AUGUST 1970 - MAY 1980

 

 

 

70s HALL OF FAME

 

Astle Giles McLean Robinson
Barnes Glover McVite Robson B
Batson Godden Merrick Rushbury
Bennett Gould Mills Shaw
Brown A Hartford Minton Smith
Brown T Hope  Monaghan Statham
Cantello Hughes Moses Suggett
Cowdrill Hurst Mulligan Summerfield
Cross D Johnson Nisbet Talbot
Cumbes Johnston Osborne Thompson
Cunningham Kaye Owen Tracey
Dehan Latchford Pendry Trewick
Donaghy Lovett Reed Ward
Edwards Martin Regis Wile
Fraser Mayo Robertson Wilson



Woolgar

 

 

 1970 - 71

 

 

1970-71 season Albion again entered the Anglo-Italian Tournament and did even worse than the year before, failing to win even one game of the four against inter-Milan and Cagliari, finishing bottom of all the English clubs. League form disappeared out of sight with Albion once again looking towards the domestic cup competitions for honours, after wins against Charlton Athletic and Preston North End in earlier rounds the league cup dream ended in a 5-0 defeat away against Tottenham Hotspur the clubs biggest defeat in this competition.

The season is best probably best remembered for the League performances at the expense of the big guns of the First Division. Having beaten Manchester United 4-3, and Tottenham Hotspur 3-1,also drawing with Liverpool 1-1 all at The Hawthorns earlier in the season they went to Elland Road with only four games left of the season where Leeds were expected to win the championship, but Albion caused a major upset by winning 2-1.

The victory itself was a complete surprise after having failed to win an away game for fourteen months, the team went there to await the usual thumping most teams had endured all season from "The mighty Leeds United", but something jelled that day and Albion came out looking like the title chasing team Albion were always in control, having made and missed chance after chance to add to Tony Brown's opener, but what happened in the second half changed the season for Leeds and saved Albion from the worst possible fate a drop into the second division.

 Before that second goal Brown picked up the ball on the halfway line. In front of him, on the other side of the pitch was Colin Suggett, who was in an offside position, as the linesman was indicating; the home defenders all automatically halted and awaited the referee's whistle, referee Ray Tinkler judged Suggett was not interfering with play and waved play on, as Brown passed to Astle also thought to be offside by the home supporters who scored.

 The commotion that followed led to Leeds having to play their first five home games of the following season away from Elland Road. Leeds fans invaded the pitch several arrests were made. Don Revie stormed on to the pitch trying to get the referee to overturn his decision. This decision not only ruined Leeds chance of becoming champions that season but with the closure of their ground ruined the following seasons chances so a double blow for the mighty Leeds United.

The BBC were also on hand with the match of the day cameras to witness the events and in a post match interview with Leeds boss Don Revie the argument still raged with the manager claiming that Tinker's wayward decision had ruined a year's work of his staff and, of course, Leeds were overtaken by Arsenal, that year's winners of the double.

 At a sports writers dinner a few years latter Jack Charlton the Leeds United centre half that day saw Jeff Astle and shouted across the room "That bastard there cost us two league titles" Jeff just smiled and said "You know as well as me Jack you always play to the whistle"

 As if to rub salt into Don Revie's wounds the Albion's next game was against Arsenal at the Hawthorns, who themselves were chasing the title game finished 2-2 with Asa Hartford scoring a goal for both sides. By dropping a point to Arsenal at this late stage in the season it virtually gifted the league to Arsenal.

 The Arsenal game also saw the return to the Hawthorns of 50s favourite Don Howe, by this time the Arsenal coach he presented Brown with his Player of the Year Award before the kick-off. 

By the end of the season all was not well with the board (nothing changes) with the team only just saving themselves from relegation it was thought that a new man at the helm was needed to steady the ship.

Alan Ashman's treatment was scandalous after a truly excellent four years' service, he had taken a mediocre unhappy  team to two finals one win, a losing semi-final and the quarter-final stage of a European competition - in thirty-six Fa cup and league cup games only eight had ended in defeat for this he was sacked (oh for a manager like that today)

Worse was to come for Alan Ashman the underhand manner of  his dismissal, announced whilst Ashman was holidaying in Greece, without formal notification, he only found out of his dismissal by reading about it in the English newspapers in Greece.

As well as Ashman's achievements on the field he did some fine work behind them aswell he introduced some  exceptional players to the first team, including Suggett, Glover and John Wile and Hartford, Cantello, Wilson and Alistair Robertson whom he had introduced from the junior teams, all of whom were to play quite vital roles in the club's future.

 

West Brom v Arsenal

24th April 1971

2-2

Hartford, Brown

                                                                         36,621

 

 

 

15-08-1970 

 

West Brom

0-0

C Palace

18-08-1970 

 

Nottm Forest

3-3

West Brom

22-08-1970 

 

Blackpool

3-1

West Brom

26-08-1970 

 

West Brom

5-2

Stoke

29-08-1970 

 

West Brom

1-1

Liverpool

02-09-1970 

 

West Brom

1-2

Newcastle

05-09-1970 

 

Man City

4-1

West Brom

08-09-1970

League Cup 2nd Rd

West Brom

3-1

Charlton

12-09-1970 

 

West Brom

2-1

West Ham

19-09-1970 

 

Arsenal

6-2

West Brom

26-09-1970 

 

West Brom

2-1

Derby

03-10-1970 

 

Ipswich

2-2

West Brom

06-10-1970

League Cup 3rd Rd

Preston

0-1

West Brom

10-10-1970 

 

West Brom

2-2

Leeds

17-10-1970 

 

C Palace

3-0

West Brom

24-10-1970 

 

Man Utd

2-1

West Brom

28-10-1970

League Cup 4th Rd

Tottenham

5-0

West Brom

31-10-1970 

 

West Brom

3-0

Everton

07-11-1970 

 

Wolves

2-1

West Brom

14-11-1970 

 

West Brom

1-0

Southampton

21-11-1970 

 

Huddersfield

2-1

West Brom

28-11-1970 

 

West Brom

2-2

Chelsea

05-12-1970 

 

Burnley

1-1

West Brom

12-12-1970 

 

West Brom

3-1

Tottenham

19-12-1970 

 

West Brom

1-1

Blackpool

26-12-1970 

 

Coventry

1-1

West Brom

02-01-1971

Fa Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

0-0

Scunthorpe

09-01-1971 

 

West Brom

0-1

Nottm Forest

11-01-1971

Fa Cup 3rd Rd Replay

Scunthorpe

1-3

West Brom

16-01-1971 

 

Stoke

2-0

West Brom

23-01-1971

Fa Cup 4th Rd

West Brom

1-1

Ipswich

26-01-1971

Fa Cup 4th Rd Replay

Ipswich

3-0

West Brom

30-01-1971 

 

Chelsea

4-1

West Brom

06-02-1971 

 

West Brom

1-0

Burnley

17-02-1971 

 

Tottenham

2-2

West Brom

20-02-1971 

 

West Brom

2-1

Huddersfield

27-02-1971 

 

Everton

3-3

West Brom

06-03-1971 

 

West Brom

4-3

Man Utd

13-03-1971 

 

Southampton

1-0

West Brom

20-03-1971 

 

West Brom

2-4

Wolves

27-03-1971 

 

West Brom

0-0

Man City

02-04-1971 

 

Liverpool

1-1

West Brom

09-04-1971 

 

West Ham

2-1

West Brom

10-04-1971 

 

West Brom

0-0

Coventry

12-04-1971 

 

West Brom

0-1

Ipswich

17-04-1971 

 

Leeds

1-2

West Brom

24-04-1971 

 

West Brom

2-2

Arsenal

28-04-1971 

 

Newcastle

3-0

West Brom

01-05-1971 

 

Derby

2-0

West Brom

 

   Division One 1970 - 71 P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Arsenal 42 29 7 6 71 29 2.45 65
2 Leeds United 42 27 10 5 72 30 2.4 64
3 Tottenham Hotspur 42 19 14 9 54 33 1.64 52
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 22 8 12 64 54 1.19 52
5 Liverpool 42 17 17 8 42 24 1.75 51
6 Chelsea 42 18 15 9 52 42 1.24 51
7 Southampton 42 17 12 13 56 44 1.27 46
8 Manchester United 42 16 11 15 65 66 0.99 43
9 Derby County 42 16 10 16 56 54 1.04 42
10 Coventry City 42 16 10 16 37 38 0.97 42
11 Manchester City 42 12 17 13 47 42 1.12 41
12 Newcastle United 42 14 13 15 44 46 0.96 41
13 Stoke City 42 12 13 17 44 48 0.92 37
14 Everton 42 12 13 17 54 60 0.9 37
15 Huddersfield Town 42 11 14 17 40 49 0.82 36
16 Nottingham Forest 42 14 8 20 42 61 0.69 36
17 West Bromwich Albion 42 10 15 17 58 75 0.77 35
18 Crystal Palace 42 12 11 19 39 57 0.68 35
19 Ipswich Town 42 12 10 20 42 48 0.88 34
20 West Ham United 42 10 14 18 47 60 0.78 34
21 Burnley 42 7 13 22 29 63 0.46 27
22 Blackpool 42 4 15 23 34 66 0.52 23

 


 

  Manager Alan Ashman

 

 

  

1970-71
Osborne Cantello
Hughes Robinson
Wilson Kaye
Merrick Cumbes
Talbot McVite
Johnson Hartford
Reed Minton
Brown T Fraser
Astle Lovett
Suggett Wile
Hope  Glover

 


 

 1971 - 72

Former Hawthorns favourite Don Howe was chosen as the manager to lead Albion back to the glory days. Having just aided Bertie Mee at Arsenal achieve the League and cup double Howe was itching to get in to management and where better to start his career than back at West Bromwich the town where he had made his name. His reign began in the Watney Cup, a relatively new competition which brought together the two top scoring sides of the four divisions who had not won any other titles or honours the previous season.

Manchester United, West Bromwich Albion First Division;

Carlisle United, Luton Town Second Division;

Halifax Town, Wrexham Third Division;

Colchester United, Crewe Alexandra Fourth Division

Howe's start was a good one, with wins at Wrexham and Halifax who had previously ousted Manchester United to reach the final, the final was played out at The Hawthorns against Fourth Division Colchester United. The offside rules for this competition had been changed only operating inside the penalty area. With both teams taking advantage of the competition's change of rules the game was a thrilling one, with the lead changing hands a few times then a minute from the end the game at 3-3, Colchester took a 4-3 lead with a penalty, which looked to be the winner, until Astle popped up with an injury-time equalizer to send the tie into a penalty decider. Albion Lost 4-3 in their first ever penalty shoot out Brown, Astle and Hope scoring, Cantello and Wilson missing. Colchester's one miss was by former Albion star penalty-taker Bobby Cram, 

When the league programme started with an away win at West Ham United followed up with a 2-0 win over Everton and a 1-1 draw with Coventry leaving the club sitting in second place behind Sheffield United. The team started to look good, every player willing to cover the whole pitch to back up his colleagues, something that had been a large failing under Alan Ashman.

However the team quickly slumped back into old habits the forwards seemed unable to find the net nine goals were scored in the first nineteen games, six of them coming from Tony Brown, this run saw the team drop from second to twenty-second and bow out of the League Cup in their first ever home defeat in the competition by Tottenham Hotspur and their first in a domestic Cup-tie since 1965.

With seven defeats in eight games at the Hawthorns and Home form being at an all time low, relegation had become a grim certainty if the team was not sorted.  A reprieve was not expected

For Christmas with leaders Liverpool, but a second minute goal from Tony Brown proved to be the turning point of the season, as the defence held out for the remaining nerve-wracking eighty-eight minutes to snatch a rare win.  

The following Saturday, it looked as if the spectre of relegation would be raising  its head again when away at Ipswich the team found themselves trailing by two goals but an inspired fight back produced a 3-2 victory. This was quickly followed by wins against Manchester United, Southampton and Nottingham Forest, Coventry, Leicester and Wolverhampton Wanderers which lifted the club to sixteenth, ten points above the relegated teams, a position which would have been thought of as impossible.  

The club's First Division life was to be extended, owing to the fact that after eight defeats in the first ten home games, there was only one defeat in the next eleven. 

There had been several changes in personnel as Don Howe struggled to fit together a winning combination  Suggett, Hope and Kaye all lost their places  , while reserves Alan Merrick and full-back Gordon Nesbit previously a goalkeeper and a centre-forward were drafted in. New players were bought, including George Smith, the goalkeeper who had served Colchester well against the Albion in the Watney Cup Final and Bobby Gould ex Wolves, Arsenal and Coventry  and who later went on to play for Wolves for a second time, Bristol City, Bristol Rovers, West Ham and Hereford United. Alistair Brown was picked up from Leicester for £60,000, where he had twice been top scorer he started promisingly, with a goal in each of his first two games Having finally gathered together a settled team, it did begin to look as if the 1972-3 season might bring some relief to the supporters who had stood by the team during the previous depressing twelve months.  

Wrexham v West Brom

Watney Cup 1st Round

July 1st 1971 

Cumbes, Hughes, Wilson, Cantello (Merrick), Wile, Kaye, T.Brown, Astle, Hope, Suggett, Hatford,

 Att 11,218

2 Goals for Tony Brown

 

 

 Halifax v West Brom

Watney Cup Semi Final

August 4th 1971

Cumbes, Hughes, Wilson, Cantello, Wile, Kaye, McVitie, (Merrick)

T.Brown, Astle, Suggett, Hatford,

Att 12,069 

2 goals for Colin Suggett and West Brom are on their way to another final.

  

 

Watney Cup Final August 7th 1971

Att 19,009 score 4 - 4 Colchester won 4 - 3 on penalties

Cumbes, Hughes, Wilson, Cantello, Wile, Kaye, Suggett, T.Brown, Astle, Hope, Hatford

Astle 2, Cantello, Suggett. (Astle Hope Hartford pens)

This was to date the last final Albion have appeared in

and the Start of Don Howe's reign which to some spelt

the end of the great Albion cup sides of the Sixties.

 

 

 

 

14-08-1971 

 

West Ham

0-1

West Brom

18-08-1971 

 

West Brom

2-0

Everton

21-08-1971 

 

West Brom

1-1

Coventry

23-08-1971 

 

Man Utd

3-1

West Brom

28-08-1971 

 

Sheff Utd

0-0

West Brom

01-09-1971 

 

Chelsea

1-0

West Brom

04-09-1971 

 

West Brom

0-1

Arsenal

08-09-1971

League Cup 2nd Rd

West Brom

0-1

Tottenham

11-09-1971 

 

Huddersfield

1-0

West Brom

18-09-1971 

 

West Brom

1-2

Ipswich

25-09-1971 

 

Derby

0-0

West Brom

02-10-1971 

 

West Brom

0-2

Man City

09-10-1971 

 

C Palace

0-2

West Brom

16-10-1971 

 

West Brom

0-0

West Ham

23-10-1971 

 

West Brom

0-1

Leicester

30-10-1971 

 

Southampton

1-1

West Brom

06-11-1971 

 

West Brom

0-1

Stoke

13-11-1971 

 

Nottm Forest

4-1

West Brom

20-11-1971 

 

Tottenham

3-2

West Brom

27-11-1971 

 

West Brom

2-3

Wolves

04-12-1971 

 

Leeds

3-0

West Brom

11-12-1971 

 

West Brom

0-3

Newcastle

18-12-1971 

 

Arsenal

2-0

West Brom

27-12-1971 

 

West Brom

1-0

Liverpool

01-01-1972 

 

Ipswich

2-3

West Brom

08-01-1972 

 

West Brom

2-2

Sheff Utd

15-01-1972

FA Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

1-2

Coventry

22-01-1972 

 

Everton

2-1

West Brom

29-01-1972 

 

West Brom

2-1

Man Utd

12-02-1972 

 

Leicester

0-1

West Brom

19-02-1972 

 

West Brom

3-2

Southampton

01-03-1972 

 

Man City

2-1

West Brom

04-03-1972 

 

West Brom

1-0

Nottm Forest

11-03-1972 

 

West Brom

1-1

C Palace

17-03-1972 

 

Coventry

0-2

West Brom

25-03-1972 

 

West Brom

1-1

Huddersfield

01-04-1972 

 

Liverpool

2-0

West Brom

05-04-1972 

 

West Brom

0-0

Derby

08-04-1972 

 

West Brom

1-1

Tottenham

15-04-1972 

 

Wolves

0-1

West Brom

22-04-1972 

 

West Brom

0-1

Leeds

27-04-1972 

 

West Brom

4-0

Chelsea

03-05-1972 

 

Newcastle

4-2

West Brom

05-05-1972 

 

Stoke

1-1

West Brom

 

 

 


 Division One 1971 - 72 P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Derby County 42 24 10 8 69 33 2.091 58
2 Leeds United 42 24 9 9 73 31 2.355 57
3 Liverpool 42 24 9 9 64 30 2.133 57
4 Manchester City 42 23 11 8 77 45 1.711 57
5 Arsenal 42 22 8 12 58 40 1.450 52
6 Tottenham Hotspur 42 19 13 10 63 42 1.500 51
7 Chelsea 42 18 12 12 58 49 1.184 48
8 Manchester United 42 19 10 13 69 61 1.131 48
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 18 11 13 65 57 1.140 47
10 Sheffield United 42 17 12 13 61 60 1.017 46
11 Newcastle United 42 15 11 16 49 52 0.942 41
12 Leicester City 42 13 13 16 41 46 0.891 39
13 Ipswich Town 42 11 16 15 39 53 0.736 38
14 West Ham United 42 12 12 18 47 51 0.922 36
15 Everton 42 9 18 15 37 48 0.771 36
16 West Bromwich Albion 42 12 11 19 42 54 0.778 35
17 Stoke City 42 10 15 17 39 56 0.696 35
18 Coventry City 42 9 15 18 44 67 0.657 33
19 Southampton 42 12 7 23 52 80 0.650 31
20 Crystal Palace 42 8 13 21 39 65 0.600 29
21 Nottingham Forest 42 8 9 25 47 81 0.580 25
22 Huddersfield Town 42 6 13 23 27 59 0.458 25

 

1971-72
Cumbes Hartford
Hughes Minton
Wilson Gould
Cantello McVite
Wile Osborne
Kaye Robertson
Hope  Glover
Suggett Smith
Astle Nisbet
Brown T Brown A
Merrick

 


 

 

 1972 - 73 

 

1972 - 73 the pre­season tours had gone well, with three games in Sweden, a good win over Hibernian at Easter Road and a narrow defeat to Feyenoord in Holland. Once again, the team got off to a poor start, not winning until the eighth game of the season that was swiftly followed by two more victories which helped to improve their position. From then on, although the style of play was not pretty it was effective enough to keep the club in a relatively safe position, three or four places off the bottom of the table.

The League Cup saw a revenge Cup win against the up and coming QPR, followed by a 1-1 home draw with Liverpool, a result which saw Steve Highway salvage a draw in the .last few minutes. In the Anfield replay, Albion took the lead through Alistair Robertson but only lost through very late goals from Emlyn Hughes and Keegan.

The Texaco Cup, in which Sheffield United were beaten over two legs and extra-time before Newcastle knocked Albion out 4-3 on aggregate.

Over the season some of the team's deficiencies began to be exploited by more and more teams. It was Newcastle who provided the first harrowing experience, winning 3-2 at the Hawthorns after the Albion had settled into a deserved lead and looked to be coasting home the crucial equalizing goal was from a terrible mistake by young 'keeper Peter Latchford it was Latchfords inexperience that cost his team several points that season, at times when they least afford to lose them.

 FA Cup-ties came around in early January; fixture congestion pile up became an added worry, brought about by the postponement of fixtures through poor weather conditions. The 3rd round tie, took four games with Nottingham Forest, with one abandoned through fog at the City Ground before the tie  was eventually  settled at Filbert Street, Leicester, 3-1 to Albion. Swindon were beaten 2-0 at the Hawthorns in the fourth round, unfortunately the fifth round meant a trip to Elland Road where the eventual Cup finalists proved too strong, defeating Albion 2-0, both goals coming from one-time Albion supporter Allan Clarke.

 

The Cup had proven an excellent distraction from relegation worries, but the number of rearranged league games that the Cup-run had caused meant that Albion had dropped to the very foot of the division and when the chance came to rise from that depths, in the home game with fellow strugglers Crystal Palace, , Albion disintegrated to concede four quick goals to crash 0-4, after completely dominating the first hour of the game this was the first time that the home supporters really began to becoming a relegated team.

 After several weeks at the bottom, the team staged a last gasp revival, with good home wins over Leicester City, Arsenal and Everton 4-1 as Astle returned to the team in the guise as its saviour, in the fans' eyes at least. The team moved up a place and were only in the dreaded bottom two on goal average, so that before the most important game of the year  at home to bottom-placed Norwich City Albion were given a second, and final life-line to keep their place in the top-flight.

 A win against Norwich would have effectively relegated the canaries, along with Crystal Palace, who were losing heavily at Leeds the same day, but once again, Albion's failure to beat fellow clubs in distress proved expensive Norwich won 1-0 with a goal four minutes from time from Dave Cross to drop Albion back at the bottom of the table ended any hopes of escape. Relegation was made a mathematical certainty when Manchester City won at the Hawthorns

 There had been some desperate signings made as in there were in the previous year the best thing that Don Howe did in the whole time he was manager was to sign Willie Johnston, a left-winger from Glasgow Rangers who was brought for a club record £135,000. Johnston was very much a risk, for at the time of his move he was in the middle of an eight-week suspension because of his shocking disciplinary record, which he continued after he moved south., he was a brilliant showman, a winger in the classic style, fast and direct with marvellous ball-control, able to beat two and three defenders over the space of a few yards. The other signing David Shaw, from Oldham, but was never really a class player. He was soon dropped by Howe's successor who realized that there were several more skilful and more effective players at the club.

 

 

  

Albion have always had character's in the team one of the best Willie Johnston

 

 

12-08-1972 


West Brom

0-0

West Ham

16-08-1972 


West Brom

0-1

Tottenham

19-08-1972 


Leeds

2-0

West Brom

23-08-1972 


Newcastle

1-1

West Brom

26-08-1972 


West Brom

0-2

Sheff Utd

30-08-1972 


West Brom

2-2

Birmingham

02-09-1972 


Everton

1-0

West Brom

06-09-1972

League Cup 2nd Rd

West Brom

2-1

QPR

09-09-1972 


West Brom

2-1

Derby

16-09-1972 


C Palace

0-2

West Brom

23-09-1972 


West Brom

1-0

Coventry

30-09-1972 


Man City

2-1

West Brom

 

03-10-1972

League Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

1-1

Liverpool

07-10-1972 


West Brom

2-2

Man Utd

10-10-1972

League Cup 3rd Rd Replay

Liverpool

2-1

West Brom

14-10-1972 


Chelsea

3-1

West Brom

21-10-1972 


West Brom

1-0

Wolves

28-10-1972 


Southampton

2-1

West Brom

04-11-1972 


West Brom

2-3

Newcastle

11-11-1972 


Tottenham

1-1

West Brom

18-11-1972 


Norwich

2-0

West Brom

25-11-1972 


West Brom

2-1

Stoke

02-12-1972 


Leicester

3-1

West Brom

09-12-1972 


West Brom

1-1

Liverpool

16-12-1972 


Arsenal

2-1

West Brom

23-12-1972 


West Brom

2-0

Ipswich

26-12-1972 


Coventry

0-0

West Brom

06-01-1973 


Sheff Utd

3-0

West Brom

13-01-1973

FA Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

1-1

Nottm Forest

22-01-1973

FA Cup 3rd Rd Replay

Nottm Forest

0-0

West Brom

27-01-1973 


Derby

2-0

West Brom

29-01-1973 

FA Cup 3rd Rd 2nd Replay

West Brom

3-1

Nottm Forest

03-02-1973

FA Cup 4th Rd

West Brom

2-0

Swindon

10-02-1973 


West Brom

0-4

C Palace

17-02-1973 


West Ham

2-1

West Brom

24-02-1973

FA Cup 5th Rd

Leeds

2-0

West Brom

28-02-1973 


West Brom

1-0

Arsenal

03-03-1973 


Man Utd

2-1

West Brom

10-03-1973 


West Brom

1-1

Chelsea

17-03-1973 


Ipswich

2-0

West Brom

20-03-1973 


Wolves

2-0

West Brom

24-03-1973 


West Brom

1-1

Southampton

28-03-1973 


West Brom

1-1

Leeds

31-03-1973 


Stoke

2-0

West Brom

07-04-1973 


West Brom

1-0

Leicester

11-04-1973 


West Brom

4-1

Everton

14-04-1973 


Liverpool

1-0

West Brom

21-04-1973 


West Brom

0-1

Norwich

25-04-1973 


West Brom

1-2

Man City

28-04-1973 


Birmingham

3-2

West Brom

 


 Division One 1972 - 73 P W D L F A GA Pts

1 Liverpool 42 25 10 7 72 42 1.714 60
2 Arsenal 42 23 11 8 57 43 1.326 57
3 Leeds United 42 21 11 10 71 45 1.578 53
4 Ipswich Town 42 17 14 11 55 45 1.222 48
5 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 18 11 13 66 54 1.222 47
6 West Ham United 42 17 12 13 67 53 1.264 46
7 Derby County 42 19 8 15 56 54 1.037 46
8 Tottenham Hotspur 42 16 13 13 58 48 1.208 45
9 Newcastle United 42 16 13 13 60 51 1.176 45
10 Birmingham City 42 15 12 15 53 54 0.981 42
11 Manchester City 42 15 11 16 57 60 0.950 41
12 Chelsea 42 13 14 15 49 51 0.961 40
13 Southampton 42 11 18 13 47 52 0.904 40
14 Sheffield United 42 15 10 17 51 59 0.864 40
15 Stoke City 42 14 10 18 61 56 1.089 38
16 Leicester City 42 10 17 15 40 46 0.870 37
17 Everton 42 13 11 18 41 49 0.837 37
18 Manchester United 42 12 13 17 44 60 0.733 37
19 Coventry City 42 13 9 20 40 55 0.727 35
20 Norwich City 42 11 10 21 36 63 0.571 32
21 Crystal Palace 42 9 12 21 41 58 0.707 30
22 West Bromwich Albion 42 9 10 23 38 62 0.613 28

 

 

1972-73
Smith Latchford
Nisbet McLean
Wilson Merrick
Cantello Hughes
Wile Woolgar
Robertson Johnston
Brown T Glover
Brown A Astle
Gould Shaw
Suggett Osborne
Hartford Minton

 

 


 

 

 

  1973 - 74  

 

 

1973 - 74 Back in the Second Division after twenty-four great years at the top, hopes of a quick return were given a boost by the new league ruling that the top three clubs would now be promoted from the Second Division a move which the Albion had fought against on the previous occasions that it had been suggested, but now voted for. The opening of the season began well with two wins, at Blackpool and a home victory to Crystal Palace, but then the team faltered. The same old problem of not being able to capitalise on beating the weaker teams around them began to plague them, defeats came at Swindon, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End, three teams who were to finish in the bottom four. Against the better teams, such as Middlesbrough, Luton and Carlisle, Albion fared better, with two wins and three draws in the six games, but they could not break into the top three, losing against mediocre sides. At the one point where it looked as if a promotion push would be maintained, until a

4-0 home defeat by an unstoppable Middlesbrough side rocked the team's confidence, in the next two home games they lost to Hull and drew with Cardiff after leading 2-0 in both games and followed that up with, defeats at Nott's County, Millwall and Oxford meant a placing of eighth. The Cardiff City game was the last ever league appearence in an Albion shirt for Jeff Astle. Astle had never seen eye to eye with Don Howe and missed a lot of the season to injury.

In the two Cups Albion's salvation over the last few seasons, Albion knocked Sheffield United out of the League Cup but was beaten 3-1 at home by Fourth Division Exeter City. The FA Cup was better, with Everton beaten after a replay the first game was Albion's first ever game on a Sunday, during the energy crisis, and Nott's County       slammed 4-0. Tony Brown scored a hat-trick, which he followed seven days scoring all four Albion goals at Nottingham Forest.

 Albion went out to the losing finalists, Newcastle United's Malcolm MacDonald and over 30,000 visiting Geordies conspiring to win 3-0 at the Hawthorns emphasizing the difference in class between the two teams.

 

 

25-08-1973 


Blackpool

2-3

West Brom

 

01-09-1973 


West Brom

1-0

C Palace

 

08-09-1973 


Swindon

1-0

West Brom

 

12-09-1973 


Sheff Wed

3-1

West Brom

 

15-09-1973 


West Brom

3-3

Nottm Forest

 

18-09-1973 


West Brom

0-2

Preston

 

22-09-1973 


Hull

0-0

West Brom

 

29-09-1973 


West Brom

1-1

Sunderland

 

01-10-1973 


Preston

3-1

West Brom

 

06-10-1973 


Bristol C

1-1

West Brom

 

 08-10-1973

League Cup

West Brom

2-1

Sheff Utd

 

13-10-1973 


West Brom

1-1

Carlisle

 

20-10-1973 


Middlesbro

0-0

West Brom

 

24-10-1973 


West Brom

2-0

Sheff Wed

 

27-10-1973 


West Brom

0-0

Bolton

 

31-10-1973

League Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

1-3

Exeter


03-11-1973 


Cardiff

0-1

West Brom

 

10-11-1973 


West Brom

2-1

Notts Co

 

17-11-1973 


Leyton Orient

2-0

West Brom

 

24-11-1973 


West Brom

2-0

Fulham

 

01-12-1973 


Luton

0-2

West Brom

 

08-12-1973 


West Brom

1-0

Oxford

 

15-12-1973 


West Brom

1-2

Portsmouth

 

22-12-1973 


Sunderland

1-1

West Brom

 

26-12-1973 


West Brom

2-0

Aston Villa

 

29-12-1973 


West Brom

2-0

Swindon

 

01-01-1974 


C Palace

1-0

West Brom

 

 05-01-1974

FA Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

4-0

Notts Co

 

12-01-1974 


Nottm Forest

1-4

West Brom

 

19-01-1974 


West Brom

1-1

Blackpool

 

 27-01-1974

FA Cup 4th Rd

Everton

0-0

West Brom


 30-01-1974

FA Cup 4th Rd Replay

West Brom

1-0

Everton

 

03-02-1974 


Portsmouth

1-1

West Brom

 

 16-02-1974

FA Cup 5th Rd

West Brom

0-3

Newcastle

 

23-02-1974 


West Brom

2-2

Bristol C

 

25-02-1974 


Carlisle

0-1

West Brom

 

02-03-1974 


Aston Villa

1-3

West Brom

 

09-03-1974 


Bolton

1-1

West Brom

 

16-03-1974 


West Brom

0-4

Middlesbro

 

19-03-1974 


West Brom

2-3

Hull

 

23-03-1974 


Notts Co

1-0

West Brom

 

30-03-1974 


West Brom

2-2

Cardiff

 

06-04-1974 


Fulham

0-0

West Brom

 

12-04-1974 


Millwall

1-0

West Brom

 

13-04-1974 


West Brom

1-0

Leyton Orient

 

17-04-1974 


West Brom

1-1

Millwall

 

20-04-1974 


Oxford

1-0

West Brom

 

27-04-1974 


West Brom

1-1

Luton

 

 


 Division Two 1973 - 74 P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Middlesbrough 42 27 11 4 77 30 2.567 65
2 Luton Town 42 19 12 11 64 51 1.255 50
3 Carlisle United 42 20 9 13 61 48 1.271 49
4 Orient 42 15 18 9 55 42 1.310 48
5 Blackpool 42 17 13 12 57 40 1.425 47
6 Sunderland 42 19 9 14 58 44 1.318 47
7 Nottingham Forest 42 15 15 12 57 43 1.326 45
8 West Bromwich Albion 42 14 16 12 48 45 1.067 44
9 Hull City 42 13 17 12 46 47 0.979 43
10 Notts County 42 15 13 14 55 60 0.917 43
11 Bolton Wanderers 42 15 12 15 44 40 1.100 42
12 Millwall 42 14 14 14 51 51 1.000 42
13 Fulham 42 16 10 16 39 43 0.907 42
14 Aston Villa 42 13 15 14 48 45 1.067 41
15 Portsmouth 42 14 12 16 45 62 0.726 40
16 Bristol City 42 14 10 18 47 54 0.870 38
17 Cardiff City 42 10 16 16 49 62 0.790 36
18 Oxford United 42 10 16 16 35 46 0.761 36
19 Sheffield Wednesday 42 12 11 19 51 63 0.810 35
20 Crystal Palace 42 11 12 19 43 56 0.768 34
21 Preston North End 42 9 14 19 40 62 0.645 31*
22 Swindon Town 42 7 11 24 36 72 0.500 25

 

FA Cup 5th Rd Feb 16th 1974

West Bromwich Albion 0 v Newcastle United 3

Latchford, Nisbet, Wilson, Cantello ( Merrick ),Wile, Robertson, Johnston, Brown, Shaw,Hartford, Glover,

Att 42,747

 

 

 

 

 

  

1973-74
Latchford Johnston
Minton Hartford
Merrick Brown A
Hughes Donaghy
Wile Nisbet
Robertson Mayo
Cantello Wilson
Shaw Thompson
Glover Astle
Brown T

 

 


 

 

 1974 - 75  

 

The 1974-5 season was very similar in that once again, a consistent level of performance was to keep the club in the top half of the table but at no time was it good enough run to move them into the top three. After an unbeaten spell of nine games, they lost at home to Nottingham Forest and then at Bristol Rovers to quickly drop out of the running. Later in the year when they were just about to move into the top three, a 3-0 home defeat by Southampton quickly followed by a loss at Norwich City this meant an end to any serious thought of a move back to the top flight mathematically, promotion was still possible, but only until the Easter period, when defeats, Aston Villa and Blackpool guaranteed yet another Second Division campaign. That was not the only effect that the defeats had, before the home match with Bolton Wanderers, it was announced that the Albion board had decided not to renew Howe's contract which only had a few weeks to run. Howe departed straight away, leaving assistant manager George Wright in charge of the last three games. a big name had to be sought, crowds were dwindling away at an alarming rate, over the past four years one and a half million paying fans had been diverted away from the Hawthorns, resulting in a loss of revenue to the club of a quarter of a million pounds and putting severe financial pressure on the directors to produce results with a minimum of delay.

When the new name was announced, it came as a great shock, Johnny Giles, a brilliant mid-field player for the previous ten years at Leeds during that club's domination of English football, a transfer fee of £40,000 was paid to Leeds United to become the Albion's first ever player-manager. Giles had an impressive pedigree as a player, with two league-winner's medals, three Cup-winner's medals in a record six appearances in domestic Cup-finals as well as two winner's medals in Europe. He was also player-manager of the Irish National side, where he had gained his managerial experience; He was also in line for the vacant manager's job at Leeds before the Elland Road board opted for the more experienced Brian Clough. At the age of 35, Giles was a major force in the game, showing super vision and passing ability,

Giles'. Firstly, introduced to the team his own style of play, that which had proved itself at Leeds but adapted to suit the needs of the players available to him at the club., Giles would only spend small sums for players he knew could serve specific roles in his overall plan, such as Mick Martin or Paddy Mulligan but basically he was aiming for a squad of thirteen or fourteen players., once he had stamped his authority on the playing style, he gave his team confidence in their ability  Albion and its players were First Division quality and did not belong in the Second Division and Giles constantly emphasized the point to give his men the touch of arrogance needed to succeed in football.

17-08-1974 


West Brom

0-1

Fulham

24-08-1974 


Hull

1-0

West Brom

31-08-1974 


West Brom

1-0

Sunderland

07-09-1974 


Portsmouth

1-3

West Brom

10-09-1974

League Cup 2nd Rd

West Brom

1-0

Millwall

14-09-1974 


West Brom

1-1

Man Utd

18-09-1974 


West Brom

2-2

Hull

21-09-1974 


Notts Co

0-0

West Brom

25-09-1974 


Sheff Wed

0-0

West Brom

28-09-1974 


West Brom

3-0

Oxford

05-10-1974 


West Brom

2-0

York

09-10-1974

League Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

1-1

Norwich

12-10-1974 


Cardiff

0-2

West Brom

16-10-1974

League Cup 3rd Rd Replay

Norwich

2-0

West Brom

19-10-1974 


West Brom

0-1

Nottm Forest

22-10-1974 


Bristol R

2-1

West Brom

26-10-1974 


Millwall

2-2

West Brom

02-11-1974 


West Brom

1-1

Norwich

06-11-1974 


West Brom

2-2

Bristol R

09-11-1974 


Southampton

1-0

West Brom

16-11-1974 


West Brom

1-0

Bristol C

23-11-1974 


Leyton Orient

0-2

West Brom

30-11-1974 


West Brom

1-0

Oldham

07-12-1974 


Bolton

0-1

West Brom

14-12-1974 


Fulham

1-0

West Brom

21-12-1974 


West Brom

2-0

Aston Villa

26-12-1974 


Man Utd

2-1

West Brom

28-12-1974 


West Brom

2-0

Blackpool

04-01-1975

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Bolton

0-0

West Brom

08-01-1975

FA Cup 3rd Rd Replay

West Brom

4-0

Bolton

18-01-1975 


Oldham

0-0

West Brom

25-01-1975

FA Cup 4th Rd

Carlisle

3-2

West Brom

01-02-1975 


West Brom

0-3

Southampton

08-02-1975 


Norwich

3-2

West Brom

15-02-1975 


West Brom

1-0

Leyton Orient

22-02-1975 


Bristol C

2-1

West Brom

01-03-1975 


Sunderland

3-0

West Brom

08-03-1975 


West Brom

4-0

Sheff Wed

15-03-1975 


Oxford

1-1

West Brom

22-03-1975 


West Brom

2-1

Portsmouth

29-03-1975 


Aston Villa

3-1

West Brom

31-03-1975 


Blackpool

2-0

West Brom

02-04-1975 


West Brom

4-1

Notts Co

05-04-1975 


West Brom

2-1

Millwall

08-04-1975 


West Brom

0-1

Bolton

12-04-1975 


York

1-3

West Brom

19-04-1975 


West Brom

2-0

Cardiff

26-04-1975


Nottm Forest

2-1

West Brom

 

 


Division Two 1974 - 75 P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Manchester United 42 26 9 7 66 30 2.200 61
2 Aston Villa 42 25 8 9 79 32 2.469 58
3 Norwich City 42 20 13 9 58 37 1.568 53
4 Sunderland 42 19 13 10 65 35 1.857 51
5 Bristol City 42 21 8 13 47 33 1.424 50
6 West Bromwich Albion 42 18 9 15 54 42 1.286 45
7 Blackpool 42 14 17 11 38 33 1.152 45
8 Hull City 42 15 14 13 40 53 0.755 44
9 Fulham 42 13 16 13 44 39 1.128 42
10 Bolton Wanderers 42 15 12 15 45 41 1.098 42
11 Oxford United 42 15 12 15 41 51 0.804 42
12 Orient 42 11 20 11 28 39 0.718 42
13 Southampton 42 15 11 16 53 54 0.981 41
14 Notts County 42 12 16 14 49 59 0.831 40
15 York City 42 14 10 18 51 55 0.927 38
16 Nottingham Forest 42 12 14 16 43 55 0.782 38
17 Portsmouth 42 12 13 17 44 54 0.815 37
18 Oldham Athletic 42 10 15 17 40 48 0.833 35
19 Bristol Rovers 42 12 11 19 42 64 0.656 35
20 Millwall 42 10 12 20 44 56 0.786 32
21 Cardiff City 42 9 14 19 36 62 0.581 32
22 Sheffield Wednesday 42 5 11 26 29 64 0.453 21

 

1974-75
Latchford Wile
Nisbet Mayo
Wilson Donaghy
Cantello Osborne
Robertson Rushbury
Merrick Trewick
Glover Thompson
Brown T Ward
Shaw Edwards
Hughes Minton
Johnston Brown A

Robson B

 


 

 

 

 1975 - 76   


 

 JOHNNY GILES

 

The 1975-6 season opened with a tour in Ireland, with friendly games at Shamrock Rovers and Finn Harps which showed Albion's glaring weakness a desperate lack of goal-power, with the only goal against two mediocre teams coming from an own goal., in the Anglo-Scottish Cup a home draw with Mansfield Town and a defeat at Leicester meant only runners-up spot in the qualifying group, with only Mansfield progressing to the competition proper, results hardly inspired confidence in the new manager. Things got even worse after the early league games, Giles first game as player-manager in the League was at Southampton, one which he was forced to miss due to injury and his team crashed 0-3 to their bogey team, and later could only draw at home to recently relegated Chelsea, 

Giles had brought together a weird and wonderful team that he felt would work best. He had brought in England's World cup hero Geoff Hurst and then replaced him with Walsall's Joe Mayo. Sold Peter Latchford to Celtic and brought John Osborne back from retirement.Loaned Mick Martin from Manchester United and sneaked Paddy Mulligan from Crystal Palace on a free transfer, 

 The first league win of the season was against Luton, a game in which Albion showed only fleeting glimpses of their true class, the next match was again another defeat  at Fulham, who also knocked Albion out of the League Cup shortly afterwards. The first away point of the season was gained at Carlisle on 27th September; the club had slipped to twentieth with the national newspapers predicting a drop into the Third Division. Things needed to be changed 

Following the draw at Brunton Park an unbeaten run of ten games started, including six away, to lift the club twelve places. A 2-0 victory at Bristol City, the divisional leaders and eventual runners-up.  

The run was broken by a defeat at Plymouth, but the team immediately got back on track with a win against Bolton Wanderers and the win pushed Albion into sixth place. Albion then beat Portsmouth but lost at Luton, swiftly followed by another defeat against Southampton

The Christmas games were marginally better with a 2-0 Boxing Day win at Brian Clough's Nottingham Forest, although they dropped home points to Orient and Sunderland. 

In the third round of the FA Cup Carlisle went down 3-1 and in the fourth, Lincoln City the Fourth Division leaders were beaten 3-2. But the cup run  ended when Albion's 70s bogey team Southampton came to the Hawthorns and drew then in the replay destroyed the Albion 4-0 with the help of a Mick Channon hat-trick at the Dell. 

Back to the League Hull City were surprise 2-1 winners at Boothferry Park. After this slip, two wins at Oxford United and Nott's County pulled them back on course for promotion but In the home game with Blackburn Rovers they found themselves 2-0 in the first ten minutes but they managed to pull back with goals from Mayo and Wile to save the game with a 2-2 draw.  

Four days later, at The Hawthorns the top of the table clash with Bristol City, a goal just before half-time by full-back Gerry Sweeny made sure Bristol went back to Ashton Gate with both  points. This game was followed with another top table clash just three days later against second placed Bolton Wanderers, but Mayo and Wile were on hand again to seal the points. The team moved into third place after Carlisle had been beaten 3-0. Bristol City and Sunderland by now had almost made certain of promotion with the third place to be decided between Bolton and Albion:  

Bolton became everybody's favourites to finish third after Albion had thrown the points away on the Friday night match at Charlton. As well as having a game in hand, Bolton had a vastly superior goal average, but Bolton was cracking, ever since their Cup ties with Newcastle United. Losing at home to Oxford United, York City and Blackburn Rovers, dropping further home points to Plymouth and Forest 

A day after York's win at Bolton, Albion beat Fulham to go back into third place meanwhile  a Bolton resurgence seemed be on the way with them thrashing Oldham, Albion kept one point ahead with a win over Nottingham Forest. Bolton's Easter Monday defeat at Sunderland made the path to Division One clear with two games remaining, at Orient and Oldham; Albion had to take three points to be certain of promotion.

The task was certainly no easy one; the target could be achieved by scoring a one goal and keeping two clean sheets. At Orient part one of the operations was complete a 0-0 draw.

The goal-less draw set up the final day of the season with a win needed at Oldham. 

That day at Oldham will be long remembered by the travelling fans over fifteen thousand of them who made the trip from the Hawthorns. The attendance of 22,536 was three times Oldham's average for the season, the first half was a tense affair and it got worse when news came through that Bolton were winning 4-0 at Charlton. Albion knew the only result acceptable would be a win. Then, in the fifty-fifth minute, Mulligan passed to Martin down the right wing and his cross was nodded down by Ally Brown, to Tony Brown, who juggled the ball 'from his left to his right foot before volleying into the top left-hand corner, to send the army of Albion fans wild behind the goal. Osborne played the game of his life darting and diving between the posts like a twenty year old not a keeper with a plastic knuckle.

The remaining thirty-five minutes were tense, with David Shaw coming close to equalising in the dying minutes when the referee added on a sizeable amount of injury time. Johnny Giles later gave the reason for the extra time as a bit of retribution towards him from the referee, a certain Mr Tinkler who had been at the centre of the controversy in 1971 in the Leeds Game, but as the whistle finally blew, the pitch was invaded by the hordes of Albion fans who refused to leave the until Giles and co answered their chants.

Giles had transformed the Albion from a team of second raters into one of the most capable sides in the League; even now the name of Johnny Giles is still spoken with respect by The Hawthorns faithful who witnessed that season. The second team were close runners-up to Liverpool in the Central League, a few days after the promotion celebrations at Oldham, the Youth team went on to beat Wolves in both legs of the FA Youth Cup Final to bring the trophy to West Bromwich for the first time to cap a great season for the Albion, at all levels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oldham Athletic 0 V West Bromwich Albion1

Osborne, Mulligan, Cantello, T.Brown, Wile, Robertson, Martin, A.Brown, Mayo,Giles, Johnston

24th April 1976

Att 22

 

 

 

 

 

 

16-08-1975 


Southampton

3-0

West Brom

20-08-1975 


West Brom

0-0

Chelsea

23-08-1975 


West Brom

1-0

Luton

30-08-1975 


Fulham

4-0

West Brom

06-09-1975 


West Brom

2-2

York

09-09-1975

League Cup 2nd Rd

West Brom

1-1

Fulham

13-09-1975 


Sunderland

2-0

West Brom

20-09-1975 


West Brom

1-1

Charlton

24-09-1975

League Cup 2nd Rd Replay

Fulham

1-0

West Brom

27-09-1975 


Carlisle

1-1

West Brom

04-10-1975 


West Brom

1-1

Oldham

11-10-1975 


Blackburn

0-0

West Brom

18-10-1975 


West Brom

1-0

Plymouth

25-10-1975 


Bristol C

0-2

West Brom

01-11-1975 


West Brom

0-0

Notts Co

04-11-1975 


Bristol R

1-1

West Brom

08-11-1975 


Blackpool

0-1

West Brom

12-11-1975 


Oxford

0-1

West Brom

15-11-1975 


West Brom

2-0

Hull

22-11-1975 


Plymouth

2-1

West Brom

29-11-1975 


Bolton

1-2

West Brom

06-12-1975 


West Brom

3-1

Portsmouth

13-12-1975 


Luton

2-1

West Brom

19-12-1975 


West Brom

0-2

Southampton

26-12-1975 


Nottm Forest

0-2

West Brom

27-12-1975 


West Brom

1-1

Leyton Orient

03-01-1976

FA Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

3-1

Carlisle

10-01-1976 


West Brom

0-0

Sunderland

17-01-1976 


York

0-1

West Brom

24-01-1976

FA Cup 4th Rd

West Brom

3-2

Lincoln

31-01-1976 


Chelsea

1-2

West Brom

07-02-1976 


West Brom

3-0

Bristol R

14-02-1976

FA Cup 5th Rd

West Brom

1-1

Southampton

17-02-1976

FA Cup 5th Rd Replay

Southampton

4-0

West Brom

21-02-1976 


Hull

2-1

West Brom

25-02-1976 


West Brom

2-0

Oxford

06-03-1976 


Notts Co

0-2

West Brom

13-03-1976 


West Brom

2-2

Blackburn

17-03-1976 


West Brom

0-1

Bristol C

20-03-1976 


West Brom

2-0

Bolton

27-03-1976 


Portsmouth

0-1

West Brom

31-03-1976 


West Brom

0-0

Blackpool

03-04-1976 


West Brom

3-0

Carlisle

09-04-1976 


Charlton

2-1

West Brom

14-04-1976 


West Brom

3-1

Fulham

17-04-1976 


West Brom

2-0

Nottm Forest

20-04-1976 


Leyton Orient

0-0

West Brom

24-04-1976


Oldham

0-1

West Brom

 

 


Division Two 1975 - 76 P W D L F A GA Pts
1 Sunderland 42 24 8 10 67 36 1.861 56
2 Bristol City 42 19 15 8 59 35 1.686 53
3 West Bromwich Albion 42 20 13 9 50 33 1.515 53
4 Bolton Wanderers 42 20 12 10 64 38 1.684 52
5 Notts County 42 19 11 12 60 41 1.463 49
6 Southampton 42 21 7 14 66 50 1.320 49
7 Luton Town 42 19 10 13 61 51 1.196 48
8 Nottingham Forest 42 17 12 13 55 40 1.375 46
9 Charlton Athletic 42 15 12 15 61 72 0.847 42
10 Blackpool 42 14 14 14 40 49 0.816 42
11 Chelsea 42 12 16 14 53 54 0.981 40
12 Fulham 42 13 14 15 45 47 0.957 40
13 Orient 42 13 14 15 37 39 0.949 40
14 Hull City 42 14 11 17 45 49 0.918 39
15 Blackburn Rovers 42 12 14 16 45 50 0.900 38
16 Plymouth Argyle 42 13 12 17 48 54 0.889 38
17 Oldham Athletic 42 13 12 17 57 68 0.838 38
18 Bristol Rovers 42 11 16 15 38 50 0.760 38
19 Carlisle United 42 12 13 17 45 59 0.763 37
20 Oxford United 42 11 11 20 39 59 0.661 33
21 York City 42 10 8 24 39 71 0.549 28
22 Portsmouth 42 9 7 26 32 61 0.525 25

 
 

 

 

 



 

 

1975-76
Osborne Johnston
Nisbet Brown T
Wilson Hurst
Cantello Giles
Wile Robson B
Robertson Thompson
Trewick Rushbury
Brown A Glover
Mayo Martin
Merrick Mulligan

Edwards

 


 

 

 

 1976 - 77  

 


 

Instead of searching for new players to strengthen the squad Johnny Giles tendered his resignation before the new season back in the First Division but eventually was persuaded to complete the rest of his two year contract.

The fixtures computer threw out an opening day away tie only Johnny Giles would have wanted at Giles' old club, Leeds, Tony Brown scoring the first goal of the season in the First Division with Ally Brown putting Albion 2 up, but the defence cracked twice in the last five minutes, still a respectable 2-2 draw on the opening day.

The first home game of the season was against Liverpool this was the first of three meetings in 12 days once in the league twice in the league cup and although the team made it difficult for Liverpool the Reds went away with both points.

In the League cup however revenge was gained in the replay at the Hawthorns following a 1-1 draw at Anfield when Mick Martin scored the only goal of the game putting the Albion through to round 3 to meet Third Division Brighton and Hove Albion, the first time the two clubs had ever met.

Albion did not turn up that night and yet again were dumped out of the League cup by Third Division opposition. Shortly after this result Albion over turned a 2-0 half time deficit against Tottenham at The Hawthorns to win 4-2.

In the next home game and another 4 this time against Manchester United. While the home form was very good the away form was very bad losing 2-0 at Newcastle 1-0 at Middlesbrough and a 7-0 pasting at Ipswich Town.

The second away win of the season was at Stoke City when a young Derrick Statham scored after a forty yard run down the wing on his debut in a 2-0 victory.

 Ray Treacy rejoined the club he left in 1967 on a free, playing well enough to regain his place in the Eire team, so that there members of  Albion's team in the Irish Squad

.

The transfer of David Cross from £100,000 from Coventry came hot on the heels after an attempt to sign Paul Mariner from Plymouth had been piped at the post by Ipswich Town. Albion now had an experienced centre forward, in the FA Cup Manchester City won the Hawthorns replay by a single goal.

At the start of the season the pundits had predicted a swift return to the second division for the newly promoted sides and Albion were tipped as the most likely of the three  to struggle, but Albion were beginning to demonstrate their potential as a team to stay in the top flight following a nine game unbeaten run into fifth place, challenging hard for a place in Europe, with wins at Tottenham in which both Laurie Cunningham and Tony Godden made their debuts another at Arsenal and a four-goal revenge victory over Ipswich saw them finish seventh in the table their highest position in that division since 1965-66 season.

Cunningham joined from Orient in a transfer deal which saw both Allan Glover and Joe Mayo go to Orient. Sorry Orient!

His smooth footwork and speed made him an instant favourite with the fans who soon nicknamed him 'The Black Flash', rivalling Willie Johnston. He was also the first black player to play for Albion. This was at a time when Black players were in a minority and racist chants were common place on the terraces.

Another youngster breaking into the team and also fracturing his leg three times that season was Bryan Robson, who had in fact made his debut in 1975 at York City.

 At the end of the season in May another black player joined from non league Hayes for the princely sum of £5,000 Cyrille Regis. Ronnie Allen chief scout at the time spotted Regis playing in the lower league, built more like a boxer than a top class footballer Allen saw something which he knew was raw talent waiting to be unleashed. Ronnie Allen pleaded in vain with the Albion board to buy Regis for £5,000, but Albion's board did not fancy splashing the cash on an untried player so Ronnie Allen whipped out his cheque book out and brought Regis with his own money on the understanding that if Regis made it the club would refund him.

 

 

 

  

21-08-1976 


Leeds

2-2

 West Brom

25-08-1976 


West Brom

0-1

 

Liverpool

 

 28-08-1976


West Brom

2-0

 

Norwich

 

 

31-08-1976

 

League Cup 2nd Rd


 

Liverpool

 

1-1

 

West Brom

 

04-09-1976 


QPR

1-0

West Brom

09-09-1976

League Cup 2nd Rd Replay

West Brom

1-0

Liverpool

11-09-1976 


Birmingham

0-1

West Brom

17-09-1976 


West Brom

1-1

Coventry

22-09-1976

League Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

0-2

Brighton

25-09-1976 


Derby

2-2

West Brom

02-10-1976 


West Brom

4-2

Tottenham

06-10-1976 


Newcastle

2-0

West Brom

16-10-1976 


West Brom

4-0

Man Utd

23-10-1976 


Middlesbro

1-0

West Brom

30-10-1976 


West Brom

3-0

West Ham

06-11-1976 


Ipswich

7-0

West Brom

10-11-1976 


West Brom

1-1

Aston Villa

20-11-1976 


Man City

1-0

West Brom

27-11-1976 


West Brom

3-0

Everton

11-12-1976 


West Brom

2-2

Leicester

18-12-1976 


Stoke

0-2

West Brom

27-12-1976 


West Brom

1-1

Bristol C

03-01-1977 


West Ham

0-0

West Brom

08-01-1977 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

Man City

1-1

West Brom

11-01-1977 

FA Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

0-1

Man City

15-01-1977 


Liverpool

1-1

West Brom

22-01-1977 


West Brom

1-2

Leeds

05-02-1977 


Norwich

1-0

West Brom

12-02-1977 


West Brom

1-1

QPR

22-02-1977 


Sunderland

6-1

West Brom

28-02-1977 


West Brom

2-1

Birmingham

05-03-1977 


West Brom

1-0

Derby

08-03-1977 


Arsenal

1-2

West Brom

12-03-1977 


Tottenham

0-2

West Brom

16-03-1977 


West Brom

4-0

Ipswich

19-03-1977 


West Brom

1-1

Newcastle

23-03-1977 


Man Utd

2-2

West Brom

02-04-1977 


West Brom

2-1

Middlesbro

05-04-1977 


Bristol C

1-2

West Brom

09-04-1977 


West Brom

0-2

Arsenal

16-04-1977 


West Brom

0-2

Man City

19-04-1977 


Coventry

1-1

West Brom

30-04-1977 


West Brom

2-3

Sunderland

07-05-1977 


Leicester

0-5

West Brom

14-05-1977 


West Brom

3-1

Stoke

16-05-1977 


Everton

1-1

West Brom

23-05-1977


Aston Villa

4-0

West Brom


Division One 1976 - 77 P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 23 11 8 62 33 +29 57
2 Manchester City 42 21 14 7 60 34 +26 56
3 Ipswich Town 42 22 8 12 66 39 +27 52
4 Aston Villa 42 22 7 13 76 50 +26 51
5 Newcastle United 42 18 13 11 64 49 +15 49
6 Manchester United 42 18 11 13 71 62 +9 47
7 West Bromwich Albion 42 16 13 13 62 56 +6 45
8 Arsenal 42 16 11 15 64 59 +5 43
9 Everton 42 14 14 14 62 64 -2 42
10 Leeds United 42 15 12 15 48 51 -3 42
11 Leicester City 42 12 18 12 47 60 -13 42
12 Middlesbrough 42 14 13 15 40 45 -5 41
13 Birmingham City 42 13 12 17 63 61 +2 38
14 Queens Park Rangers 42 13 12 17 47 52 -5 38
15 Derby County 42 9 19 14 50 55 -5 37
16 Norwich City 42 14 9 19 47 64 -17 37
17 West Ham United 42 11 14 17 46 65 -19 36
18 Bristol City 42 11 13 18 38 48 -10 35
19 Coventry City 42 10 15 17 48 59 -11 35
20 Sunderland 42 11 12 19 46 54 -8 34
21 Stoke City 42 10 14 18 28 51 -23 34
22 Tottenham Hotspur 42 12 9 21 48 72 -24 33

  

 

 

1976-77
Osborne Robson B
Mulligan Edwards
Cantello Tracey
Brown T Trewick
Wile Ward
Robertson Cross
Martin Statham
Brown A Godden
Mayo Cunningham
Giles Hughes
Johnston


 

 

 

   1977 - 78   

 Albion began the season with a determination not to miss out again. having missed out on entry to Europe by finishing seventh Johnny Giles had left to take over Shamrock Rovers taking a couple of youth team players with him Steve Lynex and Kelvin Crompton, he was replaced by former player 50s legend Ronnie Allen. A great motivator and talent spotter Allen soon tasted success, when Glasgow Rangers were defeated in the final of the pre-season Tennant-Caledonian Cup at Ibrox Park. In the League, Albion started off at a sprint swiftly moving into third place and reaching the fourth round of the League Cup when yet again the Third Division jinx struck losing at Bury.

The 2nd round of the League Cup tie with Rotherham had seen the debut of Cyrille Regis, from Hayes. Regis scored two goals on his debut, and followed that up by notching an incredible goal on his league debut against Middlesbrough when he outpaced four defenders on a fifty yard run; the impact of Regis made on the team allowed  Dave Cross to move to West Ham for £250,000, Regis was missed greatly when he was absent with tonsillitis, Albion without their main striker saw them drop out of the championship race just before Christmas.

 Unfortunately, Ronnie Allen had not been offered a contract at the Hawthorns, He had spoken to the directors about signing a contract but, the directors would not offer a contract they wanted to see how the remaining half of the season played out, with Albion sitting near to the top of the division he could do no more than this he was lured away to Saudi Arabia by a lucrative £200,000 three-year contract, an offer too good to refuse.John Wile was given the role as caretaker-manager but his brief spell in charge saw home defeats by Arsenal and Liverpool which meant a further drop.

The new manager, the fifth in seven years was Ron Atkinson, from Cambridge United, who was appointed in time for the FA cup tie against Blackpool resulting in a 4-1 victory, in the fourth round the team had to travel to Manchester United., United gained a draw with a last-minute equalizer, but in a rousing replay at the Hawthorns, they were beaten 3-2 after extra-time with Regis scoring twice. Regis hit the net twice more in the 3-2 win at Derby, by now regaining his early season form, proving a decisive factor in the Cup run. He scored again in the c quarter-final home tie with Nottingham Forest, making Albion one of only four teams to beat Clough's side that year and earning a semi-final meeting with Ipswich Town at Highbury.

The semi-final against former Albion 50s favourite Bobby Robson's Ipswich was a disappointment after an excellent season, As Albion were hit by two early goals before they had settled, from Talbot and Mills in the first quarter of an hour. Then, after they had pulled back a goal from a Tony Brown penalty Albion conceded a late goal to end their chances. Mick Martin was sent off shortly after Brown's goal then a further blow as John Wile covered in blood, had to be substituted after he had battled on bravely for most of the match with a nasty head injury he had suffered in trying to prevent the first goal in a clash with Brian Talbot., the argument still rages on whether he should have come of sooner and as to whether his presence led to Albion losing in the manner they did.

 That defeat was one of only four in Atkinson's first twenty-two games as manager, ending the season in sixth place and earning a place in the EUFA Cup,

 

 

 

 

 

 

20-08-1977 


West Brom

3-0

Chelsea


24-08-1977 


Leeds

2-2

West Brom


27-08-1977 


Liverpool

3-0

West Brom

 

31-08-1977

League Cup 2nd Rd

West Brom

4-0

Rotherham


03-09-1977 


West Brom

2-1

Middlesbro

 

10-09-1977 


Newcastle

0-3

West Brom

 

17-09-1977 


West Brom

2-2

Wolves

 

24-09-1977 


West Brom

3-1

Birmingham

 

01-10-1977 


Coventry

1-2

West Brom

 

04-10-1977 


Everton

3-1

West Brom


08-10-1977 


West Brom

1-0

Ipswich

 

15-10-1977 


Derby

1-1

West Brom


22-10-1977 


West Brom

4-0

Man Utd

 

25-10-1977

League Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

1-0

Watford

 

29-10-1977 


QPR

2-1

West Brom

 

05-11-1977 


West Brom

2-0

Leicester

 

12-11-1977 


West Ham

3-3

West Brom

 

19-11-1977 


West Brom

0-0

Man City

 

26-11-1977 


Nottm Forest

0-0

West Brom

 

29-11-1977

League Cup 4th Rd

Bury

1-0

West Brom

 

03-12-1977 


West Brom

0-0

Norwich

 

10-12-1977 


Aston Villa

3-0

West Brom


17-12-1977 


West Brom

1-0

West Ham

 

26-12-1977 


Bristol C

3-1

West Brom

 

27-12-1977 


West Brom

1-3

Arsenal

 

31-12-1977 


West Brom

1-0

Leeds

 

02-01-1978 


Chelsea

2-2

West Brom

 

07-01-1978

FA Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

4-1

Blackpool

 

14-01-1978 


West Brom

0-1

Liverpool

 

21-01-1978 


Middlesbro

1-0

West Brom

 

28-01-1978 

FA Cup 4th Rd

Man Utd

1-1

West Brom


01-02-1978 

FA Cup 4th Rd Replay

West Brom

3-2

Man Utd

 

22-02-1978

FA Cup 5th Rd

Derby

2-3

West Brom


25-02-1978 


West Brom

3-3

Coventry

 

28-02-1978 


Birmingham

1-2

West Brom


04-03-1978 


Ipswich

2-2

West Brom

 

11-03-1978

FA Cup 6th Rd

West Brom

2-0

Nottm Forest


14-03-1978 


Wolves

1-1

West Brom

 

18-03-1978 


Man Utd

1-1

West Brom


22-03-1978 


West Brom

2-0

QPR

 

25-03-1978 


Arsenal

4-0

West Brom

 

27-03-1978 


West Brom

2-1

Bristol C

 

01-04-1978 


Leicester

0-1

West Brom


08-04-1978 

FA Cup Semi Final

Ipswich

3-1

West Brom

 

12-04-1978 


West Brom

2-0

Newcastle

 

15-04-1978 


Man City

1-3

West Brom

 

18-04-1978 


West Brom

1-0

Derby

 

22-04-1978 


West Brom

0-3

Aston Villa

 

25-04-1978 


West Brom

3-1

Everton

 

29-04-1978 


Norwich

1-1

West Brom

 

02-05-1978


West Brom

2-2

Nottm Forest

 

 

 

 


Division One 1977 - 78 P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Nottingham Forest 42 25 14 3 69 24 +45 64
2 Liverpool 42 24 9 9 65 34 +31 57
3 Everton 42 22 11 9 76 45 +31 55
4 Manchester City 42 20 12 10 74 51 +23 52
5 Arsenal 42 21 10 11 60 37 +23 52
6 West Bromwich Albion 42 18 14 10 62 53 +9 50
7 Coventry City 42 18 12 12 75 62 +13 48
8 Aston Villa 42 18 10 14 57 42 +15 46
9 Leeds United 42 18 10 14 63 53 +10 46
10 Manchester United 42 16 10 16 67 63 +4 42
11 Birmingham City 42 16 9 17 55 60 -5 41
12 Derby County 42 14 13 15 54 59 -5 41
13 Norwich City 42 11 18 13 52 66 -14 40
14 Middlesbrough 42 12 15 15 42 54 -12 39
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 12 12 18 51 64 -13 36
16 Chelsea 42 11 14 17 46 69 -23 36
17 Bristol City 42 11 13 18 49 53 -4 35
18 Ipswich Town 42 11 13 18 47 61 -14 35
19 Queens Park Rangers 42 9 15 18 47 64 -17 33
20 West Ham United 42 12 8 22 52 69 -17 32
21 Newcastle United 42 6 10 26 42 78 -36 22
22 Leicester City 42 5 12 25 26 70 -44 22

 

 12th November 1977 West Ham United 3-3 West Brom

 

 

 

 

  

1977-78
Godden Robson B
Mulligan Johnston
Statham Trewick
Brown T Regis
Wile Martin
Robertson Hughes
Cantello Brown A
Cunningham Batson
Cross


 

  


 

 

 1978 - 79 

 

 

West Bromwich Albion's Centenary season, by far their best for twenty-five years, without winning anything. Nothing, Nil, Nowt, Nada, Zilch and yet this will always be remembered as one of West Bromwich Albion's best seasons. How close they came without winning a trophy still remains a mystery. This was the season that the treble could have been achieved League, FA Cup and EUFA Cup; the Centenary season must go down as the best in the club's history.

In May the club was, selected to be the representatives of the Football Association, to spread English football to new boundaries with a prestige tour of China.

Actually the England international squad had been pencilled in to play the ambassadors role but for diplomatic reasons the tour was to be cancelled, but Sir Bert Millerchip the president of the FA and president of West Bromwich Albion seized the opportunity knowing that all the travel and accommodation had been paid for, so why waste a decent all expenses' paid trip to the Orient and pushed Albion's name forward.

The tour turned out to be a culture shock for a lot of the players, the nearest most of the players had been to China was for a curry from Jade Garden on Carters Green, while on a visit to The Great Wall Of China John Trewick remarked he had bent a ball around bigger walls. This was met with the Chinese delegates smiling through gritted teeth and nodding.

 

The tour, eventually, turned out to be a great success. Albion won all five games in style, From the Albion's point of view the travelling involved invaluable preparation for their forthcoming venture into Europe, and they also later added another pre-season tour, of Syria.

Willie Johnston the Scottish International was sent home in disgrace from the World Cup squad in Argentina for taking stimulants before the qualifying game with Peru. This meant that not only was he banned for life from international football and from Albion's EUFA Cup campaign, the disruption that this caused made his decision to move to Vancouver Whitecaps, Albion travelled northwards to defend their Tennant-Caledonian Cup at Ibrox Park, but two incompetent displays against Southampton and Hearts meant a fourth place position, hardly the best of starts.

The start of the league season, opened with an Ally Brown goal within twenty seconds of the kick-off, with a 2-1 win at home to Ipswich.

 The first point dropped, in fact was at the ground of champions Nottingham Forest, in a 0-0 draw

 In the League Cup, three games were needed against Leeds, before Paul Hart scrambled the only goal of the tie at neutral Maine Road. The long Cup tie had its effect in the League, with two defeats at Derby and at home to Tottenham Albion bounced back solidly with a revenge 3-1 win at Elland Road this set them on the road to a new club record run of nineteen games without defeat.

 

The team during that period was devastating as they picked up 23 points out of a possible 26, with a 7-1 massacre of Coventry and compelling away wins at Arsenal and the famous 5-3 win over Manchester United.

The team were tipped most likely to halt Liverpool's relentless push to their eleventh championship. on 6th January when a 1-1 draw at Carrow Road Norwich took Albion to the top of the First Division for the first time in thirteen years.

Then came the Big Freeze this was one opponent that would not be pushed aside. Snow blanketed the league grounds for thirteen weeks. In an effort to keep the players match-fit, enterprising manager Ron Atkinson arranged several friendlies, including a testimonial match with Nottingham Forest at Southern League Witney Town ground capacity 3,500  in deepest Oxfordshire and a hastily agreed friendly with Birmingham City for the Arctic Cup' in ice-free Guernsey.

 

Despite the manager's efforts, not playing competitive league games took its toll the first game back after the enforced break was the crucial one at, Albion never found their true form and lost 1-2 to be toppled from their perch at the top.

The following week, Leeds United came to the Hawthorns and won 2-1 a second nail in the coffin of Albion's title dream.

There was still the FA Cup, again the competition suffered heavily from the weather, with countless postponements delaying the Fourth Round almost to the intended date of the Sixth Round.

In the Third Round, Coventry were easily beaten 4-0 after a 2-2 draw at Highfield Road to earn an away tie with Leeds, however this was played at The Hawthorns because of the FA ban on Cup games at Elland Road. Yet again a replay was necessary as Leeds pulled back two goals in the final ten minutes to earn a 3-3 draw. In the replay, again at the Hawthorns, only another two very late goals, in the dying minutes of extra-time prevented another game with Leeds.

Hopes of another semi-final appearance were shattered by 70s bogey team Southampton who took Albion to a replay at the Dell and won 2-1 in extra-time

With no chance left of domestic honours, Albion began to concentrate on Europe, where by the quarter finals they were one of the favourites to win the EUFA Cup, on the strength of their earlier performances against. Galatasary Turkey and Sporting Braga Portugal and the third round opponents Valencia with their World Cup stars Mario Kempes and Rainher Bonhof. Albion produced a brilliant draw in the Luis Casanova Stadium and were given a standing ovation by the normally highly partisan Spaniards. This game also brought Laurie Cunningham to the attention of the scouts of Real Madrid

 In the second leg, Albion cruised home with two Tony Brown goals. Again destroyed by the pace of Cunningham

The quarter-final draw saw Albion meet the famous Red Star Belgrade ended Albion's unbeaten record in the competition with a very late free-kick special from Savic. In the previous round Red Star had beaten Arsenal by the same score before snatching the tie with a late goal to draw at Highbury,

 

The aggregate score was levelled in the second leg at the Hawthorns with a first half Cyrille Regis goal. In the second half the Red Star players gradually began to emerge from their shell to threaten the Albion. they went close Several times until two minutes from time, when it looked as if Red Star had settled for extra-time and penalties, they broke down the centre of the pitch, evading unimpressive challenges from the Albion midfield for Sestic to press on past Robertson to plant the ball high into the net past Tony Godden to stun the Hawthorns crowd. For the Albion   31,500  supporters, to be undeservedly eliminated by a vastly inferior team. Was the low point of the season.

With the Euro dream over the team moved back to the League race for a desperate last chance to overtake the Merseyside's, winning five successive games. The decisive period was at Easter. Liverpool suffered a rare defeat at Aston Villa which served to open up the tussle for the title if Albion could accumulate a maximum six points over the holiday.

The Easter fixtures were a complete disaster. On Good Friday it needed a last minute Regis goal to salvage a point at Southampton whilst only a second-half equalizer saved a point against Arsenal the. Worst of all, the team failed in the Tuesday game at Ashton Gate against Bristol City, losing a horrible game 1 -0 to concede any chance of winning the title.

 The only targets to aim for were the overtaking of several club records and aim to finish as runners-up behind Liverpool. A brief return to form saw two away wins at Everton and Aston Villa but another uninspiring effort at Tottenham left the runners-up spot in the balance until the last game at home to third placed Nottingham Forest.

Albion were on 59 points to Forest's 58 so that a draw would equal Albion's record points total of 1920 and give them second place, while Clough's Forest needed a win.

As so often during the year, Albion dominated but wasted chances, the defence eventually cracked to allow Forest a chance of an eighty-first-minute goal from the £1 million Trevor Francis which settled the league placings.

At the end of the season Ron Atkinson. Strengthened the squad, signing Brendan Batson from his former club Cambridge United to replace Paddy Mulligan at right-back and David Mills for £520,000 from Middlesbrough.

 

 






19-08-1978 


West Brom

2-1

Ipswich

 

22-08-1978 


QPR

0-1

West Brom

 

26-08-1978 


West Brom

4-0

Bolton

 

29-08-1978 

League Cup 2nd Rd

West Brom

0-0

Leeds

 

02-09-1978 


Nottm Forest

0-0

West Brom

 

06-09-1978 


Leeds

0-0

West Brom

 

09-09-1978 


West Brom

2-2

Norwich

 

13-09-1978 

UEFA Cup 2nd Rd 1st Leg

Galatasaray

1-3

West Brom

 

16-09-1978 


Derby

3-2

West Brom

 

23-09-1978 


West Brom

1-1

Liverpool

 

27-09-1978 

UEFA Cup 2nd Rd 2nd Leg

West Brom

3-1

Galatasaray

 

30-09-1978 


Chelsea

1-3

West Brom

 

02-10-1978 


Leeds

1-0

West Brom

 

07-10-1978 


West Brom

0-1

Tottenham

 

14-10-1978 


Leeds

1-3

West Brom

 

18-10-1978 

UEFA Cup 3rd Rd 1st Leg

Braga

0-2

West Brom

 

21-10-1978 


West Brom

7-1

Coventry

 

28-10-1978 


Man City

2-2

West Brom

 

01-11-1978 

UEFA Cup 3rd Rd 2nd Leg

West Brom

1-0

Braga

 

04-11-1978 


West Brom

1-0

Birmingham

 

11-11-1978 


Ipswich

0-1

West Brom

 

18-11-1978 


Bolton

0-1

West Brom

 

22-11-1978 

UEFA Cup 4th Rd 1st Leg

Valencia

1-1

West Brom

 

25-11-1978 


West Brom

1-1

Aston Villa

 

06-12-1978 

UEFA Cup 4th Rd 2nd Leg

West Brom

2-0

Valencia

 

09-12-1978 


West Brom

2-0

Middlesbro

 

16-12-1978 


Wolves

0-3

West Brom

 

26-12-1978 


Arsenal

1-2

West Brom

 

30-12-1978 


Man Utd

3-5

West Brom

 

01-01-1979 


West Brom

3-1

Bristol C

 

09-01-1979

FA Cup 3rd RD

Coventry

2-2

West Brom

 

13-01-1979 


Norwich

1-1

West Brom

 

15-01-1979

FA Cup 3rd Rd Replay

West Brom

4-0

Coventry

 

03-02-1979 


Liverpool

2-1

West Brom

 

24-02-1979 


West Brom

1-2

Leeds

 

26-02-1979

FA Cup 4th Rd

Leeds

3-3

West Brom

 

01-03-1979

FA Cup 4th Rd Replay

West Brom

2-0

Leeds

 

03-03-1979 


Coventry

1-3

West Brom

 

07-03-1979 

UEFA Cup 5th Rd 1st Leg

Red Star Belgrade

1-0

West Brom

 

10-03-1979

FA Cup 5th Rd

West Brom

1-1

Southampton

 

12-03-1979

FA Cup 5th Rd Replay

Southampton

2-1

West Brom

 

14-03-1979 


West Brom

1-0

Chelsea

 

21-03-1979 

UEFA Cup 5th Rd 2nd Leg

West Brom

1-1

Red Star Belgrade

 

24-03-1979 


West Brom

2-1

QPR

 

26-03-1979 


West Brom

2-1

Derby

 

04-04-1979 


West Brom

4-0

Man City

 

07-04-1979 


West Brom

1-0

Everton

 

13-04-1979 


Southampton

1-1

West Brom

 

14-04-1979 


West Brom

1-1

Arsenal

 

17-04-1979 


Bristol C

1-0

West Brom

 

21-04-1979 


West Brom

1-1

Wolves

 

24-04-1979 


Birmingham

1-1

West Brom

 

28-04-1979 


Middlesbro

1-1

West Brom

 

01-05-1979 


Everton

0-2

West Brom

 

05-05-1979 


West Brom

1-0

Man Utd

 

08-05-1979 


West Brom

1-0

Southampton

 

11-05-1979 


Aston Villa

0-1

West Brom

 

14-05-1979 


Tottenham

1-0

West Brom

 

18-05-1979


West Brom

0-1

Nottm Forest

 

 

 


Division One 1978 - 79 P W D L F A GD Pts
1 Liverpool 42 30 8 4 85 16 +69 68
2 Nottingham Forest 42 21 18 3 61 26 +35 60
3 West Bromwich Albion 42 24 11 7 72 35 +37 59
4 Everton 42 17 17 8 52 40 +12 51
5 Leeds United 42 18 14 10 70 52 +18 50
6 Ipswich Town 42 20 9 13 63 49 +14 49
7 Arsenal 42 17 14 11 61 48 +13 48
8 Aston Villa 42 15 16 11 59 49 +10 46
9 Manchester United 42 15 15 12 60 63 -3 45
10 Coventry City 42 14 16 12 58 68 -10 44
11 Tottenham Hotspur 42 13 15 14 48 61 -13 41
12 Middlesbrough 42 15 10 17 57 50 +7 40
13 Bristol City 42 15 10 17 47 51 -4 40
14 Southampton 42 12 16 14 47 53 -6 40
15 Manchester City 42 13 13 16 58 56 +2 39
16 Norwich City 42 7 23 12 51 57 -6 37
17 Bolton Wanderers 42 12 11 19 54 75 -21 35
18 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 13 8 21 44 68 -24 34
19 Derby County 42 10 11 21 44 71 -27 31
20 Queens Park Rangers 42 6 13 23 45 73 -28 25
21 Birmingham City 42 6 10 26 37 64 -27 22
22 Chelsea 42 5 10 27 44 92 -48 20

 

 

UEFA Cup 2nd Round 2nd leg September 27th 1978

West Bromwich Albion 3 ( Cunningham pen Robson Trewick) Galatasary 1

 Att 22,380

Godden (Grew) ,Batson, Statham, Cunningham, Wile, Robertson, Robson, A.Brown, Regis, Cantello,Trewick,(T.Brown) 

 

 

 

 

 

Leeds United V West Brom 14/10/1978

25,931

 

UEFA Cup 3rd Round 2nd leg November 1st 1978

West Bromwich Albion 1 ( A.Brown ) Sporting Braga 0

Att 26,036

Godden ,Batson, Statham, Cunningham, Wile, Robertson, Robson (Martin), A.Brown, Regis, Cantello,(Trewick,)T.Brown 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UEFA Cup 4th Round 2nd leg December 6th 1978

West Bromwich Albion 2 ( Brown 2 (1pen) Valencia 0

 Att 35,118

Godden ,Batson, Statham, Trewick,  Wile, Robertson, Robson, T.Brown, Regis, Cantello,Cunningham,

 

 

 

Wolves V West Brom 16/12/1979 29,117

3 -0 SCORERS A.Brown 2 T.Brown ENJOY!!!!!!!

Godden, Batson, Statham, T.Brown, Wile, Robertson, Robson, A.Brown, Regis, Cantello, Cunningham.

 

 

 

Manchester United 3  West Bromwich Albion 5

December 30th 1978

 Godden, Batson, Statham, T.Brown, Wile, Robertson, Robson, A.Brown, Regis, Cantello, Cunningham.

On 30th December 1978 Ron Atkinson took his Albion team to Old Trafford to face Manchester United. Albion went there on the back of a 10 game unbeaten run and although United were out of sorts winning only three of there last six games they were still a force at home. The last game of 1978 and United desperately needed to finish on a high note in front of their fans. When McIlroy sent over a corner for Greenhoff to put the home team in front from 20 yards they must have thought they could win. There was a bus strike in Manchester that weekend so the crowd was down on what would normally be expected, but the 45,091 crowd who managed to get there never expected what was to unfold. Cunningham put Tony Brown through who hit the back of the net. Again Cunningham picked up the went past Copell and McCreary to play a ball between two players to find Regis on the edge of the area he in turn back healed it to Cantello who thumped it past Bailey in the United goal. United suddenly finding themselves 2 - 1 down stepped up a gear to equalise through McQueen. As half time neared a mix up in the Albion defence lost possession to McIlroy who scored for the home team to regain the lead. Almost on the stroke of half time Tony Brown struck again to equalise 3 - 3 at half time. The second half started the way the first half had finished with Cunningham continuing to use his pace and skill to out run the United defence. Robertson had an header saved on the line. Cunningham again set of on a run eventually being stopped on the edge of the area only for the ball to fall to Regis who hit a shot from around 25 yds for Bailey to stop again, Godden who was also doing his bit in the Albion goal played the ball up field for Regis to knock on to Cunnigham who out paced his marker to score Albion's fourth, Regis must have thought his own personnel luck was out that afternoon having made goals and being prevented from scoring by Bailey did however manage to get on the score sheet , again Cunningham picked the ball near to his own area ran into the United half played into Ali Brown who in turn played in Regis who scored to make it 5 - 3 a fitting end to Albion's best away performance for a long time.

 

 

 

 


 

West Brom 3 Bristol City 0 Albion proved you can play on snow

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liverpool 2 West Brom 1

03/02/1979

 

 

 

UEFA Cup 5th Round 1st leg March 7th 1979

Red Star Belgrade 1 West Bromwich Albion 0

Att 95,300

Godden ,Batson, Statham, T.Brown, Wile, Robertson, Robson, A.Brown, Regis, Trewick, Cunningham,

 

 

 

 
 UEFA Cup 5th Round 2nd leg March 21st 1979

West Bromwich Albion 1 (Regis) Red Star Belgrade 1

  Att 31,58718

Godden ,Batson, Statham, T.Brown, Wile, Robertson, Robson, A.Brown, Regis, Cantello,Cunningham,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1978-79
Godden Cantello
Batson Cunningham
Statham Johnston
Brown T Trewick
Wile Martin
Robertson Mills
Robson B Summerfield
Brown A Bennett
Regis


 

 1979 - 80 

 

 

 

This season never met the anticipated heights of the previous season. The impact they had made on Europe reaching the quarter finals of the Uefa  was soon forgotten when they were dumped out in the Second Round of this seasons competition by the East German side Carl Zeiss Jena losing both legs 2-0 in Germany and 2-1 at home after receiving a bye in the First Rd. By 15th September they had only picked up 2 points from a possible 10 points. Gary Owen and Peter Barnes had been brought from Manchester City to replace Laurie Cunningham who had been sold to Real Madrid and an ageing Len Cantello who went to Bolton.  John Deehan was also brought from Aston Villa and Gary Pendry arrived from Birmingham City. Both Barnes and Owen took time to settle in but when the two faced their old team in September  at the Hawthorns they began showing why Ron Atkinson had brought them, by master minding a 4-0 win over Manchester City many fans could not understand why Barnes was in the side at all,.

That victory kick started the season and a mini revival started only losing four games until Christmas.

In the league cup progress to the Fourth Round was made but this was finally halted by Norwich City 3-0 in a replay at Carrow Road.

The FA cup Third Round in January was no better with a 1-1 draw at The Hawthorns with West Ham United followed by a 2-1 defeat at The Boleyn Ground. Following the exit from the FA Cup Albion only won Five times in the second half of the season drawing eleven and losing three. A poor season by Albion's new found standards.

 

 

 

 

18-08-1979 


West Brom

0-0

Derby

22-08-1979 


Man Utd

2-0

West Brom

25-08-1979 


Liverpool

3-1

West Brom

29-08-1979

League Cup 2nd Rd

West Brom

1-1

Fulham

01-09-1979 


West Brom

1-5

Nottm Forest

05-09-1979

League Cup 2nd Rd Replay

West Brom

1-0

Fulham

08-09-1979 


Bolton

0-0

West Brom

15-09-1979 


West Brom

4-0

Man City

19-09-1979

UEFA Cup

C Zeiss Jena

2-0

West Brom

22-09-1979 


Tottenham

1-1

West Brom

26-09-1979

League Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

2-1

Coventry

29-09-1979 


West Brom

2-2

Brighton

03-10-1979

UEFA Cup 1st Rd

West Brom

1-2

C Zeiss Jena

06-10-1979 


Middlesbro

2-1

West Brom

10-10-1979 


West Brom

2-0

Man Utd

13-10-1979 


Aston Villa

0-0

West Brom

20-10-1979 


West Brom

4-0

Southampton

27-10-1979 


West Brom

4-1

Coventry

31-10-1979

League Cup 4th Rd

West Brom

0-0

Norwich

03-11-1979 


Derby

2-1

West Brom

07-11-1979

League Cup 4th rd Replay

Norwich

3-0

West Brom

10-11-1979 


West Brom

2-1

Norwich

17-11-1979 


Leeds

1-0

West Brom

24-11-1979 


Wolves

0-0

West Brom

01-12-1979 


West Brom

1-1

Everton

08-12-1979 


Stoke

3-2

West Brom

15-12-1979 


West Brom

2-2

Arsenal

26-12-1979 


West Brom

3-0

Bristol C

29-12-1979 


West Brom

0-2

Liverpool

01-01-1980 


Ipswich

4-0

West Brom

05-01-1980

FA Cup 3rd Rd

West Brom

1-1

West Ham

08-01-1980

FA Cup 3rd Rd Replay

West Ham

2-1

West Brom

12-01-1980 


Nottm Forest

3-1

West Brom

26-01-1980 


C Palace

2-2

West Brom

02-02-1980 


Man City

1-3

West Brom

09-02-1980 


West Brom

2-1

Tottenham

16-02-1980 


Brighton

0-0

West Brom

23-02-1980 


West Brom

1-2

Aston Villa

01-03-1980 


Southampton

1-1

West Brom

08-03-1980 


Coventry

0-2

West Brom

14-03-1980 


West Brom

0-0

Middlesbro

18-03-1980 


West Brom

4-4

Bolton

22-03-1980 


Norwich

1-1

West Brom

29-03-1980 


West Brom

2-1

Leeds

01-04-1980 


West Brom

3-0

C Palace

05-04-1980 


Bristol C

0-0

West Brom

07-04-1980 


West Brom

0-0

Ipswich

19-04-1980 


West Brom

0-0

Wolves

26-04-1980 


Arsenal

1-1

West Brom

28-04-1980 


Everton

0-0

West Brom

03-05-1980


West Brom

0-1

Stoke

 

 

 


DIVISION ONE 1979 - 80        P W D L GF GA
1 Liverpool 42 25 10 7 81 30 +51 60
2 Manchester United 42 24 10 8 65 35 +30 58
3 Ipswich Town 42 22 9 11 68 39 +29 53
4 Arsenal 42 18 16 8 52 36 +16 52
5 Nottingham Forest 42 20 8 14 63 43 +20 48
6 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 19 9 14 58 47 +11 47
7 Aston Villa 42 16 14 12 51 50 +1 46
8 Southampton 42 18 9 15 65 53 +12 45
9 Middlesbrough 42 16 12 14 50 44 +6 44
10 West Bromwich Albion 42 11 19 12 54 50 +4 41
11 Leeds United 42 13 14 15 46 50 -4 40
12 Norwich City 42 13 14 15 58 66 -8 40
13 Crystal Palace 42 12 16 14 41 50 -9 40
14 Tottenham Hotspur 42 15 10 17 52 62 -10 40
15 Coventry City 42 16 7 19 56 66 -10 39
16 Brighton & Hove Albion 42 11 15 16 47 57 -10 37
17 Manchester City 42 12 13 17 43 66 -23 37
18 Stoke City 42 13 10 19 44 58 -14 36
19 Everton 42 9 17 16 43 51 -8 35
20 Bristol City 42 9 13 20 37 66 -29 31
21 Derby County 42 11 8 23 47 67 -20 30
22 Bolton Wanderers 42 5 15 22 38 73 -35 25

 

 West Brom 4 Manchester City 0 Barnes and Owen face their old team 15/09/1979 22,267

 

   

1979-80
Godden Barnes
Batson Mills
Statham Summerfield
Trewick Dehan
Wile Pendry
Robertson Regis
Robson B Bennett
Brown A Moses
Brown T Monaghan
Owen Cowdrill
                       Hodgson 

 

   

 

 

First Team Strip 1970 - 1979

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