Profile of West Bromwich Albion football club

English premier league: West Bromwich Albion football clubWest Bromwich Albion F.C. is an English professional football club located in the West Midlands. The club was founded back in 1878 as “West Bromwich Strollers” by workers from “Salter’s Spring Works” in West Bromwich, and were renamed West Bromwich Albion in 1880.

WBA FC, well known as “the Baggies,” has been playing at The Hawthorns/Stadium for more than 100 years. The ground was built in 1900, the first football league ground of the 20th century. The stadium has a capacity of 26,500 people. They play home in navy blue & white striped T-shirts.

West Bromwich Albion returned to EPL after a strong 2009/10 season, finishing runners-up behind the title holders “Newcastle United/Football club” in the championship. Under the guidance of WBA’s previous manager Roberto di Matteo, “the Baggies” easily made their way to EPL by 12 points clear of the 3rd place “Notthingham Forest/Football club.”

The club has a strong early history. They won their first league title in 1920, the FA Cup five times and the League Cup once. Moreover, their English Premier League debut came in 2002.

But WBA often struggles in the 20th century. The fans regarded their club as “Baggies Boing” because of their up and down form in the first and second division. The 1980’s hosted the worst season for Albion when it was relegated to the lowest third division–something that fans hope will not be repeated in future.

Overall, Albion has enjoyed much more success in the FA Cup rather than in the domestic league. They won the last FA Cup trophy almost a decade ago in 1968. Despite qualifying for UEFA Cup five times, the Baggies have never won a European trophy, and their best performance was in 1978-79, when they reached the Quarter Final of the UEFA Cup.

WBA has progressed well in the past few years. They have brought in good management, some of the best players and a healthier bank balance, wishing them the best of luck for the rest of the season.

Roy Hodgson, Liverpool ex-manger, has recently joined West Bromwich Albion on an 18-month contract until the summer of 2012. He is looking forward to giving his best to put his side out of the relegation zone this year and is hoping to win some titles for WBA in the future.

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