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.
v West Bromwich Albion, Phil Staddon Testimonial, Horsdon Park, Monday 26th March 1990
Twenty two years ago this month, Baggies' boss Brian Talbot
took his Albion side down to Tiverton, Devon, to play a testimonial game against
Elmore FC for their long-serving goalkeeper and Baggies’ fan Phil Staddon.
Albion travelled to Devon on the
back of just two wins in nine games, in a season that was turning out to be a
major disappointment following the promise of Talbot’s first season in charge.
With the exception of a 7-0 win over Barnsley in November, a
thrilling 5-3 win away at Bradford City in the Littlewoods Cup in October and FA
Cup victories over top-flight opposition in Wimbledon and Charlton, it had been
a pretty forgettable season for the Baggies and they would end the season in
20th place just three points clear of relegation.
As for the game against Elmore, Talbot’s men ran riot,
scoring eight second-half goals to record a 10-0 victory. Don Goodman, who was
having his best season as an
Albion player, hit five of the visitors’ goals, with Gary
Bannister, player-manager Talbot, Darren Bradley, Football in the Community
coach Dennis Mortimer and Dave Pritchard scoring the others.
Former Villa star Mortimer wasn’t the only member of the
club’s backroom staff to make an appearance, physio John MacGowan and first team
coach Stuart Pearson also played.
The Baggies made sure it was a night to remember for Staddon
when he was allowed to come on as a second half substitute for Stuart Naylor in
the Albion goal.
Albion lined up for the game
with the following team:
Naylor (Staddon), Bradley (Pritchard), Shakespeare (MacGowan),
Talbot, North (Ehiogu), Whyte (Burgess), Pearson, Goodman, Bannister, Mortimer,
The 32 page programme, which is dated 27th March, doesn’t
come up too often on dealers’ lists these days but when it does it usually sells
View the complete programme here