2007–08 West Bromwich Albion F.C. season

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West Bromwich Albion
2007–08 season
Chairman Jeremy Peace
Manager Tony Mowbray
Stadium The Hawthorns
Championship 1st (promoted to the Premier League)
FA Cup Semi-finals
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Phillips (22)
All: Phillips (24)
Average home league attendance 22,311

During the 2007–08 English football season, West Bromwich Albion competed in the Football League Championship. They finished the season in first place, thus earning promotion to the Premier League the following season.

Season summary[edit]

After the previous season's play-off final heartbreak, Tony Mowbray set about restructuring his squad, moving out several players for multi-million pound fees after press reports of dressing room division.[1] High profile players such as Jason Koumas, Diomansy Kamara and Curtis Davies were sold to Premier League clubs for large fees, joining Paul McShane, Nathan Ellington, Darren Carter and Steve Watson in leaving the Hawthorns. Mowbray replaced them by signing a total of 14 permanent and loan players in the summer transfer window, making an overall profit in the process.

Despite the large changes in his squad, Mowbray won the Championship Manager of the Month award in September, after Albion gained 13 out of the maximum 15 points and climbed to second.[2] At the start of 2008, Mowbray's young Albion team topped the table, receiving growing plaudits from the media[3] and supporters[4] alike for their attractive brand of attacking one touch passing football, a reflection of Mowbray's staunch footballing philosophy.[5]

Mowbray guided Albion to the Football League Championship title and promotion to the Premier League, and also reached the FA Cup semi-final. The semi-final, the first to be played at the new Wembley Stadium, pitted Albion against Portsmouth, the only remaining Premier League team left in the FA Cup. Portsmouth won the match 1–0 with the only goal of the game coming from former Albion striker Nwankwo Kanu. Mowbray won the Championship manager of the month award for April,[6] as well as the League Managers Association manager of the year award.[7]

Kit[edit]

English company Umbro remained West Bromwich's kit manufacturers. T-Mobile remained the kit sponsors.

Final league table[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Promotion or relegation
1 West Bromwich Albion (C) (P) 46 23 12 11 88 55 +33 81 Promotion to Premier League
2 Stoke City (P) 46 21 16 9 69 55 +14 79
3 Hull City (P) 46 21 12 13 65 47 +18 75 Qualification to League Championship playoffs
4 Bristol City 46 20 14 12 54 53 +1 74
5 Crystal Palace 46 18 17 11 58 42 +16 71
6 Watford 46 18 16 12 62 56 +6 70
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 18 16 12 53 48 +5 70
8 Ipswich Town 46 18 15 13 65 56 +9 69
9 Sheffield United 46 17 15 14 56 51 +5 66
10 Plymouth Argyle 46 17 13 16 60 50 +10 64
11 Charlton Athletic 46 17 13 16 63 58 +5 64
12 Cardiff City 46 16 16 14 59 55 +4 64
13 Burnley 46 16 14 16 60 67 −7 62
14 Queens Park Rangers 46 14 16 16 60 66 −6 58
15 Preston North End 46 15 11 20 50 56 −6 56
16 Sheffield Wednesday 46 14 13 19 54 55 −1 55
17 Norwich City 46 15 10 21 49 59 −10 55
18 Barnsley 46 14 13 19 52 65 −13 55
19 Blackpool 46 12 18 16 59 64 −5 54
20 Southampton 46 13 15 18 56 72 −16 54
21 Coventry City 46 14 11 21 52 64 −12 53
22 Leicester City (R) 46 12 16 18 42 45 −3 52 Relegation to League One
23 Scunthorpe United (R) 46 11 13 22 46 69 −23 46
24 Colchester United (R) 46 7 17 22 62 86 −24 38

Updated to games played on 4 May 2008.
Source: The Football League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) = Champion; (R) = Relegated; (P) = Promoted; (E) = Eliminated; (O) = Play-off winner; (A) = Advances to a further round.
Only applicable when the season is not finished:
(Q) = Qualified to the phase of tournament indicated; (TQ) = Qualified to tournament, but not yet to the particular phase indicated; (RQ) = Qualified to the relegation tournament indicated; (DQ) = Disqualified from tournament.

Results[edit]

West Bromwich Albion's score comes first[8]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Football League Championship[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
11 August 2007 Burnley A 1-2 15,337 Phillips
18 August 2007 Preston North End H 2-0 19,556 Phillips, Miller
25 August 2007 Sheffield United A 0-1 23,491
1 September 2007 Barnsley H 2-0 18,310 Teixeira, Beattie
15 September 2007 Ipswich Town H 4-0 19,460 Miller, Teixeira, Phillips (2)
18 September 2007 Bristol City A 1-1 16,571 Koren
22 September 2007 Scunthorpe United A 3-2 8,307 Barnett, Brunt, Teixeira
30 September 2007 Queens Park Rangers H 5-1 24,757 Phillips (2), Miller, Koren, Greening
3 October 2007 Stoke City H 1-1 20,048 Barnett
6 October 2007 Southampton A 2-3 21,967 Koren (2)
20 October 2007 Colchester United A 2-3 5,798 Phillips, Miller
23 October 2007 Blackpool H 2-1 22,030 Miller, Morrison
27 October 2007 Norwich City H 2-0 20,247 Miller, Phillips
3 November 2007 Watford A 3-0 18,273 Miller, Phillips, Albrechtsen
6 November 2007 Sheffield Wednesday H 1-1 19,807 Phillips
12 November 2007 Coventry City A 4-0 18,566 Robinson, Teixeira (2), Koren
25 November 2007 Wolverhampton Wanderers H 0-0 27,493
28 November 2007 Plymouth Argyle A 2-1 14,348 Bednář (2)
1 December 2007 Crystal Palace A 1-1 15,247 Hudson (own goal)
4 December 2007 Coventry City H 2-4 20,641 Bednář (2)
8 December 2007 Leicester City A 2-1 22,088 Gera, Beattie
15 December 2007 Charlton Athletic H 4-2 20,346 Bednář, Gera (2), Phillips
22 December 2007 Stoke City A 1-3 18,420 Bednář
26 December 2007 Bristol City H 4-1 27,314 Bednář, Koren, Phillips (2)
29 December 2007 Scunthorpe United H 5-0 25,238 Phillips (2), Koren, Gera, Beattie
1 January 2008 Ipswich Town A 0-2 24,000
12 January 2008 Hull City A 3-1 18,391 Phillips, Morrison, Bednář
19 January 2008 Cardiff City H 3-3 22,325 Bednář, Albrechtsen, Johnson (own goal)
29 January 2008 Preston North End A 1-2 12,473 Gera
2 February 2008 Burnley H 2-1 22,206 Cesar, Bednář
9 February 2008 Barnsley A 1-2 13,083 Morrison
12 February 2008 Sheffield United H 0-0 22,643
23 February 2008 Hull City H 1-2 22,716 Bednář
1 March 2008 Plymouth Argyle H 3-0 22,503 Gera, Miller, Bednář
4 March 2008 Sheffield Wednesday A 1-0 18,805 Phillips
12 March 2008 Crystal Palace H 1-1 20,378 Phillips
15 March 2008 Leicester City H 1-4 22,038 Koren
21 March 2008 Charlton Athletic A 1-1 23,412 Phillips
29 March 2008 Colchester United H 4-3 20,433 Phillips, Brunt, Bednář, Morrison
1 April 2008 Cardiff City A 0-0 13,915
8 April 2008 Blackpool A 3-1 9,628 Phillips (2, 1 pen), Miller
12 April 2008 Watford H 1-1 26,508 Barnett
15 April 2008 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 1-0 27,883 Gera
19 April 2008 Norwich City A 2-1 25,442 Koren, Gera
28 April 2008 Southampton H 1-1 26,167 Brunt
4 May 2008 Queens Park Rangers A 2-0 18,309 Do-Heon, Brunt

FA Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R3 5 January 2008 Charlton Athletic A 1-1 12,682 Miller
R3R 15 January 2008 Charlton Athletic H 2-2 (won 4-3 on pens) 12,691 Bednář, Morrison
R4 26 January 2008 Peterborough United A 3-0 12,701 Bednář, Koren, Phillips (pen)
R5 16 February 2008 Coventry City A 5-0 28,163 Brunt, Bednář (2, 1 pen), Miller, Gera
QF 9 March 2008 Bristol Rovers A 5-1 12,011 Morrison, Miller (3), Phillips
SF 5 April 2008 Portsmouth N 0-1 83,584

League Cup[edit]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Goalscorers
R1 14 August 2007 Bournemouth H 1-0 10,250 Beattie
R2 28 August 2007 Peterborough United A 2-0 4,917 Gera, Ellington
R3 25 September 2007 Cardiff City H 2-4 14,085 Miller (2, 1 pen)

Squad[edit]

[1] Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Ireland GK Dean Kiely
2 Belgium DF Carl Hoefkens
3 England DF Paul Robinson
4 England DF Leon Barnett
5 England DF Neil Clement
7 Slovenia MF Robert Koren
8 England MF Jonathan Greening
9 Czech Republic FW Roman Bednář (on loan from Hearts)
10 Scotland FW Craig Beattie
11 Hungary MF Zoltan Gera
12 South Korea MF Kim Do-Heon (on loan from Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma)
13 England GK Luke Steele
14 Denmark DF Martin Albrechtsen
15 Netherlands DF Sherjill MacDonald
No. Position Player
16 England DF Jared Hodgkiss
17 England FW Ishmael Miller
18 Netherlands Antilles DF Shelton Martis
19 Czech Republic GK Michal Daněk (on loan from Viktoria Plzeň)
20 Portugal MF Filipe Teixeira
21 England FW Kevin Phillips
22 England FW Stuart Nicholson
23 Portugal DF Tininho
24 England FW Luke Moore (on loan from Aston Villa)
25 Slovenia DF Boštjan Cesar (on loan from Marseille)
26 Cape Verde DF Pelé
27 Scotland MF James Morrison
29 Northern Ireland MF Chris Brunt
30 Poland FW Bartosz Ślusarski
32 England MF David Worrall

Left club during season[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as has been defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
6 England DF Curtis Davies (on loan to Aston Villa)
9 England FW Nathan Ellington (to Watford)
12 England MF Richard Chaplow (to Preston North End)
No. Position Player
19 Wales FW John Hartson (retired)
24 England DF Ronnie Wallwork (to Sheffield Wednesday)
31 England GK Luke Daniels (on loan to Motherwell)

Transfers[edit]

Out[edit]

In[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Boss: I had to clear decks Express & Star, 12 September 2007
  2. ^ "Mowbray wins award". West Bromwich Albion FC. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 4 October 2007. 
  3. ^ Culley, Jon (27 December 2007). "West Bromwich Albion 4 Bristol City 1: Bednar fires Albion to the summit". The Independent (London). Retrieved 25 May 2010. 
  4. ^ Mowbray hails Baggies fans Birmingham Post, 28 December 2007
  5. ^ Mowbray can pass Premier test Birmingham Post, 11 December 2007
  6. ^ "Mowbray claims managerial award". BBC Sport. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2008. 
  7. ^ "Ferguson wins managerial honour". BBC Sport. 13 May 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2008. 
  8. ^ http://www.statto.com/football/teams/west-bromwich-albion/2007-2008/results
  9. ^ "Fulham sign Kamara from West Brom". BBC Sport. 9 July 2007. Retrieved 13 November 2008. 
  10. ^ "Wigan complete signing of Koumas". BBC Sport. 2007-07-10. Retrieved 2007-07-10. 
  11. ^ "Villa sign Davies on season loan". BBC Sport. 31 August 2007. Retrieved 31 August 2007. 
  12. ^ "West Brom capture defender Martis". BBC Sport. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 2 July 2007. 
  13. ^ "Baggies sign midfielder Teixeira". BBC Sport. 17 July 2007. Retrieved 6 October 2007. 
  14. ^ "Tininho bags Albion deal". West Bromwich Albion FC. 31 July 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2008. 
  15. ^ "Baggies sign Marseille defender". BBC Sport. 2007-08-02. Retrieved 2007-08-07. 
  16. ^ "Baggies swoop for midfielder Pelé". BBC Sport. 9 August 2007. Retrieved 9 August 2007.