If you want stats, you’ve come to the wrong place. If you want anecdotes, strap yourselves in.
Daryl Burgess is chatting in a pub, Igor Balis is filling our empty glasses in Trnava, Enzo Maresca is missing his lunch to spill the beans, Alan Miller is lording it in an 18th century country house.
All to speak about West Bromwich Albion.
This is From Buzaglo to Balis. A wade through the 1990s to 2002; from the day Tim Buzaglo made fun of West Bromwich Albion to the day Igor Balis struck to give the Baggies a leg up into the Premier League.
This is a journey from the abyss to the glorious. Find out about the football manager who survived a plane crash, the England legend who rejected the Albion managerial role because of boardroom leeks, the fella whose name we’ve been getting wrong all this time, the bloke who lied to us all, and the Baggies club captain who wasn’t keen on his manager because, frankly, he only ever seemed to shop in Grimsby. We hear from the manager who regretted leaving Albion, and the manager who regrets joining.
It’s all here.
This was a period where footballers would play cricket with sausages, where players would fight before kit launches and managers didn’t always see eye-to-eye with their directors. We have coffins at Shrewsbury, Fiat Pandas, fish suppers in Sheffield, botched photo shoots in West Bromwich and boardroom bust-ups.
This is 240-pages of nonsense, thrills, spills, success, failure – a lot of failure as it happens – and a glorious ending up in west Yorkshire.
“A brilliantly researched, wonderfully written examination of a rollercoaster period in West Brom’s history, from one of the authorities on this great club. Amusing, emotional and insightful.”
– John Percy, The Telegraph
“The honesty and candidness throughout ensures this isn’t just a nostalgia trip for Baggies’ fans, but an enlightening read that will appeal to football supporters of all allegiances.”
– Daz Hale, BBC Radio WM
“A fabulous read. So well researched, fascinating interviews with characters at the time. I thought I knew most of what was happening back then at Albion working on the patch, but reading this book tells me I actually knew very little.”
– Nigel Pearson, talkSPORT