West Bromwich Albion Football Club (short name: West Brom, WBA) is an English football club, founded in 1878 by employees of Salter's Spring Works in West Bromwich, a town in the West Midlands. WBA plays its home matches at The Hawthorns.
WBA currently plays in the Premier Leaguesince 2010. The club is one of the tradition clubs in England as one of the founders of the English Football League and more than 90 seasons in the highest League. West Bromwich won in its history was the FA Cup five times and once the English champions.
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- 3 West Bromwich in Europe
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- 5 notable former players
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The club was founded in 1878 as West Bromwich Strollers by workers from George Salter's Spring Works. Two years later the name was changed to West Bromwich Albion making it the first club was that the name Albion as a suffix used. Albion was a district in West Bromwich where some players lived and worked. In 1881 joined the Birmingham & District Football Association and could thus take part in the Birmingham Senior Cup, reached the quarterfinals was there, the club defeated some clubs that existed for a long time.
The following year the club joined the Staffordshire FA and won the first trophy, the Staffordshire Cup. In 1882/83 for the first time the club took part in the FA Cup and reached the final for the first time in 1886, in it was 2-0 lost to Blackburn Rovers. The following season the club lost with the same numbers of Aston Villa. In 1888 was the final for the third straight time and third time lucky, the club won 2-1 by Preston North End FC. That same season also went the competition starts, only Blackburn and Aston Villa were old FA Cup winners who were selected. Albion was also admitted to the 12 clubs who founded the League. West Bromwich is never very successful in the League but in the FA Cup. Only seven clubs won the Cup more often than West Bromwich and the club was also five-time runner-up, there are only five clubs who were in more finals.
The second FA Cup success came in 1892 when Aston Villa 3-0 in the final was defeated. From then on until the first world war got the club struggled with financial difficulties and relegated twice from the highest class. Highlights from this years were two Cup finals, in 1895 the club lost 1-0 to Aston Villa and in 1912 of second division side Barnsley after a replay.
After the first world war when the League resumed after several seasons to a standstill was the club for the first and only time in the history champion. It was also the first champion who scored more than 100 times in one season. The following seasons the club again and act in slab 1925 was Albion team championships with only two points behind champion Huddersfield Town. However, two seasons later the club was relegated again. In 1930/31 , the club was the first club to the FA Cup and promotion to the highest class won. To date this is not repeated. The return was celebrated with a sixth place, and the following season Albion even fourth. The club could still hold out until 1935 in the top 10 but then it went downhill again to a degradation followed in 1938. By the Second World War a few years the League was again quiet and in 1948/49 were promoted again, then followed the longest successive stay at the top class, 24 years.
During the 1950s and 1960s the Midlands club grew, the top Club of the Midlands from that era was Wolverhampton Wanderers but it was also a golden age for Albion. The FA Cup was won twice. In 1953/54 the club came close to winning both the League Cup and the FA Cup, it would be the first club are those that performed in the 20th century. Preston In the FA Cup was defeated 3-2 in the League Cup but the club had bad luck by some injuries and lost the final of the Wolves. Albion was known in the 1950s for their good offensive football, great players from that era were Ronnie Allen, Bobby Robson, Derek Kevan and Don Howe. In 1955 Albion reached the final of ' le soir festival de foot ', a football tournament in Paris but lost in it from the Hungarian Honvéd Budapestclub. Two years later, Albion the first British professional team that could win a game in the Soviet Union, at that time still behind the iron curtain. They played three games, drew with Zenit Leningrad and a victory against Dinamo Tbilisi and army team CSKA Moscow. The Soviets were later invited in England and Albion defeated the Soviet army 6-5 in the first match on Hawthorns eased.
In the League, the club was fourth in 1952/53, this was even followed by a vicetitel the next season. Then again mediocre places were achieved. From 1958 to 1960 ended Albion three times in a row in the top 5.
In 1966 for the first and only time the club won the League Cup 5-3 on aggregate by West Ham United, it was the last League cup that was decided in two games. The following season was again reached the final, it looked as if the title was extended after a 2-0 lead on Queens Park Rangers but eventually lost the club with 2-3. The last major trophy in the trophy case of Albion was won in 1968 when was defeated Everton in the FA Cup. The club won with one goal in the extension of Jeff Astle was the first player in each round of the FA Cup could make a goal. The following season the club lost in the semi-final by Leicester City. In 1970 the club lost the League Cup final by Manchester City 2-1. Astle scored the goal for Albion and became the first player in both the League Cup final and the FA Cup final to score. A last highlight of the Decade was a 6-3 victory against champions Manchester United.
In the early 1970s it went bad with the club and the club relegated in 1973 to the Second Division. Led by Johnny Giles were promoted back after three seasons. Then began a new golden era under coach Ron Atkinson. After a seventh and a sixth place was the club third in 1979, Albion competed for the title but slab Act at the end of the season. A year earlier the club lost only in the semifinal of the FA Cup by Ipswich Town, that was trained by former Albion star Bobby Robson.
In the 1978/79 UEFA Cup was reached the quarter finals in which the club lost to Red Star Belgradethe Yugoslav . That season the club won with 3-5 against Manchester United at Old Trafford, it was the last time in history that a guest team to score five times in Manchester.
After the end of this phenomenal season sold the club its best players. Many fans blamed the Board of controlled that they had no ambition. During this period the club became the first British team that played inChina , there was the documentary Albion in the Orient created by the BBC. During the tour became to midfielder John Trewick asked what he thought of the great wall of China. His famous answer was "If you've seen one wall, you've seen them all".
Atkinson was lured to Manchester United in 1981, his successor Ronnie Allen led Albion to the semifinals of both the League and the FA Cup. It was the last time Albion as far as securing the win in the Cup competitions. Albion was at that time the club had reached the most semifinals, Manchester United now has already broken that record.
The club was relegated In 1986 and ended up in one of the darkest periods in the club's history. West Bromwich was last with only 3 WINS and had the worst result ever in club history. The following five seasons played in the Second Division and finished in the top 10 only once. In 1991 the club was relegated to the Third Division for the first time.
Third class after two seasons the club returned to the second division which has since First Division was called after the Premier League was founded in 1992. The results were mediocre and in 1999/00 was a new relegation only just avoided. The club recovered and finished sixth, the best result in more than 15 years. After the vicetitel in 2002 the club finally got back to the highest class, though it was staying there only once.In 2004 they were promoted again after the vicetitel and could this time just maintaining insurance in the Premier League. However, In 2006 , the club was referred again to the second division. There the club fourth and lost in the final round by Derby County so that the club still minimum one year must remain in second. In 2008 the club champion and returned to the Premier League, but was referred back to a lower division after one season. But that same year the team was promoted back to the highest level, and play it in again in the 2010/2011 Premier League.
- Premier League (English champion)
- Champion: 1919/20
- Second: 1924/25, 1953/54
- Third: 1978/79
- FA Cup
- Champion: 1888, 1892, 1931, 1954, 1968
- Second: 1886, 1887, 1895, 1912, 1935
- League Cup
- Champion: 1966
- Second: 1967, 1970
- Community Shield
- Champion: 1920, 1954
- Second: 1931, 1968
- 1R = first round
- 2R = second round
- 1/8 = 1/8th final
- 1/4 = quarter final
- PUC = points UEFA coefficients
|1966/67||Inter-cities Fairs Cup||2R||||DOS Utrecht||1-1, 5-2||3.0|
|1/8||||Bologna FC||0-3, 1-3|
|1968/69||Uefa Cup Winners ' Cup||1R||||Club Brugge||1-3, 2-0||7.0|
|1/8||||Dinamo Bucharest||1-1, 4-0|
|1/4||||Dunfermline Athletic||0-0, 0-1|
|1978/79||UEFA Cup||1R||||Galatasaray||3-1, 3-1||13.0|
|2R||||SC Braga||2-0, 1-0|
|1/8||||Valencia CF||1-1, 2-0|
|1/4||||Red Star Belgrade||0-1, 1-1|
|1979/80||UEFA Cup||1R||||Carl Zeiss Jena||0-2, 1-2||0.0|
|1981/82||UEFA Cup||1R||||Grasshopper Zürich||0-1, 1-3||0.0|
Total points for UEFA coefficients: 23.0
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