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.
West Bromwich Albion v Liverpool, League Cup Third Round,
Tuesday 3rd October 1972, The Hawthorns
Albion’s victory away at Yeovil
Town in the second round of the Capital One Cup was rewarded with a tie at home
to eight times League Cup winners and current holders
The game will be the sixth meeting of the two clubs in the
competition and for this feature we go back almost exactly 40 years to the first
of those meetings, a third round tie at The Hawthorns on October 3, 1972.
The second round had seen
Albion beat Queens Park Rangers
2-1 at The Hawthorns whilst
Liverpool had disposed of second division Carlisle United in an Anfield replay.
The game, watched by a crowd of 17,661, ended in a 1-1 draw.
Asa Hartford scored for the Baggies whilst Steve Heighway grabbed a late
equaliser for the visitors.
The teams lined up as follows:
Albion: Latchford, Nisbet,
Wilson, Cantello, Wile, Robertson, Suggett, T Brown, Gould, A Brown,
Liverpool: Clemence, Lawler,
Lindsay, Storton, Lloyd, Hughes, Keegan, Cormack, Heighway, Boersma, Callaghan.
A 2-1 defeat in the replay a week later saw
Albion knocked out of the
competition. Goals from Alistair Robertson and Emlyn Hughes forced the game into
extra-time where Kevin Keegan scored a late winner for the Merseysiders.
Liverpool would beat Leeds
United in the next round before Tottenham Hotspur ended their run in the
quarter-finals. Albion’s season would not get any better; under former player
Don Howe the team would finish bottom of the First Division and relegated for
the first time in 35 years.
The programme issued for the game, which cost 6p, was the
standard 16 page Albion News of the 1972/73 season. The same cover was used for
all games during the season except the Texaco Cup games against Sheffield United
and Newcastle United.
Three pages were devoted to the visitors whilst the centre
pages were a picture spread of the last home game against Sheffield United in
the aforementioned Texaco Cup. One page was devoted to the season’s statistics,
another page to the club’s reserves and youths whilst another page was devoted
to part one of ‘The Tommy Magee Story’, a two part look at the career of one of
Albion’s best ever players. The inside back
cover was the only page that featured any advertising and even that was for
Albion's club shop.
The programme these days can be easily obtained for usually
no more than £1.00.
View the complete programme here