“Still unbeaten this season, but still no wins yet at The Shrine, but plenty of reasons to be cheerful, Manager Slaven Bilic has brought together a group of young exciting players, who, once they gel, will surely set the Championship alight.

On a night, that promised much, the Baggies had to settle for another point against a really impressive Reading side, something Association member Mark Grew eluded to in his pre-match Q and A in the East Stand suites. Mark was joined by the Tipton destroyer Joe Mayo, with the ‘Toffees slayer’ himself, Micky Fudge doing the honours with the pre-match tour.

On the other side of the Hawthorns, Treasurer Norman Westbury was joined in the Regis Suite by former players Ally Robertson, Stan Jones, Gary Hackett and Kevin Kent, with a cameo appearance by 2002 promotion hero Andy Johnson, on his way to the media gantry where he is now a valued member of the match day commentary team. It was also nice to be joined by the usual contingent from the PFA, which certainly made for a lively evening of banter in the associations matchday home.

Next up at the Shrine, Blackburn Rovers, and the return of former manager Tony Mowbray, always great to see ‘the boss’ return home!”