The FA Premier League was formed on
February 20, 1992, following the
decision of all the clubs in the Football League First Division to break away
from The Football League. At the time, and with Albion down in the old Third
Division, many fans wondered if they would ever experience the ‘riches’ of the
Premiership. The answer would be yes, but it would be ten years before The
Hawthorns hosted its’ first Premier League match.
The Baggies finally reached the ‘promised land’ in 2002
following a titanic battle with arch-rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers for a
promotion spot. With nine games of the season remaining for both clubs, Wolves
were ten points ahead of Gary Megson’s
Albion but gained just 10 more
points compared to Albion’s 23.
On a never to be forgotten day at Valley Parade, Bradford,
Slovakian Igor Balis scored a stoppage time penalty to put the Baggies on the
verge of Premier League football. Eight days later at The Hawthorns promotion
was confirmed with a 2-0 win over
Crystal Palace amongst joyous
During and following Albion’s inaugural Premier League season in 2002/03,
struggled to establish themselves in the top division, becoming the archetypal
‘yo-yo club’, seemingly too good for the second tier of English football but not
quite good enough for the first.
Megson, Bryan Robson and Tony Mowbray all tried and
failed to establish Albion as a Premier League side, however,
the arrival of the experienced Roy Hodgson in January 2011 would finally see the
Baggies once again look at home in top-flight football.
This section of the website takes a look at the club’s
Premier League adventures so far.
Click on the links below to go to
the appropriate section.