Book Review: Football’s 12 Apostles: The Making of the League, 1886-1889

Posted by on Feb 24, 2010 in Book Review, Uncategorized | One Comment

Football’s Twelve Apostles
By Thomas Taw
Published by Desert Island Books
April 2006, £16.99, ISBN: 9781905328093

Maybe it’s the hype and money – not to mention scandal – in present-day football, or maybe I’m just getting old, but I find myself increasingly drawn to nostalgia-laden accounts of the game from more innocent times.

Which is what made me pick up Thomas Taw’s account of the Football League’s formation, at the …

Are battle-weary Baggies running out of ammunition?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2010 in Uncategorized | One Comment

The muddy, bloody battlefields of the Championship appear to be taking their toll on West Bromwich Albion’s promotion challenge.

Ok, I exaggerate a little. The pitch at Plymouth was poor, though hardly Somme-like, and some of the injuries have been sustained in training or warm-up rather than in the rough-and-tumble of match action.
Yet Albion looked like shell-shocked soldiers during a tame second-half surrender at Bristol City on Sunday afternoon

The demise of the ‘home end’

Posted by on Oct 25, 2009 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Recently, Lanterne Rouge discussed the poor position away fans are often given at Championship grounds.

To that, I add: what about the poor position home fans are often given?

If this sounds bizarre, it is prompted by yesterday’s visit to the Ricoh Arena for a turgid 0-0 between Coventry City and West Bromwich Albion.

It was a rare occasion when I was watching from an executive box, and …

Not enough character in the game anymore?

Posted by on Oct 18, 2009 in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

What sort of character should run a team in the second tier of English football?

This was the question debated by myself and Lanterne Rouge after yesterday’s match at the Hawthorns.

Albion’s 3-1 win over Reading meant they ended the day top of the championship with the Royals fourth bottom.

In the summer, both clubs changed manager, and both went for ‘continental-style’ appointments — men who seemed more valued for …

Summer suddenly a distant memory for Albion

Posted by on Oct 5, 2009 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Can it be only two weeks since West Brom’s stunning 5-0 win at co-promotion favourites Middlesbrough?

For since that game, which left many pundits regarding Albion as automatic promotion shoe-ins, an autumnal chill has descended on the Hawthorns, blowing away the sunny late-summer optimism.

First, there was the League Cup elimination against the Wenger boys. Then, the Neil Warnock jinx struck again with a 0-1 home reverse against