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

Good news and bad news for Albion

Posted by on Aug 16, 2009 in Uncategorized | One Comment

First, here’s the bad news. West Bromwich Albion were utterly uninspiring in yesterday’s win at Nottingham Forest. Any neutral present would have found it hard to understand why the Baggies are considered joint favourites for promotion.

But now the good news. Teams who ‘bounce back’ at the first attempt following relegation from the premier league generally do so by being, well, utterly uninspiring.

Seem illogical? Look at the evidence. …