West Bromwich Albion Football Club was founded in 1878 as the West Bromwich Strollers, but that name was changed just two years later and has remained unchanged ever since. Situated in the West Bromwich area of the West Midlands, the team has a huge following, and fans who can't attend matches in person are always keen to watch games online via West Bromwich live streams if there is no football on TV.
This club has one of the longer names in the sport, and so it isn’t surprising that fans tend to shorten it to West Brom, WBA or simply to Albion. Other nicknames for the team include The Baggies and the Throstles, with the latter being a reference to the song thrush which appears on the club badge.
West Bromwich Albion had several home grounds in its first few years of existence, with the first being Cooper’s Hill. The team settled down for the long term when it moved to The Hawthorns in 1900, and has remained there ever since.
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West Bromwich Albion
Club Badge and Colours
The club badge of West Brom has gone through a number of changes over the decades, but the song thrush which gave the team one of its most popular nicknames first appeared at the end of the 19th century, and it hasn’t failed to be featured since. The current badge is shaped like a shield and shows the bird sitting on a hawthorn branch against a background of blue and white vertical stripes. The name of the team appears against a plain white section at the top of the shield.
This blue and white colour scheme is carried through to the home strip of West Brom, which comprises a shirt with blue and white vertical stripes, white shorts with blue vertical trim and white socks with blue horizontal trim. The away strip is similar in design, with a yellow and green shirt, green shorts and green socks.
Key Players and Managers
The Head Coach at West Bromwich Albion is currently James Shan, who is serving as caretaker manager. Previous managers of note include Roberto Di Matteo, Tony Mowbray, Greg Megson, Ron Atkinson, Alan Ashman and Fred Everiss.
Key former players for West Brom include Claudio Yacob, Peter Odemwingie, Youssof Mulumbu, Roman Bednar, Jonathan Greening, Lee Hughes, John Osborne, Jeff Astle, Tony Brown and William ‘Ginger’ Richardson.
Key players who are on the current squad include captain Chris Brunt, forwards Hal Robson-Kanu and Jonathan Leko, midfielders James Morrison and Gareth Barry, defenders Kieren Gibbs and Conor Townsend, and goalkeeper Sam Johnstone.
Honours, Noteworthy Stats and Memorable Moments
The Albion are no strangers to success in professional football, and have enjoyed numerous successes and high points over the years. Selected highlights include winning the:
- League at the first tier in 1919/20 and finishing as runners-up in 1924/25 and 1953/54.
- FA Cup five times, with the first success being in 1888 and the most recent in 1968.
- Football League Cup in 1966 and reaching the final in 1967 and 1970.
- Football League Championship in 1901/02, 1910/11 and 2007/08. The team also finished runners-up on five other occasions, most recently in 2009/10.