West Bromwich Albion football club (Baggies)

Founded: 1878
Manager: Tony Pulis
Division: Premier League
Address: The Hawthorns
West Bromwich
West Midlands
B71 4BR
Website: www.wba.co.uk

West Bromwich Albion were formed in 1878 and became founder members of the Football League in 1888.

Although there are several theories, club historian Tony Matthews believes the now familiar nickname of the Baggies derives from the `bagmen` who carried matchday takings in big leather bags from the turnstiles to the cash office.

The West Midlands club have been champions of England on one occasion, winning the title in 1919-20.

They were then under the guidance of Fred Everiss who served as secretary-manager from 1902 to 1948.

In the 1953-54 season, Vic Buckingham`s Albion came close to winning an historic league and cup double. Having secured the FA Cup, they just missed out on the First Division title by finishing second behind Black Country rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Baggies have won the FA Cup five times, most recently in 1968 when club legend Jeff Astle scored the only goal of the Final against Everton.

West Brom have spent the majority of their history in the top flight although they were in the lower leagues between 1986 and 2002, their longest spell outside of the top tier.

Jeremy Peace took over as chairman in 2002 before becoming the club`s majority shareholder in 2007.

Having earned the tag of a yo-yo club, they commenced a more stable fourth spell in the Premier League in 2010.

Home ground history:

Coopers Hill - 1878

Dartmouth Park - 1879

Bunns Hill - 1881

Walsall Street - 1881

Four Acres - 1882

Stoney Lane - 1885

The Hawthorns - 1900

West Bromwich Albion all-time totals

Games won: 2100
Games drawn: 1291
Games lost: 1941
Goals for: 8241
Goals against: 7689
Average goals for: 1.54
Average goals against: 1.44

Venue: The Hawthorns