Albion’s long tradition in luring wonderful football talent from north of the border, is well documented, dare I say legendary, with so many gifted exponents of the beautiful game, coming south to the midlands in search of fame and fortune, although, I suspect, the fortune bit, is somewhat debateable. However, their tradition in the famous blue and white stripes, goes back much farther than most Albion fans could realise, to the earliest days of the fledgling football club existence, a club that has now become one of the most famous on the planet.
Most modern day Albion supporters, would immediately think of Bobby Hope, Asa Hartford, Ray Wilson, Doug Fraser, Ally Robertson, Ally Brown and Derek McInnes, when speaking of their Scottish heroes, but the proud Scots that found their way venturing to West Bromwich, can trace their journey’s south, all the way back to the club’s early days in 1878, and a new two volumed history entitled ‘TARTAN THROSTLES’ is now available to purchase, with the first volume documenting those great Scottish players, that featured in Albion sides up to the beginning of the Second World War in 1939, now on sale with a second volume bringing the history up to date, due out in the coming months.
Co-written by Albion season ticket holder Robert Bradley and Scottish football expert Douglas Gorman, the books are Lavishly illustrated, with pen ‘pictures’ of every Scottish player who ever pulled on the famous blue and white stripes and is a unique and concise history of the Scottish contribution made to our great football club, that is indeed a must for every Albion ‘Anoraks’ bookshelf and certainly has pride of place on mine.
The first edition, which is now available from on-line publishers www.lulu.com, at a cost of £10 plus postage, is forwarded by our very own Chairman Ray Wilson, who as we all know is extremely proud of his ancestry, as are all of the Association’s Scottish members, many I have previously mentioned.
Happy reading, you will not be disappointed.