West Bromwich Albion FC are a football team that play in the English Premier League. They have played their home games at the Hawthorns since 1900, while they have also played in blue and white stripes for the majority of their history. Founded in 1878, West Brom — also known as the Baggies — were one of the founding members of the Football League and have been crowned champions of England once, in the 1919/20 season. Their current manager is Slaven Bilic.
The club was one of the twelve founding members of the first football league in the world, the English Football League and plays its home games at The Hawthorns since 1900. They have fierce rivalries with other West Midlands clubs, especially Wolves and Aston Villa.
Although they have only been champions of England once, in 1919/1920 season, West Bromwich Albion spent most of its existence in the top-tier league of English football. The longest spell in lower leagues was 24 years, between 1949 and 1973. They have also been runners-up two times in their history and won 5 FA Cups and one League Cup in 1966.
The Baggies, as WBA players and staff are popularly called, have gotten back in the Premier League in 2020, after spending two years in the Championship. Their current manager is Slaven Bilić, a Croatian coach who previously managed West Ham in the Premier League.
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West Bromwich Albion Transfers
Ben Foster from Manchester United for £4m in 2012
Before signing a permanent deal at The Hawthorns, Ben Foster spent a year on a loan at the club. After proving his worth, he was bought for a fee of around £4 in 2012. The goalkeeper spent 7 years at the club in total before departing for Watford in 2018.
Matheus Pereira from Sporting CP for £7.5m in 2020
Just like previously-mentioned Foster, Pereira spent one season at WBA on loan from Sporting, before signing a permanent deal worth around £7.5 million. He was one of the most important pieces in West Brom’s run for promotion in 2019 and was voted as the Player of the Year by fans.
Jay Rodriguez from Southampton for £12m in 2017
Although Rodriguez spent just 2 years at West Bromwich Albion, he proved to be a valuable signing. The forward was at the club when it was relegated to Championship and stayed for another season with the club, scoring 22 goals in the Championship. However, after failing to gain promotion, he moved to Burnley for a fee of £10 million.
Salomón Rondón from Zenit St. Petersburg for £12m in 2015
The Venezuelan striker joined WBA for a record-breaking fee of £12 million in 2015 and he quickly became the focal point of the team’s offence. He spent four years at the club, although one of them was spent on loan at Newcastle United. He moved to Dalian Professional FC after the Chinese team activated his £16.5 million release clause.
Grady Diangana from West Ham United for £12m in 2020
In a controversial move, the midfielder from DR Congo left West Ham United to join West Bromwich after helping them gain promotion to the Premier League during his loan spell at the club. WBA decided to make the move permanent for £12 million, much to the disappointment of West Ham fans who wanted the youngster to remain with The Hammers.