AUGUST 1950 - APRIL 1960

 

 

50s HALL OF FAME

Aitkens Dixon Howe Rickaby
Allen Drury Jackman Robinson
Bannister Dudley Jackson Robson
Barlow Dugdale Johnson Ryan
Barnsley Elliot Jones Sanders
Bentbridge Evans Kennedy Setters
Brookes Forrester Kevan Smith
Brown F Gallagher Lee Styles
Burnside Gordon Lee MJ Summers
Campbell Griffin McCall Vernon
Carter Guy Millard Wallace
Corbett Heath Mountford Walsh
Cox Hodgkinson Nicholls Whitehouse
Cram Hogg Pemberton Wilcox
Crowshaw Hope Perkins Williams CE
Cutler Horne Potter Williams GE
Davies Horobin Richardson Williams SG


  1950-51 

The 1950-51 season was a carbon copy of the previous season not much in the way to cheer, with relegation looking a major threat near the end of the season, seventeenth being the final position. The main highlight was the five-goal thrashing of the reigning champions, Portsmouth,

Once again, after forcing a good away draw in the third round of the Cup, The replay at t the Hawthorns, Albion were dumped out of the cup by unfancied Derby County. 

A few players left that season Dave Walsh, to Villa, Arthur Smith, to Plymouth, Elliott and Cyril Williams, unable to regain form after their serious injuries, and Jim Pemberton, sadly injured in the opening game of the season at Villa Park. many new faces were also appearing; the injury to Pemberton made way for Stan Rickaby, signed from Middlesbrough the previous season and later to become an England International; Frank Griffin from Shrewsbury Town, and Norman Heath, a brilliant young goalkeeper

 

 http://www.westbromwichalbionhistory.co.uk/userimages/1950.jpg

  

19-08- 1950 

 

Aston Villa

2-0

 West Brom

23-08-1950 

 

Newcastle

1-1

 West Brom

26-08-1950 

 

West Brom

1-1

 Stoke

30-08-1950 

 

West Brom

1-2

 Newcastle

02-09-1950 

 

Everton

0-3

 West Brom

06-09-1950 

 

Middlesbro

2-1

 West Brom

09-09-1950 

 

West Brom

5-0

 Portsmouth

13-09-1950 

 

West Brom

2-3

 Middlesbro

16-09-1950 

 

Chelsea

1-1

 West Brom

23-09-1950 

 

West Brom

2-1

 Burnley

30-09-1950 

 

Arsenal

3-0

 West Brom

07-10-1950 

 

Derby

1-1

West Brom

14-10-1950 

 

West Brom

1-1

Liverpool

21-10-1950 

 

Blackpool

2-1

West Brom

28-10-1950 

 

West Brom

1-2

Tottenham

04-11-1950 

 

Fulham

0-1

West Brom

11-11-1950 

 

West Brom

0-1

Bolton

18-11-1950 

 

Charlton

2-3

West Brom

25-11-1950 

 

West Brom

0-1

Man Utd

02-12-1950 

 

Wolves

3-1

West Brom

09-12-1950 

 

West Brom

3-1

Sunderland

16-12-1950 

 

West Brom

2-0

Aston Villa

23-12-1950 

 

Stoke

1-1

West Brom

25-12-1950 

 

West Brom

1-3

Sheff Wed

26-12-1950 

 

Sheff Wed

3-0

West Brom

30-12-1950 

 

West Brom

0-1

Everton

06-01-1951 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Derby

2-2

West Brom

10-01-1951 

FA Cup 3rd Rd Replay

West Brom

0-1

Derby

13-01-1951 

 

Portsmouth

2-2

West Brom

20-01-1951 

 

West Brom

1-1

Chelsea

03-02-1951 

 

Burnley

0-1

West Brom

17-02-1951 

 

West Brom

2-0

Arsenal

24-02-1951 

 

West Brom

1-2

Derby

03-03-1951 

 

Liverpool

1-1

West Brom

17-03-1951 

 

Tottenham

5-0

West Brom

24-03-1951 

 

West Brom

0-0

Fulham

26-03-1951 

 

West Brom

0-2

Huddersfield

27-03-1951 

 

Huddersfield

1-2

West Brom

31-03-1951 

 

Bolton

0-2

West Brom

04-04-1951 

 

West Brom

1-3

Blackpool

07-04-1951 

 

West Brom

3-0

Charlton

14-04-1951 

 

Man Utd

3-0

West Brom

21-04-1951 

 

West Brom

3-2

Wolves

28-04-1951

 

Sunderland

1-1

West Brom







 

 

 

P

HW

HD

HL

HGF

HGA

AW

AD

AL

AGF

AGA

Points

G Avg

Tottenham

42

17

2

2

54

21

8

8

5

28

23

60

.8636

Man Utd

42

14

4

3

42

16

10

4

7

32

24

56

.85

Blackpool

42

12

6

3

43

19

8

4

9

36

34

50

.4905

Newcastle

42

10

6

5

36

22

8

7

6

26

31

49

.1698

Arsenal

42

11

5

5

47

28

8

4

9

26

28

47

.3035

Middlesbro

42

12

7

2

51

25

6

4

11

25

40

47

.1692

Portsmouth

42

8

10

3

39

30

8

5

8

32

38

47

.0441

Bolton

42

11

2

8

31

20

8

5

8

33

41

45

.0491

Liverpool

42

11

5

5

28

25

5

6

10

25

34

43

.8983

Burnley

42

9

7

5

27

16

5

7

9

21

27

42

.1162

Derby

42

10

5

6

53

33

6

3

12

28

42

40

.08

Sunderland

42

8

9

4

30

21

4

7

10

33

52

40

.8630

Stoke

42

10

5

6

28

19

3

9

9

22

40

40

.8474

Wolves

42

9

3

9

44

30

6

5

10

30

31

38

.2131

Aston Villa

42

9

6

6

39

29

3

7

11

27

39

37

.9705

West Brom

42

7

4

10

30

27

6

7

8

23

34

37

.8688

Charlton

42

9

4

8

35

31

5

5

11

28

49

37

.7875

Fulham

42

8

5

8

35

37

5

6

10

17

31

37

.7647

Huddersfield

42

8

4

9

40

40

7

2

12

24

52

36

.6956

Chelsea

42

9

4

8

31

25

3

4

14

22

40

32

.8153

Sheff Wed

42

9

6

6

43

32

3

2

16

21

51

32

.7710

Everton

42

7

5

9

26

35

5

3

13

22

51

32

.5581

 

                                                                      1950-51


Sanders

Richardson

Pemberton

Smith

Millard

Gordon

Kennedy

Ryan

Vernon

Bentbridge

Barlow

Heath

Elliot

Dudley

Williams CE

Wilcox

Walsh

Guy

Allen

Horne

Lee

McCall

Rickaby

Griffin

 

1951-52

 

 Albion season started brightly doing well to share six goals with the champions of the previous season, Manchester United, but heavy defeats at Tottenham 1-3, Burnley 1-6, Arsenal 3-6 and Manchester United 1-5 soon, dampened any spark the club was trying to ignite

 But there were moments of glory, what was becoming a custom the thrashing of Portsmouth, 5-0 again, and a great 5-2 win over Liverpool at Anfield Albion's defence was insecure at times, but the attack was finding its feet at last in the First Division, and this was in evidence when the club turned to the Cup, beating Bolton by four clear goals at home and little Gateshead away. hope was high that Albion might at last end its longest ever spell without a semi-final appearance, but the Baggies' hopes were knocked back at Ewood Park, where Blackburn squeezed through with a penalty 1- 0 in a hard-fought match in the fifth round. Johnny Nicholls made his debut, in place of Ronnie Allen, who had injured an eye in pre-match training at Whitley Bay sands.

Despite finishing thirteenth in the League, the club was in a healthy state, they were not content to be a middle-of-the-table side, but there was still something missing. Jack Smith resigned as team manager and former Blackburn and Newcastle defender Jesse Carver was appointed team coach, after a very successful stint with Juventus, and it was Carver and his successor, Vic Buckingham who introduced powerful new coaching and tactical methods to transform the team into a match-winning machine, feared and respected at home and abroad.

 

http://www.westbromwichalbionhistory.co.uk/userimages/1951.jpg

 

 

18-08-1951 

 

West Brom

3-3

Man Utd

20-08-1951 

 

Stoke

1-1

West Brom

25-08-1951 

 

Tottenham

3-1

West Brom

29-08-1951 

 

West Brom

1-0

Stoke

01-09-1951 

 

West Brom

1-1

Preston

05-09-1951 

 

West Brom

3-3

Newcastle

08-09-1951 

 

Burnley

6-1

West Brom

15-09-1951 

 

West Brom

1-1

Charlton

22-09-1951 

 

Fulham

1-0

West Brom

29-09-1951 

 

West Brom

2-3

Middlesbro

06-10-1951 

 

West Brom

0-0

Huddersfield

13-10-1951 

 

Chelsea

1-3

West Brom

20-10-1951 

 

West Brom

5-0

Portsmouth

27-10-1951 

 

Liverpool

2-5

West Brom

03-11-1951 

 

West Brom

1-1

Blackpool

10-11-1951 

 

Arsenal

6-3

West Brom

17-11-1951 

 

West Brom

3-2

Man City

24-11-1951 

 

Derby

2-1

West Brom

01-12-1951 

 

West Brom

1-2

Aston Villa

08-12-1951 

 

Sunderland

3-3

 West Brom

15-12-1951 

 

Man Utd

5-1

 West Brom

22-12-1951 

 

West Brom

3-1

 Tottenham

25-12-1951 

 

Bolton

3-2

 West Brom

26-12-1951 

 

West Brom

3-2

 Bolton

29-12-1951 

 

Preston

1-0

 West Brom

05-01-1952 

 

West Brom

1-1

 Burnley

12-01-1952 

 FA Cup 3Rd Rd

West Brom

4-0

 Bolton

19-01-1952 

 

Charlton

3-3

 West Brom

26-01-1952 

 

West Brom

0-2

 Fulham

06-02-1952 

FA Cup 4th Rd

Gateshead

0-2

 West Brom

09-02-1952 

 

Middlesbro

0-1

 West Brom

16-02-1952 

 

Huddersfield

3-0

 West Brom

23-02-1952 

FA Cup 5th Rd

Blackburn

1-0

 West Brom

01-03-1952 

 

West Brom

0-1

 Chelsea

12-03-1952 

 

Portsmouth

1-1

 West Brom

15-03-1952 

 

West Brom

3-3

 Liverpool

22-03-1952 

 

Blackpool

2-0

 West Brom

05-04-1952 

 

Man City

1-2

 West Brom

12-04-1952 

 

West Brom

1-0

 Derby

14-04-1952 

 

West Brom

2-1

 Wolves

15-04-1952 

 

Wolves

1-4

 West Brom

19-04-1952 

 

Aston Villa

2-0

 West Brom

21-04-1952 

 

West Brom

3-1

 Arsenal

23-04-1952 

 

Newcastle

1-4

 West Brom

26-04-1952

 

West Brom

1-1

 Sunderland

 

 

 

P

HW

HD

HL

HGF

HGA

AW

AD

AL

AGF

AGA

Points

G Avg

Man Utd

42

15

3

3

55

21

8

8

5

40

31

57

.8269

Tottenham

42

16

1

4

45

20

6

8

7

31

31

53

.4901

Arsenal

42

13

7

1

54

30

8

4

9

26

31

53

.3114

Portsmouth

42

13

3

5

42

25

7

5

9

26

33

48

.1724

Bolton

42

11

7

3

35

26

8

3

10

30

35

48

.0655

Aston Villa

42

13

3

5

49

28

6

6

9

30

42

47

.1285

Preston

42

10

5

6

39

22

7

7

7

35

32

46

.3703

Newcastle

42

12

4

5

62

28

6

5

10

36

45

45

.3424

Blackpool

42

12

5

4

40

27

6

4

11

24

37

45

.0

Charlton

42

12

5

4

41

24

5

5

11

27

39

44

.0793

Liverpool

42

6

11

4

31

25

6

8

7

26

36

43

.9344

Sunderland

42

8

6

7

41

28

7

6

8

29

33

42

.1475

West Brom

42

8

9

4

38

29

6

4

11

36

48

41

.9610

Burnley

42

9

6

6

32

19

6

4

11

24

44

40

.8888

Man City

42

7

5

9

29

28

6

8

7

29

33

39

.9508

Wolves

42

8

6

7

40

33

4

8

9

33

40

38

.0

Derby

42

10

4

7

43

37

5

3

13

20

43

37

.7875

Middlesbro

42

12

4

5

37

25

3

2

16

27

63

36

.7272

Chelsea

42

10

3

8

31

29

4

5

12

21

43

36

.7222

Stoke

42

8

6

7

34

32

4

1

16

15

56

31

.5568

Huddersfield

42

9

3

9

32

35

1

5

15

17

47

28

.5975

Fulham

42

5

7

9

38

31

3

4

14

20

46

27

.7532

 

 

 

1951-52


Sanders

Gordon

Rickaby

Kennedy

Millard

Heath

Dudley

Barlow

Vernon

Carter

Ryan

Griffin

Allen

Horne

Smith

Williams SG

Richardson

Nicholls

McCall

Cutler

Lee

Corbett

 

1952-53

 

August 1952 and the Albion began in similar fashion, with a famous odd goal of seven win over Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Such high form, not quite at the level required to lift a major trophy, was certainly sufficient to carry the team into the higher reaches of the First Division, with a series of powerful displays, particularly away from home, by Christmas, the Albion were well placed in second position, one point behind the Wolves. By this time, good away performances had done their job, with wins at Cardiff, Manchester City, Chelsea, Portsmouth, Newcastle 5-3 and 5-4 result at Sheffield Wednesday,

Yet the Christmas tussles with the Sheffield Wednesday illustrated there was still something missing from the team - consistency.

 Albion entertained the same team the following day and were beaten 1-0

 

However, despite this, and two five-goal lapses at Burnley and Stoke, the Albion looked odds-on bets for a piece of silverware until, their season was destroyed by another unfortunate Cup-run. It began easy enough, with an easy win at West Ham, but in the fourth round, it took four meetings and seven hours football on heavy spring pitches, to be eliminated, eventually, by Chelsea. A good 1-1 draw in London was followed by a goalless draw, after extra time, at the Hawthorns. The next replay merely prolonged the stalemate, with another two-goal draw, Jimmy Dudley scoring a rare goal, at Villa Park. The tie was settled decisively to the tune of four goals to nil at Highbury.

 

New manager Buckingham watched his team in action for the first time; after the cup elimination, Albion, for the first time that season, were standing proudly at the top of the league table: 

 Four crucial defeats followed, at Liverpool, immediately after the Cup defeat, at Wolves and Blackpool and finally, worst of all, at home, to the team in twenty-first position, Chelsea. Still, three points were taken from the Villa over Easter, and the club finished respectably in fourth position, after a season which had promised so much until that fateful Cup marathon in February.

But this only served to stimulate the players for the next season, and it was essentially the same team that began the 1953-4 season, one which was to stand out in the the clubs proud history as one of its greatest.

 

   

23-08-1952 

 

Tottenham

3-4

West Brom

27-08-1952 

 

West Brom

1-0

Newcastle

30-08-1952 

 

West Brom

1-2

Burnley

06-09-1952 

 

Preston

1-0

West Brom

10-09-1952 

 

West Brom

1-0

Cardiff

13-09-1952 

 

West Brom

3-2

Stoke

17-09-1952 

 

Cardiff

1-2

West Brom

20-09-1952 

 

Man City

0-1

West Brom

27-09-1952 

 

West Brom

3-0

Liverpool

04-10-1952 

 

Middlesbro

4-2

West Brom

11-10-1952 

 

Sunderland

1-0

West Brom

18-10-1952 

 

West Brom

1-1

Wolves

25-10-1952 

 

Charlton

0-0

West Brom

01-11-1952 

 

West Brom

2-0

Arsenal

08-11-1952 

 

Derby

1-1

West Brom

15-11-1952 

 

West Brom

0-1

Blackpool

22-11-1952 

 

Chelsea

0-2

West Brom

29-11-1952 

 

West Brom

3-1

Man Utd

06-12-1952 

 

Portsmouth

1-2

West Brom

13-12-1952 

 

West Brom

0-1

Bolton

20-12-1952 

 

West Brom

2-1

Tottenham

26-12-1952 

 

Sheff Wed

4-5

West Brom

27-12-1952 

 

West Brom

0-1

Sheff Wed

01-01-1953 

 

Newcastle

3-5

West Brom

03-01-1953 

 

Burnley

5-0

West Brom

10-01-1953 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

West Ham

1-4

West Brom

17-01-1953 

 

West Brom

2-1

Preston

24-01-1953 

 

Stoke

5-1

West Brom

31-01-1953 

FA Cup 4th Rd

Chelsea

1-1

West Brom

04-02-1953 

FA Cup 4th Rd Replay

West Brom

0-0

Chelsea

07-02-1953 

 

West Brom

2-1

Man City

09-02-1953 

FA Cup 4th Rd 2nd Replay

Chelsea

1-1

West Brom

11-02-1953 

FA Cup 4th Rd 3rd Replay

West Brom

0-4

Chelsea

14-02-1953 

 

Liverpool

3-0

West Brom

21-02-1953 

 

West Brom

3-0

Middlesbro

28-02-1953 

 

West Brom

1-1

Sunderland

07-03-1953 

 

Wolves

2-0

West Brom

14-03-1953 

 

West Brom

3-1

Charlton

21-03-1953 

 

Arsenal

2-2

West Brom

28-03-1953 

 

West Brom

2-2

Derby

04-04-1953 

 

Blackpool

2-0

West Brom

06-04-1953 

 

West Brom

3-2

Aston Villa

07-04-1953 

 

Aston Villa

1-1

West Brom

11-04-1953 

 

West Brom

0-1

Chelsea

18-04-1953 

 

Man Utd

2-2

West Brom

22-04-1953 

 

Bolton

0-1

West Brom

25-04-1953

 

West Brom

2-0

Portsmouth

 

  

 

P

HW

HD

HL

HGF

HGA

AW

AD

AL

AGF

AGA

Points

G Avg

Arsenal

42

15

3

3

60

30

6

9

6

37

34

54

.5156

Preston

42

15

3

3

46

25

6

9

6

39

35

54

.4166

Wolves

42

13

5

3

54

27

6

8

7

32

36

51

.3650

West Brom

42

13

3

5

35

19

8

5

8

31

41

50

.1

Charlton

42

12

8

1

47

22

7

3

11

30

41

49

.2222

Burnley

42

11

6

4

36

20

7

6

8

31

32

48

.2884

Blackpool

42

13

5

3

45

22

6

4

11

26

48

47

.0142

Man Utd

42

11

5

5

35

30

7

5

9

34

42

46

.9583

Sunderland

42

11

9

1

42

27

4

4

13

26

55

43

.8292

Tottenham

42

11

6

4

55

37

4

5

12

23

32

41

.1304

Aston Villa

42

9

7

5

36

23

5

6

10

27

38

41

.0327

Cardiff

42

7

8

6

32

17

7

4

10

22

29

40

.1739

Middlesbro

42

12

5

4

46

27

2

6

13

24

50

39

.9090

Bolton

42

9

4

8

39

35

6

5

10

22

34

39

.8840

Portsmouth

42

10

6

5

44

34

4

4

13

30

49

38

.8915

Newcastle

42

9

5

7

34

33

5

4

12

25

37

37

.8428

Liverpool

42

10

6

5

36

28

4

2

15

25

54

36

.7439

Sheff Wed

42

8

6

7

35

32

4

5

12

27

40

35

.8611

Chelsea

42

10

4

7

35

24

2

7

12

21

42

35

.8484

Man City

42

12

2

7

45

28

2

5

14

27

59

35

.8275

Stoke

42

10

4

7

35

26

2

6

13

18

40

34

.8030

Derby

42

9

6

6

41

29

2

4

15

18

45

32

.7972


  

                                                                        1952-53


Heath

Lee

Rickaby

Evans

Millard

Williams SG

Dudley

Cutler

Kennedy

Dugdale

Barlow

Gallagher

Griffin

Mountford

Nicholls

Sanders

Allen

Carter

Ryan

Hodgkinson

 

1953-54

 

1953-4 began at a hectic pace, with an unbeaten opening sequence of nine wins, the first defeat coming on 19th September, at home to Charlton Athletic. Throughout the season, until Easter at least, the Albion topped the table and looked worthy champions with the powerful interplay between Ray Barlow Ronnie Allen and Johnny Nicholls and the two speedy wingers, Frank Griffin and George Lee. At the start of the season, they were particularly lethal, and the first six away games went undefeated, most notable of these wins was the 7-3 demolition of Newcastle United at St James' Park,

The following game was the home defeat to Charlton, but this set­back was shrugged aside, and the next five games were all won as the club opened a four-point gap at the head of the table. Even when injuries cropped up, the reserve strength was equal to it,

At Christmas, the holiday fixtures were negotiated without defeat, including the completion of a league 'double' over Preston North End The 3rd rd FA Cup draw reacquainted Albion' with Chelsea. Following the previous season's seven-hour battle with the same club, an eighty-third minute own-goal from the head of Ron Greenwood, the Chelsea centre-half

 

Between the third and fourth rounds of the Cup, Albion regained the leadership of the League from Wolves that they had lost briefly, before beating Second Division Rotherham in the 4th Rd on a bone-hard pitch, with the Albion sure-footed in training shoes whilst the opponents slithered about on the conventional studded boots. The club's position looked secure, but the home game against Sheffield Wednesday, was to bring some doubt back in to the side. Albion would have been expected to beat Sheffield Wednesday, but Wednesday shocked a Hawthorns crowd of 35,000 by racing into a two-goal lead within four minutes of the kick-off

The Albion players battled on, refusing to panic and looking for the opening against an inferior team. It came within the first half hour, from Johnny Nicholls and nine minutes later, the players were celebrating an equalizer - an unfortunate own goal from centre-half, Butler.

The Albion came out a different side after the interval and won the game 4-2 with two goals in eight minutes after the break from Reg Ryan and Stan Rickaby.

 

So the Wednesday had been overcome, but the weaknesses were there to see and on the following Saturday in the 5th rd  of the Cup, after racing to a 3-1 lead against Newcastle hat-trick from Ronnie Allen, they relaxed, and in the last five minutes, Milburn pulled a goal back and his team were unlucky not to get a replay.

 The Albion were still on course for the coveted double In the three league games preceding the Cup quarter-final tie with Tottenham Hotspur, the Albion remained undefeated, when Sheffield United visited the Hawthorns. With two goals shortly after half- time, the team's position appeared a sinecure, but a brace of goals from right-half Wragg and a great game from Jimmy Hagan pulled back the Albion's lead, and after ninety minutes, the home team left the field pleased, with a point they hardly deserved.

 Albion again pulled out their top form as manager Vic Buckingham's former club, Tottenham, came to West Bromwich and left on the end of a 3-0 defeat, the Albion travelled to Stamford Bridge four days later to meet Chelsea, and, Chelsea gained ample revenge for their 5-2 reversal at the Hawthorns, by handing out Albion's worst defeat, so far, of the season, to the tune of 5-0  

Cup or League? It had been noticeable for some time that Albion's best displays were in the FA Cup and league consistency was lacking. What would turn up on Semi Final day league or cup form at Villa Park.

The opponents were Port Vale, of the Third Division North, a tough, uncompromising outfit that had already eliminated, amongst others, First Division outfits Cardiff and mighty Blackpool the previous season winners on the way to the semi-final. Albion were dreadful. And all credit to Port Vale. Their upsetting tactics were designed to interrupt the classy, flowing style of the First Division club, and it certainly had its effect, but it was the Albion's own failings which put them a goal behind, scored by Vale's inside-right Leake five minutes before half-time.

After the interval the men from the Potteries contained the forward line with effortlessly, as they had done against Blackpool's stars in a previous round. But a break-through came with half an hour remaining, when Jimmy Dudley pumped a high ball into the Port Vale penalty area. Both attack and defence missed the ball and it slipped past the unsighted King, for a rare Dudley goal. Within ten minutes, as the would-be giant-killers faded, Albion were awarded a penalty and Allen, scored and sent Albion to their first FA Cup final for nineteen years.

 

The excitement had hardly died down when, on the following Wednesday, the team travelled to Wear side, to take on Sunderland who were languishing in twentieth place, when disaster struck. The team was already under-strength due to injuries picked up in the semi-final, with Rickaby and Millard replaced by Kennedy and Stuart Williams and young Grenville Jones and Freddy Cox making their debuts - there was no Griffin, Allen or Nicholls up front, but the make do team was holding its own until an accidental collision robbed them of the services of goalkeeper Heath and the team went down 1-2. Heath was rushed to hospital and it was found that his injury was even more serious than first thought, resulting in the player being almost completely paralysed his only view of the Cup Final was to be by a television screen at his hospital his football career in ruins. Eventually, he regained a certain amount of use of his limbs, sufficient to do a normal job, and received the receipts of the massive 55,000 crowd which attended his testimonial game at the Hawthorns in 1955, when the Albion entertained an International XI.

Jim Sanders replaced Heath in goal and the team then to lost three consecutive games. The first,  was at home to title rivals, the Wolves and injuries, With Allen and Nicholls called up to represent their country against Scotland which gave the team an unrecognisable look with Barlow at centre-forward and Cox and new-boy Cutler on the wings. The Wolves won by a Swinbourne goal and took over first place on goal-average, a position they were to retain to the end of the season. Strange that at this point in the season that Albion's two main strikers were called up for international duty when all season they had not been considered good enough. True Billy Wright was called up too from Wolves but it was the loss of the main strike force which decided the title.

The injuries did not cease, and although Allen, Nicholls and Lee returned for the vital game at Cardiff, Griffin and Barlow were absent and the result was a 2-0 defeat. Hopes were revived win over Manchester City, but it was hated rivals, Villa, finally ended any hope of the double, drawing 1-1 at The Hawthorns and storming home 6-1 at Villa Park, just eleven days before the Cup Final.

The league season ended with a three-goal defeat at Portsmouth; there were doubts about the chances of Allen recovering from injuries in time for the final.

In the final, Albion started well, with a fit Ronnie Allen scoring after twenty minutes, but within a minute, Morrison equalized for Preston and when Wayman scored five minutes into the second half, the game looked lost but in the sixty-fourth minute, Barlow, chasing a harmless looking pass was brought down in the penalty area by Tommy Docherty. Penalty! Allen put the ball past Thompson, but nearly became the first man to miss a Cup-final penalty at Wembley, as the despairing 'keeper got his fingers to the ball. On his way back to the centre circle the referee told Ronnie that if he had missed then he would have had the kick taken again as the keeper had moved before the ball was kicked. Ronnie turned to the ref and said "if you had given a retake you could have took it yourself"

At 2-2, the game was delicately poised and extra-time looked a certainty, until two minutes from the end, when Frank Griffin, hardly a prolific scorer, scored to bring the Cup back to the Midlands

This ended Albion's greatest post-war season and, despite many promising performances, their last trophy-winning season for twelve years.

Nicholls and Allen, who scored a combined total of sixty-six goals. Rickaby was unlucky with his mystery injury he gained in the semi-final which forced him to miss the final, although both he and Heath received medals, awarded by their club, with permission from the Football Association.

 

 

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19-08-1953 

 

West Brom

2-0

Arsenal

22-08-1953 

 

West Brom

1-1

Bolton

26-08-1953 

 

Man Utd

1-3

West Brom

29-08-1953 

 

Preston

0-2

West Brom

02-09-1953 

 

West Brom

2-0

Man Utd

05-09-1953 

 

West Brom

3-0

Tottenham

09-09-1953 

 

West Brom

2-2

Newcastle

12-09-1953 

 

Burnley

1-4

West Brom

16-09-1953 

 

Newcastle

3-7

West Brom

19-09-1953 

 

West Brom

2-3

Charlton

26-09-1953 

 

Sheff Wed

2-3

West Brom

03-10-1953 

 

West Brom

2-1

Middlesbro

10-10-1953 

 

West Brom

4-0

Huddersfield

17-10-1953 

 

Sheff Utd

1-2

West Brom

24-10-1953 

 

West Brom

5-2

Chelsea

31-10-1953 

 

Blackpool

4-1

West Brom

07-11-1953 

 

West Brom

2-0

Sunderland

14-11-1953 

 

Wolves

1-0

West Brom

21-11-1953 

 

West Brom

6-1

Cardiff

28-11-1953 

 

Man City

2-3

West Brom

05-12-1953 

 

West Brom

2-3

Portsmouth

12-12-1953 

 

Arsenal

2-2

West Brom

19-12-1953 

 

Bolton

2-1

West Brom

25-12-1953 

 

West Brom

5-2

Liverpool

26-12-1953 

 

Liverpool

0-0

West Brom

02-01-1954 

 

West Brom

3-2

Preston

09-01-1954 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

1-0

Chelsea

16-01-1954 

 

Tottenham

0-1

West Brom

23-01-1954 

 

West Brom

0-0

Burnley

30-01-1954 

FA Cup 4th Rd

West Brom

4-0

Rotherham

06-02-1954 

 

Charlton

1-1

West Brom

13-02-1954 

 

West Brom

4-2

Sheff Wed

20-02-1954 

FA Cup 5th Rd

West Brom

3-2

Newcastle

24-02-1954 

 

Middlesbro

1-1

West Brom

27-02-1954 

 

Huddersfield

0-2

West Brom

06-03-1954 

 

West Brom

2-2

Sheff Utd

13-03-1954 

FA Cup 6th Rd

West Brom

3-0

Tottenham

17-03-1954 

 

Chelsea

5-0

West Brom

20-03-1954 

 

West Brom

2-1

Blackpool

27-03-1954 

FA Cup Semi Final

West Brom

2-1

Port Vale

31-03-1954 

 

Sunderland

2-1

West Brom

03-04-1954 

 

West Brom

0-1

Wolves

10-04-1954 

 

Cardiff

2-0

West Brom

17-04-1954 

 

West Brom

1-0

Man City

19-04-1954 

 

West Brom

1-1

Aston Villa

20-04-1954 

 

Aston Villa

6-1

West Brom

24-04-1954 

 

Portsmouth

3-0

West Brom

01-05-1954 

FA Cup Final

West Brom

3-2

Preston







 


P

HW

HD

HL

HGF

HGA

AW

AD

AL

AGF

AGA

Points

G Avg

Wolves

42

16

1

4

61

25

9

6

6

35

31

57

.7142

West Brom

42

13

5

3

51

24

9

4

8

35

39

53

.3650

Huddersfield

42

13

6

2

45

24

7

5

9

33

37

51

.2786

Man Utd

42

11

6

4

41

27

7

6

8

32

31

48

.2586

Bolton

42

14

6

1

45

20

4

6

11

30

40

48

.25

Blackpool

42

13

6

2

43

19

6

4

11

37

50

48

.1594

Burnley

42

16

2

3

51

23

5

2

14

27

44

46

.1641

Chelsea

42

12

3

6

45

26

4

9

8

29

42

44

.0882

Charlton

42

14

4

3

51

26

5

2

14

24

51

44

.9740

Cardiff

42

12

4

5

32

27

6

4

11

19

44

44

.7183

Preston

42

12

2

7

43

24

7

3

11

44

34

43

.5

Arsenal

42

8

8

5

42

37

7

5

9

33

36

43

.0273

Aston Villa

42

12

5

4

50

28

4

4

13

20

40

41

.0294

Portsmouth

42

13

5

3

53

31

1

6

14

28

58

39

.9101

Newcastle

42

9

2

10

43

40

5

8

8

29

37

38

.9350

Tottenham

42

11

3

7

38

33

5

2

14

27

43

37

.8552

Man City

42

10

4

7

35

31

4

5

12

27

46

37

.8051

Sunderland

42

11

4

6

50

37

3

4

14

31

52

36

.9101

Sheff Wed

42

12

4

5

43

30

3

2

16

27

61

36

.7692

Sheff Utd

42

9

5

7

43

38

2

6

13

26

52

33

.7666

Middlesbro

42

6

6

9

29

35

4

4

13

31

56

30

.6593

Liverpool

42

7

8

6

49

38

2

2

17

19

59

28

.7010


 FA Cup 3rd Rd

9th January 1954

West Brom 1 - 0 Chelsea

Greenwood O.G

Att 35,294

Heath, Rickaby, Millard, Dudley, Dugdale, Barlow, Griffin, Ryan, Allen, Nicholls, Lee    

 

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FA Cup 4th Rd  

30th January 1954

West Brom 4 - 0 Rotherham United

Nicholls 2, Allen, Ryan

Att 48,242

Heath, Rickaby, Millard, Dudley, Dugdale, Barlow, Griffin, Ryan, Allen, Nicholls, Lee      

 


 

 

 

 

FA Cup 5th Rd  

20th  February 1954

West Brom 3 - 2 Newcastle United

Att 61,088

Allen3

Heath, Rickaby, Millard, Dudley, Dugdale, Barlow, Griffin, Ryan, Allen, Nicholls, Lee

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FA Cup 6th Rd  

13th  March 1954

West Brom 3 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur

Att 51,049

Barlow, Nicholls2

Heath, Rickaby, Millard, Dudley, Dugdale, Barlow, Griffin, Ryan, Allen, Nicholls, Lee

 

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FA Cup Semi Final

Villa Park

27th March 1954

West Brom 2 -1 Port Vale

Att 68,221

Dudley, Allen (pen)

Heath, Rickaby, Millard, Dudley, Dugdale, Barlow, Griffin, Ryan, Allen, Nicholls, Lee

 

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  FA CUP FINAL 1954

 

 Sanders, Kennedy, Millard, Dudley, Dugdale, Barlow, Griffin, Ryan, Allen, Nicholls, Lee

1st May 1954

Att 99,852

Allen2 (1pen) Griffin

 

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Albion's Keeper Jimmy Sanders cant look as Ronnie Allen takes the penalty in the cup final

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1954 Cup Winners Leaving The Hawthorns for a tour of West Bromwich

 

 Celebration Dinner signed by the players reproduced with kind permission of Mr J Simpson.

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1954 Cup Winners return to West Bromwich Town Hall

 

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http://www.westbromwichalbionhistory.co.uk/userimages/fa1954.jpg

 

1954 FA Cup Winners

Back Row Joe Kennedy, Jimmy Dugdale, Ray Barlow, Jim Sanders, Jimmy Dudley, Len Millard(Capt), George Lees

Front Row Reg Ryan, Ronnie Allen, Frank Griffin, Johnny Nicholls

 

 

                                                                                   1953-54


Heath

Lee

Rickaby

Ryan

Millard

Williams SG

Dudley

Cox

Dugdale

Brookes

Barlow

Carter

Griffin

Sanders

Hodgkinson

Jones

Allen

Cutler

Nicholls

Davies

 

1954-55

1954-5 season, Expectations of another successful season were running high the fans' wanting more but they were to be disappointed. The season opened with a visit to Sunderland and Newcastle United, and Albion lost both games and conceding seven goals in the process. However the team soon recovered from this early set back and went the next ten games without defeat. Included in that run was a 6-4 win over Leicester and the annual Charity Shield game, at Molineux, before a floodlit crowd of 49,000 produced a thrilling 4-4 draw.The club travelled to Brussels in October, to join three other top European clubs in an invitation football festival: Austria Vienna, KNC Anderlecht and Honved, Albion met Honved in the main match losing 5-3 this exercise in international goodwill left Ray Barlow with an injury aggravated by an injury from the previous week whilst playing for England, forcing the him to miss eleven league games

The defence of the Cup was no better. Struggling to win 1-0 at Bournemouth, they lost 2-4 at The Hawthorns to Charlton, two defeats summed up their whole season home to struggling Tottenham 1-2 which virtually secured safety for the Spurs and away to already relegated Sheffield Wednesday 0-5 the team was heavily criticized for lack of commitment and effort. The final position was a dismal sixteenth, the worst season since promotion and hardly one to inspire for the future.   

21-08-1954 

 

Sunderland

4-2

West Brom

25-08-1954 

 

Newcastle

3-0

West Brom

28-08-1954 

 

West Brom

3-1

Arsenal

01-09-1954 

 

West Brom

4-2

Newcastle

04-09-1954 

 

Sheff Utd

1-2

West Brom

08-09-1954 

 

Everton

1-2

West Brom

11-09-1954 

 

West Brom

2-0

Preston

15-09-1954 

 

West Brom

3-3

Everton

18-09-1954 

 

Burnley

0-2

West Brom

25-09-1954 

 

West Brom

6-4

Leicester

29-09-1954 

FA Community Shield

Wolves

4-4

West Brom

02-10-1954 

 

Chelsea

3-3

West Brom

09-10-1954 

 

Tottenham

3-1

West Brom

16-10-1954 

 

West Brom

1-2

Sheff Wed

23-10-1954 

 

Wolves

4-0

West Brom

30-10-1954 

 

West Brom

2-3

Aston Villa

06-11-1954 

 

Charlton

1-3

West Brom

13-11-1954 

 

West Brom

0-0

Bolton

20-11-1954 

 

Huddersfield

3-3

West Brom

27-11-1954 

 

West Brom

2-0

Man Utd

04-12-1954 

 

Portsmouth

6-1

West Brom

11-12-1954 

 

West Brom

0-1

Blackpool

18-12-1954 

 

West Brom

2-2

Sunderland

25-12-1954 

 

Cardiff

3-2

West Brom

27-12-1954 

 

West Brom

1-0

Cardiff

01-01-1955 

 

Arsenal

2-2

West Brom

08-01-1955 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Bournemouth

0-1

West Brom

22-01-1955 

 

Preston

3-1

West Brom

29-01-1955 

FA Cup 4th Rd

West Brom

2-4

Charlton

05-02-1955 

 

West Brom

2-2

Burnley

12-02-1955 

 

Leicester

6-3

West Brom

05-03-1955 

 

Blackpool

3-1

West Brom

09-03-1955 

 

West Brom

2-4

Chelsea

12-03-1955 

 

West Brom

3-3

Sheff Utd

16-03-1955 

 

West Brom

1-0

Wolves

19-03-1955 

 

Aston Villa

3-0

West Brom

26-03-1955 

 

West Brom

2-1

Charlton

02-04-1955 

 

Bolton

2-4

West Brom

08-04-1955 

 

Man City

4-0

West Brom

09-04-1955 

 

West Brom

3-1

Portsmouth

11-04-1955 

 

West Brom

2-1

Man City

16-04-1955 

 

Man Utd

3-0

West Brom

23-04-1955 

 

West Brom

2-1

Huddersfield

27-04-1955 

 

West Brom

1-2

Tottenham

30-04-1955

 

Sheff Wed

5-0

West Brom

 

 


P

HW

HD

HL

HGF

HGA

AW

AD

AL

AGF

AGA

Points

G Avg

Chelsea

42

11

5

5

43

29

9

7

5

38

28

52

.4210

Wolves

42

13

5

3

58

30

6

5

10

31

40

48

.2714

Portsmouth

42

13

5

3

44

21

5

7

9

30

41

48

.1935

Sunderland

42

8

11

2

39

27

7

7

7

25

27

48

.1851

Man Utd

42

12

4

5

44

30

8

3

10

40

44

47

.1351

Aston Villa

42

11

3

7

38

31

9

4

8

34

42

47

.9863

Man City

42

11

5

5

45

36

7

5

9

31

33

46

.1014

Newcastle

42

12

5

4

53

27

5

4

12

36

50

43

.1558

Arsenal

42

12

3

6

44

25

5

6

10

25

38

43

.0952

Burnley

42

11

3

7

29

19

6

6

9

22

29

43

.0625

Everton

42

9

6

6

32

24

7

4

10

30

44

42

.9117

Huddersfield

42

10

4

7

28

23

4

9

8

35

45

41

.9264

Sheff Utd

42

10

3

8

41

34

7

4

10

29

52

41

.8139

Preston

42

8

5

8

47

33

8

3

10

36

31

40

.2968

Charlton

42

8

6

7

43

34

7

4

10

33

41

40

.0133

Tottenham

42

9

4

8

42

35

7

4

10

30

38

40

.9863

West Brom

42

11

5

5

44

33

5

3

13

32

63

40

.7916

Bolton

42

11

6

4

45

29

2

7

12

17

40

39

.8985

Blackpool

42

8

6

7

33

26

6

4

11

27

38

38

.9375

Cardiff

42

9

4

8

41

38

4

7

10

21

38

37

.8157

Leicester

42

9

6

6

43

32

3

5

13

31

54

35

.8604

Sheff Wed

42

7

7

7

42

38

1

3

17

21

62

26

.63


  

                                                                    1954-55


Sanders

Kennedy

Rickaby

Carter

Millard

Williams SG

Dudley

Davies

Dugdale

Jackson

Barlow

Crowshaw

Griffin

Barnsley

Ryan

Hodgkinson

Allen

Brookes

Nicholls

Cutler

Lee

Jones


1955-56

 

The 1955-6 season saw a lot of new additions in the first team who were to figure in the successful years ahead. Don Howe, Derek Kevan - 'The Tank'. Signed from Bradford Park Avenue Bobby Robson Signed from Fulham, who almost made three hundred appearances for the Albion. Graham Williams, Welsh International made his debut on the left wing before reverting to left full-back, his position for club and country for many years. Similarly, Gerry Summers, Maurice Setters, signed from Exeter, and Roy Horobin started his league career on the right wing On the way out was Jimmy Dugdale transferred to Villa, Johnny Nicholls time ended dropping down the Divisions, to Cardiff, Exeter and non-League Worcester City.

With all the new additions Albion finished a respectable thirteenth and made it to the 5th Rd of the FA Cup before bowing out to Birmingham City in front of 57,000 at The Hawthorns, The high point of this season was knocking Wolves out of the cup in the 3rd rd at Molineux

 

 

20-08-1955 

 

West Brom

1-1

Wolves

24-08-1955 

 

West Brom

2-0

Everton

27-08-1955 

 

Man Utd

3-1

West Brom

31-08-1955 

 

Everton

2-0

West Brom

03-09-1955 

 

West Brom

2-1

Sheff Utd

07-09-1955 

 

West Brom

1-1

Newcastle

10-09-1955 

 

Preston

0-1

West Brom

17-09-1955 

 

West Brom

1-0

Burnley

24-09-1955 

 

Luton

0-2

West Brom

01-10-1955 

 

West Brom

3-3

Charlton

08-10-1955 

 

West Brom

1-0

Aston Villa

15-10-1955 

 

Sunderland

2-1

West Brom

22-10-1955 

 

West Brom

2-1

Cardiff

29-10-1955 

 

Man City

2-0

West Brom

05-11-1955 

 

West Brom

2-0

Bolton

12-11-1955 

 

Chelsea

2-0

West Brom

19-11-1955 

 

West Brom

1-2

Blackpool

26-11-1955 

 

Huddersfield

1-0

West Brom

03-12-1955 

 

West Brom

4-0

Portsmouth

10-12-1955 

 

Arsenal

2-0

West Brom

17-12-1955 

 

Wolves

3-2

West Brom

24-12-1955 

 

West Brom

1-4

Man Utd

26-12-1955 

 

Tottenham

4-1

West Brom

27-12-1955 

 

West Brom

1-0

Tottenham

31-12-1955 

 

Sheff Utd

2-2

West Brom

02-01-1956 

 

Newcastle

0-3

West Brom

07-01-1956 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Wolves

1-2

West Brom

14-01-1956 

 

West Brom

3-2

Preston

21-01-1956 

 

Burnley

1-2

West Brom

28-01-1956 

FA Cup 4th Rd

West Brom

2-0

Portsmouth

04-02-1956 

 

West Brom

3-1

Luton

11-02-1956 

 

Charlton

5-1

West Brom

18-02-1956 

FA Cup 5th Rd

West Brom

0-1

Birmingham

25-02-1956 

 

West Brom

3-0

Sunderland

03-03-1956 

 

Blackpool

5-1

West Brom

10-03-1956 

 

West Brom

0-4

Man City

17-03-1956 

 

Bolton

4-0

West Brom

24-03-1956 

 

West Brom

3-0

Chelsea

31-03-1956 

 

Cardiff

1-3

West Brom

02-04-1956 

 

Birmingham

2-0

West Brom

03-04-1956 

 

West Brom

0-2

Birmingham

07-04-1956 

 

West Brom

1-2

Huddersfield

14-04-1956 

 

Portsmouth

1-1

West Brom

21-04-1956 

 

West Brom

2-1

Arsenal

28-04-1956 

 

Aston Villa

3-0

West Brom

  


P

HW

HD

HL

HGF

HGA

AW

AD

AL

AGF

AGA

Points

G Avg

Man Utd

42

18

3

0

51

20

7

7

7

32

31

60

.6274

Blackpool

42

13

4

4

56

27

7

5

9

30

35

49

.3870

Wolves

42

15

2

4

51

27

5

7

9

38

38

49

.3692

Man City

42

11

5

5