The ‘infamous’ Mr Neil Warnock breezed into town on Saturday (11th March) with his newly acquired ‘charges’ Huddersfield Town, much to the delight of the home supporters, but unfortunately it didn’t quite work out for Neil as The ‘Terriers’ were sent packing back to Yorkshire, having suffered a narrow 1-0 defeat, thanks to a Jon Swift penalty winner mid-way through the first half.
Terriers in Town
On the social side of the day’s proceedings, it was wonderful once again to see a former player from the past receive his club cap, with 1970’s centre forward David Shaw, being presented with his ‘honour’ by Former Players Association Chairman Ray Wilson in the Richardson Suite before the game. David made his debut for Albion at Old Trafford against Manchester United in March 1973, having been bought by the then Albion manager Mr Don Howe from Oldham Athletic, having actually starting his career with Saturday’s opponents Huddersfield Town. It was in fact quite amazingly, fifty years virtually to the day, since David walked through the Hawthorns doors to commence an Albion career of nearly 100 first team appearances, which produced twenty goals.
Elsewhere in the Shrine, David was joined by Darryl Burgess, Gary Hackett and Ray Wilson in the East Stand suites, with Paul Mardon, Ally Robertson, Bruce Collard, Peter Odemwingie, Chris Brunt, Secretary Geoff Snape and Treasurer Norman Westbury entertaining other guests in the Regis Suite, with the now guaranteed ‘cameo’ appearance from the ‘one and only’ Andy Johnson.
In the half time interval Chris and Peter joined Paul Mardon and the other ‘Foundation’ ‘cyclists’ pitchside for ‘Foundation Day’ festivities, including a cross bar challenge.