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WEST BROMWICH ALBION v BRISTOL CITY
FA Cup 3rd round
Saturday 9th January 2016, 3:00pm
The Hawthorns

MATCH NOTES

Saturday's game at The Hawthorns will be the 47th league and cup meeting between the two sides, Albion currently have 18 wins to City's 14. There have been three previous FA Cup clashes with Albion winning two of the games and the other ending in a draw.

The two clubs last met in the FA Cup on this date exactly 90 years ago - Albion winning a third round tie at The Hawthorns 4-1.

Albion's last game on this date came in 2004, the Baggies beating local rivals Walsall 2-0 in a League Division One clash at The Hawthorns thanks to goals from Jason Koumas and Geoff Horsfield.

The Baggies' last FA Cup game on January 9 took place in 1988 when a Ron Atkinson-led side suffered a 4-1 defeat against Wimbledon at Plough Lane.

City's last game on this date came in 2002 when goals from Lee Matthews (2) and Mickey Bell gave the Robins a 3-0 win over arch-rivals Bristol Rovers in the LDV Vans Trophy Southern semi-final.

Since the infamous defeat against Woking in January 1991, Albion have not lost a FA Cup tie at The Hawthorns against a side from a lower division.

Albion's last six games: Stoke City (H) 2-1; Newcastle United (H) 1-0; Swansea City (A) 0-1; Bournemouth (H) 1-2; Liverpool (A) 2-2; Tottenham Hotspur (H) 1-1.

Bristol City's last six games: Reading (A) 0-1; Burnley (A) 0-4; Charlton Athletic (H) 1-1; Queens Park Rangers (H) 1-1; Derby County (A) 0-4; Huddersfield Town (A) 2-1.

TEAM NEWS

Albion

England goalkeeper Ben Foster could make his first Albion appearance for ten months after finally overcoming his cruciate knee ligament injury.

Salomon Rondon and James McClean are both available again following suspension but Victor Anichebe is out due to a hamstring injury whilst Jonas Olsson is doubtful, again due to a hamstring problem.

Bristol City

Nathan Baker, Derrick Williams and Luke Freeman are all carrying knocks and may be rested.

New signing Arnold Garita is likely to be included if he gains international clearance in time.

MATCH ODDS

Result

Albion Win: 4/6, Bristol City Win: 9/2, Draw: 13/5.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Lambert 9/2, Berahino 9/2, Rondon 9/2, Sessegnon 11/2, McClean 7/1, McManaman 15/2, Morrison 15/2, Gardner 8/1, Fletcher 11/1, Brunt 12/1, Dawson 12/1, McAuley 16/1, Evans 20/1, Yacob 25/1, Chester 25/1, Olsson 25/1, Pocognoli 33/1.

Bristol City: Kodjia 7/1, Wilbraham 9/1, Agard 9/1, Burns 10/1, Lemonheigh-Evans 12/1, Freeman 12/1, Flint 16/1, Wagstaff 16/1, Reid 25/1, Morrell 25/1, Smith 28/1, Bryan 33/1, Pack 33/1.

No Goalscorer: 17/2.

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REFEREE

Graham Scott (Oxfordshire)

Scott's only previous experience of officiating an Albion game came last February in the Baggies 1-0 win over Southampton at The Hawthorns, the Oxfordshire official taking over at half-time from the injured Phil Dowd.

He last took charge of a Bristol City game in January 2015 - the Robins' 1-1 draw at home to Gillingham in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

Scott has issued 45 yellow cards and no red in the ten games he has officiated so far this season.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets are currently on general sale to home supporters priced at 10 adults (17+) and 5 juniors (Under-17s).

Bristol City have been allotted the entire Smethwick End and have sold out of their 5,300 ticket allocation.

WEATHER FORECAST

Light rain, 7C.

FIXTURE HISTORY

The first ever meeting between the two sides came back in April 1898 - a friendly match played in Bristol that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Albion and City met for the first time in competitive action during the 1901/02 season. The first game between the sides at The Hawthorns in October, ended in a 2-2 draw with Billy Lee and Jimmy McLean the hosts' goalscorers. The return game at Ashton Gate the following February saw Albion run out 2-1 victors with Tommy Worton and Chippy Simmons on the scoresheet.

The Baggies' biggest win over City is 4-1 - a scoreline achieved three times - January 1926 in a FA Cup 3rd round tie, December 2007 in a League Championship clash and November 2009, again in the League Championship. All the wins came at The Hawthorns.

City's biggest win over Albion came in a Wartime League Cup game in March 1945 - the Robins running out 5-2 winners at Ashton Gate, Don Clark scoring a hat-trick for the hosts.

The clubs have met three times previously in FA Cup action - the first two meetings taking place in the second round of the 1909/10 competition. In the initial game at Ashton Gate, the teams played out a 1-1 draw, Bob Pailor hitting Albion's goal. The replay four days later saw the Baggies run out 4-2 winners, Charlie Hewitt 2, Pailor and George Simpson with the Albion goals.

The next, and last meeting in FA Cup competition to-date, came during the 1925/26 season, this time the Baggies running out convincing 4-1 winners with Tommy Glidden leading the scoring with two goals.

The last competitive meeting of the clubs came during Albion's 2009/10 promotion winning campaign, Roberto Di Matteo's men losing 2-1 at Ashton Gate, a game remembered by many for the torrid time City winger Danny Haynes gave Albion full-back Joe Mattock during the match.

Albion have suffered just one defeat at The Hawthorns in the last 11 games between the sides.

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here

PREVIOUS FA CUP MEETINGS

1925/26

Saturday 9th January 1926
Albion 4-1 Bristol City
FA Cup 3rd round
The Hawthorns
Attendance: 33,295

Albion: Ashmore, Smith, Adams, Magee, Reed, Dutton, Glidden, Carter, James, Davies, Byers. Goalscorers: Glidden 2 (1 pen), Byers, Carter.
Bristol City: Vallis, Hughes, Glenn, Paul, Davies, Torrance, Sherlaw, Keating, Walsh, Smailes, Pocock. Goalscorer: Pocock.

1909/10

Wednesday 9th February 1910
Albion 4-2 Bristol City
FA Cup 2nd round replay
The Hawthorns
Attendance: 14,870

Albion: Pearson, Burton, Pennington, Garraty, Waterhouse, Manners, Hewitt, Bowser, Pailor, Buck, Simpson. Goalscorers: Hewitt 2, Pailor, Simpson.
Bristol City: Clegg, Annan, Cottle, Marr, Wedlock, Spear, Staniforth, Hardy, Gilligan, Burton, Shearman. Goalscorers: Gilligan, Staniforth.

Saturday 5th February 1910
Bristol City 1-1 Albion
FA Cup 2nd round
Ashton Gate
Attendance: 16,885

Bristol City: Clegg, Annan, Cottle, Marr, Wedlock, Spear, Hardy, Gilligan, Cowell, Burton, Shearman. Goalscorer: Gilligan.
Albion: Pearson, Burton, Pennington, Garraty, Waterhouse, Manners, Hewitt, Bowser, Pailor, Buck, Simpson. Goalscorer: Pailor.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

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Saturday 21 November 2009 - Albion 4-1 Bristol City - League Championship - The Hawthorns
Wednesday 26 December 2007 - Albion 4-1 Bristol City - League Championship - The Hawthorns
Monday 26 December 1994 - Albion 1-0 Bristol City - League Division One - The Hawthorns
Saturday 15 September 1990 - Albion 2-1 Bristol City - Second Division - Second Division

LAST MEETING AT THE HAWTHORNS

Albion 4-1 Bristol City
Coca-Cola Championship
Saturday 21st November 2009, 3:00pm

Albion: Carson, Zuiverloon, Meite (Cech 29), Olsson, Mattock, Brunt, Jara, Dorrans (Mulumbu 57), Thomas, Moore, Cox (Koren 78). Subs not used: Kiely, Wood, Martis, Teixeira.

Goalscorers: Thomas 3, Brunt 12, Carey 47 (og), Cox 48

Booked: Cox 78 (simulation)

Bristol City: Gerken, Carey, McCombe, Nyatanga, Skuse, Elliott (Johnson 78), Sno (Clarkson 78), Hartley, McAllister (Williams 16), Maynard, Haynes. Subs not used: Basso, Fontaine, Sproule, Saborio.

Goalscorer: Hartley 83

Attendance: 23,444

Referee: Michael Oliver (Northumberland)

West Brom returned to the top of the Championship with a comfortable victory over Bristol City. Jerome Thomas gave Albion an early lead by firing home at the end of a mazy run with Chris Brunt doubling the advantage after rounding goalkeeper Dean Gerken.  The contest was ended just after half time when Louis Carey turned Simon Cox's shot into his own net. Cox slid home for the Baggies' fourth, with Paul Hartley's late free kick only serving as a consolation for City.

The thumping at The Hawthorns brings an end to City's seven-match unbeaten run, but things may have turned out differently had Cole Skuse's early effort not been cleared off the line by Gianni Zuiverloon. From their reprieve, West Brom attacked down the left through Thomas, whose low shot from the edge of the penalty area beat Gerken The Baggies, who are yet to lose after taking the lead in the league this season, extended their advantage when Brunt controlled Graham Dorran's long pass and put the ball into the net after avoiding the City goalkeeper.

The game was effectively ended less than a minute into the second half when Cox's effort, which appeared to be going wide, was diverted home by Carey. Some 50 seconds later, the hosts further extended their advantage when Cech's cross from the left was turned home by Cox. Zuiverloon had a chance to make it five for the hosts but it was Hartley who completed the goalscoring, firing into the top right corner after Nicky Maynard had been felled by the Dutch defender.

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CURRENT CONNECTIONS

Albion boss Tony Pulis spent six months as City boss between July 1999 and January 2000.

Albion goalkeepers Ben Foster and Boaz Myhill both spent spells on loan at Ashton Gate in 2002, Foster from Stoke City and Myhill from Aston Villa. Neither player made a first team appearance for the Robins.

Baggies' goalkeeping coach Jonathan Gould spent time at both clubs during his playing career but failed to make a first team appearance for either.

PAST CONNECTIONS

Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Tommy Broad, David Burnside, Tony Butler, Joe Connor, Simon Cox, Alf Dean, Chuck Drury, Cliff Edwards, Freddie Fenton, Alf Geddes, Mike Gibson, Tommy Glidden, Bobby Gould, Jonathan Gould, Tony Grant, Joe Johnson, James Lamberton, Paul Mardon, Micky Mellon, Andy Micklewright, Alan Miller, Stuart Naylor, Ebenezer Owers, Alonzo Poulton, Jimmy Poxton, James Quinn, Nicky Reid, Jason Roberts, Ben Shearman, Nicky Shorey, Kevin Slabber, Harry Smith, Bob Taylor, John Turner, Clive Whitehead, Cyril Williams, Chris Wood.

Bobby Gould, Denis Smith and current England boss Roy Hodgson all managed both clubs, Gould also played for both clubs; Alan Crawford and Gary Shelton both played for City before going on to coach at The Hawthorns; David Burnside played for both clubs and later held the role of Youth Development Officer at City; Tony Rance was secretary at both clubs.

ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS BRISTOL CITY

 VENUE P W D  L F A
 Home 23 12 8 3 44 23
 Away 23 6 6 11 22 27
 Total 46 18 14 14 66 50

LAST TEN MATCHES AGAINST BRISTOL CITY

 DATE  COMPETITION H/A F-A  SCORERS      GATE
 Sun 21 Feb 2010  Championship A 1-2  Dorrans - Iwelumo, Johnson     14,374
 Sat 21 Nov 2009  Championship H 4-1  Thomas, Brunt, Carey (og), Cox - Hartley     23,444
 Wed 26 Dec 2007  Championship H 4-1  Bednar, Koren, Phillips 2 - Byfield     27,314
 Tue 18 Sep 2007  Championship A 1-1  Koren - Orr     16,571
 Sat 20 Feb 1999  League Division 1 H 2-2  Hughes 2 - Akinbiyi 2     16,343
 Sun 13 Sep 1998  League Division 1 A 3-1  Hughes 2, Quinn - Watts     13,761
 Mon 17 Apr 1995  League Division 1 A 0-1  Bent       8,777
 Mon 26 Dec 1994  League Division 1 H 1-0  Munro (og)     21,071
 Sat 02 Apr 1994  League Division 1 A 0-0       8,624
 Mon 27 Dec 1993  League Division 1 H 0-1  Tinnion     22,888

FA CUP 3RD ROUND FIXTURES

Friday 8th January

7:55pm - Exeter City v Liverpool.

Saturday 9th January

12:45pm - Wycombe Wanderers v Aston Villa.

3:00pm - Arsenal v Sunderland; Birmingham City v Bournemouth; Brentford v Walsall; Bury v Bradford City; Colchester United v Charlton Athletic; Doncaster Rovers v Stoke City; Eastleigh v Bolton Wanderers; Everton v Dagenham & Redbridge; Hartlepool United v Derby County; Huddersfield Town v Reading; Hull City v Brighton & Hove Albion; Ipswich Town v Portsmouth; Leeds United v Rotherham United; Middlesbrough v Burnley; Newport County v Blackburn Rovers; Northampton Town v MK Dons; Norwich City v Manchester City; Nottingham Forest v Queens Park Rangers; Peterborough United v Preston North End; Sheffield Wednesday v Fulham; Southampton v Crystal Palace; Watford v Newcastle United; West Ham United v Wolverhampton Wanderers.

5:30pm - Manchester United v Sheffield United.

Sunday 10th January

12:00pm - Oxford United v Swansea City.

2:00pm - Carlisle United v Yeovil Town; Chelsea v Scunthorpe United.

4:00pm - Tottenham Hotspur v Leicester City.

6:00pm - Cardiff City v Shrewsbury Town.


 
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