“What a way to start the new year, indeed start the new decade. The visit of Leeds United for the top of the table clash in the Championship, and the pre match atmosphere that the fixture had created, pretty much pre-empted the tension and passion that the occasion demanded for supporters and players alike. If someone had told any die-hard Baggies fan way back in August, when the season started, that the New Years day clash would be a top of the table affair, with both club’s locked together on 51 points, eight clear of the chasing pack, then I don’t think anyone would have believed that to be possible. But, the proof of the pudding and all that, both teams went ‘toe to toe’ with each other, and although not a classic, probably due to the tiredness created by the demanding Christmas schedule, the game was an intense and absorbing affair, which given the stakes attached to the result, a one one draw was just about right, and no-one leaving the ground could deny that did not get their moneys worth…

On duty for the Association, both pre and post match, were proud Yorkshireman and 93 Wembley hero Kevin Donovan, former 70’s and 80’s ‘keeper Mark Grew, Legendary Scottish defender Ally Robertson and another proud member of the 300 plus appearances club, former defender Darryl Burgess. In the Regis Suite, Chairman Ray Wilson and Treasurer Norman Westbury were joined by Mickey Fudge, Joe Mayo, Mickey Lewis, Kevin Summrfield and Jack Lovatt, with flying visits by Sky front man Don Goodman, and of clurse, the one and only Tony Brown.”

On the road again now for the team as they journey to The Valley to face Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup third round this Sunday and a league fixture with the Londoners the following Saturday, before returning ‘home’ for the televised visit of Stoke City on Monday 20th January.”


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