West Brom's Stadium.

West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion was founded in 1878 and were one of the founding members of the Football League. West Bromwich Albion are more commonly known as 'West Brom', and their nickname is 'The Baggies'. West Brom play their home games at 'The Hawthorns', which is in West Bromwich, about 8 kilometres north of Birmingham. The Hawthorn's capacity is 26500 and has been West Brom's home since 1900. The current manager is Tony Pulis, who has also been a Premier League manager at Stoke City and Crystal Palace. In 2013/14, Pulis won the Premier League manager of the season award after rescuing Palace from almost certain relegation.  

Saido Berahino is an exciting forward player.

'The Baggies' play in dark-blue and white striped shirts, white shorts, and white socks. No-one is 100% certain why West Brom's nickname is 'The Baggies', but here is one theory. In the early days, before the start of each game, the staff used to carry all the money from ticket sales to the club’s office. They used big cloth bags to carry all the coins, and were accompanied by police officers. When the fans saw this, they shouted ‘Here come the bag men’, which changed into ‘Here come the baggies’. Before long, ‘Baggies’ had become the club’s nickname.

Johnny Evans is an important part of the WBA defence.

West Brom have played in the Premier League for a total of 11 seasons, they have been relegated three times, in 2002-03, 2005-06 and 2008-09, and promoted to the Premier League four times, in 2002, 2004, 2007 and 2010. The highest West Brom have ever finished in the Premier League was 8th place in 2012-13, but they have won the league once, back in 1920! West Brom have also won the FA Cup five times and the League Cup once, but the last of these victories was in 1968. 

If clubs are frequently relegated and promoted, they are described as ‘yo-yo’ clubs, after the toy wheel that goes up and down on a string. 

In 2015/16, West Brom finished 14th in the Premier League after a fairly comfortable season in mid-table. West Brom’s top scorer was Venezuelan international, Salomon Rondon, with 9 Premier League goals. West Brom will be hoping for more progress this season under Tony Pulis. West Brom fans will be hoping that young England international Saido Berahino has a better season than last. If The Baggies can continue to consolidate in mid-table this season and have a cup run or two, their fans will probably be happy.

Prediction 2016/17: 11th

Key player: Salomon Rondon

Did you know.......?

West Bromwich Albion's record victory was their 12–0 league win against Darwen on 4 April 1892. This is still the biggest victory for a game in top-flight English football.

Learn about West Brom

The following activities will help you learn about West Bromwich Albion football club. 

The first activity is a matching activity. If you're not sure of an answer, go back to the READ section.

Activity 1: In this activity, you have to match West Brom's manager, top scorer, stadium, stadium capacity, and club colours.
Can you match the facts and figures?

Solomon Rondon is a Venezuelan international and one of WBA's key players.

The Baggies

This is West Brom's nickname.

Now you have looked at the facts and figures, it's time to go into detail. Can you answer some more detailed questions about the Baggies?

Activity 2: In this activity, there is a video guide to West Bromwich Albion. Watch the West Brom club video and learn more about the Baggies. See how much you understand by trying the activities that are after the video. The video is a little difficult to understand and is for intermediate learners and above.
Watch the video guide to West Bromwich Albion.

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SajidaXI's picture
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SajidaXI Thu, 03/07/2014 - 18:43

West Brom will win next match

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Abdallah Sat, 26/09/2015 - 14:01

They will relegate this season

AZ 150
Sadoss Mon, 19/10/2015 - 09:16

Very good

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almirpereira Wed, 21/10/2015 - 00:13

It needs play up!!!

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almirpereira Wed, 21/10/2015 - 00:18

It needs skill up.

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aragorn1986 Sun, 25/10/2015 - 00:26

Interesting club from the suburb of Birmingham. Baggies..wow, I didn't know for that nickname. I've really learned loads of new words. Good team, they should stay in the Premier league.

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MUGEMANYI Fri, 20/11/2015 - 06:43

More new words in the text.thank you

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nikosonris Tue, 24/11/2015 - 09:48

A very unpredictable team, in my opinion, usually playing defensive football, especially now with Tony Pulis who is famous for building solid defence.

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aragorn1986 Mon, 07/12/2015 - 13:20

West Brom has always been tough team. Usually they are classified as underdogs but they are not. They have power to beat anyone they play in t-shirts that are easily recognizable. It is always a pleasure to watch their matches especially derby against Villa.

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aragorn1986 Mon, 18/01/2016 - 16:53

Baggies had fantastic match against Chelsea recently. They showed us once again they have strong will to survive in the toughest league..

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HakanUslu1881 Wed, 02/03/2016 - 21:12

I don't know.

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nikosonris Thu, 24/03/2016 - 08:55

I like the way they play dead-ball situations.

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assemjuve Fri, 08/04/2016 - 15:31

They are playing in a way that is good and it is helping them to be in the mid of the table, this put them away from pressure.

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assemjuve Fri, 08/04/2016 - 15:32

I think the best players are Rondon and Berahino.

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kwesimanifest Tue, 19/07/2016 - 14:09

Am not a West Bromwich fan

GH 3604
kwesimanifest Tue, 19/07/2016 - 16:05

A tough team just a bit unpredictable

GH 3604
kwesimanifest Tue, 19/07/2016 - 16:06

Best player is Peter odemwingi

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Caco Sun, 29/01/2017 - 15:16



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