“On Monday evening (Ist April) The Albion under 18’s travel to Manchester City to do ‘battle’ with the football millionaires in the FA Youth Cup. Forty three year ago, a bunch of young ‘Throstles’ took on neighbours Wolverhampton Wanderers in the same competition, and lifted the trophy at The Hawthorns. sadly, it is the only time the Albion youngsters have been triumphant in that competition, despite coming close down through the years but plans for a re-union have been on going for some time now and on Friday evening when the Blues of Birmingham City came to town, it all came together, and the ‘Band of Brothers’ from ’76 were re-united.
Mark Grew, Colin Gregson, Martyn Davies, Derek Monaghan, Steve Lynex, Brian Clarke, Wayne Hughes, Mark Trenter, Derek Statham and Kevin Summerfield, all gathered together at the Park Inn hotel in Walsall, where the celebrations got under way, before the kick-off later that evening.
The occasion was also celebrated by the club, with a pre-match get together with this years youngsters pitch-side, and of course a great opportunity to present, former first team regulars Steve Lynex and Wayne Hughes with their club caps, with Derek Statham doing the ‘honours’ in the Richardson Suite following Albion’s thrilling 3-2 victory over City. Association Chairman Ray Wilson was also on hand in the Regis Suite to present all of the boys of 76′ with their Association ties, a well received addition to the evenings festivities.
Pitchside before the game, former club captain Paul Mardon was invested with his club cap, as was former striker Lee Hughes, former Albion stalwart Ally Robertson doing the ‘honours’ on behalf of the football club. Chairman Ray Wilson and Ally Robertson were joined in the Regis Suite by Wembley veteran Dennis Clarke, 1980’s striker Nick Cross, Secretary Geoff Snape and Treasurer Norman Westbury. Paul Mardon teaming up with Paul Raven, Darryl Burgess and Joe Mayo, for their Corporate duties in the East Stand during the evening.
Hopefully when you read these notes, the club’s under 18’s will have ‘seen off’ the ‘Citizens’ and we can all be looking forward to a Hawthorns cup final.”