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.
Stockport County v West Bromwich Albion, Edgeley
Park, Pre-Season Friendly, Monday 20th August 1984
Having already featured in games against Walsall, Oldham Athletic, Newport County and Doncaster Rovers, Albion travelled up to Edgeley Park, home of Stockport County, for their sixth and final friendly ahead of the 1984/85 season. It was the club's first visit to the ground since a 5-0 win there in a FA Cup 5th round tie in February 1935.
Garry Thompson notched two goals whilst Ken McNaught added the other in a 3-2 win for the Baggies under the leadership of Irish legend Johnny Giles, who had returned for a second spell as Albion boss six months earlier.
The visitors line-up was as follows: Godden (Sub. Barron), M Giles (Morley), Statham, Hunt, Robertson (McNaught), Bennett, Grealish, Thompson, Regis, MacKenzie, Whitehead.
A crowd of 1,792 were in attendance.
The four page programme which sold for 30p, had little in the way of real reading material although did devote a full page to the visitors whilst the back cover featured a few facts, stats and connections between the two clubs.
A familiar face on page two was County director Peter Snape, who for 27 years was the Member of Parliament for West Bromwich East.
The programme doesn’t come up on dealer’s lists that often but can still usually be purchased for a couple of pounds.
View the complete programme here