Baggies To Back
Haiti Earthquake Appeal
Albion reveal that they will be
wearing 'DEC Haiti Appeal' logos on their shirts during Monday's night’s game at
The branding will also feature details of the Disasters
Emergency Committee's website address, www.dec.org.uk, where donations can be
A massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck
Haiti on January 13 and is
believed to have killed over 100,000 people. After witnessing the scenes of devastation in the
Caribbean nation, Baggies’ chairman Jeremy Peace said the club felt they had an
immediate opportunity to play their part in helping to raise funds for the
With tomorrow's game being screened live by Sky Sports, the
club felt it would be fitting to donate the advertising space on the front of
their shirts to support the DEC's effort.
Albion will auction off the 18 shirts worn by the squad against
Newcastle in aid of the
DEC Haiti Earthquake Appeal, to which the club will make a further donation.
"Everyone at the club has been saddened by the terrible
tragedy unfolding in
Haiti," said Peace.
"The images we've witnessed in the media are deeply upsetting
and the number of people affected is difficult to comprehend.
"Therefore, we felt we were in a perfect position to utilise
the flexible nature of our shirt sponsorship and react immediately to help raise
money for the people of
Haiti who have been affected by the earthquake.
"Additionally, we will be auctioning off Monday's match
shirts and the proceeds, together with a further donation, will go to the DEC
"We are hoping the fact our players will be wearing the
appeal logo in front of a national TV audience will make even more people aware
of how they can donate money to the aid effort."
The DEC launches and co-ordinates national fundraising
appeals for public donations on behalf of its member agencies.
The DEC consists of: Action Aid, British Red Cross, CAFOD,
CARE International UK, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Help the Aged, Islamic
Relief, Merlin, Oxfam, Save the Children, Tearfund, World Vision.
Reserve Clash Postponed
Albion reserves' home clash with
Macclesfield next Wednesday is postponed due to the Silkmen's League Two match
with Northampton being rearranged for the same day.
Confirms Barnes Arrival
Baggies’ boss Roberto di Matteo confirms that former
Derby star Giles Barnes is
training with the club.
The 21-year-old midfielder is a free agent after being
released by County in December after being plagued by injuries over the past
"We wanted to see how Giles is
and what kind of fitness level he's at so we've invited him to train with us,"
said di Matteo.
"Everyone probably knows about his injury history. He's in
with us at the moment and we're having a look. We will make a decision
further down the road.
"There's no question about his ability but, because of his
injuries, it's all about whether he can reach the level of performance that is
needed to play. You have to weigh up all the factors and make a decision.
"We haven't agreed on a set number of days for Giles to stay
with us but he'll be here for a little bit."
Speaks Of Injury Hell
Albion receive a boost with the
news that James Morrison has targeted a return to first-team action against
Ipswich or Sheffield United at the end of this month.
The midfielder has been sidelined by a heel problem which
saw him suffer a five-day stay in hospital, endure ten weeks attached to a
catheter 24 hours a day and undergo three operations.
But following a nine-month spell on the sidelines, the
Scotland international has now
returned to training.
Speaking about his injury nightmare on the club’s official
website Morrison said:
"It all started with a heel problem I had for months and I
was just playing through it. It got to a point where I needed an injection to
play. I had one before the Manchester
City game and through the following night I was in agony.
In the morning, my foot was like a balloon. I got rushed to
hospital and I was in there for five days. The swelling went down and there was
a wound that went right down to my bone. I thought it would heal and that I'd be
back playing by no later than a couple of games from the end of last season.
"It was a worry because it just wasn't healing. I went to see
a plastic surgeon and he cut me open, went in and cleaned it out. He stitched me
up - but that didn't work.
"Then I went to see a surgeon who had operated on these type
of injuries before, and he operated on me. I then had a pump on it for a couple
of weeks - 24/7. It was like a catheter - the tube went into my heel and I had a
little bag which the bad stuff drained into. That didn't really work and then
the surgeon referred me to another specialist.
"He basically started all over again. He made a big wound in
my heel and I had the catheter on again 24/7 for eight weeks. I had to go to
London every two days to
have it changed. It was a bit painful but finally it all closed up. Then the
hard work started, with me running and trying to get fit.
"Having something so serious that I didn't think was serious
has made it a really hard time. I couldn't do anything. I was just sitting at
home and getting fat!
"My head was all over the place and I thank those people,
like my girlfriend, for putting up with me, and obviously our physio, Richie
Rawlins, as well. Not many people realised what I was going through and it was a
tough time. I can only be a better person from this and realise what a good
opportunity I've got, and take that into games. I will always look back on this
and take it with me. Getting bad news after bad news was hard to take. I was
going to the doctors expecting good news and the next minute I was having an
operation. I'm one of those people who loves to play football and train so it
was frustrating. I think the hardest point as well was having that machine
attached to me 24/7. It was hard going out and having people staring at you, so
I just had to stay in and play X-box! All I thought about was getting back and
finding the level I got to last season.
"I've had a few weeks of training and running now. I couldn't
do much with the snow here, which was stopping me progressing. I went to
Lanzarote and had good training for four days. I worked really hard. I'm hoping
to do my first bit of training with the lads today and then I'll try and play a
game and get 45 minutes. There are not many reserves games so I might need to go
straight into first-team action. I could return against Sheffield United at the
end of the month, or even
Ipswich away just before that."
Thursday 14th January 2010
Academy Kids Out Of Cup
Albion’s Academy team crash out
of the FA Youth Cup with a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa at The Hawthorns.
Goals from Gary Gardner and Arsenio Halfhuid fired Villa into
the fifth-round draw in front of a crowd of 515.
Robins' Loan Extended
Young Albion midfielder Joss Labadie’s loan at
Cheltenham Town is extended for
Labadie, 19, has been with the Robins since November and has
so far started seven matches for the Robins. Prior to that he was on loan at
"Joss has been great since I've been here," said Robins’
manager Mark Yates.
"He's a good player, a strong boy and a decent athlete. He's
got good ability and when I spoke to
West Brom about extending it
they said there were one or two higher league clubs after him. For his
development that might have been something
West Brom were looking at.
"But when they spoke to Joss he said how much he was enjoying
it here and wanted to carry on. That's massive for everybody here because we
treat people properly, we try and play the right way and do things the way they
should be done. I'd like to thank
West Brom for allowing us to
extend the loan."
Training With The Baggies
Birmingham City manager Alex
McLeish, former Derby winger Giles Barnes is training with Albion.
Barnes, who was once one of English football’s hottest young
prospects, was released by the Rams in December following a long battle with
Barnes’ link-up with the Baggies was revealed by Blues’ boss
McLeish, who had invited the player to join Blues for training.
McLeish said: “Giles has left us. He had a lot of other
options and is now training with
West Brom. We wish him all the best.”
Roberto di Matteo has conceded that Albion
are likely to be priced out of the market for
teenager Victor Moses.
The Baggies made an inquiry for the 19-year-old just before
the New Year but he has since been linked with moves in excess of £5million.
“That price would be out of our range,” Di Matteo told the
“We have some interest in him but not at those numbers."
13th January 2010
Albion will face Newcastle
United in the fourth round of the FA Cup after the Magpies defeated Plymouth 3-0
in their third round replay at St James' Park.
Albion’s Championship trip to
Blackpool is rearranged for Wednesday, February 3 (kick-off
The original fixture on Saturday, December 19 was postponed
due to a frozen pitch.
With Meite Cup Commitments
Albion announce that they have
no plans to bring Abdoulaye Meite back from the African Cup of Nations.
Several Premier League managers have expressed fears for the
safety of their players following the ambush on
Togo's team bus last Friday but
Albion are happy for the centre-half to remain in Angola with his country.
A club spokesman said: “After Friday’s tragic events, we’re
obviously concerned about Abdoulaye’s well-being.
"He takes great pride in playing for the
Ivory Coast and the club will
support any decision he and his national association decide to make.”
Albion’s home clash with
Coventry on Tuesday, March 23 is put back 24 hours.
City's fixture the previous weekend has been moved to the Sunday
for live TV coverage which means that, under league rules, their Hawthorns trip
has automatically been moved to Wednesday, March 24 (kick-off 7.45pm).
Slump In Forest Shocker
bitterly cold night at The Hawthorns, Albion crash to a 3-1 defeat against
promotion rivals Nottingham Forest.
Dexter Blackstock gave the visitors the lead after 18 minutes and goals from
Radoslaw Malewski (53) and Chris Cohen (56) effectively sealed all three points
for Forest before the hour mark.
Roman Bednar pulled a goal back for Albion on 64 minutes but despite the
re-introduction of Ishmael Miller after 13 months out injured, Forest held on to
take second spot in the league table from the Baggies.
Albion complete the signing of
Marcus Haber from Vancouver Whitecaps for an undisclosed fee - subject to
The 20-year-old striker has penned an 18-month deal, plus a
further year's option in the club's favour, after passing a Hawthorns medical.
Vancouver born Haber impressed
Baggies’ boss Roberto di Matteo during a four-day training spell with the club
Prior to joining
Vancouver, Haber spent two
seasons with the Under-19 and reserve teams of Dutch Eredivisie club FC
The player has represented
Canada at Under-17 and Under-20
levels and was a member of the Under-23 squad involved in qualifying for the
Beijing Olympics in March 2008.
Gigg Lane Return
Albion midfielder David Worrall
has returned to first club Bury on a permanent basis.
The 19-year-old, who has just completed a five-month loan
spell at Gigg Lane,
has rejoined the Shakers on a free transfer after signing a two-and-a-half year
The deal includes performance-related add-ons which could
earn Albion up to
£45,000. The Baggies have also inserted a 50 per cent sell-on clause in the
Albion from Bury in March 2007 and made one senior appearance for
the club as a substitute in the Carling Cup victory over
Bournemouth in August 2007.
During his Hawthorns stay, he also enjoyed loan spells with
Accrington Stanley and
Highly rated youngster George Thorne signs his first pro
contract with the club.
The Academy midfielder, who only turned 17 on Monday, put pen
to paper on the pitch before the evening’s game with
Thorne has signed an 18-month contract, plus a further year's
option in the club's favour.
The Chatham-born player joined the club as an 11-year-old and
progressed through the youth set-up and reserves before making his first-team
debut as a late sub in November's 4-0 win at
Thorne, who was recently linked with Arsenal, has also
represented England at
Under-16 and -17 levels.
FA Youth Cup
In the draw for the fifth round of the FA Youth Cup,
Albion are handed a home tie
against the winners of Millwall and Barnsley - providing Keith Downing's
men first beat Aston Villa.
Albion’s clash with Villa takes
place at The Hawthorns next Thursday.
7th January 2010
Shirt Sponsors For
Albion announce their second
one-game shirt sponsorship deal.
The online gaming company Victor Chandler are sponsoring the
club's shirts for Friday's Hawthorns clash with promotion-rivals
It means that Victor Chandler's brand will appear on both
sets of shirts during the televised clash, as they are also
Forest's main sponsors.
Victor Chandler are the second company to take advantage of
the match-by-match shirt sponsorship deals
Albion are able to offer in the
Blue Square became the first for last month's home game
against Queens Park Rangers.
Albion's Finance Director, Mark
Jenkins, said: "We are delighted to have teamed up with Victor Chandler for
"There cannot have been too many occasions when a company has
sponsored the shirts of two opposing teams and we are looking forward to
announcing similar deals with other interested parties for future games."
Victor Chandler, chairman, said: "I am delighted we have
reached agreement with West Bromwich Albion so the Victor Chandler name will be
carried by both teams on Friday evening.
Forest are having fantastic seasons and although
West Brom enter the match as
odds-on favourites I'll have to sit on the fence and predict a draw!"
Albion have only been able to
offer short-term shirt sponsorship deals this season as they are not permitted
under Premier League rules.
For Forest Debut
Albion are boosted by the news that new loan signing Gabriel
Tamas will be eligible to play in Friday’s clash with Nottingham Forest at The
The Auxerre centre-half has been granted both a work permit
and international clearance, paving the way for the 26-year-old to make his
debut against Forest - if
Tamas, who has been granted the No.26 shirt, has joined the
Baggies until the end of the season, with a view to a permanent move.
director/secretary Darren Eales said: "Getting a work permit and international
clearance for Gabriel has taken a little longer than usual.
"This was due to the fact his
arrival coincided with the festive holiday period and that we were dealing with
two clubs, as he had been on loan at Dinamo Bucharest.
"I drove up to the Border Agency in
Sheffield on Monday to try and
help speed up the work permit process and I would like to thank the officials
there for their help, as they were very sympathetic to our situation."
It is announced that Michelle Davies is to stand down from
the Board of West Bromwich Albion Holdings Limited and will be leaving the club
at the end of March.
For the last three years Davies has held the position of
Although she will stand down from the Board with immediate
effect, she will remain at the club until the end of March to ensure the smooth
handover of her responsibilities to Mark Jenkins who will absorb these as he now
assumes his new role as Chief Executive.
Davies said about the decision: "Whilst I have thoroughly
enjoyed a total of seven years at the club, now is an opportune time for me to
take a break in my career. I would like to thank the club for the opportunities
which it has afforded me."
Birmingham Cup Tie Date Announced
Albion’s postponed Birmingham Senior Challenge Cup second
round trip to Sutton Coldfield Town is rearranged for Thursday, January 21
The tie was originally scheduled for Monday, January 4 but
was called off due to a frozen pitch.
Albion’s under-18s FA Premier
Academy League home clash with
Bolton on Saturday is postponed due to a frozen pitch.
6th January 2010
Albion’s long serving defender
Neil Clement announces he has been forced to retire from professional football
on medical advice.
Clement has reluctantly admitted defeat in his long-running
battle to recover from a right knee injury, which he suffered during pre-season
some 17 months ago.
The Reading-born player spoke of his devastation of the
decision to end his career.
"I knew I was struggling because I'd been out for so long but
when I actually heard the consultant say those words, it was still a really
bitter pill to swallow," said Clement.
"Nothing can prepare you for it. Being told your career is
over is the one thing no player wants to hear.
"However, I can take real comfort from the fact I have tried
absolutely everything to get back playing again.
"In years to come, it would have been an awful thing to look
back and think 'why didn't I try this or that'?
"I have no regrets because, in my heart of hearts, I know I
couldn't have done anymore.
"The hardest thing to take is that, when I got back into the
team at the end of the 2007/08 season, I felt I was playing better than ever and
coming into my prime - both physically and mentally.
"So to get this injury the following pre-season - especially
on the eve of our return to the Premier League - was a devastating blow."
The club have offered him the chance to work within their
Academy and sports science departments for the remainder of the season to help
him decide his next career move - an offer Clement has accepted.
Clement added: "I'm delighted that the chairman, Dan Ashworth
and Roberto di Matteo still feel I have a lot to offer the club - as do I.
"It's going to take me some time to get over the shock of
being told my playing days are over but life will go on and I've got a new
challenge to look forward to.
"West Bromwich Albion have been part and parcel of my life
for the past ten years and I want to say a massive thank you to everyone at the
club and, of course, the fans for all their support over the past decade."
Clement , who is the only player to ever achieve three
promotions with the club, made exactly 300 appearances for
Albion, scoring 26 goals.
His ten-year spell with the Baggies began with a loan move
from Chelsea on transfer
deadline day in March 2000.
He played a key role in helping
Albion avoid relegation to the
old Division Two, which earned him a permanent £100,000 move in the summer.
His last competitive game for the club was at Queens Park
Rangers in May 2008 - the day
Albion clinched their first
league title for 88 years thanks to a 2-0 win.
He made three appearances for his only other permanent club,
Chelsea, who he joined as a schoolboy.
Stamford Bridge, he enjoyed
three loan spells at Reading (11 appearances, one goal), Preston (four
appearances) and Brentford (eight appearances).
In total, Clement made 326 career appearances, scoring 27
Albion forward Reuben Reid moves
to Championship strugglers Peterborough United on a three month loan deal.
Reid has struggled to break into the Baggies starting line-up
since making his summer move from
Albion have agreed a 24-hour
recall clause on the winger after the first 28 days of the loan.
Baggies’ boss Roberto di Matteo said: “They have been chasing
Reuben for a while now. I recommended to Reuben to go and play because he will
hopefully play week in, week out.
“It’s always better to play than be on the bench playing 10
minutes here and there or a reserve game. It’s very important for him to get
football at this level and we’ll see how he gets on.”
Posh director of football Barry Fry is happy to have the
Albion youngster on
He said: “Reuben is a young player who just wants to play
football. He’s not getting that opportunity at
West Brom, so he’s raring to go
with us. He would have joined us before the Spurs game but his club needed him
at the weekend.”
reveal that they have agreed a deal with Vancouver Whitecaps to sign striker
Marcus Haber for an undisclosed fee.
The 20-year-old impressed during a four-day training spell with the
Baggies in November.
Haber will now fly into
England to finalise
his move, which is subject to the player agreeing personal terms and passing a
Pens New Deal
In-form midfielder Graham Dorrans signs a new
three-and-a-half year deal, with a further year's option in the club's favour.
Scotland international only signed a new three-year deal, plus a further year's
option in the club's favour, last May, but the club have rewarded him for his
excellent early season form.
"I'm delighted Graham has further committed his future to the
club by signing this new-and-improved deal," said head coach Roberto Di Matteo.
"It's fully deserved for the progress he has made this
"Graham is still learning but he's taking on board what we're
telling him and we're now looking for him to remain consistent for the rest of
Speaking about his new deal Dorrans said: "I've really
enjoyed the season so far and I'm glad it's all sorted now so I can concentrate
"I came down from
Scotland and got my chance here.
I've broken into the team and managed to play most of the
games this season.
"I now just want to keep playing and hopefully get the club
Dorrans joined Albion from then-Scottish First Division
outfit Livingston for a training spell in January 2008 and did enough to secure
a permanent move, signing for the Baggies in a £150,000 deal the following July.
Closer To First Team Return
Ishmael Miller completes 45 minutes in a ‘behind closed
doors’ training match against Port Vale at The Hawthorns.
The striker, who has been out of action with cruciate damage
since December 2008, played the opening half of the 4-1 victory against Vale.
Sam Mantom (2), Robert Koren and Chris Wood were the
Albion scorers whilst Danny
Glover replied for the visitors.
Cup Tie Off
Birmingham Senior Cup tie at Sutton Coldfield Town is called off due to a frozen
Handed Home Tie
Albion are drawn at home to
Plymouth Argyle or Newcastle United in the FA Cup fourth round.
Argyle and United will replay their third round tie on
Wednesday, January 13 after a goalless draw at Home Park yesterday.
The Hawthorns encounter will take place over the weekend of
2nd January 2010
Book Fourth Round Spot
Albion progress to the fourth
round of the FA Cup with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town at the Galpharm
Goals from Graham Dorrans (77) and Chris Wood (82) were
enough to see off the League One side who were previously unbeaten at home this
For Baggies Exit
Bury have confirmed talks are ongoing with
Albion to sign midfielder David
Worrall on a permanent basis.
Worrall, who previously left Bury for the Baggies in 2007, has spent the first half of
the season back on loan at
His deal expired after Saturday's 1-1 draw at
Grimsby Town and Shakers’ boss
Alan Knill revealed discussions are taking place regarding a permanent arrangement.
"It was David's last game, but I think we are close to a deal
with David and we are close to a deal with
West Brom to take him permanently," said Knill.
"We are trying to get it sorted out soon. We've spoken to
David and for me he is a young player with a lot of potential, and I am sure
that we can make him better.
"Getting David to agree to terms is not the easy part though,
that's how it is these days, but like I do with everybody I will tell him the
truth and what we think we can do for him."
The 19-year-old, who has made just one substitute's
appearance for Albion,
admitted he is looking for a permanent exit from The Hawthorns.
Worrall told Bury's official website: "We've been talking and
I am in the club this week talking about a contract and we will see where it
goes from there.
"I'm looking for a permanent move because
West Brom have agreed with me
that I can leave so it's a case of looking for the right deal for me."
Star Linked Again
Albion are again linked with
Bahrain international striker Jaycee Okwunwanne.
The player could now be available on a free transfer after
his Belgian top-flight club
were kicked out of their division earlier this week after failing to fulfil
fixtures due to financial problems.