West Brom are one of those sides that have spent much of the Premier League era in England’s top flight but have rarely threatened the top half of the table. The occasional drop into the second tier has struck the Baggies over the years and for the most part, life involves battling it out at the wrong end of the table.
However, this is a historic club which has achieved some success over the years and like any other EPL side, they receive plenty of exposure from the TV companies. Additional exposure comes via the bookies where West Brom price boosts land on a regular basis.
Here then, is a quick guide to West Bromwich Albion FC along with details of the type of enhanced odds offers we can expect from around the sportsbooks.
West Brom were one of the original members of the Football League when it was founded back in 1888. While it may seem that in the present day, they have spent most seasons in a relegation battle the club has actually been part of England’s top flight for the majority of their existence.
They were actually formed a little earlier than the Football League in 1878 as West Bromwich Strollers before adopting their current name two years later. As West Bromwich Albion they won their first regional trophy in 1883 and were strong enough to join the professional set up shortly afterwards.
Success came almost instantly as West Brom won the FA Cup in 1888 and that triggered a series of trophies that culminated in their only league championship to date. That came at the end of the 1919/20 season and they were also runners up five years later.
FA Cup success also came sporadically and while no West Brom side has ever dominated the top division, they were always in contention for honours at this time. That pattern continued to an extent after the Second World War although by this point the Baggies were more of a cup side and less of a threat in the league.
By the time the Premier League was formed in 1992 however, West Brom were in the third tier of English Football and would not return to the top flight until the turn of the new century. It’s been a little ‘up-and-down’ since that point but the club has enjoyed an unbroken run in the EPL since 2008/09 and fans will be hoping it stays that way.
The club has won seven major honours in their time but West Brom’s victories have been spread out to the extent that it’s difficult to identify their strongest period. The Baggies won their first, and so far only top flight championship in 1919/20 so many would say this should be their peak time but the club has won the FA Cup on five occasions, spread over 80 years.
The first FA Cup success came in 1888 in the first year of the Football League and that was followed up by a second triumph in 1892. 1931 and 1954 saw further wins in football’s oldest knockout competition before that fifth win was secured in 1968.
At the time of that most recent success, West Brom fielded arguably their best known side including the long serving Tony Brown, plus strikers Bobby Hope and Jeff Astle. It was Astle who would score the winner in extra time in the 1968 final against Everton before going on to become part of England’s World Cup squad in Mexico in 1970.
West Bromwich Albion also won the League Cup in 1966 are were losing finalists in this competition just one year later so it could be argued that the second half of the 1960s saw the club’s strongest period but this is very much open to debate.
Here are details of West Brom’s record in domestic English competitions across the last few seasons.
|Season||Premier League||FA Cup||League Cup|
|2017/18:||20th||5th Round||3rd Round|
|2016/17:||10th||3rd Round||2nd Round|
|2015/16:||14th||5th Round||3rd Round|
|2014/15:||13th||6th Round||4th Round|
Those figures tend to underline the fact that when West Bromwich Albion were in the premier league, they were very much a lower mid-table side and while they have the capacity to beat the big teams on occasions, they rarely threaten to mount a challenge on the top half.
A few cup wins have been secured along the way and the quarter final appearance in the FA Cup of 2014/15 was certainly a notable achievement. However, the best chance of picking up any West Brom enhanced odds offers is likely to come in the Championship where, along with all other sides, they will get picked up by the bookies on a regular basis.
A change of manager in the early part of the 2017/18 campaign saw Alan Pardew take over a talented yet underachieving squad before impending relegation led to his removal and the installation of Darren Moore. The key striker in this current squad is likely to be former Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez although on loan front man Dwight Gayle was prolific when his parent club Newcastle won promotion in 2016/17.
Moore has inherited a strong team of internationals including Jake Livermore, Gareth Barry and Chris Brunt while Welsh striker Hal Robson-Kanu could also find himself the subject of some price boosts.
We’ll bring you the best of those from around the sportsbooks as they drop in but for now, West Brom face a battle to get back in the top flight. With a new manager at the helm, they will hope for a change in fortunes as promotion to the Premier League is crucial if the Baggies are to keep those important players at the club.