“Whatever the consequences of today’s visit by the in-form West Londoners, I think it can be safely said, that Brentford are by far and away the best side to ‘rock-up’ to the Hawthorns this season, and Albion must consider the home draw to be a point gained rather than two lost, because the one-one stalemate was a fair reflection of another highly entertaining game, which was a credit to The Championship. I’m sure there will be those that dis-agree, but that’s my opinion.

Away from the action on the field, it was nice to welcome former goal-keeper Bob Ward to the Shrine, an infrequent visitor due to business commitments, but an ideal opportunity to present this popular character with his club cap, the honours being performed by another member of the goal-keepers union, Mark Grew. Both former custodians did pre-match and post match Q and A’s in the East stand suites, prior to which, Bob handed over a piece of wonderful Hawthorns memorabilia, and 1890’s club fixture card, which will be framed and displayed in the Regis Suite until further notice, and a fantastic item it is too, and my thanks to Bob for allowing it to be seen and enjoyed by all the visitors to the suite.

Bernard McNally and Darryl Burgess made up the East Stand quartet, and joined pre-match tours as well as visiting Corporate boxes. In the Regis Suite Treasurer Norman Westbury was joined by Association stalwart Stan Jones, 1968 Wembley winner Dennis Clarke, Villa slayer Jack Lovett and 70’s striker Stewart Woolgar. It was also a privilege to catch up with so many good friends, who make matchdays at The Hawthorns a memorable affair.”