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West Brom 2008

On a cold and blustery afternoon, only 4 days after the Baggies had claimed a vital derby win over their Wolves rivals, twenty five excited Baggies fans (well one or two may have been blues!) lined up in the same tunnel as Zoltan Gera, Kevin Phillips and the rest of the soon to be Divisional Champions had stood only days previously. All the players had to do now was live up to their illustrious predecessors and Live their Dream at The Hawthorns stadium!

Saturday 19th April 2008
West Bromwich Albion Home vs West Bromwich Albion Away
The Hawthorns
KO: 13:00 pm
Referee: Colin Woods
Legends: Richard Sneekes, Mick Evans, Paul Devlin and David Kelly

It was an unseasonably cool afternoon at the Hawthorns but that didn't affect the action as thirteen goals were scored over the 90 minutes. After an even first half the away team dominated and scored six goals in the second half with the home team only able to add to their total once in reply.

The game started with some good early pressure by the home side. Thomas Bergin had a chance from a header but failed to make a good connection after some clever play down the right wing. Home goalkeeper Richard Murrin almost gifted the away side the opener with a poor clearance but they survived and went on to open the scoring through Dean Saunders. Bergin supplied the cross and Saunders headed low into the bottom left corner.

The away side began to come into the game and were unlucky with a Robert Atkinson volley from a corner. But a goal soon followed. Christopher Bradley had time to compose himself and struck low into the bottom left corner for the equaliser after 23 minutes.

Away goalkeeper Simon Millington sustained a hamstring injury in the 25th minute and was ably replaced by legend turned player David Kelly. Away midfielder Warren Pallett then appeared to be through on goal and required some composed defending by James Holland to prevent him from scoring. Nobody could prevent striker John Denley, however, from giving the away side the lead with a first-time shot high into the roof of the net.

The home side had the majority of chances in the rest of the half. However a poor kick out by David Kelly allowed an easy goal for towering Home striker Adam Taylor to make it 2-2. The Away side then hit the underside of the bar from a free-kick and forced a great save from the feet of Kelly before Dean Saunders made it 3-2 with a superb acrobatic effort.

The away side then drew level for the third time in the game, the goal being scored by playing legend Devlin with his first of the afternoon following a mazy run. They could have taken the lead just before the break and were denied by some good defending from Philip Thorpe from a string of corners and a close-range save from David Kelly.

Half Time: WBA Home 3-3 WBA Away

The home side started the second half as they had started the first, with striker Adam Taylor forcing a save from substitute goalkeeper Kelly when he was one-on-one with the goalkeeper. The early pressure continued with a curling shot from Bergin but it was the away side that found the net first in the second period, completely against the run of play. John Denley was on target again as he placed the ball under the goalkeeper from the right side of the goal.

It was mostly one-way traffic for the remainder of the half with legend Paul Devlin's influence on the game more and more evident. Away captain Christopher Bradley netted twice in five minutes with two well-taken headers to make the score 3-6. John Denley then produced the best strike of the match when he scored from outside the box and put the ball far beyond the reach of goalkeeper Murrin.

The home side tried to hang-on with a goal-line clearance from Thorpe but the goals kept coming, this time from half time substitute Norman Utting after 77 minutes. The home side found some consolation through Adam Taylor, but conceded again to a Paul Langston goal, just before the final whistle which completed the scoring for the day.

Full Time: WBA Home 4-9 WBA Away Team

Man of the Match (Home) - Thomas Bergin

Man of the Match (Away) - John Denley

Moment of the Match - Dean Saunders

Home Team: Richard Murrin, James Holland, Richard Sneekes, Stephen Metcalf, Philip Thorpe, Matthey Pevreall, Richard Bradley, Thomas Bergin, Dean Saunders, Mark Wilson, Adam Taylor, Jerry Tromans, Jamie Cutler, Mick Flaherty.

Mascot: Danny Flaherty

Away Team: Simon Millington, Colin Griffiths, Paul Devlin, Kevin Ritchie, Robert Atkinson, Paul Hadley, Ian Barnes, Warren Pallett, Mark Crofts, Christopher Bradley, Jon Denley, Paul Langston, Norman Utting,

Mascot: Sam Bradley


There are a wide selection of fantastic action photos available from Matt Nuttall Photography for this match, please visit his website for full order details.

In addition there is a superb DVD available, it includes footage of the pre-match build up as well as full match action and can be ordered by contacting Shane Wilkinson on tel - 07976 509335, or by e-mail at -

A percentage of all these sales will go towards Football Aid’s nominated charities.