“They say that a week in politics is a lifetime, well, I think it’s fair to say that the last week in football at The Hawthorns, will certainly seem like a lifetime to the many fans that suffered two results, that will not have them jumping for joy!
However, the old adage, that you cannot win them all, is and always will be very true. For sure they are setbacks, but when you talk to Head Coach Darren Moore, you cannot fail to be consumed by his enthusiasm, and as he said in conversation, with that twinkle in his eye, and devilish grin, “Nip and Tuck, nip and tuck, all season.” Added to that, the confidence from opposing manager, and old boss here of course, Tony Mowbray, that Albion will be there or thereabouts at the end of a long campaign, will hopefully sit well, with those at present forlorn fans, who have definitely witnessed a disappointing long week.
On Wednesday 24th October, Derby were the visitors, and despite them being rivals these days, it was great to see old ‘Throstles’ and good friends, Scott Carson and Curtis Davies, back where they were once employed, which gave the club the opportunity to present these former players with their ‘debut caps’ after the game.
In the Corporate suites, Phil Gilchrist, Des Lyttle, Mark Grew and Kevin Summerfield were ‘on duty’ with Phil and Des being presented pitch-side with their caps at half time. In the Regis Suite, President Brendon Batson MBE, OBE was joined by Chairman Ray Wilson, Secretary Geoff Snape, Treasurer Norman Westbury, Jack Lovatt and Ally Robertson, with guests Derek Spires and Neil Betteridge, both great supporters of the Association, along with Richard Lambert, Golf Pro at the Walsall club, where the Associations annual event has been held for many years. We thank them all for their continued support.
Three days later, on Saturday 27th October, we were back again at the Shrine for the visit of Blackburn Rovers, managed by former Albion supremo Tony Mowbray, and once again it was wonderful to see old friends returning to their former ‘home’ with Mark Venus assisting Tony at the Ewood Park club these days.
Nicky Cross, Garry Thompson, Joe Mayo and Mickey Fudge were ‘on duty’ in the East Stand suites, with Nicky, Garry and Fudgie being honoured in the half time interval, with ‘debut cap’ presentations. In the Regis Suite, President Brendon Batson MBE, OBE was once again in charge, being supported by Bobby Hope, Dave Butler, Stewart Woolgar and Vernon Hodgson, with Bobby presenting Stewart with his cap on behalf of the football club.
So that wrapped up a long and difficult week in the life and times of West Bromwich Albion football club, but as we all know the Championship is a ‘marathon’ not a sprint, and as Head Coach Darren Moore has intimated, this campaign will be ‘nip and tuck’ all the way down to the wire.”