West Bromwich Albion are a Premier League football club in the West Midlands, located on the border of Birmingham and the town of West Bromwich. Managed by Tony Pulis and nicknamed the Baggies, they play their home games at the Hawthorns.
West Bromwich Albion Background
Formed in 1878 by workers from the George Salter Spring Works, as West Bromwich Strollers, West Bromwich Albion are the fourth oldest professional team in the West Midlands, and a founding member of the Football League. They’ve spent the majority of their time playing in the top flight of English football and won it in 1920 (when known as Division 1). They have been in its current version, the Premier League, for six consecutive seasons and remain the only West Midlands team in the top flight.
Once nicknamed the Throstles, West Brom are known by a number of names including Albion and WBA, but the most famous nickname, the Baggies, has an argued origin. Some say it was because of the baggy shorts worn by players in the Club’s earlier years, and some attribute it to the baggy trousers worn by workers of the factories and foundries in the Black Country. However, Club Historian, Tony Matthews has said it could have derived from the bagmen, the people who would carry the match day takings from the turnstiles to the cash office.
The Baggies traditionally play in a white shirt with navy stripes, paired with white shorts and white or navy socks, and their club crest has usually featured a throstle sitting on a hawthorn branch, hence the name of their home ground. The Hawthorns has been the home of WBA since 1900 and has hosted two England international games. In 2002 the Baggies became the first football team in the country to install large widescreen displays in their stadium.
West Brom have a rich history with the FA Cup, and were the first Midlands team to reach the final, losing to Blackburn Rovers in 1896. They went on to reach the final again the following season, this time losing to Aston Villa, but the Baggies were finally champions after reaching their third consecutive final in 1898, beating Preston North End 2-1 at Kennington Oval. They went on to reach the final a further seven times, winning it four more times in the process, and are the last team in the Birmingham area to lift the trophy.
Albion’s two main rivalries are with local sides, Wolverhampton Wanderers who they contest the Black Country Derby with and Aston Villa.
The Baggies have a host of famous supporters including Frank Skinner, Eric Clapton, Adrian Chiles, Liam Payne, Cat Deeley and Lenny Henry.
What West Brom Can Do For You
West Brom can offer affordable Premier League football in the Birmingham area, and the chance to see susperstars like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Sergio Aguero without having to travel far. Last season the Baggies had the third cheapest match day ticket price in the Premier League and cheaper season tickets than some Championship clubs according to the BBC’s Price of Football. Hospitality and corporate packages for match days are also available.
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