Each month we shall take a look at an
Albion ‘programme from the past’. A number of the programmes will be rarities, allowing a much wider audience to view them, perhaps for the very first time.
Liverpool v West Bromwich Albion,
Anfield, League Division 1, Saturday 28th August 1982
The 2012/13 season
kicks off for Steve Clarke's Albion with a home game against Liverpool, almost
30 years to the day since the two clubs opened the 1982/83 season at Anfield, a
game that ended in a 2-0 defeat for the Baggies. Sammy Lee opened the scoring
for the home side on 57 minutes with Phil Neal making sure of all three points
with a 72nd minute penalty.
A crowd of 35,652
saw the two teams line up as follows:
Grobbelaar, Neal, Kennedy, Thompson, Whelan, Lawrenson (Sub. Johnston), Dalglish,
Lee, Rush, Hodgson, Souness.
Batson, Cowdrill, Zondervan, Bennett, Robertson (Webb), Jol, Brown, Eastoe,
finish the season crowned as First Division champions, 11 points clear of
runners-up Watford. It would be the second of three successive titles for the
men from Anfield who were without doubt the team of the 1980s.
manager Ron Wylie, finished in a respectable 11th position with 57 points from
The front cover of
the 24 page matchday programme issued for the game, shows Bob Paisley and Graeme
Souness proudly holding aloft the Milk Cup and First Division Championship
trophies which they had won the previous season. The same cover was used for a
number of other games throughout the season.
Three pages featured
the days' visitors, with one of them taking a look at the recent appointment of
Wylie as manager. According to the programme, other names rumoured to have been
in the running to take over as Baggies' boss were David Pleat, Arthur Cox, John
Bond, Howard Wilkinson and Johnny Giles.
priced at 35p, contained plenty of reading material and lost just two pages to
Nowadays, like most
run of the mill 1960s, 70s and 80s issues, it can be bought quite easily and
cheaply, usually selling for no more than a pound.
View the complete programme here