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Proud to be a Baggie

Following last year’s frivolities (Watch 2013 video | Watch making of), a more sombre tone this time around from the West Bromwich Albion boys in their Christmas message. The plaque shown at the end commemorates Harold Bache (1889–1916), a West Bromwich Albion player who was killed in action in the First World War.

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Billy Bassett, Albion chairman

Billy Bassett served West Bromwich Albion for many years as both player and chairman. He died in 1937, but according to one WordPress blogger, he has risen from the dead and resumed his chairmanship. Now if we can only resurrect Jeff Astle, Ronnie Allen, Jesse Pennington…

Take two

Yeah, I know, I know. It’s Christmas Day and I’m supposed to be unwrapping the turkey and carving the presents or whatever. I’ll return to all that shortly, but first I need to take a few moments to update you on some exciting news regarding the West Bromwich Albion Twelve Days of Christmas, which I first reported on yesterday.

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Stand aside Mets, it’s the WBA Twelve Days of Christmas

Morgan, just look into the camera and say the line. Do exactly as we say and your family will not be harmed.

This Christmas greeting from West Bromwich Albion takes up the baton from the New York Mets and indeed has many of the same ingredients, including bad singing, a scary mascot and an undercurrent of awkwardness.

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Two nil… and you f**ked it up

This week’s Monday Night Football in the Premier League featured a Midlands derby between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa. It is a rivalry steeped in history, so much so that many Albion fans consider Villa, rather than Wolverhampton Wanderers, to be their main local rivals. The two clubs first met in a Staffordshire Senior cup tie in 1882. Both were founder members of the Football League in 1888 and contested three FA Cup Finals during the 19th Century. Hostilities ceased somewhat during the 1990s, when Albion were permanently outside the top division, but have been renewed since then.

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