West Bromwich Albion

Name West Bromwich Albion

Founded 1878 (as West Bromwich Strollers)

Nickname(s) The Baggies, The Throstles

West Bromwich Albion kit

Club colours Navy blue and white striped shirts, white shorts, white socks

Ground The Hawthorns (28,003)

Last season 1st in the Championship

Tony Mowbray

Manager Tony Mowbray (pictured left)

Record appearance maker Tony Brown 720

Record goalscorer Tony Brown 279

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League Champions   1920
FA Cup Winners 1888, 1892, 1931, 1954, 1968
League Cup Winners 1966


  • West Bromwich Albion were formed in 1878 (as West Bromwich Strollers) by workers from Salter's Spring Works in West Bromwich. Albion were one of the founding members of The Football League in 1888.
  • Although known in their early days as "The Throstles", the club's more popular nickname among supporters came to be The Baggies, a term which the club itself looked down upon for many years but later embraced. The phrase was first heard at the Hawthorns in the 1900s, but its exact origins are uncertain. One suggestion is that the name was bestowed on Albion supporters by their rivals at Aston Villa, because of the large baggy trousers that many Albion fans wore at work to protect themselves from molten iron in the factories and foundries of the Black Country. Club historian Tony Matthews however suggests that it derives from the "bagmen", who carried the club's matchday takings in big leather bags from the turnstiles to the cash office on the halfway line. Other theories relate to the baggy shorts worn by various players during the club's early years.
  • West Bromwich Albion's record victory is a 12–0 league win against Darwen on 4 April 1892. This is still the widest margin of victory for a game in the top-flight of English football, although the record was equalled by Nottingham Forest when they beat Leicester Fosse by the same scoreline in 1909.

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30 Jul 2008