Last month, photographer Adam Fradgeley joined us at the training ground as we prepared our final batch of album / programme covers for the season under the watchful eye of the BBC and with input from The Vamps.
Albion News was busy getting stuck on the A1 at the time – don’t ask – so we left sorting it all out in the capable hands of Gez Mulholland and today’s intrepid correspondent, and first time Albion News columnist, Mr Drew Williams…
Football and music have long walked hand in hand, whether it be a rousing walkout anthem, pre-match tunes pumping around a dressing room / filtering through a player’s headphones or even those infamous FA Cup final songs (we all have one which immediately springs to mind from down the years).
Some musical-football bonds have stood the test of time – you can’t mention John Barnes without thinking of his ‘World in Motion’ rap from Italia ‘90 or reminisce on Euro ’96 without belting out ‘Three Lions’.
Personally, USA ’94 will be remembered more for Diana Ross’ missed penalty during the opening ceremony than it will be for Roberto Baggio firing over the crossbar from 12 yards in the final.
Looking closer to home, I only need to mention The Three Degrees or ‘The Liquidator’ to stir emotions.
This very programme has captured that magical relationship between the two forms perfectly this season, with Albion players replicating famous album covers from years gone by.
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The Football League resumed just as this season will end, with the Throstles winging their way to Swansea, albeit that back on August 31st 1946, Swansea City were then still just a Town, playing their football on the Vetch Field rather than the Liberty Stadium.
Middlesbrough v Albion
We’ve been here before – notably at Hull and Sunderland – but the conundrum is, was this a point won or two spilled.
Chairman - John Williams
Things get taken for granted very quickly in football, such that very often, credit doesn’t get dished out when it’s due.
Jonny Evans - the way he plays . . .
The transfer market. It’s a difficult beast to handle, one fraught with danger, however good your research, however smartly you approach it. There’s always another club looking to steal a player from under your nose, or the player who looks a sure fire winner only to fail once a move is made. You can bring ten new faces in and watch them queue up to flop, or place your eggs in a solitary basket and still be crossing your fingers as the contract is inked.
albion v derby county
this was a 90 minutes that did have all the hallmarks of a classic fa cup tie but unfortunately those hallmarks tend to include the big club losing out to the smaller one after an impassioned rearguard action, helped by a healthy dose of (mis) fortune. on that score, this was the kind of game that has given the fa cup its huge reputation both in this country and around the world, but to be honest, we’d have much preferred a quiet, uneventful afternoon where, in the finish, the form book was upheld.
‘We were pleased that the supporters at least had something to take home with them after following us in such good numbers in terrible conditions’
Albion v Stoke City
Given the demise of alternative football clubs in the locality, Stoke has become our de facto derby game these days and did this one ever live up to that kind of billing, a feisty, feverish, blood and guts encounter that included home heroes, pantomime villains and a fairytale ending where we all lived happily ever after. Or at least the ones who count did – us.
Albion v Sunderland
It’s a mark of Albion’s growing confidence, maturity and, overall, quality that without ever really getting close to our best form, and coming out of the shadow of consecutive defeats, this win over Sunderland was every bit as routine for us as Manchester United’s was for them when they were at The Hawthorns before Christmas.
‘We have given ourselves a chance of having our best season in the Premier League era, and we really want to capitalise on that opportunity over these next three months’
Albion V Crystal Palace
The problem with getting used to the finer things in life is that if, on occasion, you are deprived of them, it stings all the more. And that’s exactly what happened against Palace for, after an amazing run of seven home wins in eight Premier League games at The Hawthorns, a run where we’ve been scoring goals and creating chances aplenty, this was one of those afternoons where we could have played until Sunday and still not scored.
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