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      PROGRAMME OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY 2013

Each month we 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.

Chelsea v West Bromwich Albion, Football League Division One, Stamford Bridge, Saturday 30th September 1978

Ahead of Saturday’s trip to Stamford Bridge, our featured programme this month is from the game that saw Albion’s last league victory on Chelsea soil, a 3-1 win back in September 1978.

The game was played in the early stages of a season that would go down in Baggies’ folklore as one of the club’s best ever seasons.

Goals from Cyrille Regis, John Wile and Tony Brown helped Ron Atkinson’s men come away from West London with both points, points that were welcome after a run of four games without a win. Steve Wicks had earlier opened the scoring for the hosts after just four minutes.

Brown’s goal equalled the long-standing club record of 208 league goals set by Ronnie Allen, he would break the record two weeks later with a goal in a 3-1 victory against Leeds United at Elland Road.

After the aforementioned winless run, Albion would soon hit form however, after a 1-0 defeat in their next game at home to Spurs, the Baggies would win ten and draw two of their next twelve games to push themselves into real contention for the First Division title. Sadly, a poor run of form in April would end any title aspirations the club and supporters had.

The club would still finish the season in third position, a placing the club has not matched in the following 35 years.

The two teams lined up for the game as follows:

Albion: Tony Godden, Brendon Batson, Derek Statham, Laurie Cunningham, John Wile, Alistair Robertson, Bryan Robson, Alistair Brown, Cyrille Regis, Len Cantello, Tony Brown. Substitute: John Trewick (for T Brown)

Chelsea: Peter Bonetti, Gary Locke, David Stride, Gary Stanley, Steve Wicks, Ron Harris, Kenny Swain, Ray Wilkins, Tommy Langley, Ray Lewington, Duncan McKenzie. Substitute: Clive Walker (for McKenzie)

A crowd of 20,186 were in attendance at Stamford Bridge.

Tony Brown's record-equalling strike

As for the matchday programme, it was a typical Chelsea issue for the season, indeed the same cover was used throughout the season. The 28 page publication cost 25p.

Compared to many programmes of the era it does have plenty of reading material to go along with a more than average stats and facts content. Three pages are devoted to the Baggies.

Not particularly rare, the programme is widely available for £1 - £2.

View the complete programme here


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