In the league season of 1939-40, only three games were played, but the results were deleted from the records when, on 3rd September, Britain was once again at war with Germany. Immediately, all organized football was suspended, but unlike the first war, not all games were suspended it was generally decided that football of a somewhat limited regional nature should continue for the entertainment of the munitions- workers in their limited leisure time. Albion resumed in the Midland Regional League.

During the first six years of the War, all soccer was regionalized with the same teams meeting five or six times a year, attendances plunged, sometimes dipping below the one thousand mark

Albion never really shone in the league competition after finishing as runners-up in that first war season neither did they do particularly well in the two Cup tournaments set up, mainly due to the lack of availability of their players due to the war, during the 1942-3 season, a club record of fifty-four players were fielded, a record which, with today's wage costs will never be beaten!

Clubs struggled to raise a team, the use of locally based 'guest' players was sanctioned, and Albion made full use of this dispensation from 1941 onwards. Many class players from other clubs appeared in the Albion team - England 'keeper Gil Merrick, the Arsenal full-back pair of Scott and Hapgood and full-back Jack Smith of Chelsea, who became the Albion's first manager.

The performances of some of the guests earned them a permanent transfer goalkeeper Jim Sanders and Peter McKennan of Partick Thistle

In 1944 when the Albion carried off their one and only War-time trophy - the Midland Cup. Only winning one of their four qualifying games against Nottingham Forest and Wolves, the competition proper was reached where first Walsall and then Stoke were eliminated to gain a two-leg Final meeting with the Nottingham Forest. Forest were clear favourites to win the Cup, having beaten Albion twice in the qualifiers and their case was strengthened when they shared four goals in the Hawthorns first leg - and worse was to come. In the deciding second leg, Albion were two down inside the first quarter of an hour and completely outplayed - but, like so many times in the past, the old Albion Cup spirit rallied and Aquaroff, guesting from Hull City, pulled back a five minutes before the break. This spurred on the whole team and young Frank Hodgetts headed a splendid equalizer on seventy minutes to give a full-time scoreline of 2-2.

Twenty minutes of extra time were scheduled and Albion were forced to defend. With so much pressure by the home team, a goal was inevitable and come it did, one minute from the end of extra time. Albion equalized direct from the kick-off, to silence the celebrating Forest fans.

Even as the teams walked back to the centre-spot, the referee signalled the end of extra time and announced that play would continue until a winner emerged, 'sudden-death' style, with the first team to score winning the Cup. Aquaroff, who hit a neat goal from an Ike Clarke pass in the 119th minute of play, enabling skipper Sandy McNab to collect the trophy from the Mayor of Nottingham for the club's first senior trophy in thirteen years.

 


 

1945, the crowds were returning to the Hawthorns, with an average attendance of over 10,000, and at the end of the war it was announced that a more competitive league system was to be organized for the 1945-6 season for a return to league football the following year.

 

The FA Cup would be competed for, entry would be limited and the ties were to be played on a two-leg basis, as had proved so popular during the war. In the League, regional grouping would still apply but greater travelling was to be allowed to provide the needed diversity of fixtures

 

Albion, in the Football League South once again played Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and Portsmouth, three of eight Division one sides in the League.

 

Albion did well to finish as high as they did in the table, in fifth place with fifty-two points, nine behind both the champions Birmingham and runners-up Aston Villa.

 

In the FA Cup, Cardiff City were the victims in the third round agg: 5-1, but much tougher opponents were Derby County, who won in the next round both at home and away, and went on, to win the trophy at Wembley.

 

 

 

1946 -47

After the Second World War things started to get back to normality with the football league restarting and Albion getting of to a good start with a  3-2 away victory over Swansea Town in the Second division. Dave Walsh opened his account for the season with a brace in this game, which he followed in the next 5 games scoring another 6 to add to his season total of 28 goals. Walsh signed from Linfield in the summer of 1946 and went on to score exactly 100 goals for the Albion.

The season which started well enough with 4 wins out of the first 5 but the team lost momentum in April and Albion went on to finnish 7th  not being able to sustain a promotion push.

Other players to make thier debuts that season were Ray Barlow who made his League debut away against Newport County in a 7-2 victory, Cliff Edwards against Birmingham City, Jack Vernon away West Ham United, Reg Ryan home to Chesterfield  Arthur Rowley home to Coventry City.

 

 


 

Back Row: D.Bradley, J Pemberton (41 games) D Walsh (38 games 28 goals) W Lunn (5 games 3 goals)               Second  Row: D Banks,  W Gripton ( 2 games), L Twigg, F Reed (Trainer) J Sanders ( 21 games) , G Tranter (16 games), L Millard (39 games 3 goals)                                                                                                                         Seated : C Evans,  I Clarke (37 games 19 goals) C Shaw (4 games) W Elliott (40 games 10 goals) D Witcomb (26 games 4 goals) F Hodggets (39 games 8 goals) H Kinsell (35 games)                                                                                         On Ground: R Ryan (5 games) J Duggan(25 games 8 goals) S Butler ( 3games)

 

Lew Twigg who guested  for Albion 1946

31-08-1946 

 

Swansea

2-3

West Brom

02-09-1946 

 

Coventry

3-2

West Brom

07-09-1946 

 

West Brom

3-2

Tottenham

14-09-1946 

 

Burnley

0-2

West Brom

18-09-1946 

 

West Brom

3-0

Birmingham

21-09-1946 

 

West Brom

2-5

Barnsley

25-09-1946 

 

Birmingham

1-0

West Brom

28-09-1946 

 

Newport County 

2-7

West Brom

05-10-1946 

 

West Brom

2-0

Southampton

12-10-1946 

 

Nottm Forest

1-1

West Brom

19-10-1946 

 

Millwall

1-2

West Brom

26-10-1946 

 

West Brom

1-1

Bradford PA

02-11-1946 

 

Man City

5-0

West Brom

09-11-1946 

 

West Brom

2-3

West Ham

16-11-1946 

 

Sheff Wed

2-2

West Brom

23-11-1946 

 

West Brom

6-1

Fulham

30-11-1946 

 

Bury

4-0

West Brom

07-12-1946 

 

West Brom

1-2

Luton

14-12-1946 

 

Plymouth

2-1

West Brom

21-12-1946 

 

West Brom

4-2

Leicester

25-12-1946 

 

Newcastle

2-4

West Brom

26-12-1946 

 

West Brom

3-2

Newcastle

28-12-1946 

 

West Brom

2-1

Swansea

04-01-1947 

 

Tottenham

2-0

West Brom

11-01-1947 

FA Cup 3rd rd

West Brom

2-1

Leeds

18-01-1947 

 

West Brom

1-1

Burnley

25-01-1947 

FA Cup4th Rd

West Brom

1-2

Charlton

01-02-1947 

 

West Brom

2-2

Newport County

08-02-1947 

 

Southampton

0-1

West Brom

15-03-1947 

 

West Ham

3-2

West Brom

22-03-1947 

 

West Brom

2-1

Sheff Wed

29-03-1947 

 

Fulham

0-1

West Brom

04-04-1947 

 

Chesterfield

1-1

West Brom

05-04-1947 

 

West Brom

3-0

Bury

07-04-1947 

 

West Brom

3-2

Chesterfield

12-04-1947 

 

Luton

2-0

West Brom

19-04-1947 

 

West Brom

2-5

Plymouth

26-04-1947 

 

Leicester

1-1

West Brom

03-05-1947 

 

West Brom

1-1

Coventry

10-05-1947 

 

West Brom

2-4

Millwall

17-05-1947 

 

West Brom

5-1

Nottm Forest

26-05-1947 

 

Barnsley

2-1

West Brom

27-05-1947 

 

Bradford PA

2-4

West Brom

31-05-1947

 

West Brom

3-1

Man City

 

  

 

P

HW

HD

HL

HGF

HGA

AW

AD

AL

AGF

AGA

Points

G Avg

Man City

42

17

3

1

49

14

9

7

5

29

21

62

.2285

Burnley

42

11

8

2

30

14

11

6

4

35

15

58

.2413

Birmingham

42

17

2

2

51

11

8

3

10

23

22

55

.2424

Chesterfield

42

12

6

3

37

17

6

8

7

21

27

50

.3181

Newcastle

42

11

4

6

60

32

8

6

7

35

30

48

.5322

Tottenham

42

11

8

2

35

21

6

6

9

30

32

48

.2264

West Brom

42

12

4

5

53

37

8

4

9

35

38

48

.1733

Coventry

42

12

8

1

40

17

4

5

12

26

42

45

.1186

Leicester

42

11

4

6

42

25

7

3

11

27

39

43

.0781

Barnsley

42

13

2

6

48

29

4

6

11

36

57

42

.9767

Nottm Forest

42

13

5

3

47

20

2

5

14

22

54

40

.9324

West Ham

42

12

4

5

46

31

4

4

13

24

45

40

.9210

Luton

42

13

4

4

50

29

3

3

15

21

44

39

.9726

Southampton

42

11

5

5

45

24

4

4

13

24

52

39

.9078

Fulham

42

12

4

5

40

25

3

5

13

23

49

39

.8513

Bradford PA

42

7

6

8

29

28

7

5

9

36

49

39

.8441

Bury

42

11

6

4

62

34

1

6

14

18

44

36

.0256

Millwall

42

7

7

7

30

30

7

1

13

26

49

36

.7088

Plymouth

42

11

3

7

45

34

3

2

16

34

62

33

.8229

Sheff Wed

42

10

5

6

39

28

2

3

16

28

60

32

.7613

Swansea

42

9

1

11

36

40

2

6

13

19

43

29

.6626

Newport County

42

9

1

11

41

52

1

2

18

20

81

23

.4586

 

 


 

 

  

1947 - 48

Another season in Division Two same old story started well 6 wins  2 draws before losing  away to Coventry City but then started another run of 5 more undereated matches, the team tried hard , then lost steam again only winning one game  from 20th December 1947 through to March 6th 1948 finishing 7th again.

 

It was not just in the playing sense that things were returning to normal attendances were averaging 20,000, with almost 40,000 being attracted to the derby game against the Wolves. But this was not the highest crowd which passed through the turnstiles that season, the Football Association granted the club the staging of its third ever international, in the Victory series, against Wales, and local interest was added by the inclusion of Albion's full-back Harry Kinsell in the England side, alongside such names as Stanley Matthews, Bert Williams and Joe Mercer. The Police restricted the crowd to 56,000, before the match, many youths were seen climbing over the grandstand roof to gain a better vantage point.

 

Another sign of things getting back to normal was the short close-season tour to Belgium and Luxembourg, mainly to take part in a match to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the Sporting Club of Verviers, at that time unfortunately languishing in the Belgian Third Division. Albion began well, establishing a 4-2 lead late into the second half, through Banks with a goal described as 'undoubtedly offside', Elliott a penalty, and Hodgetts (2), eventually losing 5-4 .

Two other games were arranged. The first was against a Select XI from two of Luxembourg's leading clubs, Fola and Jeunesse, at Esch-sur-Alzette which was won easily and a more difficult meeting with the top Belgian combination, Anderlecht, in Brussels, in which Frank Hodgetts equalized only five minutes from time to snatch a deserved draw.

 

 

Dave Walsh joined from Linfield and Ray Barlow from Swindon with Clarke moving to centre. The new combination of Barlow and Clarke got off to a good start, with the 7-2 hammering of Newport County at Somerton Park, with Clarke knocking in four and Barlow scoring on what was his league debut, before being called away into the Tank Regiment.

After missing four games, Walsh signalled his return with three goals in his first two games back in the side, including a 6-1 drubbing of Fulham. Albion never made a serious challenge for promotion in that first season following the war and shortly after Walsh's return, a run of five successive defeats sent the team down to eleventh place in the table, a particularly crucial setback being the five-goal submission to eventual champions Manchester City at Maine Road, although revenge was gained in the last match of the season, with a 3-1 victory

 

Results did improve But the disruption of the fixture list only one Second Division and one Central League game were played at the Hawthorns between 1st February and 5th April due to the 'Big Freeze' of the winter of 1947 ended any hopes of honours Albion could finish no better than seventh,

 

greater things were expected in the 1947-8 season and, true to form, an excellent start was managed, the first defeat coming at Coventry in the eighth game, and there was only one defeat in the following eight games, and club was placed on top of the League table for several months, only slipping to second place after a home defeat by Cardiff City on 6th

No impression was made in the FA Cup, which coincided with a run of injuries, such that in the third round, at home to Reading , only Elliott of the regular forward line was available, and dismissal came in front of a huge 70,000-gate at Tottenham, in the next round, by three goals to one.

 

 Back Row C Edwards (15 games) P McKennan (11 games 4 goals)  J Sanders, J Pemberton (42 games)  G Hood (20 games)                                                                                                                                                                                 Middle Row: D Walsh (35 games 22 goals) W Elliott (39 games 8 goals) J Vernon (35 games)  A Evans (18 games)  D Smith ( 11 games 4 goals) L Millard (42 games )                                                                                                           Front Row:  H Kinsell (18 games) R Ryan ((14 games)

23-08-1947 

 

West Brom

1-0

Tottenham

27-08-1947 

 

West Brom

2-1

Fulham

30-08-1947 

 

Barnsley

0-1

West Brom

03-09-1947 

 

Fulham

0-1

West Brom

06-09-1947 

 

West Brom

1-1

Plymouth

10-09-1947 

 

West Brom

3-1

Coventry

13-09-1947 

 

Luton

1-1

West Brom

15-09-1947 

 

Coventry

1-0

West Brom

20-09-1947 

 

West Brom

3-2

Brentford

27-09-1947 

 

Leicester

1-1

West Brom

04-10-1947 

 

West Brom

3-2

Leeds

11-10-1947 

 

West Brom

2-1

Millwall

18-10-1947 

 

Chesterfield

0-2

West Brom

25-10-1947 

 

West Brom

1-2

West Ham

01-11-1947 

 

Bury

1-2

West Brom

08-11-1947 

 

West Brom

1-0

Southampton

15-11-1947 

 

Doncaster

2-1

West Brom

22-11-1947 

 

West Brom

3-2

Nottm Forest

29-11-1947 

 

Bradford PA

3-1

West Brom

06-12-1947 

 

West Brom

2-3

Cardiff

13-12-1947 

 

Sheff Wed

1-2

West Brom

20-12-1947 

 

Tottenham

1-1

West Brom

26-12-1947 

 

West Brom

0-1

Newcastle

01-01-1948 

 

Newcastle

3-1

West Brom

03-01-1948 

 

West Brom

0-2

Barnsley

10-01-1948 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

2-0

Reading

17-01-1948 

 

Plymouth

2-1

West Brom

24-01-1948 

FA Cup 4th Rd

Tottenham

3-1

West Brom

31-01-1948 

 

West Brom

1-0

Luton

07-02-1948 

 

Brentford

1-0

West Brom

14-02-1948 

 

West Brom

1-3

Leicester

21-02-1948 

 

Leeds

3-1

West Brom

28-02-1948 

 

Millwall

1-1

West Brom

06-03-1948 

 

West Brom

1-0

Chesterfield

13-03-1948 

 

West Ham

0-2

West Brom

20-03-1948 

 

West Brom

3-3

Bury

27-03-1948 

 

Southampton

1-1

West Brom

29-03-1948 

 

Birmingham

4-0

West Brom

30-03-1948 

 

West Brom

1-1

Birmingham

03-04-1948 

 

West Brom

1-3

Doncaster

10-04-1948 

 

Nottm Forest

3-1

West Brom

17-04-1948 

 

West Brom

6-0

Bradford PA

24-04-1948 

 

Cardiff

0-5

West Brom

01-05-1948

 

West Brom

1-1

Sheff Wed

 

  

 

 

P

HW

HD

HL

HGF

HGA

AW

AD

AL

AGF

AGA

Points

G Avg

Birmingham

42

12

7

2

34

13

10

8

3

21

11

59

.2916

Newcastle

42

18

1

2

46

13

6

7

8

26

28

56

.7560

Southampton

42

15

3

3

53

23

6

7

8

18

30

52

.3396

Sheff Wed

42

13

6

2

39

21

7

5

9

27

32

51

.2452

Cardiff

42

12

6

3

36

18

6

5

10

25

40

47

.0517

West Ham

42

10

7

4

29

19

6

7

8

26

34

46

.0377

West Brom

42

11

4

6

37

29

7

5

9

26

29

45

.0862

Tottenham

42

10

6

5

36

24

5

8

8

20

19

44

.3023

Leicester

42

10

5

6

36

29

6

6

9

24

28

43

.0526

Coventry

42

10

5

6

33

16

4

8

9

26

36

41

.1346

Fulham

42

6

9

6

24

19

9

1

11

23

27

40

.0217

Barnsley

42

10

5

6

31

22

5

5

11

31

42

40

.9687

Luton

42

8

8

5

31

25

6

4

11

25

34

40

.9491

Bradford PA

42

11

3

7

45

30

5

5

11

23

42

40

.9444

Brentford

42

10

6

5

31

26

3

8

10

13

35

40

.7213

Chesterfield

42

8

4

9

32

26

8

3

10

22

29

39

.9818

Plymouth

42

8

9

4

27

22

1

11

9

13

36

38

.6896

Leeds

42

12

5

4

44

20

2

3

16

18

52

36

.8611

Nottm Forest

42

10

5

6

32

23

2

6

13

22

37

35

.9

Bury

42

6

8

7

27

28

3

8

10

31

40

34

.8529

Doncaster

42

7

8

6

23

20

2

3

16

17

46

29

.6060

Millwall

42

7

7

7

27

28

2

4

15

17

46

29

.5945

 

 


 

 

 

1948-49

In June 1948 Fred Everis resigned as secretary. Albion appointed Jack Smith to new new role of team manager over 100 applications had been recieved for the new job, Smith had played for the Albion between 1942 - 44 in the War League, within 9 months Albion were back in Division One.

 

Two league seasons had been spent in trying to get a settled side which could win promotion and perhaps get past the fourth round of the Cup for the first time since 1937, and it seemed that this had been finally achieved by the autumn of 1948

 The first match of the season resulted in a 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest, but hopes faded after goal-less draws both at home and away to Chesterfield and defeats at home to Bury and away to West Ham, until the introduction of Cyril Williams, a close- season capture from Bristol City turned the tide.

 

Once he had settled in, skill and confidence returned, a string of wins began.  Two wins in a week over Lincoln 5-0 at home, with a Walsh hat-trick, his first for the club, and 3-0 away,

 

 

Barker scoring on his left-wing debut, and a run of seven wins in eight games, in the middle of an unbeaten run of twelve games gave Albion the leading position for over two months. There were few spectacular wins in this spell, with only two games giving as many as three goals, but the steady confident manner of the play stood well for promotional thoughts later in the season.

 

The game which ended the crucial run was at Bradford and the loss of 'goal keeper Sanders, injured with the score at one-all and replaced by Elliott near the end of the game. Although leadership of the League was regained. With so much pressure on the players, they did very well to maintain their momentum to May, especially as at one time it looked as if they were out of the race.

 

When the FA Cup tournament arrived, Albion was lying in second position, behind Southampton, who was striving to reach the First Division for the first time in their history. The competition opened with a poor one-goal win at bottom-placed Lincoln. in the fourth round, extra time was needed to win at Third Division Gateshead, but the poor Cup displays were soon forgotten on 12th February, when First Division Chelsea were blasted by a second- half Walsh hat-trick, which revived memories of the 1931 league and cup double. That dream certainly seemed a possibility in the sixth-round tie at Molineux, when the Albion always looked capable of a replay. But through ill-luck and bad finishing, it was the Wolves who went on to win the Cup.

 

Elimination from the Cup at least meant the club could concentrate on promotion, hopes began to fade in the very next match after the Molineux game, when close rivals Fulham came to the Hawthorns and won in a snowstorm, the weather being so bad that the touchlines had to be continually swept clear of snow.

Southampton was certain for promotion, at least, and the second place would be between Fulham and Albion and possibly Spurs.  The players knew it was essential that they improve their away form, which they did at the first opportunity, winning 2-1 at Home Park, Plymouth,

 

Sanders was to prove invaluable in this way, for in the next match, he saved his third successive penalty, and his fourth in five attempts that season, in a narrow 2-1 win over Blackburn.

 

A draw at Cardiff was followed by a poorly display at home to Queens Park Rangers and the gap between Albion and Southampton widened to eight points, with only a month of the season left. What were urgently needed were a series of wins and the minor miracle of a poor run of form by Southampton both were coming! A home defeat by West Ham at the Dell began the rot, and with four straight wins for Albion against Leeds, Luton, Bradford 7-1 revenge, with Walsh scoring four, one a penalty and Coventry, Southampton's lead was. concern crept in with a defeat in the return game at Coventry, but a  draw at Southampton, the most important result of the Albion's season, followed by an easy win over Barnsley left the players knowing exactly what they had to do in their penultimate match at Leicester;

 

A win would clinch promotion back to the First Division, after an absence of ten years, the club's longest ever absence from the top­flight, and two wins, the championship.

 

The first, and most important, ambition was on Thursday 5th May, in a fierce game at Filbert Street, made even more intense by the fact that the Leicester still needed one point to avoid relegation to the Third Division. Five thousand Baggies' followers in the capacity 36,000 saw an 3-0 win for the away side, with goals from Walsh Barlow and Joe Kennedy,

The championship went to Fulham, who won 2-0 at Craven Cottage in a London derby game against West Ham, while Albion went down in a poor game at Grimsby, where, despite taking over five hundred travelling supporters, they went down 1-0. Promotion was well deserved, at the end of a turbulent decade Albion were back in the big time

 

 

 


21-08-1948 

 

Nottm Forest

0-1

West Brom

25-08-1948 

 

West Brom

0-0

Chesterfield

28-08-1948 

 

West Brom

2-3

Bury

01-09-1948 

 

Chesterfield

0-0

West Brom

04-09-1948 

 

West Ham

1-0

West Brom

08-09-1948 

 

West Brom

5-0

Lincoln

11-09-1948 

 

West Brom

2-2

Tottenham

15-09-1948 

 

Lincoln

0-3

West Brom

18-09-1948 

 

Brentford

0-0

West Brom

25-09-1948 

 

West Brom

2-1

Leicester

02-10-1948 

 

Leeds

1-3

West Brom

09-10-1948 

 

Fulham

1-2

West Brom

16-10-1948 

 

West Brom

3-0

Plymouth

23-10-1948 

 

Blackburn

0-0

West Brom

30-10-1948 

 

West Brom

2-0

Cardiff

06-11-1948 

 

QPR

0-2

West Brom

13-11-1948 

 

West Brom

2-1

Luton

20-11-1948 

 

Bradford PA

4-1

West Brom

27-11-1948 

 

West Brom

2-0

Southampton

04-12-1948 

 

Barnsley

2-0

West Brom

11-12-1948 

 

West Brom

5-2

Grimsby

18-12-1948 

 

West Brom

2-1

Nottm Forest

25-12-1948 

 

West Brom

1-0

Sheff Wed

27-12-1948 

 

Sheff Wed

2-1

West Brom

01-01-1949 

 

Bury

4-0

West Brom

08-01-1949 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Lincoln

0-1

West Brom

15-01-1949 

 

West Brom

2-1

West Ham

22-01-1949 

 

Tottenham

2-0

West Brom

29-01-1949 

FA Cup 4th Rd

Gateshead

1-3

West Brom

05-02-1949 

 

West Brom

2-0

Brentford

12-02-1949 

FA Cup 5th Rd

West Brom

3-0

Chelsea

26-02-1949 

FA Cup 6th Rd

Wolves

1-0

West Brom

05-03-1949 

 

West Brom

1-2

Fulham

12-03-1949 

 

Plymouth

1-2

West Brom

19-03-1949 

 

West Brom

2-1

Blackburn

26-03-1949 

 

Cardiff

2-2

West Brom

02-04-1949 

 

West Brom

1-1

QPR

06-04-1949 

 

West Brom

1-0

Leeds

09-04-1949 

 

Luton

0-1

West Brom

16-04-1949 

 

West Brom

7-1

Bradford PA

18-04-1949 

 

West Brom

1-0

Coventry

19-04-1949 

 

Coventry

1-0

West Brom

23-04-1949 

 

Southampton

1-1

West Brom

30-04-1949 

 

West Brom

2-0

Barnsley

05-05-1949 

 

Leicester

0-3

West Brom

07-05-1949 

 

Grimsby

1-0

West Brom

 

  


P

HW

HD

HL

HGF

HGA

AW

AD

AL

AGF

AGA

Points

G Avg

Fulham

42

16

4

1

52

14

8

5

8

25

23

57

.0810

West Brom

42

16

3

2

47

16

8

5

8

22

23

56

.7692

Southampton

42

16

4

1

48

10

7

5

9

21

26

55

.9166

Cardiff

42

14

4

3

45

21

5

9

7

17

26

51

.3191

Tottenham

42

14

4

3

50

18

3

12

6

22

26

50

.6363

Chesterfield

42

9

7

5

24

18

6

10

5

27

27

47

.1333

West Ham

42

13

5

3

38

23

5

5

11

18

35

46

.9655

Sheff Wed

42

12

6

3

36

17

3

7

11

27

39

43

.125

Barnsley

42

10

7

4

40

18

4

5

12

22

43

40

.0163

Luton

42

11

6

4

32

16

3

6

12

23

41

40

.9649

Grimsby

42

10

5

6

44

28

5

5

11

28

48

40

.9473

Bury

42

12

5

4

41

23

5

1

15

26

53

40

.8815

QPR

42

11

4

6

31

26

3

7

11

13

36

39

.7096

Blackburn

42

12

5

4

41

23

3

3

15

12

40

38

.8412

Leeds

42

11

6

4

36

21

1

7

13

19

42

37

.8730

Coventry

42

12

3

6

35

20

3

4

14

20

44

37

.8593

Bradford PA

42

8

8

5

37

26

5

3

13

28

52

37

.8333

Brentford

42

7

10

4

28

21

4

4

13

14

32

36

.7924

Leicester

42

6

10

5

41

38

4

6

11

21

41

36

.7848

Plymouth

42

11

4

6

33

25

1

8

12

16

39

36

.7656

Nottm Forest

42

9

6

6

22

14

5

1

15

28

40

35

.9259

Lincoln

42

6

7

8

31

35

2

5

14

22

56

28

.5824

 

  

 


 

 

 

 

1949 - 50

 

  Many Thanks to ivie davies for sending this photo and giving permission to add to the site

Albion's First Division reign commenced with a 1-0 home victory secured in the last six minutes at home to Charlton on 20th August 1949 and the team consolidated its position to gain a comfortable mid-table position by Christmas. Among the victims were Everton 4-0 and champions Portsmouth 3-0, but the great trophy was always, the FA Cup.

Remembering their great run of the previous season, great things were expected. The team drew at Ninian Park with Second Division Cardiff City; but it was not to be, Cardiff springing a shock late win, and Albion's season fizzled out like a damp squib.

Following their earlier than expected cup elimination, form dipped, with only one goal scored in the next five games. A contributing factor was certainly the serious ankle injury sustained by international winger Billy Elliott against Manchester United, but worse was to come, when inside- right Cyril Williams broke a leg. The club was forced to make its first major signing of the 'fifties, one of the greatest forwards and club-men Albion have ever had: Ronnie Allen

 

It was to Port Vale that the club turned and, on 1st March 1950, Jack and Ephraim Smith signed on Port Vale utility forward Allen. The transfer, for £20,000 was completed on the Thursday and Allen played in the Albion team on the Saturday for the home derby game with the Wolves.

Allen was plunged into a frenetic battle in front of a Hawthorns gate of 60,000. And he nearly missed it! When trying to enter the ground shortly before the kick-off, Allen was plagued by a succession of disbelieving doormen, and only reached the dressing- room with great difficulty and considerable delay.

Once on the pitch, however, Ronnie Allen started out as he meant to continue, scoring to equalize in a 1-1 draw. After this activity, the rest of the season was something of an anti­climax, but Allen played his part in helping the team secure safety from relegation, scoring six goals in nine games.

 

With the purchase of Allen, Albion had begun to mould what would turn out to be a world-class team in the mid-'fifties,

 

 

 

 

20-08-1949 

 

West Brom

1-0

Charlton

24-08-1949 

 

Birmingham

2-0

West Brom

27-08-1949 

 

Man Utd

1-1

West Brom

31-08-1949 

 

West Brom

3-0

Birmingham

03-09-1949 

 

West Brom

1-1

Chelsea

07-09-1949 

 

West Brom

1-2

Arsenal

10-09-1949 

 

Stoke

1-3

West Brom

14-09-1949 

 

Arsenal

4-1

West Brom

17-09-1949 

 

West Brom

3-0

Burnley

24-09-1949 

 

Sunderland

2-1

West Brom

01-10-1949 

 

West Brom

0-1

Liverpool

08-10-1949 

 

West Brom

1-1

Aston Villa

15-10-1949 

 

Wolves

1-1

West Brom

22-10-1949 

 

West Brom

3-0

Portsmouth

29-10-1949 

 

Huddersfield

1-1

West Brom

05-11-1949 

 

West Brom

4-0

Everton

12-11-1949 

 

Middlesbro

3-0

West Brom

26-11-1949 

 

Newcastle

5-1

West Brom

03-12-1949 

 

West Brom

4-1

Fulham

10-12-1949 

 

Man City

1-1

West Brom

17-12-1949 

 

Charlton

1-2

West Brom

24-12-1949 

 

West Brom

1-2

Man Utd

26-12-1949 

 

Bolton

3-0

West Brom

27-12-1949 

 

West Brom

2-1

Bolton

31-12-1949 

 

Chelsea

2-1

West Brom

07-01-1950 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Cardiff

2-2

West Brom

11-01-1950 

FA Cup 3rd Rd Replay

West Brom

0-1

Cardiff

14-01-1950 

 

West Brom

0-0

Stoke

21-01-1950 

 

Burnley

0-0

West Brom

04-02-1950 

 

West Brom

0-2

Sunderland

18-02-1950 

 

Liverpool

2-1

West Brom

25-02-1950 

 

Aston Villa

1-0

West Brom

04-03-1950 

 

West Brom

1-1

Wolves

11-03-1950 

 

Blackpool

3-0

West Brom

18-03-1950 

 

West Brom

1-1

Newcastle

29-03-1950 

 

Everton

1-2

West Brom

01-04-1950 

 

West Brom

0-3

Middlesbro

07-04-1950 

 

Derby

3-1

West Brom

08-04-1950 

 

Portsmouth

0-1

West Brom

10-04-1950 

 

West Brom

1-0

Derby

15-04-1950 

 

West Brom

0-0

Huddersfield

22-04-1950 

 

Fulham

0-1

West Brom

26-04-1950 

 

West Brom

1-0

Blackpool

29-04-1950

 

West Brom

0-0

Man City

 


P

HW

HD

HL

HGF

HGA

AW

AD

AL

AGF

AGA

Points

G Avg

Portsmouth

42

12

7

2

44

15

10

2

9

30

23

53

.9473

Wolves

42

11

8

2

47

21

9

5

7

29

28

53

.5510

Sunderland

42

14

6

1

50

23

7

4

10

33

39

52

.3387

Man Utd

42

11

5

5

42

20

7

9

5

27

24

50

.5681

Newcastle

42

14

4

3

49

23

5

8

8

28

32

50

.4

Arsenal

42

12

4

5

48

24

7

7

7

31

31

49

.4363

Blackpool

42

10

8

3

29

14

7

7

7

17

21

49

.3142

Liverpool

42

10

7

4

37

23

7

7

7

27

31

48

.1851

Middlesbro

42

14

2

5

37

18

6

5

10

22

30

47

.2291

Burnley

42

9

7

5

23

17

7

6

8

17

23

45

.0

Derby

42

11

5

5

46

26

6

5

10

23

35

44

.1311

Aston Villa

42

10

7

4

31

19

5

5

11

30

42

42

.0

Chelsea

42

7

7

7

31

30

5

9

7

27

35

40

.8923

West Brom

42

9

7

5

28

16

5

5

11

19

37

40

.8867

Huddersfield

42

11

4

6

34

22

3

5

13

18

51

37

.7123

Bolton

42

10

5

6

34

22

0

9

12

11

37

34

.7627

Fulham

42

8

6

7

24

19

2

8

11

17

35

34

.7592

Everton

42

6

8

7

24

20

4

6

11

18

46

34

.6363

Stoke

42

10

4

7

27

28

1

8

12

18

47

34

.6

Charlton

42

7

5

9

33

35

6

1

14

20

30

32

.8153

Man City

42

7

8

6

27

24

1

5

15

9

44

29

.5294

Birmingham

42

6

8

7

19

24

1

6

14

12

43

28

.4626

 

 

 

 

Fred Everis at a presentation for 50years service also on film is Joe Reader the Albion keeper in 1890s

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=26707

 

 

First Team Strips 1940 - 1950

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