In September 1927, Blackpool visited The Hawthorns, and came ‘face to face’ with a legendary goal-scorer named Jimmy Cookson, who slammed in ALL SIX Albion goals in the ‘Throstles’ 6-3 victory. It is a feat in League football at The Shrine that has never been repeated, or indeed is ever likely to, although both W.G Richardson and Derek Kevan came close in later years.

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However, with the visit of the ‘Sea-siders’ to The Hawthorns on Tuesday evening, it was perhaps the perfect occasion to present Sam, Jimmy Cookson’s Grandson, with the great man’s cap, pitchside during the interval, Association chairman Ray Wilson doing the honours, to a standing ovation from the appreciative Hawthorns faithful.
On a night, that saw a much needed victory, to lift Albion off the bottom of the table, our former heroes were once again out in force in both the East stand corporate areas and the Regis Suite.
Martyn Bennett, Joe Mayo, Micky Fudge and Mark Grew were all on duty in the East stand, with Ray Wilson, Ally Robertson and Gary Hackett joined by Treasurer Norman Westbury and guests in the other side of the Shrine, with a few bits of ‘Cookson memorabilia’ to bring more than a twinkle to my eyes.
It may not have been a nine goal thriller like that ‘Jimmy Cookson’ episode, but the relief at picking up those precious three points was probably enjoyed just as much, as those ‘Baggies’ fans madetheir way home after the match.