“As another season closes in on history, and West Bromwich Albion football club, look forward to a mouth-watering dual with the old foe from down the Witton Road, in this years Championship play-offs, it was certainly up-lifting to greet many old friends back to the Shrine, for Saturdays visit of Rotherham United.

In the East stand suites, no less than Peter Odemwingie and Nigel Quashie, ‘trod the boards’ entertaining he corporate guests, whilst ‘old hands’ Darryl Burgess and Derek Monaghan, joined the stadium tour groups and visited corporate boxes before the game. Peter and Nigel then became the latest of our former players to be honoured at half time, receiving their club caps along with the ‘one and only’ Gordon Nisbet, who travelled over from his home in Portugal with his Daughter to be part of a wonderful day. ‘Nizzer’ as he is affectionately known, is a proud member of the association, and frequently travels over for the annual golf day and other functions, and it was great to see him honoured as so many have been during the course of this long season.

Gordon was joined in the Regis Suite by Secretary Geoff Snape, Treasurer Norman Westbury, Kevin Kent, Micky Fudge, David Ashman, son of the late great former Albion manager, Alan, and Ally Robertson who took time out, to present the family of the great ‘WG’ Richardson, hero of the thirties and the forties, with WG’s cap, fittingly in the suite that now bears his prestigious name.

It was also a privilege to welcome back to their former ‘home’ Billy Jones and Joe Mattock, now of course plying their trade with our visitors Rotherham United, and of course catch up with them at the end of the game, to present them both with their club caps, so richly deserved, before they departed for Yorkshire.

Finally a word about our narrow victory over the men from Rotherham, who have now been relegated following Saturdays defeat, but have conducted themselves in tremendous fashion throughout a very tough campaign, and have been a credit to the Division, and we are sad to see them return to League One, but I’m sure they will return soon, stronger and wiser. We wish them well for the future. They are indeed everything that is good about football.”