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2018 Day 12 - West Bromwich Albion

Under scrutiny today are the Throstles aka West Bromwich Albion

Played: 128 (122 league, 4FAC, 2LC)
Won: 46 (45 league, 1FAC)
Drawn: 34 (34 league)
Lost: 48 (43 league, 3FAC, 2LC)

Other: (Two Texaco Cup ties in 1972/73: one at The Hawthorns, one at SJP)

Full record v West Brom:

  P W D L F A
SJP 61 31 14 16 124 85
TH 61 14 20 27 78 114
League 122 45 34 43 202 199
SJP(FA) 0 0 0 0 0 0
TH 4 1 0 3 7 8
SJP(LC) 2 0 0 2 1 3
TH 0 0 0 0 0 0
Cup 6 1 0 5 8 11
Tot 128 46 34 48 210 210


SJP: 63
Stoney Lane: 2
Hawthorns: 63

Most common scores:

Won: 2-1 (ten times - 5H, 5A)
Drawn: 1-1 (eighteen times - 8H, 10A)
Lost: 0-1 (ten times - 4H, 6A)
128 games between the two sides over 120 years but both have scored 210 goals against each other. United shade the league tally by three while WBA have scored three more in the cups.


United won four successive league and cup games at the Hawthorns between 1970 and 1974
During 1952 and 1953, Albion won three successive games at SJP, scoring a total of 16 goals.


WBA league doubles over NUFC: 8 (1914/15, 1919/20, 1924/25, 1946/47, 1952/53, 1966/67. 1968/69, 1977/78)
NUFC league doubles over  WBA: 7 (1903/04, 1921/22, 1947/48, 1970/71, 1971/72, 1989/90, 2005/06)

Most games in a season: 3 (1953/54, 1989/90, 2009/10)

Longest gap between games: May 1991 to October 2002

First: Saturday 3rd December 1898 Newcastle 3 West Bromwich Albion 0
"The Albion forwards were very defective in shooting and completely ruined their chances" (Shields Daily News).

PS: From the Sunderland Echo report of Aston Villa v the mackems the same day "(at half time) The Northern section of the crowd cheered delightedly at the success of their neighbours."

Saturday 28th April 2018 Newcastle 0 West Bromwich Albion 1 (Premier League)
"Confirmation that they'd mathematically confirmed top-flight status was certainly cause for the squad to raise a glass or two, but successive 0-1 defeats threaten to make the season go as flat as yesterday's beer." (

Best: Saturday 21st November 1931 Newcastle 5 West Bromwich Albion 1*
"A thrust and a deadly shot revealed a power in Newcastle's attack which their record hardly suggests. Their ability to turn defence into attack on the instant was reminiscent of Albion themselves and on this occasion, the Cup holders could not stomach their own medicine." (Birmingham Daily Gazette)

*(Also 5-1s in 1938, 1949 and 1989)

Wednesday 16th September 1953 Newcastle 3 West Bromwich Albion 7
"Albion had the Championship look at Newcastle. It took them nearly 30 minutes to get into top gear but after that it was a jamboree and a goal scoring spree."
(Birmingham Daily Gazette)

NUFC v WBA gallery:

February 1970: a 1-0 home success

April 1985: A 1-0 home victory in Division One

October 2005: Trick and treat: a 3-0 win at The Hawthorns

October 2008: Baggies beaten 2-1 at Gallowgate

April 2013: Honours even in the Black Country - 1-1

November 2014: A 2-0 success at The Hawthorns

NUFC v WBA - moment in history:

April 1969: Orange shirts, red faces

Having won at the Hawthorns in September 1965, Newcastle endured a run of poor results against the Baggies, losing five and drawing just one of the next six meetings. The fifth defeat in that run came in the Midlands during April 1969, as the Magpies went down 1-5 despite a bright opening.

Clad in an unexpected change kit of orange shirts and socks (several years before they adopted a regular yellow away garb), the physical presence of Wyn Davies initially saw Newcastle worry the home defence. However Albion found their feet with the help of the referee awarding a soft free kick to put them ahead and led 2-0 before Pop Robson halved the arrears just on half time.

The second half saw Jeff Astle win his personal duel with Ollie Burton at the other end of the field, although the Baggies only restored their two goal advantage thanks to a hotly-disputed penalty.

Manager Joe Harvey later described the result as "unbelievable" but wasn't actually present, instead heading over the border on a scouting at the Raith Rovers versus Dundee game.

Albion were on a late season roll and this was their fourth league success in just eight days, while Newcastle tasted defeat for the first time in eight league outings. However the Magpies would end the season ninth - in addition to lifting the Fairs Cup - while West Brom finished a point and a place behind them, narrowly losing out on Fairs Cup qualification to Southampton as a result.

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