“Whilst a win on Saturday against Sean Dyche’s Europe chasing Burnley side would have given us all the fillip we desired, alas it was not to be, but how pleasing was it to see the long overdue return to the shrine of ’68 hero Doug Fraser and his family to the Pennington Suite, for the visit of the Lancastrians. It has been a few years since the affable Scotsman last came to The Hawthorns, but it was a visit that was well worth waiting for. Then of course the ‘icing on the cake’ was the heart warming ’68 re-union of Doug, with his Wembley skipper Graham Williams and record breaking Tony Brown, who popped over from the West Stand to see his old friend. The boys of ’93 Bernard McNally and Darryl Burgess, also ‘on duty’ in the East stand suites for the afternoon, added to a wonderful pre-match get-together.”

“On the other side of the Shrine, Treasurer Norman Westbury was joined by a host of former players in the Regis Suite, with 60’s icons Jack Lovatt, Campbell Crawford, Micky Fudge and Stan Jones sharing friendship with Ian Hamilton Dave Butler and Vernon Hodgson, with Tony Brown calling in to catch up with his former colleagues, on his way back to the media suite. It was also a pleasure to welcome as our guests for the afternoon, former Australian Cricket coach and ‘friend’ of the Association Dave Cowper, representatives of the local Cancer based charity ‘Get ahead’ and of course the usual contingent from the PFA.”