

 

 

 

Semi Final Programme 10th April 1937 

Played at Highbury

Adams, Finch, C,Shaw, Murphy, Ridyard, Sankey, Mahon, Jones, W.G Richardson, Boyes, Robbins

Lost 4-1 Robbins

Attendance 42,636

 

 1937 FA Cup Semi Final

1936-37
Light
Shaw GE
Trentham
Murphy
Richardson W
Sankey
Mahon
Sandford
Richardson W G
Robins
Wood
Swinden
Jones HJ
Edwards
Boyes
Finch
Pearson H
Brockhurst
Green
Ridyard
Gale
Foulkes
Shaw
Adams
Rix
Coen
Heaselgrave

 


 

 

 

1937-38
Adams
Shaw GE
Shaw CE
Murphy
Sandford
Sankey
Mahon
Jones HJ
Richardson W G
Robins
Boyes
Rix
Clarke
Wood
Male
Finch
Light
Johnson
Heaselgrave
Lowery
McNab
Harris
Baldwin
Bassett
Davies

 

 

 


 

 

 

1938-39
Adams
Bassett
Shaw CE
Sankey
Davies
McNab
Mahon
Heaselgrave
Jones HJ
Burgin
Johnson
White
Robins
Tudor
Hoyland
Sandford
Murphy
Witcomb
Spencer
Clarke
Dudley
Richardson W G
Elliott
Saunders
Pike
Gripton
Butler
Banks
Wilkes

 


 

 

 

1939-40
Adams
White
Shaw CE
Sankey
Gripton
McNab
Jones E
Banks
Jones HJ
Connelly
Johnson