“It doesn’t seem like five minutes since the, the curtain was drawn on the 2017/18 campaign, and in no time at all, we are off again with the visit of old friends from Lancashire in the form of the ‘Trotters’ of Bolton.

Sadly, we meet each other in the Championship rather than the Premiership, where the Wanderers having been finding it tough going over the last few years, and just survived on the final day of the season. However, they travelled to The Hawthorns determined to show what they can do, and left the Midlands with all three points, courtesy of a dogged defensive performance and some poor defending on behalf of the hosts. That, as they say, is football, and Darren Moore’s first game at the lower level, didn’t quite got to plan.

On the plus side, it was great to see, Richard Sneekes and Bob Taylor back at the Shrine for the first game of the new campaign against their former club, and a pre-match presentation of the club’s history caps, recognising their contribution to our great football club. These history caps are the brainwave of programme editor Dave Bowler, and concludes several years of research, to put every player in their correct ranking for their subsequent League debuts.

Richard and Bob, were supported in the various East Stand suites by Ian Hamilton and Des Lyttle, whilst Julia Regis graced the opening day, in the suite that bears her late husbands name, along with Treasurer Norman Westbury and other guests. It was also nice to welcome former Albion players, Julian Darby, Marc Wilson and Steve Parkin back to The Hawthorns, all now plying their trade with the visitors, and we wish then well for the new campaign.”