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  • 19th century

    • 1878: The club was founded as West Bromwich Strollers in 1878 by workers from George Salter's Spring Works in West Bromwich, then in Staffordshire but now part of the West Midlands administrative county. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1878: The club was formed in 1878 by workers from Salter's Spring Works in West Bromwich, and have played their home games at The Hawthorns since 1900. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1881: The club joined the Birmingham & District Football Association in 1881 and became eligible for their first competition, the Birmingham Cup. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1883: Albion joined the Football Association in the same year; this enabled them to enter the FA Cup for the first time in the 1883–84 season. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1885: From 1885 to 1900 Albion played at Stoney Lane; their tenure of this ground was arguably the most successful period in the club's history, as they won the FA Cup twice and were runners-up three times. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1885: The blue and white stripes made their first appearance in the 1885–86 season, although at that time they were of a lighter shade of blue; the navy blue stripes did not appear until after the First World War. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1886: Albion and Wolves have contested the Black Country derby more than 150 times; their first major clash was an FA Cup tie in 1886. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1887: They reached the final again in 1887, but lost 2–0 to Aston Villa. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • March, 1888: William McGregor wrote to what he considered to be the top five English teams, including Albion, informing them of his intention to form an association of clubs that would play each other home and away each season. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1888: Albion were one of the founding members of The Football League in 1888 and have spent the majority of their existence in the top tier of English football. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1888: The first came in 1888, the year the league was founded, and the most recent in 1968, their last major trophy. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1888: The team won the trophy for the first time, beating strong favourites Preston North End 2–1 in the final. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • September 29, 1890: He made his debut in a 2-1 friendly home defeat to West Bromwich Albion on 29 September 1890. - Billy Draycott, Wikipedia.
    • April 4, 1892: West Bromwich Albion's record victory was their 12–0 league win against Darwen on 4 April 1892. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • December 30, 1893: He scored three goals in an 8–1 victory over Wolves followed by six in the 7–1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on 30 December 1893; this still stands as an Everton record. - Jack Southworth, Wikipedia.
  • 20th century

    • 1900s

      • 1900: The team suffered relegation to Division Two in 1900–01, their first season at The Hawthorns. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September 3, 1900: Albion drew 1–1 with Derby County in the first match at the stadium, on 3 September 1900. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September, 1901: He turned professional with West Bromwich Albion in September 1901. - Billy Lee (footballer), Wikipedia.
      • September 21, 1901: He made his debut at centre-half in a 3-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion on 21 September 1901. - Albert Cook (footballer), Wikipedia.
      • September, 1902: He made his debut for Everton against WBA in September 1902 and subsequently made 24 appearances and scored 8 goals for the club. - John Brearley, Wikipedia.
      • 1903: They were promoted as champions the following season but relegated again in 1903–04. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1905: The club has published an official matchday programme for supporters since 1905. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1905: Bassett became an Albion director in 1905, following the resignation of the previous board in its entirety. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1909: This is still the widest margin of victory for a game in the top-flight of English football, although the record was equalled by Nottingham Forest when they beat Leicester Fosse by the same scoreline in 1909. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1910s

      • 1919: Albion won the Football League title in 1919–20 for the only time in their history following the end of the First World War, their totals of 104 goals and 60 points both breaking the previous league records. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1919: They have been champions of England only once, in 1919–20, but have had more success in the FA Cup, with five wins. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1919: Fred Morris became the first Albion player to finish as top goalscorer in Division One, a feat which has since been repeated by Ronnie Allen, Derek Kevan, Jeff Astle and Tony Brown. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1920s

    • 1930s

      • 1930: They won promotion as well as the FA Cup, beating Birmingham 2–1 in the final. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1930s: As late as the 1930s, a caged throstle was placed beside the touchline during matches and it was said that it only used to sing if Albion were winning. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1931: The West Bromwich town arms were worn on the players' shirts for the 1931, 1935 and 1954 FA Cup finals. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September 3, 1932: Smith made his sole appearance for Blackpool in a 4–2 defeat to West Bromwich Albion at Bloomfield Road on 3 September 1932. - Wilfred Smith (footballer), Wikipedia.
      • September 13, 1933: By now Lambert was over 30 and only a bit-part player (Ernie Coleman having led the front line through most of 1932-33), and the signing of Jimmy Dunne in September 1933 forced Lambert out of the side; his last game came on 13 September 1933 against West Bromwich Albion and he was sold in October 1933 to Fulham. - Jack Lambert (association footballer), Wikipedia.
      • April 22, 1935: For most of that season Robinson played for the youth team and had not even turned out for the reserves when he surprisingly made his first team debut on April 22nd 1935 against West Bromwich Albion. - Jackie Robinson (footballer), Wikipedia.
      • 1935: In the 1935 FA Cup Final however, when both of Albion and Sheffield Wednesday's kits clashed, a switch was made to plain navy blue shirts. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1935: Albion reached the final again in 1935, losing to Sheffield Wednesday, but were relegated three years later. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1935: Richardson holds the club record for most league goals in a single season, scoring 39 times in 1935–36. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • February 4, 1937: The club's record league defeat was a 3–10 loss against Stoke City on 4 February 1937, while a 0–5 defeat to Leeds United on 18 February 1967 represents Albion's heaviest FA Cup loss. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1950s

      • 1953: The rivalry came to prominence when the two clubs contested the league title in 1953–54, and during the 1990s it intensified to new heights among supporters, with both clubs languishing in Division One for much of the decade and only local pride at stake. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1953: Albion came close to being the first team in the 20th century to win the League and Cup double. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1954: One national newspaper went so far as to suggest that the team be chosen en masse to represent England at the 1954 World Cup finals. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September, 1954: He joined West Bromwich Albion as an amateur in September 1954 and turned professional in April 1955. - Graham Williams (footballer born 1938), Wikipedia.
      • December 17, 1955: He made his Wolves debut on 17 December 1955 in a 3-2 win over Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion. - Gwyn Jones (footballer born 1935), Wikipedia.
      • December, 1955: His potential was quickly spotted by First Division West Bromwich Albion to whom he moved in December 1955, signing professional papers in February 1957. - David Burnside (footballer), Wikipedia.
    • 1960s

      • 1960s: Although their league form was less impressive during the 1960s, the second half of the decade saw West Bromwich Albion establish a reputation as a successful cup side. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • October 27, 1962: His chance came when Shankly chose him to play against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on the 27 October 1962. - Tommy Lawrence, Wikipedia.
      • 1966: They also won the Football League Cup at the first attempt in 1966. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1966: Under manager Jimmy Hagan, they beat West Ham in their first League Cup appearance, winning 5–3 on aggregate in the last two-legged final. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1966: Winners:1966 - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September 30, 1967: Salmons joined Sheffield United as a schoolboy and made his league debut at West Bromwich Albion on 30 September 1967. - Geoff Salmons, Wikipedia.
      • 1968: He guided the club to their last major trophy to date, the 1968 FA Cup, when they beat Everton in extra time thanks to a single goal from Jeff Astle. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1969: He became FA vice-president in 1969. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1970s

      • 1974: Sir Bert Millichip served as Albion chairman from 1974 to 1983, after which he chose to concentrate on his role as chairman of The Football Association. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • October 30, 1976: Devonshire's made his debut for West Ham on 30 October 1976 against West Bromwich Albion, where he played in a 3-0 defeat. - Alan Devonshire, Wikipedia.
      • September 3, 1977: He made his League debut for Middlesbrough on 3 September 1977 in a 2-1 defeat at West Bromwich Albion, after having served Wrexham for seven years, playing 219 matches and scoring 72 goals.. - Billy Ashcroft, Wikipedia.
      • 1978: Under Ron Atkinson, Albion reached the 1978 FA Cup semi-final but lost to Ipswich Town. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1979: Other notable honours bestowed upon West Bromwich Albion players include the PFA Young Player of the Year award, which was presented to Cyrille Regis in 1979. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1980s

      • 1981: BSR Housewares became the club's first shirt sponsor during the 1981–82 season. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • September, 1981: In all King played 30 league games for QPR scoring 9 goals before a transfer to West Bromwich Albion in September 1981. - Andy King (footballer born 1956), Wikipedia.
      • February 26, 1983: He made his League debut against West Bromwich Albion on 26 February 1983 and went on to make a further seven appearances that season. - John Kay (English footballer), Wikipedia.
      • December 3, 1983: He mainly played for Arsenal's reserve side but also made two First Division appearances, his debut coming against West Bromwich Albion on December 3, 1983. - David Madden (footballer), Wikipedia.
      • September 29, 1985: Stiles took over as manager of West Bromwich Albion; however, he was sacked the following February after the side managed only three wins under his leadership, and this would prove to be his final stab at management. - Nobby Stiles, Wikipedia.
      • 1986: From 1986 to 2002 they spent their longest ever period out of the top division, although there has been something of a revival in recent years: 2008–09 was the club's fourth season in the Premier League since 2002. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1988: More recently however, most Albion fans have seen Wolverhampton Wanderers as their main rivals - particularly between 1988 and 2002 when Albion and Villa were never in the same division but Albion were in the same division as Wolves for 11 out of 14 seasons. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 1990s

      • 1992: Albion had spent the majority of their history in the top-flight of English football, but when the FA Premier League was founded in 1992 the club found themselves in the third tier, which had been renamed Division Two. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1992: This dates back to the 1992–93 season, when the team was promoted from the new Second Division. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1992: Albion finished fourth and entered the playoffs for the first time, having just missed out the previous year. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1993: The club's shirts have been sponsored for the majority of the time since then, although there was no shirt sponsor at the end of the 1993–94 season, after local solicitors Coucher & Shaw were closed down by the Law Society. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1997: The longest-running shirt sponsorship deal agreed by the club ran for seven seasons between 1997 and 2004 with the West Bromwich Building Society. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1998: Billy Bassett and Bryan Robson were named among the list of Football League 100 Legends, along with Arthur Rowley, Geoff Hurst and Johnny Giles. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
      • 1999: Megson guided Albion to Division One safety in 1999–2000, and to the play-offs a year later. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
  • 21st century

    • March, 2000: The appointment of Gary Megson in March 2000 heralded an upturn in the club’s fortunes. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 2001: He went on to lead the club to promotion to the Premier League in 2001–02. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 2002: Current chairman Jeremy Peace took up the post in 2002, after a rift between previous chairman Paul Thompson and manager Gary Megson forced Thompson to quit the club. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 2002: The publication was entitled Albion News for many years, but was renamed Albion from the 2002–03 season onwards. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • December 31, 2002: Job cracked his skull in a clash of heads with West Bromwich Albion player Darren Moore and he was knocked unconscious on the pitch. - Joseph-Désiré Job, Wikipedia.
    • December 3, 2003: He made his senior debut for Manchester United on 3 December 2003 against West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup. - Paul Tierney (footballer), Wikipedia.
    • 2004: In recent years fans of the team have celebrated the end of each season by adopting a fancy dress theme for the final away match, including dressing as vikings in 2004 in honour of Player of the Season Thomas Gaardsøe. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 2004: The shares were quoted on the Alternative Investment Market, but the club withdrew from the stock exchange in order to become a private company again in 2004. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 2004: A 2004 survey by Planetfootball.com confirmed that the majority of both Albion and Wolves supporters consider the other to be their main rival, Baggies fans naming Aston Villa and Birmingham City as their second and third rivals respectively. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 2005: Since Grorty Dick ceased publication in 2005, the club now only has one fanzine dedicated to it; 'Baggie Shorts' which is produced by the West Bromwich Albion Supporters Club London Branch. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • September 16, 2006: He scored his first goal for Southend against West Bromwich Albion on 16 September 2006. - Matt Harrold, Wikipedia.
    • September 30, 2006: Nicholls picked up another injury on 30 September 2006 against West Bromwich Albion, which kept him out until December. - Kevin Nicholls, Wikipedia.
    • October, 2006: However they failed to avoid the drop the following season,[35] and Robson was replaced by Tony Mowbray in October 2006. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • May 28, 2007: The club competed in the Championship promotion playoff final at Wembley Stadium on 28 May 2007, but lost 1–0 to Derby County. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • August 14, 2007: West Bromwich Albion had a bid accepted for Brunt on 14 August 2007. - Chris Brunt, Wikipedia.
    • September, 2007: Peace acquired additional shares in West Bromwich Albion Holdings Limited, taking his total stake in the company to 50.56%. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • February 14, 2008: Bryan Robson was named as his successor, but was sacked on 14 February 2008 following a goalless draw at previous club West Bromwich Albion, with the Blades languishing in the bottom half of the Championship. - History of Sheffield United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • February 14, 2008: Bryan Robson was named as his successor, but was sacked on 14 February 2008 following a goalless draw at previous club West Bromwich Albion, with the Blades languishing in the bottom half of the Championship. - History of Sheffield United F.C., Wikipedia.
    • 2008: Unusually for a Premier League club, Albion were again without a shirt sponsor for the start of the 2008–09 campaign, as negotiations with a new sponsor were still ongoing when the season began. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • July, 2008: The record transfer from Albion to another club is that of Curtis Davies to Aston Villa in July 2008, for a fee of £8.5 million. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • August, 2008: The highest transfer fee paid by the club is £4.7 million to RCD Mallorca for Borja Valero in August 2008. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • September 13, 2008: He made his debut for West Ham in the 3-2 defeat to West Brom on 13 September 2008, coming on as a substitute for the injured Dean Ashton. - David Di Michele, Wikipedia.
    • September 20, 2008: Due to Birmingham's relegation at the end of the 2007-08 season, there was no "second-city" derby, however they faced local rivals West Brom on 20 September 2008 at The Hawthorns and on 10 January 2009 at home. - Aston Villa F.C. season 2008–09, Wikipedia.
    • December 21, 2008: He made his debut in the English Premier League for West Bromwich Albion on 21 December 2008, coming on as a second half substitute against Manchester City. - Graham Dorrans, Wikipedia.
    • March 16, 2009: In a home game against West Bromwich Albion he made his debut, coming on as a substitute. - The Academy of Football, Wikipedia.
    • 2009: They will be playing in the second tier in 2009–10. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • June, 2009: Mowbray left the club to manage Celtic and was replaced by Roberto Di Matteo in the role of head coach. - West Bromwich Albion F.C., Wikipedia.
    • September 22, 2009: He made his first team debut for the club when he started a League Cup match against West Bromwich Albion on 22 September 2009. - Gilles Sunu, Wikipedia.
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