AUGUST 1960 - MAY 1970

 

 

 

 

 

60s HALL OF FAME

 

Aitken Crawford R Jackson Readfern
Allen Cumbes Jones Reed
Astle Drury Kaye Rees
Bannister Fairfax Kennedy Robinson
Billingham Fenton Kevan Robson
Bradley Foggo Krzywicki Sheppard
Brown T Fraser Lovatt  Simpson
Burnside Freeman Lovatt  Smith
Campbell Fudge Lovett Steele
Cantello Glover Martin Stephens
Carter Hartford Mcready Sugget
Clark  Hegan Merrick Talbot
Clarke Hogg Millington Tracey
Collard Hope  Murray Wallace
Colquhoun Howe Nisbet Williams GE
Cram Howshall Osborne Williams SG
Crawford CHR Hughes Potter Williams WT



Wilson

 

 

  

1960 - 61  

 

 

 The season opened with five straight defeats before Newcastle were beaten 6-0. This was to be another season were results were hit and miss several senior players departed to be replaced by a younger squad of the older The worst performances of the season came at Chelsea and Lincoln. At Stamford Bridge, a poor Albion side gave in to a 1-7 defeat, with Jimmy Greaves scoring five times for Chelsea. The performance was so bad that six positional changes were made in the next game Don Howe reverting back to his favoured right back position Graham Williams back to Left back, Chuck Drury and Bobby Robson changing half back positions, Stuart Williams and Bobby Cram both losing their place's. A month later and the chance to salvage the season when Albion were drawn away to Lincoln City bottom of the Second Division, Albion as a team did not turn up that day and were deservedly beaten 3-1.

To many poor results plus all the chopping and changing of the side, meant that many of the older players were being left out of the side old favourites Barlow, Allen and Kennedy there was no consistency, with the younger players earning their places, a change of form at the right time Albion only dropped three points in the last eleven games to reach 10th place by the end of the season, A last match win at Tottenham, who had already won the championship and were shortly to complete the double gave some dignity back to what was again another season of should have done better.

 

The new players to make the first team and would make a big impact were in defence Graham Williams, previously a left-winger who had been converted, like his namesake Stuart, to a full-back. Joe Kennedy's place had gone to Stan Jones centre-half, who had been signed from Walsall outside-left from Queens Park Rangers, Clive Clark. Chippy Clark who signed at the end of the season and Bobby Hope, who had made his debut in the last game of the 1959-60 season at the age of only sixteen years and seven Hope became the midfield general, it was often said by opposing managers at this time that "if you stop Bobby Hope, you stop Albion",

 

 Left to Right Back Row: Gordon Clark (Manager) Chuck Drury, Stuart Williams, Don Howe, Jock Wallace, Joe Kennedy, Bobby Robson, Dick Graham (Trainer) Graham Williams, Front Row: Alec Jackson, Davy Burnside, Ronnie Allen, Derek Kevan, Derek Hogg

  

20-08-1960 


Sheff Wed

1-0

West Brom

24-08-1960 


West Brom

1-2

Birmingham

27-08-1960 


West Brom

2-4

Fulham

31-08-1960 


Birmingham

3-1

West Brom

03-09-1960 


Preston

2-1

West Brom

05-09-1960 


West Brom

6-0

Newcastle

10-09-1960 


West Brom

0-2

Burnley

14-09-1960 


Newcastle

3-2

West Brom

17-09-1960 


Nottm Forest

1-2

West Brom

24-09-1960 


West Brom

6-3

Man City

01-10-1960 


Arsenal

1-0

West Brom

08-10-1960 


Bolton

0-1

West Brom

15-10-1960 


West Brom

1-0

West Ham

22-10-1960 


Leicester

2-2

West Brom

29-10-1960 


West Brom

0-2

Aston Villa

05-11-1960 


Everton

1-1

West Brom

12-11-1960 


West Brom

1-2

Blackburn

19-11-1960 


Man Utd

3-0

West Brom

26-11-1960 


West Brom

1-3

Tottenham

03-12-1960 


Chelsea

7-1

West Brom

10-12-1960 


West Brom

3-1

Blackpool

17-12-1960 


West Brom

2-2

Sheff Wed

26-12-1960 


Cardiff

3-1

West Brom

27-12-1960 


West Brom

1-1

Cardiff

31-12-1960 


Fulham

1-2

West Brom

07-01-1961 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Lincoln

3-1

West Brom

14-01-1961 


West Brom

3-1

Preston

21-01-1961 


Burnley

0-1

West Brom

28-01-1961 


Wolves

4-2

West Brom

04-02-1961 


West Brom

1-2

Nottm Forest

11-02-1961 


Man City

3-0

West Brom

18-02-1961 


West Brom

2-3

Arsenal

25-02-1961 


West Brom

3-2

Bolton

04-03-1961 


West Ham

1-2

West Brom

11-03-1961 


West Brom

1-0

Leicester

25-03-1961 


West Brom

3-0

Everton

28-03-1961 


Aston Villa

0-1

West Brom

01-04-1961 


Blackpool

0-1

West Brom

03-04-1961 


West Brom

2-1

Wolves

08-04-1961 


West Brom

1-1

Man Utd

15-04-1961 


Blackburn

2-1

West Brom

22-04-1961 


West Brom

3-0

Chelsea

29-04-1961 


Tottenham

1-2

West Brom

  


DIVISION ONE 1960 - 61

P

W

D

L

F

A

GA

Pts

1

Tottenham Hotspur

42

31

4

7

115

55

2.091

66

2

Sheffield Wednesday

42

23

12

7

78

47

1.660

58

3

Wolverhampton Wanderers

42

25

7

10

103

75

1.373

57

4

Burnley

42

22

7

13

102

77

1.325

51

5

Everton

42

22

6

14

87

69

1.261

50

6

Leicester City

42

18

9

15

87

70

1.243

45

7

Manchester United

42

18

9

15

88

76

1.158

45

8

Blackburn Rovers

42

15

13

14

77

76

1.013

43

9

Aston Villa

42

17

9

16

78

77

1.013

43

10

West Bromwich Albion

42

18

5

19

67

71

0.944

41

11

Arsenal

42

15

11

16

77

85

0.906

41

12

Chelsea

42

15

7

20

98

100

0.980

37

13

Manchester City

42

13

11

18

79

90

0.878

37

14

Nottingham Forest

42

14

9

19

62

78

0.795

37

15

Cardiff City

42

13

11

18

60

85

0.706

37

16

West Ham United

42

13

10

19

77

88

0.875

36

17

Fulham

42

14

8

20

72

95

0.758

36

18

Bolton Wanderers

42

12

11

19

58

73

0.795

35

19

Birmingham City

42

14

6

22

62

84

0.738

34

20

Blackpool

42

12

9

21

68

73

0.932

33

21

Newcastle United

42

11

10

21

86

109

0.789

32

22

Preston North End

42

10

10

22

43

71

0.606

30

  

1960-61
Wallace Hogg
Howe Potter
Williams GE Williams SG
Drury Smith
Kennedy Bannister
Robson Aitken
Jackson Carter
Burnside Cram
Allen Mcready
Kevan Clark 
Hope  Lovatt 
Billingham Steele
Jones


 1961 - 62

 

 

 

 

 Back Row left to right:

J Lovatt, P Billingham, S Jones, R Potter, W Dixon (Trainer) J Wallace, D Kevan,

S Williams, R .Cram                                                                                                                                                                   

Middle Row:  C Clark, G Williams, C Drury, R Robson, Gordon Clark (Manager) D Howe, A Jackson        D Burnside,    

Front Row:  K Smith, G Carter, R Hope, C Brokes,  J Bannister, B Macready

 Gordon Clark did a steady job as manager but  never reached the heights that Vic Buckingham had in the 50s he resigned midway through the 1961-2 he resigned to be replaced by Archie Macaulay,. When Macaulay arrived, Albion were 21st in the League, with only a couple of wins under their belt, but his under his guidance influence the club eventually finished 9th. As the fans had become used to goal scoring teams, The forward line was still producing goals and was regularly made up of Clive Clark and Alec Jackson on the wings, Keith Smith in the centre, with Dave Burnside,. The main striker, as usual, was Derek Kevan breaking Albion's post-war record with four goals in the final game of the season in the 7-1 defeat of Blackpool.

This season never looked like any different to the previous 14 seasons Albion always looking like a steady mid table side , not good enough to win anything and not poor enough to stare relegation in the face although a poor spell in the New Year left many fans worried. But a 6-2 thumping of Bolton and a 5-1 victory against Cardiff City put things back on track.

 

19-08-1961 


West Brom

0-2

Sheff Wed

23-08-1961 


West Brom

2-0

Everton

26-08-1961 


Leicester

1-0

West Brom

30-08-1961 


Everton

3-1

West Brom

02-09-1961 


West Brom

1-3

Ipswich

06-09-1961 


West Brom

0-0

Birmingham

09-09-1961 


Burnley

3-1

West Brom

16-09-1961 


West Brom

4-0

Arsenal

20-09-1961 


Birmingham

1-2

West Brom

23-09-1961 


Bolton

3-2

West Brom

30-09-1961 


West Brom

2-2

Man City

07-10-1961 


West Brom

1-1

Man Utd

18-10-1961 


Cardiff

2-2

West Brom

21-10-1961 


West Brom

1-1

Aston Villa

28-10-1961 


Nottm Forest

4-4

West Brom

04-11-1961 


West Brom

4-0

Blackburn

11-11-1961 


West Ham

3-3

West Brom

18-11-1961 


West Brom

3-1

Sheff Utd

25-11-1961 


Chelsea

4-1

West Brom

02-12-1961 


West Brom

2-4

Tottenham

09-12-1961 


Blackpool

2-2

West Brom

16-12-1961 


Sheff Wed

2-1

West Brom

23-12-1961 


West Brom

2-0

Leicester

26-12-1961 


West Brom

1-1

Wolves

06-01-1962 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Blackpool

0-0

West Brom

10-01-1962 

FA Cup 3rd Rd Replay

West Brom

2-1

Blackpool

13-01-1962 


Ipswich

3-0

West Brom

20-01-1962 


West Brom

1-1

Burnley

27-01-1962 

FA Cup 4th Rd

Wolves

1-2

West Brom

03-02-1962 


Arsenal

0-1

West Brom

10-02-1962 


West Brom

6-2

Bolton

17-02-1962 

FA Cup 5th Rd

West Brom

2-4

Tottenham

21-02-1962 


Man City

3-1

West Brom

24-02-1962 


Man Utd

4-1

West Brom

03-03-1962 


West Brom

5-1

Cardiff

14-03-1962 


Aston Villa

1-0

West Brom

17-03-1962 


West Brom

2-2

Nottm Forest

24-03-1962 


Blackburn

1-1

West Brom

28-03-1962 


Wolves

1-5

West Brom

31-03-1962 


West Brom

0-1

West Ham

07-04-1962 


Sheff Utd

1-1

West Brom

14-04-1962 


West Brom

4-0

Chelsea

21-04-1962 


Tottenham

1-2

West Brom

23-04-1962 


Fulham

1-2

West Brom

24-04-1962 


West Brom

2-0

Fulham

28-04-1962 


West Brom

7-1

Blackpool

 


DIVISION ONE 1961 - 62

P

W

D

L

F

A

GA

Pts

1

Ipswich Town

42

24

8

10

93

67

1.388

56

2

Burnley

42

21

11

10

101

67

1.507

53

3

Tottenham Hotspur

42

21

10

11

88

69

1.275

52

4

Everton

42

20

11

11

88

54

1.630

51

5

Sheffield United

42

19

9

14

61

69

0.884

47

6

Sheffield Wednesday

42

20

6

16

72

58

1.241

46

7

Aston Villa

42

18

8

16

65

56

1.161

44

8

West Ham United

42

17

10

15

76

82

0.927

44

9

West Bromwich Albion

42

15

13

14

83

67

1.239

43

10

Arsenal

42

16

11

15

71

72

0.986

43

11

Bolton Wanderers

42

16

10

16

62

66

0.939

42

12

Manchester City

42

17

7

18

78

81

0.963

41

13

Blackpool

42

15

11

16

70

75

0.933

41

14

Leicester City

42

17

6

19

72

71

1.014

40

15

Manchester United

42

15

9

18

72

75

0.960

39

16

Blackburn Rovers

42

14

11

17

50

58

0.862

39

17

Birmingham City

42

14

10

18

65

81

0.802

38

18

Wolverhampton Wanderers

42

13

10

19

73

86

0.849

36

19

Nottingham Forest

42

13

10

19

63

79

0.797

36

20

Fulham

42

13

7

22

66

74

0.892

33

21

Cardiff City

42

9

14

19

50

81

0.617

32

22

Chelsea

42

9

10

23

63

94

0.670

28

 

 

1961-62
Wallace Clark 
Howe Hope 
Williams SG Smith
Robson Potter
Jones Millington
Drury Carter
Jackson Cram
Burnside Bannister
Lovatt  Williams GE
Kevan


 

 

 

1962 63

 

 

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

 

Winter in 1963 led to the largest postponement and abandoned games since 1947, resulting in half a dozen games being crammed into the last fortnight before the Cup- final. One of the Albion games to be abandoned at Molineux on Boxing Day during a half time snowstorm, with the Wolves just having the edge. The replayed match saw Wolves cruise to a 7-0 win. That defeat to the Wolves was the worst point of the season; it doesn't get any worse than that! Derek Kevan moved to Second Division Chelsea in a shock transfer,

In the cup a 4th Rd defeat in extra time, after a replay and then only with an own goal and a penalty at Nottingham Forest put paid to any silver ware being added in the near future, This after a 5-1 3rd Rd win at Plymouth, one of the few third-round ties to be played on schedule. Just before Easter 1963 Chairman, Major H. Wilson Keys stepped down in favour of Jim Gaunt. His first job was to interview the candidates for the vacant manager's job after Archie Macaulay resigned after only fourteen months in the job. The new manager was Jimmy Hagan who took over the position which was fast earning the label of the game's 'hot-seat'- but however tough the job, Hagan. Hagan had already built up a fearsome reputation for his disciplinary attitude towards his players. His managerial pedigree was top of the pile in the lower leagues taking Peterborough United from non-League to the top of the Third Division before leaving the club after a dispute over the buying of players his directors thought he needed to buy new men, Hagan thought the players he had were good enough, so his contract was ended, because he wanted to save the club money! One of Hagan's first games in charge was a vital relegation battle at Manchester City, which Albion won 5-1 to all but relegate City and make themselves safe a great start for the new manager

 

 







18-08-1962 


Man Utd

2-2

West Brom


22-08-1962 


West Brom

2-1

Leyton Orient


25-08-1962 


West Brom

1-2

Burnley


29-08-1962 


Leyton Orient

2-3

West Brom


01-09-1962 


Sheff Wed

3-1

West Brom


08-09-1962 


West Brom

6-1

Fulham


12-09-1962 


West Brom

1-0

Birmingham


15-09-1962 


Leicester

1-0

West Brom


19-09-1962 


Birmingham

0-0

West Brom

 

22-09-1962 


West Brom

5-4

Bolton

 

29-09-1962 


Everton

4-2

West Brom

 

06-10-1962 


Aston Villa

2-0

West Brom

 

13-10-1962 


West Brom

1-2

Tottenham

 

20-10-1962 


Ipswich

1-1

West Brom

 

27-10-1962 


West Brom

1-0

Liverpool

 

03-11-1962 


Blackpool

0-2

West Brom

 

10-11-1962 


West Brom

2-5

Blackburn

 

17-11-1962 


Sheff Utd

1-0

West Brom

 

24-11-1962 


West Brom

1-4

Nottm Forest

 

01-12-1962 


West Ham

2-2

West Brom

 

08-12-1962 


West Brom

2-1

Man City

 

15-12-1962 


West Brom

3-0

Man Utd

 

05-01-1963 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Plymouth

1-5

West Brom

 

12-01-1963 


West Brom

0-3

Sheff Wed

 

02-03-1963 


Tottenham

2-1

West Brom

 

06-03-1963 

FA Cup 4th Rd

West Brom

0-0

Nottm Forest

 

09-03-1963 


West Brom

6-1

Ipswich

 

11-03-1963 

FA Cup4thRd Replay

Nottm Forest

2-1

West Brom

 

16-03-1963 


Wolves

7-0

West Brom

 

20-03-1963 


Liverpool

2-2

West Brom

 

23-03-1963 


West Brom

1-2

Blackpool

 

25-03-1963 


Bolton

1-2

West Brom

 

03-04-1963 


West Brom

2-2

Wolves

 

06-04-1963 


West Brom

1-2

Sheff Utd

 

12-04-1963 


Arsenal

3-2

West Brom

 

13-04-1963 


Blackburn

3-1

West Brom

 

15-04-1963 


West Brom

1-2

Arsenal

 

20-04-1963 


West Brom

1-0

West Ham

 

27-04-1963 


Man City

1-5

West Brom

 

30-04-1963 


Burnley

2-1

West Brom

 

04-05-1963 


West Brom

2-1

Leicester

 

07-05-1963


Everton

4-0
West Brom

11-05-1963 


West Brom

1-0

Aston Villa

 

14-05-1963 


Nottm Forest

2-2

West Brom

 

 

 

P

HW

HD

HL

HGF

HGA

AW

AD

AL

AGF

AGA

Points

G Avg

Everton

42

14

7

0

48

17

11

4

6

36

25

61

.0

Tottenham

42

14

6

1

72

28

9

3

9

39

34

55

.7903

Burnley

42

14

4

3

41

17

8

6

7

37

40

54

.3684

Leicester

42

14

6

1

53

23

6

6

9

26

30

52

.4905

Wolves

42

11

6

4

51

25

9

4

8

42

40

50

.4307

Sheff Wed

42

10

5

6

38

26

9

5

7

39

37

48

.2222

Arsenal

42

11

4

6

44

33

7

6

8

42

44

46

.1168

Liverpool

42

13

3

5

45

22

4

7

10

26

37

44

.2033

Nottm Forest

42

12

4

5

39

28

5

6

10

28

41

44

.9710

Sheff Utd

42

11

7

3

33

20

5

5

11

25

40

44

.9666

Blackburn

42

11

4

6

55

34

4

8

9

24

37

42

.1126

West Ham

42

8

6

7

39

34

6

6

9

34

35

40

.0579

Blackpool

42

8

7

6

34

27

5

7

9

24

37

40

.9062

West Brom

42

11

1

9

40

37

5

6

10

31

42

39

.8987

Aston Villa

42

12

2

7

38

23

3

6

12

24

45

38

.9117

Fulham

42

8

6

7

28

30

6

4

11

22

41

38

.7042

Ipswich

42

5

8

8

34

39

7

3

11

25

39

35

.7564

Bolton

42

13

3

5

35

18

2

2

17

20

57

35

.7333

Man Utd

42

6

6

9

36

38

6

4

11

31

43

34

.8271

Birmingham

42

6

8

7

40

40

4

5

12

23

50

33

.7

Man City

42

7

5

9

30

45

3

6

12

28

57

31

.5686

Leyton Orient

42

4

5

12

22

37

2

4

15

15

44

21

.4567

 

1962-63
Millington Hope 
Howe Cram
Williams GE Foggo
Williams SG Carter
Jones Bannister
Drury Lovatt 
Jackson Murray
Burnside Fenton
Smith Bradley
Kevan Mcready
Clark  Fairfax
Potter

 


 

 

 

1963-64

 

 Hagan soon showed the hard side of his nature, with his vigorous training work-outs in all conditions, which eventually led to the previously unheard of player's strike. In the winter of 1963, Hagan had insisted that his players should train without tracksuit bottoms, despite Arctic conditions. They refused and threatened to walk out. The dispute raged for several days, making all the national headlines. Before the problem was solved amicably when Jim Gaunt intervened , only a week later when Hagan reversed his car over the canal bank outside the Spring Road training ground (many stories have come out of this, players cutting his brake pipes, players greasing the brakes, players fixing the gear box), truth is Hagan had recently acquired his car and the reverse position on the gear stick was in the opposite position to his old car, so when he put it into what he thought was 1st gear he had inadvertently put it into reverse., the vehicle somersaulting into the canal. Despite serious neck and back injuries, Hagan managed to climb out of the car onto the bonnet before help arrived and was back at work within weeks despite obvious pain. Some of the players ran down the bank to help carry him to safety. The bank at Spring Road is quite steep and a number of players where short of breath when they got him to the top and safety Hagan remarked "the trouble with you lot you aren't fit. How many of them wanted to throw him back down in to the canal is not known.

Hagan did have a good eye for a player and knew how to play the transfer market rarely over spending money just for the sake of buying. Doug Fraser from Aberdeen John Kaye from Scunthorpe. Joined by Terry Simpson from Peterborough United Hagan's old club. Tony Brown made his first team debut against Ipswich Town Hagan's first season, with the introduction of so many new players was surprisingly good, with 10th place the final position and it would have been even better but for a disappointing finish, due no doubt to the disharmony at the club caused by the many players who disliked Hagan's tactics several of the senior players handed in written transfer requests to the Board, Don Howe left for a move to Arsenal. Alec Jackson left to join Birmingham City. In the cup Albion still could not get past the 4th Rd losing 2-0 to Arsenal in a replay at Highbury.

 

 

 

DIVISION ONE 1963 - 64

P

W

D

L

F

A

GA

Pts


Liverpool

42

26

5

11

92

45

2.044

57

2

Manchester United

42

23

7

12

90

62

1.452

53

3

Everton

42

21

10

11

84

64

1.313

52

4

Tottenham Hotspur

42

22

7

13

97

81

1.198

51

5

Chelsea

42

20

10

12

72

56

1.286

50

6

Sheffield Wednesday

42

19

11

12

84

67

1.254

49

7

Blackburn Rovers

42

18

10

14

89

65

1.369

46

8

Arsenal

42

17

11

14

90

82

1.098

45

9

Burnley

42

17

10

15

71

64

1.109

44

10

West Bromwich Albion

42

16

11

15

70

61

1.148

43

11

Leicester City

42

16

11

15

61

58

1.052

43

12

Sheffield United

42

16

11

15

61

64

0.953

43

13

Nottingham Forest

42

16

9

17

64

68

0.941

41

14

West Ham United

42

14

12

16

69

74

0.932

40

15

Fulham

42

13

13

16

58

65

0.892

39

16

Wolverhampton Wanderers

42

12

15

15

70

80

0.875

39

17

Stoke City

42

14

10

18

77

78

0.987

38

18

Blackpool

42

13

9

20

52

73

0.712

35

19

Aston Villa

42

11

12

19

62

71

0.873

34

20

Birmingham City

42

11

7

24

54

92

0.587

29

21

Bolton Wanderers

42

10

8

24

48

80

0.600

28

22

Ipswich Town

42

9

7

26

56

121

0.463

25

1963-64
Potter Jackson
Howe Readrern
Williams GE Crawford R
Cram Fraser
Jones Brown T
Simpson Fairfax
Foggo Drury
Fenton Mcready
Kaye Carter
Hope  Fudge
Clark  Howshall

 


 1964-5

At the start of the season Albion embarked on a tour to Holland Losing to Alkmaar 2 - 1

but followed up with a 2-1 victory  against ADO The Hague and a 1-0 Victory againsy Ajax Amsterdam 

 cardboard announcement card that was used in trams in Amsterdam for the friendly game between Ajax and West Brom

Many thanks to Joop from Amsterdam for allowing me to use this picture

 

A slight drop in the league form not to be unexpected with so many new faces still to gel. In The cup which always down the years seen as Albion's best chance of glory, they met the eventual winners Liverpool, at the Hawthorns in the 3rd Rd and lost 2-1, Hagan's plans were very nearing completion of what he saw as a winning combination of what he had set to achieve. Once again he cleverly raided the leagues lower levels to sign Jeff Astle from Nott's County. £22,500 for a unproved Fourth Division player but turned out to be the bargain buy of the decade

 

 23rd January 1965

West Brom 2 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur

 

 

 

 


DIVISION ONE 1964 - 65

P

W

D

L

F

A

GA

Pts

1

Manchester United

42

26

9

7

89

39

2.282

61

2

Leeds United

42

26

9

7

83

52

1.596

61

3

Chelsea

42

24

8

10

89

54

1.648

56

4

Everton

42

17

15

10

69

60

1.150

49

5

Nottingham Forest

42

17

13

12

71

67

1.060

47

6

Tottenham Hotspur

42

19

7

16

87

71

1.225

45

7

Liverpool

42

17

10

15

67

73

0.918

44

8

Sheffield Wednesday

42

16

11

15

57

55

1.036

43

9

West Ham United

42

19

4

19

82

71

1.155

42

10

Blackburn Rovers

42

16

10

16

83

79

1.051

42

11

Stoke City

42

16

10

16

67

66

1.015

42

12

Burnley

42

16

10

16

70

70

1.000

42

13

Arsenal

42

17

7

18

69

75

0.920

41

14

West Bromwich Albion

42

13

13

16

70

65

1.077

39

15

Sunderland

42

14

9

19

64

74

0.865

37

16

Aston Villa

42

16

5

21

57

82

0.695

37

17

Blackpool

42

12

11

19

67

78

0.859

35

18

Leicester City

42

11

13

18

69

85

0.812

35

19

Sheffield United

42

12

11

19

50

64

0.781

35

20

Fulham

42

11

12

19

60

78

0.769

34

21

Wolverhampton Wanderers

42

13

4

25

59

89

0.663

30

22

Birmingham City

42

8

11

23

64

96

0.667

27


 

1964-65
Potter Clark 
Cram Collard
Williams GE Howshall
Fraser Astle
Jones Fairfax
Simpson Fenton
Foggo Carter
Brown T Lovett
Kaye Krzywicki
Hope  Williams WT

Crawford R



 

 

1965-6

 

Another epic year for the club, as the Hagan combination finally came good. It opened with a 3-0 win over West Ham followed up with a 1-0 victory at Newcastle, Astle scored his first ever hat-trick, scoring another three the following Friday in the 4-3 win at Northampton which put Albion to the top of the league John Kaye joined the hat-trick club with three in a 6-2 defeat of Stoke. Albion were a now a formidable outfit at last, sixth place finish at the end of the season being the best achieved for six years, some considerable wins over Fulham 6-2, Nottingham Forest 5-3, and Leicester City 5-1along with victories at Chelsea, Everton and Sunderland 5-1. the players had become used to each other's style at last, two younger players making their presence felt in the first team Graham Lovett, and Tony Brown,

1965-6 was to see Albion gain the first silverware since 1954 with the first entry by the club to the league cup Albion along with other top clubs had boycotted for the first five years of its existence, tending to regard it as a poor copy of the FA Cup. However, by 1965, had an additional prize for winning entry for the winners to a European competition?

Albion's first tie in the League Cup at home to Walsall. The next round was a tie with Leeds United at Elland Road, but Leeds manager Don Revie had decided that the League. Cup was not his main priority, so Albion was able to thrash a deliberately weakened home side (who would do that these days). Coventry were the next victims, going down 6-1 in a replay, the 5th rd produced another West Midlands derby saw the Villa beaten set up a two-leg semi­ final meeting with Hagan's old club Peterborough. The first leg, at West Bromwich was only won 2-1 the away leg looked an overwhelming prospect, until Tony Brown snatched a brilliantly taken hat-trick in a 4-2 win.

The final was also over two legs, against the previous year's FA Cup West Ham. The first leg was played at Upton Park Albion losing 2-1 but thanks to a late disputed Jeff Astle goal set up the perfect final at the Hawthorns. In the second leg, Albion were untouchable, hitting four fabulous goals in thirty-five minutes to take the Cup; it took only nine minutes to wipe West Hams advantage,

In an effort to stop the tide of Albion attacks, the West Ham pulled nine men back into defence but could not stop Clark heading a goal, then Graham Williams cracked home a thirty-yarder off an upright. It was forty minutes before West Ham made their first real attack  Brabrook scoring with a header was scrambled off the line after it had hit the post. In the second half the Albion players relaxed their hold on the game and West Ham pulled Albion's winning margin down to 5-3 when Martin Peters headed a goal in the last quarter of an hour. At last the final whistle and Albion won the League Cup in their first year of competing as well as earning over £16,000 profit and much more from the lucrative entry into the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

 

21-08-1965 


West Brom

3-0

West Ham


25-08-1965 


Newcastle

0-1

West Brom


28-08-1965 


Nottm Forest

3-2

West Brom


01-09-1965 


West Brom

1-2

Newcastle


04-09-1965 


West Brom

4-2

Sheff Wed


07-09-1965 


Everton

2-3

West Brom


10-09-1965 


Northampton

3-4

West Brom


15-09-1965 


West Brom

1-1

Everton


18-09-1965 


West Brom

6-2

Stoke


22-09-1965 

League Cup 2nd Rd

West Brom

3-1

Walsall


25-09-1965 


Burnley

2-0

West Brom


02-10-1965 


West Brom

1-2

Chelsea


09-10-1965 


West Brom

4-1

Sunderland


13-10-1965 

League Cup 3rd Rd

Leeds

2-4

West Brom


16-10-1965 


Aston Villa

1-1

West Brom


23-10-1965 


West Brom

3-0

Liverpool


30-10-1965 


Tottenham

2-1

West Brom


03-11-1965 

League Cup 4th Rd

Coventry

1-1

West Brom


06-11-1965 


West Brom

6-2

Fulham


10-11-1965 

League Cup 4th Rd Replay

West Brom

6-1

Coventry


13-11-1965 


Blackpool

1-1

West Brom


17-11-1965 

League Cup 5th Rd

West Brom

3-1

Aston Villa


20-11-1965 


West Brom

2-1

Blackburn


27-11-1965 


Leicester

2-1

West Brom


01-12-1965 

League Cup Semi Final 1 st leg

West Brom

2-1

Peterborough


04-12-1965 


West Brom

1-1

Sheff Utd


11-12-1965 


Leeds

4-0

West Brom


15-12-1965 

League Cup Semi Final 2nd leg

Peterborough

2-4

West Brom


27-12-1965 


Man Utd

1-1

West Brom


01-01-1966 


Sunderland

1-5

West Brom


08-01-1966 


West Brom

1-2

Leeds


15-01-1966 


Liverpool

2-2

West Brom


22-01-1966 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Bolton

3-0

West Brom


29-01-1966 


West Ham

4-0

West Brom


05-02-1966 


West Brom

5-3

Nottm Forest


11-02-1966 


West Brom

2-2

Aston Villa


19-02-1966 


Sheff Wed

1-2

West Brom


26-02-1966 


West Brom

1-1

Northampton


09-03-1966 

League Cup Final 1st Leg

West Ham

2-1

West Brom

 

12-03-1966 


Stoke

1-1

West Brom


19-03-1966 


West Brom

1-2

Burnley


23-03-1966 

League Cup Final 2nd leg

West Brom

4-1

West Ham

 

02-04-1966 


Fulham

2-1

West Brom


05-04-1966 


Arsenal

1-1

West Brom


09-04-1966 


West Brom

2-1

Blackpool


11-04-1966 


West Brom

4-4

Arsenal


16-04-1966 


Blackburn

0-1

West Brom


22-04-1966 


West Brom

5-1

Leicester


25-04-1966 


Chelsea

2-3

West Brom


30-04-1966 


Sheff Utd

0-2

West Brom


04-05-1966 


West Brom

3-3

Man Utd


07-05-1966


West Brom

2-1

Tottenham


 



 

DIVISION ONE 1965 -66

 

P

 

W

 

D

 

L

 

F

 

A

 

GA

 

Pts

1

Liverpool

42

26

9

7

79

34

2.324

61

2

Leeds United

42

23

9

10

79

38

2.079

55

3

Burnley

42

24

7

11

79

47

1.681

55

4

Manchester United

42

18

15

9

84

59

1.424

51

5

Chelsea

42

22

7

13

65

53

1.226

51

6

West Bromwich Albion

42

19

12

11

91

69

1.319

50

7

Leicester City

42

21

7

14

80

65

1.231

49

8

Tottenham Hotspur

42

16

12

14

75

66

1.136

44

9

Sheffield United

42

16

11

15

56

59

0.949

43

10

Stoke City

42

15

12

15

65

64

1.016

42

11

Everton

42

15

11

16

56

62

0.903

41

12

West Ham United

42

15

9

18

70

83

0.843

39

13

Blackpool

42

14

9

19

55

65

0.846

37

14

Arsenal

42

12

13

17

62

75

0.827

37

15

Newcastle United

42

14

9

19

50

63

0.794

37

16

Aston Villa

42

15

6

21

69

80

0.863

36

17

Sheffield Wednesday

42

14

8

20

56

66

0.848

36

18

Nottingham Forest

42

14

8

20

56

72

0.778

36

19

Sunderland

42

14

8

20

51

72

0.708

36

20

Fulham

42

14

7

21

67

85

0.788

35

21

Northampton Town

42

10

13

19

55

92

0.598

33

22

Blackburn Rovers

42

8

4

30

57

88

0.648

20

 

1965-66
Potter Fairfax
Cram Howshall
Williams GE Brown T
Lovett Wilson
Jones Sheppard
Fraser Crawford R
Foggo Collard
Astle Crawford CHR
Kaye Krzywicki
Hope  Campbell
Clark 

2nd October 1965 West Brom 1 - 2 Chelsea

 

22nd September 1965

League Cup 2nd Rd

West Bromwich Albion V Walsall

3-1 Brown 2, Bennett o.g
Attend 41,188


http://www.westbromwichalbionhistory.co.uk/userimages/img430.jpg

 

 

13th October 1965

Leeds United 2- 4 West Bromwich Albion

 

http://www.westbromwichalbionhistory.co.uk/userimages/leeds65.jpg

 

 

3rd November 1965


League Cup 4th Rd

Coventry City V West Bromwich Albion

1 - 1 Kaye

Attend 38,476

Sheppard, Cram, Fairfax, Lovett, Jones, Fraser, Brown, Astle, Kaye, Hope, Clark

http://www.westbromwichalbionhistory.co.uk/userimages/img476.jpg

 

League Cup 4th Rd Replay

West Bromwich Albion V Coventry City

6 - 1 Astle 3 Fraser 2 Brown

Attend 31,956

Sheppard, Cram, Fairfax, Lovett, Jones, Fraser, Brown, Astle, Kaye, Hope, Clark

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

 

 

17th November 1965


League Cup 5th Rd

West Bromwich Albion V Aston Villa

3 - 1 Kaye 2, Brown,

Attend 40,694

Sheppard, Cram, Fairfax, Lovett, Jones, Fraser, Brown, Astle, Kaye, Hope, Clark

 

 

1st December 1965

League Cup Semi Final 1st Leg

West Bromwich Albion V Peterborough United

2 - 1 Brown, Astle,
Attend 20,933

Sheppard, Cram, Fairfax, Lovett, Jones, Fraser, Brown, Astle, Kaye, Hope, Clark,

 

 



 

15th December 1965

League Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg

Peterborough United V West Bromwich Albion

4 - 2 (Brown 3, Crawford,

Attend 18,288

Potter, Cram, Fairfax, Lovett, Jones, Fraser, Brown, Crawford, Kaye, Hope, Clark


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




West Ham United V West Bromwich Albion

9th March 1966

League Cup Final 1st Leg 1 - 2

(Astle)


Attend 28,588

 

Potter,Cram,Fairfax,Fraser,Campbell,Williams,Brown,

Astle,Kaye,Lovett,Clark,



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

 

West Bromwich Albion v West Ham United


23rd March 1966

League Cup Final 2nd Leg 

4 - 1 

(Kaye, Brown, Clark, Williams)

 

Attend 32,013

Potter,Cram,Fairfax,Fraser,Campbell,Williams,Brown,

Astle,Kaye,Hope,Clark,


http://www.westbromwichalbionhistory.co.uk/userimages/img355.jpg

 

Jeff Astle, Clive Clark, Graham Williams Celebrate winning

the League Cup



 http://www.westbromwichalbionhistory.co.uk/userimages/img281.jpg


1966 League Cup Winners

 


http://www.westbromwichalbionhistory.co.uk/userimages/1966.jpg


1966 - 67

A second successive final was on the cards this time culminating with a Final at Wembley instead of the two leg final, with away wins at Swindon and Northampton and good home wins over Manchester City 4-2 and Aston Villa again 6-1, then a semi final tie with the previous seasons losing finalists West Ham. This time the first leg was at West Bromwich, where Albion ended the tie as a contest in the first leg by hitting four goals without reply, then a draw in the capital.

The final in front of 100,000 spectators Albion took the field against Third Division Queens Park Rangers, in a match which was to prove a major embarrassment in the club's history as well as ending the association of the club with both Bobby Cram and Jimmy Hagan. It was rumoured that there had been a few words between the players and the manager but this has never been proved, but what happened in the second half will stay with all the fans who witnessed that devastating 45 minutes

All was well in the first half  Clark had scored two goals after seven and thirty-six minutes to put his side completely in control  but, Rangers were not finished a turn-around in the second half, a inspired by Rodney Marsh who turned the Albion defence inside-out. The boost in confidence of the Rangers' players was lifted even more when Roger Morgan pulled back the first goal after eighteen minutes; the equalizer coming after Marsh had left four Albion defenders standing. The Rangers' winner came seven minutes from time, it was hotly disputed by the entire Albion side, who claimed that Sheppard had been laid out by centre-half Hunt just before Lazarus pushed the winner into the net, but the goal was allowed and the embarrassed Albion side had lost their first ever League Cup-tie in humiliating circumstances.

 

That shocking defeat was the last straw for many supporters; the football of the previous year had rarely been repeated, with relegation only being ensured with two matches of the season remaining, in the FA Cup, the five-goal defeat at Leeds was the heaviest by an Albion side in their eighty-three years in the tournament. A run in the Fairs Cup had also suffered a setback, although a 6-3 aggregate win over Dutch part-timers Utrecht was gained in the first round, the Italians' from Bologna won 3-0 in Italy and 3-1 in West Bromwich four days after the league cup final with Queens Park Rangers, so it was little surprise when, on 3rd May, Danny Hagan's involvement with the club was terminated, despite his having recently signed a five-year contract.

It was an unfortunate but Hagan was unlucky to have been dismissed considering his excellent record. So Albion then started the process of finding their fifth manager in seven years, this time they again turned to a younger, track-suit manager from the lower leagues. Alan Ashman was appointed. Ashman was young, r, with an inspiring pedigree, having steered Carlisle United in their rise from the Fourth Division to the fringe of promotion to the First making him one of the top managers in the game. His first job was to pick a very sorry losing team up dust them off and turn them back in to a top flight team.

 17TH dECEMBER 1966

wEST BROM 3 mANCHESTER uNITED 4

 

 


20-08-1966 


Man Utd

5-3

West Brom

24-08-1966 


Leeds

2-1

West Brom

27-08-1966 


West Brom

1-2

Burnley

31-08-1966 


West Brom

2-0

Leeds

03-09-1966 


Nottm Forest

2-1

West Brom

07-09-1966 


Newcastle

1-3

West Brom

10-09-1966 


West Brom

5-1

Fulham

14-09-1966

League Cup 2nd rd

West Brom

6-1

Aston Villa

17-09-1966 


Everton

5-4

West Brom

24-09-1966 


West Brom

0-1

Stoke

01-10-1966 


Sheff Utd

4-3

West Brom

05-10-1966

League Cup3rd rd

West Brom

4-2

Man City

08-10-1966 


Sunderland

2-2

West Brom

15-10-1966 


West Brom

2-1

Aston Villa

22-10-1966 


Arsenal

2-3

West Brom

25-10-1966

League Cup 4th rd

Swindon

0-2

West Brom

29-10-1966 


West Brom

1-2

Sheff Wed

02-11-1966 

Fairs Cup 2nd rd 1st leg

DOS Utrecht

1-1

West Brom

05-11-1966 


Aston Villa

3-2

West Brom

09-11-1966 

Fairs Cup 2nd rd 2nd leg

West Brom

5-2

DOS Utrecht

12-11-1966 


West Brom

0-1

Chelsea

19-11-1966 


Leicester

2-1

West Brom

26-11-1966 


West Brom

2-1

Liverpool

03-12-1966 


West Ham

3-0

West Brom

07-12-1966

League Cup 5th rd

Northampton

1-2

West Brom

10-12-1966 


West Brom

0-3

Man City

17-12-1966 


West Brom

3-4

Man Utd

26-12-1966 


West Brom

3-0

Tottenham

27-12-1966 


Tottenham

0-0

West Brom

31-12-1966 


Burnley

5-1

West Brom

07-01-1967 


West Brom

1-2

Nottm Forest

14-01-1967 


Fulham

2-2

West Brom

18-01-1967

League Cup Semi Final 1st leg

West Brom

4-0

West Ham

21-01-1967 


West Brom

1-0

Everton

28-01-1967

FA Cup 3rd rd

Northampton

1-3

West Brom

01-02-1967 

Fairs Cup 3rd rd 1st leg

Bologna

3-0

West Brom

04-02-1967 


Stoke

1-1

West Brom

08-02-1967

League Cup Semi Final 2nd leg

West Ham

2-2

West Brom

11-02-1967 


West Brom

1-2

Sheff Utd

18-02-1967

FA Cup 4th Rd

Leeds

5-0

West Brom

25-02-1967 


West Brom

2-2

Sunderland

04-03-1967 

League Cup Final

QPR

3-2

West Brom

08-03-1967 

Fairs Cup 3rd Rd 2nd leg

West Brom

1-3

Bologna

18-03-1967 


West Brom

0-1

Arsenal

25-03-1967 


Man City

2-2

West Brom

27-03-1967 


West Brom

3-2

Southampton

29-03-1967 


Southampton

2-2

West Brom

01-04-1967 


West Brom

3-1

Blackpool

10-04-1967 


Chelsea

0-2

West Brom

15-04-1967 


West Brom

1-0

Leicester

19-04-1967 


Sheff Wed

1-0

West Brom

22-04-1967 


Liverpool

0-1

West Brom

28-04-1967 


West Brom

3-1

West Ham

06-05-1967 


Blackpool

1-3

West Brom

13-05-1967


West Brom

6-1

Newcastle

 


DIVISION ONE 1966 - 67

P

W

D

L

F

A

GA

Pts

1

Manchester United

42

24

12

6

84

45

1.867

60

2

Nottingham Forest

42

23

10

9

64

41

1.561

56

3

Tottenham Hotspur

42

24

8

10

71

48

1.479

56

4

Leeds United

42

22

11

9

62

42

1.476

55

5

Liverpool

42

19

13

10

64

47

1.362

51

6

Everton

42

19

10

13

65

46

1.413

48

7

Arsenal

42

16

14

12

58

47

1.234

46

8

Leicester City

42

18

8

16

78

71

1.099

44

9

Chelsea

42

15

14

13

67

62

1.081

44

10

Sheffield United

42

16

10

16

52

59

0.881

42

11

Sheffield Wednesday

42

14

13

15

56

47

1.191

41

12

Stoke City

42

17

7

18

63

58

1.086

41

13

West Bromwich Albion

42

16

7

19

77

73

1.055

39

14

Burnley

42

15

9

18

66

76

0.868

39

15

Manchester City

42

12

15

15

43

52

0.827

39

16

West Ham United

42

14

8

20

80

84

0.952

36

17

Sunderland

42

14

8

20

58

72

0.806

36

18

Fulham

42

11

12

19

71

83

0.855

34

19

Southampton

42

14

6

22

74

92

0.804

34

20

Newcastle United

42

12

9

21

39

81

0.481

33

21

Aston Villa

42

11

7

24

54

85

0.635

29

22

Blackpool

42

6

9

27

41

76

0.539

21

 

1966-67
Potter Lovett
Cram Foggo
Fairfax Campbell
Williams GE Crawford CHR
Jones Krzywicki
Fraser Stephens
Brown T Tracey
Astle Simpson
Kaye Howshall
Hope  Clarke
Clark  Talbot
Sheppard Osborne
Collard Colquhoun


Queens Park Rangers V West Bromwich Albion

4th March 1967

League Cup Final 

2 - 3 

(Clark 2)

 

Sheppard,Cram,Williams,Collard,Clarke,Fraser,Brown,

Astle,Kaye,Hope,Clark

 



 

 

http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=44593

 




 1967 -68

 

Ashman's First Division appearance as a manager did not get off to the best of starts with only one win, against Wolves, in the first seven outings of the season. Things got steadily worse, as Albion, near the bottom of the league went to Reading in the first round of the League Cup and lost 1-3, going out to a Third Division side for the second year in succession.

This may well have been the wakeup call Albion were looking for .finally at the end of September, Sheffield United were beaten 4-1, Jeff Astle grabbing a hat-trick. From then on until the end of the year, only two defeats at Everton and Manchester United blotted the copy book. Three results stood out above the rest. The first was the 8-1 defeat of Burnley at the Hawthorns, the biggest Albion win for ten years, then over Christmas, Manchester City were beaten 3-2 at the Hawthorns and again 2-0 at Maine Road, over the team which were to win the League that year a fourteen-game run saw the Albion climb to fifth place in the table. Unfortunately, the following results were disastrous to any ambitions they had of winning the title, losing 1-4 at Liverpool and 2-3 at Forest,

As normal over the years the FA Cup was again thought to be the best chance of adding silverware to the trophy cabinet. The first tie was at Colchester, This was the start of a cup run that would take 10 games to win the cup.             It was Layer Road the Home of Colchester United where it all began

This was the first time Albion had ever played at Layer Road and given the difference in league pacing's it was generally assumed that they would not have too much trouble passing through to the fourth round.

 One important factor was missed this was the FA Cup and season after season we hear of cup upsets in fact this was to be the ground that mighty Leeds United would be brought down to earth in the 70s.


With the memory of the defeats against Queens Park Rangers and Reading fresh in their minds, the players approached the match very cautiously and sure enough were soon a goal down,

 

The game was not a classic but against all the odds Colchester scored first and it took a penalty from Tony Brown to level the score. Then with only 90 seconds left to play Mickey Bullock put the ball in the net to make it 2-1 the Albion defence looked on as a shock exit for the Albion was on the cards. John Talbut Albion's centre half picked the ball out of the net and kicked it straight out of the ground in anger. The referee Arthur Jones then for some unknown reason to the 16,000 crowd
and players disallowed the goal and restarted the game still at 1-1. He blew the final whistle within seconds and the replay at the Hawthorns 4 days later was on.

There was no second chance for the Essex side, Albion were convincing 4-0 winners, when the difference in class was made to tell.

 

 

 

 FA Cup 3rd Round Replay

January 27th 1968

West Bromwich Albion v Colchester United

4-0

Astle 2, Kaye, Clark



Shepard, Colquhorn, Williams, Brown, Talbut, Fraser, Lovett, Kaye, Astle, Hope, Clark  

                                                                                                                                                                                     Attend 42,642

                        

 

The fourth round gave a home tie with Southampton, resulted in a 1-1 draw;

 

 

 FA Cup 4th Round Replay 

February 21st 1968

At Southampton

3 - 2 Astle 2, Brown

Osborne*,Lovett)

Clarke,Williams,Collard,Talbut,Fraser,Brown,Kaye,

Astle,Hope,Clark

                                     Attend 26,036                                                                                  

 

 Southampton had already beaten the Albion 4-0 in the league game in August. but, the Cup is a different animal and the Albion won 3-2, despite losing goalkeeper John Osborne through injury, and Graham Williams deputising in goal for much of the match wearing John Osborne's shirt two sizes too big for him and having cigarette stubs flicked at him from behind the home end goal. Albion managed to come from behind to win, with Astle scoring an injury-time winner.


 

 

 

Back to the South Coast for the fifth round tie with Portsmouth, Astle and Clark scoring to secure a place in the sixth round.

 

 

 

FA Cup 5th Round

March 9th 1968

at Portsmouth

Portsmouth V West Bromwich Albion

 2 - 1 Astle, Clark

Osborne,

Colquhorn,Williams,Brown,Talbut,Fraser,Kryzywicki,Kaye,Astle,Collard,Clark

                                                                  Attend

42,642

                                                                                                                                                                                               

   

The draw for the sixth round gave Albion a home game with Liverpool, favourites for the Cup, and they had already beaten Albion twice in the League. The first match ended in a 0-0 draw,

 

--

 

 

 

 

Attend 43,503  




Action from the goalless draw at the Hawthorns Liverpool's Tommy Lawrence saving in front of Albion's John Kaye and John Talbut




FA Cup 6th Round Replay

April 8th 1968  

Liverpool 1-1 West Bromwich Albion

Astle

Osborne, Clarke, Williams, Fraser, Talbut, Colouqhoun, Kaye, Brown, Collard (Stephens),

Astle, Clark  

 

Attend 54,273

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                                               

 at Anfield however Albion were supposed to roll over and give way to the reds but the Kop was silenced when Astle scored to equalize, Albion withstood the red onslaught in extra time.

 The tie moved to Maine Road for the third meeting John Kaye playing the heroes part after receiving a cut over his eye after half an hour. A few minutes before Kaye picked up his injury, Astle scored to put Albion into the lead from a Collard pass, but Liverpool scored through Hatley to level just before Half time. The pace got even more frantic in the second half, with Kaye now wearing a bandage on his head, Liverpool were stopped from taking the lead by two great saves by Osborne, before Clive Clark finished a ten pass move to win the tie after 300 minutes of strenuous Cup-tie football

 

FA Cup 6th Round 2nd Replay

April 18th 1968

At Maine Road 

West Bromwich Albion V Liverpool

2- 1

 Osborne,Clarke(Stephens),Williams,Fraser,Talbut,Kaye,Brown,Collard,Astle,Clark    

Attend 56,139

 

 

 

 

 

 

The semi final draw had already guaranteed a West Midland side would play at Wembley, a repeat of the 1931 Final with Birmingham City this time at Villa Park. The match was not as easy as Albion would have liked, no semi-final ever is, with Blues playing above their league status to make more of the opening half of the game with shots bombarding the Albion goal, Osborne was equal to the task, making save after save before Tony Brown and Jeff Astle won the game and secured a place in the final at Wembley


48 hours after the semi final meeting with Birmingham City, Manchester United were the visitors to the Hawthorns and in an match that would virtually decide the league championship Albion turned on the style and turned Manchester United inside out and were 6-1 up after seventy minutes Astle scoring a hat-trick, the game finished 6-3 in front of a 45,992 crowd, the unofficial attendance was more likely 55,000 plus after a gate was forced open and thousands poured in to what had already been a lock out an hour before the kick off.   Manchester United finished the season 2 points behind Manchester City and this game all but put an end to their hopes of finishing top, United went on to a final of their own in the European Cup with victory against Benfica, fielding the same side who Albion beat easily only a few weeks previous. Two days later Astle hit another hat trick in a 3-1 win over West Ham, the side climbed back in to sixth spot, but a draw at Sunderland and a last day defeat at Arsenal dropped them down to eighth.

 

  

And so to the final Everton were the biggest favourites in the Final for many years especially as they had recently won 6-2 at The Hawthorns, with Alan Ball scoring four times. Revenge for this defeat and the fact their fans raided the shops in West Bromwich taking all the sugar they could carry back to Merseyside as there had been a sugar strike in Liverpool gave Albion a huge incentive to win the cup.

Unfortunately like most things you wait for and are expecting great things of let you down.

Both sides tried a new tactic of bore the opposition to death. It turned out to be the most disappointing final in living memory, the crowd chanting, "We want football". Both teams were cancelling each other out with little effort The little football that was on display sorry to say came from the sugar grabbing Merseyside's, Husband missing four scoring chances and Osborne playing the game of his life sounds exciting but that was the majority of shots in the game on the one occasion when he was beaten, John Kaye cleared a header from Joe Royle off the line. In the last five minutes of normal time Everton probably should have won the game with chances from Ball and Husband turning what were golden opportunities into to clear misses, the game ended scoreless.

After ninety minutes of unimaginative football, it took just two minutes of extra-time to produce a winner, a goal that will remain in the memories with fans who were at Wembley that day and those who were at home watching it on the television that day. It came, unsurprisingly from Astle, his thirty-fifth of the season, to put him in with the exclusive group of men who have scored in every round of the Cup. He picked up the ball inside the Everton half ran past the tired Everton defenders to let loose with a right-footed shot from twenty-five yards. The ball rebounded back of Brian Labone right into his path and he blasted home a drive with his weaker left foot, past a static Gordon West who could only watch it go into the net. As much as Everton huffed and puffed trying to get back into the game they could not get past John Osborne who again saved the day. With only minutes remaining Osborne threw the ball to Tony Brown who with his last gasp of energy went on a run into the Everton half, he looked up and saw Graham Lovett keeping up with him as Ray Wilson the Everton defender came towards him Tony Brown heard Lovett shout "don't give it to me" but Brown made the pass Lovett put his head down and in his own words shut his eyes and hit it. Expecting to hear the crowd roar as he made it 2-0 and score the winning goal. Instead he heard the crow moan and sent the ball over the bar. On his way back to his own half Jeff Astle patted him on the back and said "never mind I'm glad you didn't score or else I would not have scored the winning goal. This was Albion's fifth FA Cup victory.

Photos by kind permission of Christine Vernon

 

 

Astle scores to win the cup May 18th 1968

 


1968 FA CUP Final WINNERS

 FA Cup Final 1968

99,965

Osborne,Fraser,Williams,Brown,Talbut,Kaye,(Clarke),Lovett,Collard,Astle,Hope,Clark

 

 

 
 


 

 

 

 

 Lap of Wembley
Photo by kind permission of Christine Vernon 

 

1968 F A Cup Winners

 

s

 

 

 

The team were greeted back in West Bromwich by their eager fans. The team travelled in an open coach

From New Street Station 250,000 fans lined the streets to see their team carry the silver trophy back to West Bromwich.

 

 

 

 

 
 
 

Albion were on tour immediately after winning the cup, flying out to East Africa for a Trades Fair tour to Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. It was the first club tour since the two trips to New York and South America, but this tour will be long remembered by the players and officials for the ugly scenes in all of the games, ending in the 'Battle of Kampala' as the near riot in Ugandan capital.

The Africans set their stall out within the first fifteen minutes when Clive Clark was ruthlessly chopped by a vicious tackle which put him in plaster for three months. Throughout the second half, the match simmered and the inevitable explosion came ten minutes from the end when Asa Hartford became the second Albion man on the tour to be sent off the field minutes later, Ian Collard was chopped down with a waist high tackle and the match erupted. Fighting broke out, with Hartford running back on the field to join in the fray, which had been augmented by hundreds of spectators who had stormed the pitch. The match was restarted only after the intervention of armed police.

 

 

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

IVIE TELLS ME HIS GOOD FRIEND COLIN HALL IS THE FOREST PLAYER TRYING TO BLOCK JOHN TALBUT


19-08-1967


                                  Chelsea

                                   1-0

West Brom

 

 

23-08-1967 


Wolves

3-3

West Brom


26-08-1967 


Southampton

4-0

West Brom

 

30-08-1967 


West Brom

4-1

Wolves

 

02-09-1967 


West Brom

0-2

Liverpool

 

06-09-1967 


West Brom

1-3

Arsenal

 

09-09-1967 


Stoke

0-0

West Brom

 

13-09-1967

League Cup 2nd Rd

Reading

3-1

West Brom

 

16-09-1967 


West Brom

2-1

Nottm Forest

 

23-09-1967 


Coventry

4-2

West Brom

 

30-09-1967 


West Brom

4-1

Sheff Utd

 

07-10-1967 


Fulham

1-2

West Brom

 

14-10-1967 


West Brom

2-0

Leeds

 

24-10-1967 


Everton

2-1

West Brom

 

28-10-1967 


West Brom

0-0

Leicester

 

11-11-1967 


West Brom

8-1

Burnley

 

18-11-1967 


Sheff Wed

2-2

West Brom

 

25-11-1967 


West Brom

2-0

Tottenham


02-12-1967 


Man Utd

2-1

West Brom

 

11-12-1967 


West Ham

2-3

West Brom

 

16-12-1967 


Chelsea

0-3

West Brom

 

23-12-1967 


West Brom

0-0

Southampton

 

26-12-1967 


West Brom

3-2

Man City

 

30-12-1967 


Man City

0-2

West Brom

 

06-01-1968 


Liverpool

4-1

West Brom

 

20-01-1968 


Nottm Forest

3-2

West Brom

 

27-01-1968

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Colchester

1-1

West Brom

 

31-01-1968

FA Cup 3Rd Rd Replay

West Brom

4-0

Colchester

 

03-02-1968 


West Brom

0-1

Coventry

 

10-02-1968 


Sheff Utd

1-1

West Brom

 

17-02-1968

FA Cup 4th Rd

West Brom

1-1

Southampton

 

21-02-1968

FA Cup 4th Rd Replay

Southampton

2-3

West Brom

 

24-02-1968 


West Brom

2-1

Fulham

 

01-03-1968 


Tottenham

0-0

West Brom

 

09-03-1968

FA Cup 5th Rd

Portsmouth

1-2

West Brom

 

13-03-1968 


West Brom

3-0

Stoke

 

16-03-1968 


West Brom

2-6

Everton

 

23-03-1968 


Leicester

2-3

West Brom

 

30-03-1968

FA Cup 6th Rd

West Brom

0-0

Liverpool

 

02-04-1968 


West Brom

0-0

Sunderland

 

06-04-1968 


Burnley

0-0

West Brom

 

08-04-1968

FA Cup 6th Rd Replay

Liverpool

1-1

West Brom

 

12-04-1968 


Newcastle

2-2

West Brom

 

13-04-1968 


West Brom

1-1

Sheff Wed

 

15-04-1968 


West Brom

2-0

Newcastle

 

18-04-1968 

FA Cup 6th Rd 2nd Replay

West Brom

2-1

Liverpool

 

20-04-1968 


Leeds

3-1

West Brom

 

27-04-1968 

FA Cup Semi Final

West Brom

2-0

Birmingham

 

29-04-1968 


West Brom

6-3

Man Utd

 

01-05-1968 


West Brom

3-1

West Ham

 

04-05-1968 


Sunderland

0-0

West Brom

 

11-05-1968 


Arsenal

2-1

West Brom

 

18-05-1968

FA Cup Final

West Brom

1-0

Everton

 

09-12-1967 match postponed        

West Brom                      

Sunderland

 














 

 

DIVISION ONE 1967 - 68

P

W

D

L

F

A

GA

Pts

1

Manchester City

42

26

6

10

86

43

2.000

58

2

Manchester United

42

24

8

10

89

55

1.618

56

3

Liverpool

42

22

11

9

71

40

1.775

55

4

Leeds United

42

22

9

11

71

41

1.732

53

5

Everton

42

23

6

13

67

40

1.675

52

6

Chelsea

42

18

12

12

62

68

0.912

48

7

Tottenham Hotspur

42

19

9

14

70

59

1.186

47

8

West Bromwich Albion

42

17

12

13

75

62

1.210

46

9

Arsenal

42

17

10

15

60

56

1.071

44

10

Newcastle United

42

13

15

14

54

67

0.806

41

11

Nottingham Forest

42

14

11

17

52

64

0.813

39

12

West Ham United

42

14

10

18

73

69

1.058

38

13

Leicester City

42

13

12

17

64

69

0.928

38

14

Burnley

42

14

10

18

64

71

0.901

38

15

Sunderland

42

13

11

18

51

61

0.836

37

16

Southampton

42

13

11

18

66

83

0.795

37

17

Wolverhampton Wanderers

42

14

8

20

66

75

0.880

36

18

Stoke City

42

14

7

21

50

73

0.685

35

19

Sheffield Wednesday

42

11

12

19

51

63

0.810

34

20

Coventry City

42

9

15

18

51

71

0.718

33

21

Sheffield United

42

11

10

21

49

70

0.700

32

22

Fulham

42

10

7

25

56

98

0.571

27

 

 

1967-68
Osborne Clarke
Fraser Hope 
Williams GE Fairfax
Howshall Stephens
Colquhoun Sheppard
Talbot Campbell
Foggo Tracey
Astle Krzywicki
Kaye Lovett
Brown T Hartford
Clark  Martin
Collard Rees


 

1968 -69 

 

 

Back row G Lovett, E Colquhoun, R Wilson, R Sheppard, S Williams (Trainer) J Kaye,

J Osborne, C Clark,      J Astle, D Clarke, 

Front Row: R Hope, D Fraser, T Brown, G Williams, J Talbut, I Collard, R Rees, R Hartford.

 

 

Witin days of  the Wembley win, the Albion squad were on the move again, jetting out to East Africa for a Trades Fair tour to Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania the will be long remembered by the players and officials for the ugly scenes in all of the games, culminating in the 'Battle of Kampala'.

The scene was set after fifteen minutes when Clive Clark was callously chopped by a vicious tackle which put him in plaster for three months. Throughout the second half, the match simmered and the inevitable explosion came ten minutes from the end when Asa Hartford became the second Albion man on the tour to be sent off the field - minutes later, Ian Collard was scythed down with a waist high tackle and the match erupted. Fighting broke out, with Hartford running back on the field to join in the fray, which had been augmented by hundreds of spectators who had stormed the pitch. The match was restarted only after the intervention of armed police.

 

 

 

To start the new season as Cup-holders, the club had built up an awesome reputation as Cup-fighters. With automatic entry into the European Cup Winners' Cup following their FA Cup success, there were now three Cups at stake, not including the League and the Charity Shield, The Charity shield which Albion had only ever won once beating Tottenham in 1920 and shared once after drawing with Wolves in 1954 was the first hurdle to climb at Maine Road, against Manchester City.

 

Albion were badly hit by injuries following the East African tour at the end of the previous season for the curtain-raiser to the new season, Kenny Stephens, Dick Krzywicki, As a Hartford and substitute Alan Merrick, all being drafted in from the reserves leaving a very depleted Albion side Merrick on for John Osborne, who was injured during the game. The match was a catastrophe and City scored six times as the young Albion side were outclassed.

 

 

 

 


3rd AUGUST 1968 Manchester City 6-1 West Bromwich Albion

FA Charity Shield

35,510

Osborne. (Merrick)

 Fraser Williams Lovett Talbut Kaye Stephens Brown Krzywicki Collard Hartford  

 

 

The Cup Returns home

both pictures courtesy of Christine Vernon

Action from Albion v Burnley

 

The team failed completely in the League, but as usual, made an impact in the Cup tournaments. In the League Cup, Nottingham Forest were beaten 3-2 at Meadow Lane, Nott's County's ground which was used because of fire damage at the City Ground, and then, Forest won 5-2 at the Hawthorns in the league three days later. In the League Cup exit from this competition was all too quick when Peterborough United became the first club from the Fourth Division to beat Albion in a competitive match when they won 2-1 at London Road, the third consecutive elimination for the club to teams from the lower leagues.

 

The FA Cup however gave hopes of another successive final appearance with another semi-final appearance, Norwich City, Fulham and Arsenal, all went by the wayside in the earlier rounds, The sixth round meeting was against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, with another Astle-Brown double winning the tie 2-1 also thanks to John Osborne holding onto the ball in the dying minutes with half the Chelsea side kicking lumps out of him.

The semi-final was at Hillsborough against Leicester City, Albion never really got going in the game, a few minutes from the end of a featureless game, Allan Clarke, scored with a dipping shot which swerved late to deceive Osborne.

 

To add insult to injury the lack of ability to tame teams from weaker oppositions aided in Albion's exit of the European Cup Winners' Cup to Dunfermline Athletic after conquering two tougher European teams in the earlier rounds. Round one a 1-3 defeat at Bruges in Belgium, but Albion's 2-0 win at home saw them through, to the next round on the 'away goals' rule after a 3-3 draw on aggregate.

 

EUROPEAN CUP-WINNERS Cup


1st Round 2nd leg

October 2nd 1968

West Bromwich Albion 2 F. C Bruges 0

Atten 33.747

Osborne,Fraser,Williams,Brown,Talbut,Kaye,Rees,Hartford(Collard),Astle,Hope,Clark,

Osborne was injured in this game Williams went in goal
Merrick came on as a substitute.


 

 

EUROPEAN CUP-WINNERS Cup 

2nd Round 2nd leg

November 27th 1968

West Bromwich Albion 4 Dinamo Bucharest 0

Attend 33,059

Osborne, Fraser, Williams, Brown, Talbut, Kaye, Clark, Lovett, Astle, Hope, Hartford,

 

The second round a visit to Bucharest, capital of Rumania, to meet Dinamo Bucharest. Once again, there was a near riot in the first leg.  Asa Hartford who could cause a riot in a telephone box angered the crowd by giving the Albion an early lead but the match degenerated into an unpleasant conflict .with police intervention being required, Ronnie Rees was sent off for retaliation which served to anger the crowd even more then as the players left the field under a barrage of bottles and bricks, police intervention was again required, the players being ushered off by home players and officials. With the use of intimidation, the Rumanians had succeeded in gaining a draw, but the second leg was won easily by four goals to nil.

Then the knock-out came ironically from another British side. The first leg was marked by a strong display from the Albion, who defended to a man to gain a goal-less draw in Scotland, but the hard work was undone when a goal in the first two minutes on the freezing Hawthorns pitch was enough to put Albion out, along with the help of some blatant time-wasting tactics from the Scots.

 

 

The FA Cup saw yet another semi-final appearance, by way of  a 3-0 victory  over Norwich City, 2-1 against Fulham (at Craven Cottage, with Welsh international Ronnie Rees coming on as substitute to score the winner) and 1-0 Arsenal in the 5th Round, who went out to a Bomber Brown free-kick special minutes from time. The quarter-final meeting was with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and was a heart-stopping affair, but another Astle-Brown double won the tie 2-1 and Albion were denied a third goal by the referee, who gave a penalty to Albion after Ron Harris had punched the ball out from well behind his own line -Peter Bonetti saved Brown's spot-kick to keep the Londoners in the hunt, Chelsea almost equalised in the dying minutes but thanks to an heroic John Osborne who held on to the ball with Chelsea players all trying to kick lumps out of  him and the ball. Ossie still held on to the ball while receiving treatment

The semi-final was at Hillsborough against Leicester City, to be relegated within two months. Albion never really got going in the game, which had reserve Dennis Martin as a surprise choice for Clive Clark, who was relegated to the substitute's bench - a few minutes from the end of a drab game, Allan Clarke, scored for Leicester City with a dipping shot which swerved late completely to deceive Osborne.

FA Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom 3 - 0 Norwich City

4th Jan 1969  

 

 

 

FA Cup 4th Rd

Fulham 1 -2 West Brom

25th Jan 1969

 

FA Cup 5th Rd

West Brom 1 -0 Arsenal

                                                                 12th Feb 1969

 

 

 

 

FA Cup 6th Rd

Chelsea 1 - 2 West Brom

1st March 1969 

  

 

 

FA Cup Semi Final

Hillsborough

West Brom 0 - 1 Leicester City

                                                             22nd March 1969

 

 

 


03-08-1968 

FA Community Shield

Man City

6-1

West Brom

 

10-08-1968 


West Brom

0-0

Sheff Wed


14-08-1968 


West Brom

3-1

Man Utd


17-08-1968 


Chelsea

3-1

West Brom


21-08-1968 


Tottenham

1-1

West Brom


24-08-1968 


West Brom

3-2

Burnley


27-08-1968 


Coventry

4-2

West Brom


31-08-1968 


West Ham

4-0

West Brom


03-09-1968

League Cup 2nd Rd

Nottm Forest

2-3

West Brom


07-09-1968


West Brom

2-5
Nottm Forest

14-09-1968 


Newcastle

2-3

West Brom


18-09-1968 

European Cup Winners Cup 1st Rd 1ST Leg

FC Bruges

3-1

West Brom


21-09-1968


West Brom

0-0 Wolves



25-09-1968

League Cup 3rd Rd

Peterborough

2-1

West Brom


28-09-1968 


Everton

4-0

West Brom


02-10-1968 

European Cup Winners Cup 1st Rd 2nd Leg

West Brom

2-0

FC Bruges


05-10-1968 


West Brom

3-1

QPR


09-10-1968 


West Brom

6-1

Coventry


12-10-1968 


Leicester

0-2

West Brom


19-10-1968 


West Brom

1-0

Arsenal


26-10-1968 


Leeds

0-0

West Brom


02-11-1968 


West Brom

0-0

Liverpool


09-11-1968 


Southampton

2-0

West Brom


13-11-1968 

European Cup Winners Cup 2nd Rd 1st Leg

Din. Bucharest

1-1

West Brom


16-11-1968 


West Brom

2-1

Stoke


23-11-1968 


Man City

5-1

West Brom                


27-11-1968 

European Cup Winners Cup 2nd Rd 2nd Leg

West Brom

4-0

Din. Bucharest


30-11-1968 


West Brom

3-0

Sunderland


07-12-1968 


Ipswich

4-1

West Brom


14-12-1968 


West Brom

1-1

Leicester


21-12-1968 


Arsenal

2-0

West Brom


26-12-1968 


QPR

0-4

West Brom


28-12-1968

Match Postponed

West Brom


Leeds United


04-01-1969

FA Cup 3Rd Rd

West Brom

3-0

Norwich

 

11-01-1969 


Liverpool

1-0

West Brom


15-01-1969 

European Cup Winners Cup 3rd Rd 1st Leg

Dunfermline

0-0

West Brom


18-01-1969 


West Brom

1-2

Southampton


25-01-1969
FA Cup 4th Rd
Fulham
1-2
West Brom

01-02-1969 


Stoke

1-1

West Brom


12-02-1969 

FA Cup 5th Rd

1-0

Arsenal


19-02-1969 

European Cup Winners Cup 3Rd Rd 2nd Leg

West Brom

0-1

Dunfermline


01-03-1969 

FA Cup 6th Rd

Chelsea

1-2

West Brom


05-03-1969 


Sheff Wed

1-0

West Brom


08-03-1969 


West Brom

0-3

Chelsea


10-03-1969 


Sunderland

0-1

West Brom


15-03-1969 


Burnley

2-2

West Brom


22-03-1969 


Nottm Forest

3-0

West Brom


29-03-1969 

FA Cup Semi Final

Leicester

1-0

West Brom


02-04-1969 


Man Utd

2-1

West Brom

 

05-04-1969 


West Brom

1-1

Everton


07-04-1969 


West Brom

4-3

Tottenham


09-04-1969 


West Brom

1-1

Leeds


12-04-1969 


Wolves

0-1

West Brom


14-04-1969 


West Brom

3-1

West Ham


16-04-1969 


West Brom

2-0

Man City


19-04-1969 


West Brom

5-1

Newcastle


23-04-1969


West Brom

2-2

Ipswich


18-12-1968

League Cup Semi Final Replay @ Hawthorns

Burnley

2-3

Swindon


 


DIVISION 0NE 1968 - 69

P

W

D

L

F

A

GA

Pts

1

Leeds United

42

27

13

2

66

26

2.538

67

2

Liverpool

42

25

11

6

63

24

2.625

61

3

Everton

42

21

15

6

77

36

2.139

57

4

Arsenal

42

22

12

8

56

27

2.074

56

5

Chelsea

42

20

10

12

73

53

1.377

50

6

Tottenham Hotspur

42

14

17

11

61

51

1.196

45

7

Southampton

42

16

13

13

57

48

1.188

45

8

West Ham United

42

13

18

11

66

50

1.320

44

9

Newcastle United

42

15

14

13

61

55

1.109

44

10

West Bromwich Albion

42

16

11

15

64

67

0.955

43

11

Manchester United

42

15

12

15

57

53

1.075

42

12

Ipswich Town

42

15

11

16

59

60

0.983

41

13

Manchester City

42

15

10

17

64

55

1.164

40

14

Burnley

42

15

9

18

55

82

0.671

39

15

Sheffield Wednesday

42

10

16

16

41

54

0.759

36

16

Wolverhampton Wanderers

42

10

15

17

41

58

0.707

35

17

Sunderland

42

11

12

19

43

67

0.642

34

18

Nottingham Forest

42

10

13

19

45

57

0.789

33

19

Stoke City

42

9

15

18

40

63

0.635

33

20

Coventry City

42

10

11

21

46

64

0.719

31

21

Leicester City

42

9

12

21

39

68

0.574

30

22

Queens Park Rangers

42

4

10

28

39

95

0.411

18

 

 

1968-69
Sheppard Wilson
Fraser Clarke
Williams GE Osborne
Brown T Lovett
Talbot Clark 
Kaye Colquhoun
Krzywicki Merrick
Hartford Potter
Astle Hughes
Hope  Martin
Rees Reed
Collard Cantello

 

 

1969-70

West Bromwich Albion 1969 /70  

THE season kicked of the same as the old one tour to the America's, but this time to the newer football areas of California, followed by a second tour, acting as a pre-season warm-up, in Norway. With games against SK Lyn Oslo and a Norwegian Under-23 Select. The tours served their purpose helping the three signings Albion had made in the summer to become acquainted with the rest of the squad. The most expensive of the three was Colin Suggett from Sunderland, Albion's first £100,000 buy, who came with a reputation as a goal-grabber although he only managed twelve in his first season for Albion

The other two players were Danny Hegan from Ipswich Town played only eighteen games after failing to turn up for training, staging walkouts. The third signing was Allan Glover, from Queens Park Rangers in a deal which saw Clive Clark move back to his old club but it was several years before Glover made the first team regularly, and even then he very rarely shone.

Both Hegan and Suggett were in the opening match at Southampton, and both turned in excellent performances, with Suggett scoring both goals in the 2-0 win. Unfortunately due to some poor performances, the club soon found itself at the bottom of the table. But for some good away results early on with wins at Crystal Palace and West Ham, draws at Sunderland and Arsenal. Albion could well have found itself in a battle against relegation, the first home win did not come until the eleventh week of the season, and that a completely unexpected wins over Manchester United after being one down and missing a penalty.

 Jeff Astle was missing from all but one of the first nine games, due to a combination of injury and club suspension over a contractual dispute and quite clearly his presence was missing from the team. His return came just in time for the start of the League Cup tournament, and his first game back saw him head a great winner in the tie at Villa Park

 Round 2

Aston Villa 1 V West Bromwich Albion 2

Attend 40,202 

Suggett, Astle

September 3rd 1969

Osborne, Fraser, Merrick, Brown, Talbut, Kaye, Suggett, Hughes, Astle, Hope, Hartford.

 


 

 

 

 

 
Jeff Astle Scores against Aston Villa

  

Round 3 

Ipswich Town 1 V West Bromwich Albion 1

September 24th 1969

 

Osborne, Fraser, Wilson, Hughes, Talbut, Kaye, (Krzywicki) Brown, Hegan, Astle, Suggett, Hope,

Attend 19,261 Scorer Suggett,

 

 

 

 

 

 Jeff Astle in action against Ipswich at Portman Road

  Suggett puts Albion in front after 2 minutes

 

Round 3 Replay

October 1st 1969

West Bromwich Albion 2 V Ipswich Town 0

 

Attend 24,631 Scorers Hope, Astle

 

Osborne, Fraser, Wilson, (Brown) Hughes, Talbut, Kaye, Krzywicki, Suggett, Astle, Hegan, Hope,

 


 

Bobby Hope scores against Ipswich Town

 

 

Round 4 

October 15th 1969

 

West Bromwich Albion 4 V Bradford City 0

Attend 25,343 Scorers Cantello, Hope, Brown, Krzywicki,

Osborne, Fraser, Williams, Cantello, Talbut, Kaye, Krzywicki, Brown, Astle, Hartford Hope, 

 


The Fourth Round far easier affair against Bradford City 4-0,

 

 then in the quarter-final a goal-less draw with Leicester City at Filbert Street before Leicester were seen off in the replay.

 

 

Round 5

Leicester City 0 v West Bromwich Albion 0

 

 

Attend 35,121

October 29th 1969

Osborne, Fraser, Williams, Brown, Talbut, Kaye, Hegan, Suggett, Astle, Hartford, Hope,


Peter Shilton saves for Leicester City to earn a replay at The Hawthorns

 

 

 

Round 5 Replay  

November 5th 1969 

West Bromwich Albion 2 V Leicester City 1

Scorers Astle 2

Attend 26,981

Osborne, Fraser, Williams, Brown, Talbut, Kaye, Hegan, Suggett, Astle, Hartford, Hope, 

 



 

Astle scores again and Albion are on the way to meet Carlisle in the semi final 

 

 League form had improved on the back of this cup run, the Hawthorns becoming a place where teams could not get an easy victory any more, runaway leaders Everton were beaten, as were Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday Jeff Astle score his hundredth league goal for the club in this game,

League Cup semi-final and, Albion had to make the long trek to Carlisle for the first leg, Carlisle, although a Second Division side proved a difficult opponent and deserved their 1-0 victory at Brunton Park.

 

Semi Final 1st Leg

November 19th 1969 

 

 Carlisle United 1 V West Bromwich Albion 0

Attend 20,322

Osborne, Fraser, Williams, Brown, Talbut, Kaye, Krzywicki, Suggett, Astle, Hartford, Hope, 

 

 

Action from the Semi Final First Leg at Carlisle

 



         Semi Final 2nd Leg  

December 3rd 1969 

 

West Bromwich Albion 4 V Carlisle United 1 (AGG 4 - 2)

Scorers Hope, Suggett, Brown, Martin

Attend 34,835

Osborne, Fraser, Williams, Brown, Talbut, (Martin) Kaye, Krzywicki, Suggett, Astle, Hartford, Hope, 

 

  The Cumbrian's came to The Hawthorns full of hope following Albion's form in previous seasons against lower league opposition. And there was nearly an early shock when Bob Hatton hit a post

The home side got their act together in the second half to win 4-1, and earn their fourth final appearance in five years.

 

 Tony Brown scores against Sheffield Wednesday in 3rd rd 1970 FA Cup 

                                               Attend 29,174                                                       

 

Osborne, Fraser, Wilson, Brown, Talbut, Kaye, Krzywicki, Hughes, Suggett, Hartford, Martin

final score 2 - 1 to Wednesday but probably the best Tony Brown goal ever. 
  


 

 

The opponents at Wembley were Manchester City, Hopes of a win when a month before the final n City were beaten at the Hawthorns in the League, For the final, both teams were expected to show what attacking ability they had and sure enough Albion took a fifth minute lead when Astle to out jump Corrigan and head a superb goal from a cross from full-back Ray Wilson. That lead was held into the second half, until Mike Doyle equalized to send the game into extra-time City took the lead to win with a goal from Glyn Pardoe,

League Cup Final 1970

March 7th 1970

Wembley

Attend 97,963

Osborne, Fraser, Wilson, Brown, Talbut, Kaye, Cantello, Suggett, Astle, Hartford (Krzywicki), Hope,

 

 

 


Astle puts Albion in front but couldn't hold on Manchester City 2 West Brom 1 

Ray Wilson had taken over the left-back position from club skipper Graham Williams Len Cantello was in midfield, the Cup run had ended in defeat, which brought forth some very blunt comments from club Chairman Jim Gaunt, who told pressmen that "the whip would be out - knock-out competition success was all very well, but the team must prove itself over forty-two games; the League Championship must be Albion's goal.

                                          1969-70

09-08-1969


Southampton

0-2

West Brom

 

12-08-1969 


Coventry

3-1

West Brom

 

16-08-1969 


West Brom

0-1

Arsenal


20-08-1969 


West Brom

0-1

Coventry


23-08-1969 


West Ham

1-3

West Brom


26-08-1969 


Nottm Forest

1-0

West Brom

 

30-08-1969 


West Brom

0-2

Derby


03-09-1969

League Cup 2nd Rd

Aston Villa

1-2

West Brom


06-09-1969 


Sunderland

2-2

West Brom


13-09-1969 


West Brom

2-2

Ipswich


17-09-1969 


West Brom

1-3

Stoke


20-09-1969 


C Palace

1-3

West Brom

 

24-09-1969

League Cup 3rd Rd

Ipswich

1-1

West Brom


27-09-1969 


West Brom

2-2

Liverpool


01-10-1969

League Cup 3rd Rd Replay

West Brom

2-0

Ipswich


04-10-1969 


Man City

2-1

West Brom


07-10-1969 


Arsenal

1-1

West Brom


11-10-1969 


West Brom

1-1

Leeds


15-10-1969

League Cup 4th Rd

West Brom

4-0

Bradford


18-10-1969 


Chelsea

2-0

West Brom


25-10-1969 


West Brom

2-1

Man Utd


29-10-1969

League Cup 5th Rd

Leicester

0-0

West Brom


01-11-1969 


Wolves

1-0

West Brom


05-11-1969

League Cup 5th Rd Replay

West Brom

2-1

Leicester


08-11-1969 


West Brom

2-0

Everton

 

15-11-1969 


Tottenham

2-0

West Brom

 

19-11-1969

League Cup Semi Final 1st Leg

Carlisle

1-0

West Brom


22-11-1969 


West Brom

3-0

Sheff Wed


03-12-1969

League Cup Semi Final 2nd Leg

West Brom

4-1

Carlisle


06-12-1969 


West Brom

0-1

Burnley


13-12-1969 


Ipswich

0-1

West Brom


26-12-1969 


West Brom

3-1

West Ham


27-12-1969 


Derby

2-0

West Brom

 

03-01-1970

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Sheff Wed

2-1

West Brom


10-01-1970 


West Brom

3-2

C Palace


17-01-1970 


Liverpool

1-1

West Brom


27-01-1970 


West Brom

3-1

Sunderland


31-01-1970 


West Brom

3-0

Man City


06-02-1970 


Newcastle

1-0

West Brom


10-02-1970 


Leeds

5-1

West Brom


20-02-1970 


West Brom

1-0

Southampton


28-02-1970 


West Brom

3-3

Wolves


07-03-1970 

League Cup Final

Man City

2-1

West Brom


10-03-1970 


Sheff Wed

2-0

West Brom


14-03-1970 


West Brom

2-2

Newcastle


21-03-1970 


Burnley

2-1

West Brom


28-03-1970 


West Brom

1-1

Tottenham


30-03-1970 


West Brom

3-1

Chelsea


01-04-1970 


Everton

2-0

West Brom


04-04-1970 


West Brom

4-0

Nottm Forest


08-04-1970 


Man Utd

7-0

West Brom

 

15-04-1970


Stoke

3-2

West Brom

 

 



P

W

D

L

F

A

GA

Pts

1

Everton

42

29

8

5

72

34

2.118

66

2

Leeds United

42

21

15

6

84

49

1.714

57

3

Chelsea

42

21

13

8

70

50

1.400

55

4

Derby County

42

22

9

11

64

37

1.730

53

5

Liverpool

42

20

11

11

65

42

1.548

51

6

Coventry City

42

19

11

12

58

48

1.208

49

7

Newcastle United

42

17

13

12

57

35

1.629

47

8

Manchester United

42

14

17

11

66

61

1.082

45

9

Stoke City

42

15

15

12

56

52

1.077

45

10

Manchester City

42

16

11

15

55

48

1.146

43

11

Tottenham Hotspur

42

17

9

16

54

55

0.982

43

12

Arsenal

42

12

18

12

51

49

1.041

42

13

Wolverhampton Wanderers

42

12

16

14

55

57

0.965

40

14

Burnley

42

12

15

15

56

61

0.918

39

15

Nottingham Forest

42

10

18

14

50

71

0.704

38

16

West Bromwich Albion

42

14

9

19

58

66

0.879

37

17

West Ham United

42

12

12

18

51

60

0.850

36

18

Ipswich Town

42

10

11

21

40

63

0.635

31

19

Southampton

42

6

17

19

46

67

0.687

29

20

Crystal Palace

42

6

15

21

34

68

0.500

27

21

Sunderland

42

6

14

22

30

68

0.441

26

22

Sheffield Wednesday

42

8

9

25

40

71

0.563

25

 

 

1969-70
Osborne Astle
Williams GE Fraser
Wilson Cumbes
Brown T Hartford
Talbot Merrick
Kaye Hughes
Hegan Potter
Sugget Cantello
Krzywicki Robinson
Hope  Martin
Freeman Glover
Nisbet Lovett

 

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