Louis Ford (born 1845 in West Bromwich) was a businessman, football administrator and football referee.
Ford joined the committee of West Bromwich Albion in the late 1880s, serving as honorary financial secretary from 1887-1890.
He performed the role of general secretary (manager) from 5th June 1890-1892, receiving an annual salary of £50 as Albion's first official, paid secretary. He was also responsible for bringing John 'Baldy' Reynolds, Willie Groves and Roddy McLeod to the club Ford also served as an FA councilor from 1890-1893 and was vice-president of The Football League from 1894-1897. During his time in charge Albion finished 12th out of 12 teams in 1891 and again 12th out of 14 teams in 1892
Henry 'Swin'' Jackson was a member of Albions first board of directors, He remained a director for two years taking over as the clubs general secretary - manager after his first year a post which he held for 18 months before handing over to Ted Stephenson. Under Jackson Albion finished 8th out of 16 Teams
Edward Stephenson (born c. 1852 in West Bromwich) secretary-manager, who performed that role at West Bromwich Albion from November 1894 to January 1895. After just eight weeks He was dismissed from the post for incompetence. 5 wins, 1 draw, 9 defeats He remained an avid supporter and shareholder of the club.
Albions former finacial secretary manager took over from Ted Stephenson short reign and remaind in charge until the end of the season.
Frank Heaven was appointed as secretary -manager of West Bromwich Albion 25 August 1896, his annual salary starting at £104. He became Albion's general financial secretary in June 1897, and helped to oversee the club's move to their new ground, The Hawthorns, in the summer of 1900. In May 1902 he was asked to resign his post following a disagreement over policy with Albion's directors He died tragically on Boxing Day in Worcester in 1905 aged 32.
Fred Everiss (born 1882 in West Bromwich) was secretary-manager of the English football club West Bromwich Albion and also served the club as assistant secretary and later as a director.The true son of West Bromwich Albion football club, Everiss joined Albion's office staff in 1896. He was appointed secretary-manager in 1902, a post he would hold until 1948, helping Albion reach three FA Cup finals 1912, 1931, 1935 to second and first division Championships 1911,1920 also the double in 1931 of promotion from the second division and winning the FA Cup. His 46 years in the job technically make him English football's longest serving manager of all time, although much of his combined role was administrative, and the job of picking the team was left to the directors. Indeed Albion did not create the full-time post of 'manager' until Everiss retired from his position, becoming a director until 1951.
Jack Smith (born in Aberaman, 1911 began his association with the Albion as a 16-year-old trialist Not making the grade he moved on to play for Aberaman, Aberdare Athletic, Merthyr Town, Wolverhampton Wanderers (1930-34), Bristol Rovers (1934-35), Swindon Town 1935-37) and Chelsea (1938-44). He guested in over 70 games for Albion during World War Two and coached at Molineux (1946-48) before becoming Albion's first- official manager (appointed on 22 1948). He remained in office until 17th April1952, when he left The Hawthorns to become boss at Reading, holding office.
He guided Albion to promotion from Division Two in 1948-49 signed some exceptionally fine players, including Ronnie Allen.
When he retired from football he became an Hotelier in Dorset
Jack Passed away 1975 aged 63
JESSIE CARVER BORN LIVERPOOL JULY 1911, JOINED ALBION AS MANAGER / COACH ON 18TH APRIL 1952 AND LEFT AFTER ONLY EIGHT MONTHS IN CHARGE TO TAKE A COACHING JOB WITH VALDAGANO ITALY, CARVER SEEMED MORE SUITED TO THE ROLE OF COACH RATHER THAN MANAGER HOWEVER HE DID GUIDE JUVENTUS TO THE SERIE A TITLE IN 1950 PRIOR TO JOINING THE ALBION AND COACHED SWEDEN TO REACH THE 1958 WORLD CUP FINAL AGAINST BRAZIL.
Vic Buckingham born in Greenwich, London, in October 1915 played full-back for Bromley and Tottenham Hotspur, and gained two England Wartime caps. Prior to joining the Albion he had been manager at Bradford Park Avenue. He began work at the Albion on 2 February 1953 and remained at The Hawthorns until 18 June 1959. He led Albion to the runners'-up spot in the First Division and to FA Cup glory over Preston in 1954; He left the club soon after returning from a summer tour to Canada and the US. Signing some brilliant players along the way, among them Maurice Setters, Graham Williams, Bobby Robson and Derek Kevan. After leaving the Albion He later managed Ajax Amsterdam (two spells), Plymouth Argyle, Sheffield Wednesday, Fulham, Ethnikos (Greece), FC Barcelona and Sevilla (1972). He passed away in Worthing in 1995 at the age of 79.
Gordon Clark born in Guisborough in April 1914 before joining Albion he managed Aldershot; He was appointed as Albion's chief scout in 1955 and moved into the manager s chair at The Hawthorns on 9 July 1959, remaining there until 11 October 1961. After leaving Albion he joined Sheffield Wednesday were he joined his old boss Vic Buckingham as assistant manager, He then became Peterborough United manager, Arsenal chief scout, Fulham assistant manager, Philadelphia Fury senior coach and Queens Park Rangers assistant manager, retiring from football in 1980. He also took Peterborough to the League Cup semi-final in 1966, where they lost to Albion over two legs. His best signing for Albion was to sign his namesake Clive Clark from QPR... Gordon Clark, passed away on 18 October 1997,
Jimmy Hagan born Washington County Durham January 1918, Had a trial for Albion in 1933 but did not make the grade but he then went on to play for Washington Colliery, Liverpool, Derby County, Sheffield United, He spent 20 years at Bramell Lane making 364 league apperances and scoring 118 goals. Took control of the Albion 10th April 1963 with an away game at Arsenal losing 3-2 .In December that year the players threatend strike action as they were not allowed to train in track suit bottoms, Hagan refusing to give in to the demands at first was involved in an accident at the Spring Road trainning ground when his new car he had only recently recieved shot of in reverse down the steep embankment. The players who were not happy with Hagan at the time ran down the emabnkment and carried him up to saftey and in to the waiting ambulance. Hagan instead of thanking them looked at them panting and said "The trouble with you lot is you aint fit". The strike threat was lifted and Albion then went on to 7 games unbeaten. In1966 he led the Albion to the first of two league cup final appearances in a 5-3 aggregate victory over West Ham United. The 3-2 defeat in the 1967 Cup Final to third division Queens Park Rangers, after Albion were leading 2-0 at half time along with a poor league run led to his dismissal at the end of the season.
However his best signings Jeff Astle from Notts County £25,000, John Kaye from Hull City £28,000, John Osbourne from Chesterfield£10,000 and John Talbut Burnly £30,000 all helped Albion win the FA Cup in 1963
Alan Ashman Born in Rotherham 1928, a former chicken farmer, played centre forward for Sheffield United Nottingham Forest amd Carlisle United retired from playing 1959. He then went on to coach Penrith F.C and his former club Carlisle United before taking charge of Albion May 23rd 1967, His first league game in charge was against Chelsea August 19th 1967, He guided Albion to glory in the FA Cup in 1968 and as runners up in the League Cup in 1970. He signed the clubs first £100,000 player Colin Suggett also signing John Wile, Jim Cumbes.
Don Howe born in Wolverhampton in October 1935 was an amateur with Wolverhampton Wanderers before spending 14 years with Albion. After leaving The Hawthorns he served with Arsenal but a broken leg curtailed his career. He later became a very successful coach with Arsenal helping Bertie Mee's team to the double in 1971. The opportunity for him to be a manager in his own right was given to him by the Albion and he took over from 9 July 1971 to 6 April 1975,
Under his leadership Albion were relegated from Division one. Some of his signings included Ally Brown, David Shaw, Willie Johnston and Bobby Gould, Gould was seen by Howe as the replacement for Jeff Astle, who Howe sold to Hellenic, He also sold Asa Hartford to Manchester City, Goalkeeper Peter Latchford to Celtic. After his departure from the Albion he returned to coaching duties in Turkey and Saudi Arabia, returning to England to join Leeds United, Arsenal (again), Chelsea and QPR.
Johnny Giles born in Cabra, Dublin, in January 1940 became player-manager of Albion on 19 June 1975, staying in this position for almost two years until 27 May 1977. The appointment of a player manager at that time was never heard of in the higher divisions and especially the appointment of someone who had never managed at all was seen as a big gamble.
However Giles was seen by some as the obvious replacement to manage Don Revie's successful Leeds United team before Brian Clough eventually took over all be it for 44 days... The Leeds board were not prepared to take the gamble on an untested manager even one who had be mentored by Don Review, but the Albion directors were ,Leeds United loss our gain. The gamble paid off when in his first spell in charge he guided Albion to promotion in 1975 - 76. He resigned from the Albion after a very successful spell in 1977. Saying that he only intended to stay two seasons.
On leaving the Albion He was became player-manager of Shamrock Rovers, guested for Philadelphia Fury and coached Vancouver Whitecaps prior to having a second spell as Albion chief from 13 December 1983 to 29 September 1985 he bought in some quality players, including Paddy Mulligan, Mick Martin, Laurie Cunningham and Tony Godden, completely transforming the team.
He returned to manage the Albion again in 1984 but under his own admission latter said that it was the wrong thing to do and should not have returned to the Albion
When he left it was to take over as coach of the Saudi Arabia National team. He went on to manage Panathinaikos, had a second spell as Albion's boss from 26 July 1981 to 30 June 1982 when he led the Albion to the FA Cup and League Cup semi finals and was then named as the club's general manager. Allen later returned to The Hawthorns as coach in the 1990s. He died in June 2001, aged 72.
See 1975 - 76 Above
In February 1997, Harford was named as the replacement for Alan Buckley. When Harford took over Albion were just above the relegation zone in Division One, Harford did much to keep the club clear of relegation. Despite a promising start to the following season the best for 50 years, he found it tiring to travel the 100+ miles from his Berkshire home to the Black Country on an almost daily basis, and in December 1997 moved to Division One rivals Queens Park Rangers. August 2003.
Ray Harford passed away 9th
Brian Little born in Co. Durham in November 1953, a former Hawthorns trialist, was appointed as Albion's manager on 11 August 1999, failed to impress and after a run of disappointing results he was sacked on 6 February 2000.
Gary Megson, born Manchester May 1959, Took charge at Albion on 9 March 2000. He made a few signings to help pull Albion away from relegation back to the old third division, Neil Clement, Brian Jensen, Des Lyttle, Georges Santos, Tony Butler and re signed the Albion Hero Bob Taylor. The last day of the season Albion beat Charlton 2-0 to remain in the Championship, the following season under Megson they reached the play-off semi finals, but were denied by Bolton Wanderers for a place in the final, the following season they achieved promotion back to the premiership.
He did an excellent job at The Hawthorns, twice leading the Albion into the Premiership while signing several quality players to boot. Unfortunately things started to go wrong a third of the way into season 2005-06, and as a result he lost his job on 26 October.
Bryan Robson, OBE born in Chester- le-Street in January 1957 played for Albion from 1972 to 1981, making almost 250 senior appearances and scoring 46 goals. He was appointed manager of Albion on 9 November 2004, Robson was never really accepted back by some sections of the Albion fans as they never forgave him for leaving to join Manchester United in 1981 and what they saw as the breakup of the great team of the 70s.
At the end of his first season he helped the Albion achieve the cGreat Escape' on the last day of the season, but failed to keep the team in the Premiership the following season and after a run of poor results was dismissed on 18th September 2006.
Mowbray guided West Brom to the Football League Championship title, meaning promotion to the Premier League and reached the semi-final of the FA Cup,. Mowbray won the Championship manager of the month award for April as well as the League Managers Association manager of the year award Albion appointed Mowbray as the manager on 13 October 2006. Mowbray faced the tough task of getting the Albion back to the Premier League after relegation the previous season. To Mowbrays credit he managed to turn around the club's poor away form, however an indifferent run of results at home towards the end of the season meant that Albion finished fourth in The Championship table behind Sunderland, Birmingham City and Derby County, and faced the lottery of the Championship Play-Offs, Afrter beating Wolves in the Semi Final Play offs, Albion lost 1-0 to Derby County in the Wembley final. Following the disappoint ment of losing the play offs Mowbary cleared out some senior players and set about building a squad to get the Albion back in the Premership. Despite the large changes in his squad, in September 2007, At the start of 2008, Mowbray's young Albion team topped the table, for their attractive brand of attacking one touch passing football, a reflection of Mowbray's staunch footballing philosophy. won plaudits from the media and supporters alike After a poor 2008-09 season, Albion were relegated from the Premier League, finishing 20th. Mowbray was still thought highly of by the fans with the fans wearing Mowbray masks at their last game of the season against Blackburn Rovers. Mowbray left the club for Celtic shortly afterwards.
Under Di Matteo Albion Played 83 Won 40 Drew 19 Lost 24
Clarke was announced as the new manager on 8 June 2012 having signed a two-year contract. The job was Clarke's first permanent management role for any club; Albion began the Clarke era with a 3-0 home win against Liverpool on the opening day of the Premier League season. Then followed that result up with a 1-1 away draw against Tottenham Hotspur, and a 2-0 win at home to Everton. .In November the club won four consecutive matches in a row for the first time since 1980, defeating Southampton, Wigan, Chelsea and Sunderland respectively Due to his efforts in November, Clarke was awarded the Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month. Although the team would go on to lose their next three matches Clarke lead the club to a record breaking 48 points- their highest number of points in a Premier League season. And ended the season in style with a dramatic 5-5 draw with Manchester United. The draw saw West Brom finish 8th in the table on 49 points- their best finish since 1981. 28th September 2013 saw Albion secure an historic 2-1 victory against league champions, Manchester United, their first win at Old Trafford in 35 years However under his leadership they won only one further game, a 2-0 home defeat of Crystal Palace on 2nd November 2013. 9th November Clarke's team were minutes away from securing a historic win at Stamford Bridge that would have ended Jose Mourinho's undefeated home record, but a controversial penalty decision ensured that the game ended 2-2. A further draw and four straight defeats followed and on 14 December 2013 Clarke was placed on gardening leave until May 2014, after a 1-0 loss at Cardiff City. This defeat had left the club two points above the relegation zone in 16th place. They had won nine of the previous 41 Premier League game.
uNDER cLARKE aLBION PLAYED 60 WON 19 DREW 15 LOST 26
2014 - 2014 PEPE MEL
In the following four seasons Mel worked in the second level, learning his trade from the ground up but he was sacked early into the 2005-06 season by Polideportivo Ejido. Shortly after he dropped down a level and moved to Rayo Vallecano, helping the Madrid outfit return to the second division in his second year, subsequently leading the side to the fifth place,
On 15 February 2010, after a string of poor results, Mel was sacked by Rayo,
In the summer he signed with former side Betis, also in the second division were he led Betis back to the Spanish La Liga in his first year.
Mel coached Betis to the seventh position in the 2012-13 season, with the subsequent qualification to the UEFA Europa League. He was sacked on 2 December 2013, however, after falling to a 0-4 derby loss at Sevilla FC and conceding a last-minute 2-2 home equalizer to Rayo Vallecano.
Mel's First game in charge WAS at home to Everton on Monday 20th January 2014
2014 - 2014 ALAN IRVINE
Appointed Albion Manager June 14th 2014. First attempt at premiership managerial role following failed managerial attempts with Sheffield Wednesday and Preston North End.WAS DISMISSED 29TH DECEMBER 2014
UNDER IRVINE ALBION PLD 22 WON 5 DRAWN 6 LOST 11
2015 - ???? tONY PULIS
Began his Managerial career with Bournemouth in 1992 before
joining Gillingham in 1995 this was followed by a short stay at
Bristol City where he was never accepted by the fans due to
him playing for Bristol Rovers and another short stay at
Portsmouth. He then joined stoke city in 2000 as part of Steve
Cottrell's back room staff until Cottrell was dismissed and
Pulis was given the manager's position. Pulis set about saving
Stoke from relegation and the following season he got them
to 11th. There was a dispute between the owners and Pulis at
Stoke and as always it's the manager not the board who go. He
quickly found employment with Plymouth Argyle and again
turned them around and Plymouth finished 14th in the
Championship. Stoke had had a change of ownership and came
calling for Pulis to return. He did return and took Stoke to
the premiership and to their first ever FA Cup final and into
Europe Stoke made a poor start to 2013 picking up just a point in
January Performances and results remained poor in February
and Pulis came under heavy criticism from supporters after a
uninspiring home defeat against West Ham United. Victories
against Queens Park Rangers and Norwich City saw Stoke avoid
the threat of relegation and they finished the 2012-13 season
in 13th position. Pulis left the club on 21 May 2013 after a
meeting with Chairman Peter Coates. On 23 November 2013 Pulis
was appointed manager of Crystal Palace on a two-and-
half-year contract His first win came on 3 December 2013, a 1-0
home win against West Ham United. Under Pulis Palace became
a more solid team defensively and they went on a run of five
consecutive victories This run of form earned Palace
mathematical safety and saw Pulis named as manager of the
month for April 2014. Palace finished the 2013-14 seasons in 11th
position with 45 points which saw Pulis named as the Premier
League manager of the year. Shortly before the start of the
subsequent season, however, Pulis left the club "by mutual
consent", after not being backed in the transfer market by
the Palace board. On 1 January 2015, Pulis was appointed head
coach at by Albion. He won his first game in charge 7-0 against
Conference Premier side Gateshead in an FA Cup third round
match Followed by his first premier league match against