“Veteran Manager Neil Warnock brought his Cardiff City side to the Shrine on Saturday hoping for a win in his last Hawthorns appearance, having announced his retirement from management at the end of the season. Despite a few differences with Mr Warnock down through the years, no one can argue about the enormous contribution that he has made to football and the success he has enjoyed with a host of clubs over the years. I’m sure all genuine fans of the game would want to wish this very colourful character a long and happy retirement.
Unfortunately it was not to be his day, as a resurgent Baggies side, keen to put the mid-week defeat at Leeds United behind them, won an exciting game by four goals to two, despite conceding two late goals that reduced a healthy three nil lead. Romaine Sawyers eased the tension that was acutely evident around the shrine with a fourth goal in injury time.
In the Regis Suite, President Brendon Batson OBE, and Treasurer Norman Westbury were joined by Bobby Hope, Kenny Foggo, Campbell Crawford, Jack Lovatt, David Butler and Colin Addison, with the customary visit by the ‘one and only Tony Brown, to catch up with his old mates.It was especially pleasing to see the three proud Scots together again for the first time in a while, having famously travelled south together with the late Bobby Murray in 1959, to commence their illustrious careers at The Hawthorns, and elsewhere.
On the other side of the Shrine, in the East Stand Corporate areas, Joe Mayo, Micky Fudge, Bob Taylor and Darryl Burgess were ‘on duty’ both before and after a very entertaining match, with Q and A sessions, Corporate box visits and stadium tours.
Another International break, means Albion will travel to Middlesbrough in a forthnights time, followed by the visits of Barnsley and Charlton Athletic.”