With Play-offs virtually secured for Albion, the visit of the Tigers from Hull, still with an outside chance of creeping into the top six, was always going to be an ‘interesting’ encounter, spiced to a certain degree by the second coming of Steven Reid, appointed this week as a coaching assistant to Jimmy Shan, who despite doing an amazing job since to departure of Darren Moore, still needs a shoulder to. Lean on in times of doubt.

On duty for the Association in the East stand Suites were All Robertson, Des Lyttle, Bernie McNally and Steve Lillwall, and on the other side of the ‘Shrine’ Treasurer Norman Westbury was joined by Stan Jones., Dave Butler and Craig Herbert, who received his club cap, pitchside at half time. It was also heartwarming to see Paul McPherson accompanied by his Mum representing the much missed former coach an supporter of the Association, Albert McPherson.

Prior to the game Nine members, no less, of the Richard Pike family were guests of the club, and popped into the Regis Suite for a photo opportunity with Richards cap. Dick, as he was better know, was an A team and reserve regular who made his league debut in 1938, just prior to the outbreak of war.

It was also rewarding to catch up with Liam Ridgewell, now with our opponents Hull City, and Head Stewerd Mervyn Walters was on hand to do the ‘Honours’ with Liams cap in the dressing room area after the game.

Albion’s close victory ended Aby speculation regarding the playoffs, with the mouth watering prospect of a semi-final against none other than Aston Villa.”