2014–15 West Bromwich Albion F.C. season

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West Bromwich Albion
2014–15 season
Chairman Jeremy Peace
Head Coach Alan Irvine
(until 29 December 2014)
Rob Kelly
(caretaker, until 1 January 2015)
Tony Pulis
(from 1 January 2015)
Stadium The Hawthorns
Premier League 13th
FA Cup Sixth round
(knocked out by Aston Villa)
League Cup Fourth round
(knocked out by Bournemouth)
Top goalscorer League:
Saido Berahino (10)
All:
Saido Berahino (16)
Highest home attendance 26,768 vs. Leicester City
(11 April 2015, Premier League)
Lowest home attendance 10,939 vs. Oxford United
(26 August 2014, League Cup)
Average home league attendance 24,988
Home colours
Away colours

The 2014–15 season is West Bromwich Albion's fifth consecutive season in the Premier League, their ninth in total. During the season, they will also compete in the FA Cup. West Brom were knocked out of the League Cup in the fourth round, losing away to Bournemouth.[1] The club exited the FA Cup in the sixth round, after they were beaten by local rivals Aston Villa.[2]

On 6 November 2014, Albion unveiled a statue to their record goalscorer Tony 'Bomber' Brown outside the East Stand.[3]

Alan Irvine was sacked as head coach on 29 December, after a run of poor results,[4] with Tony Pulis appointed as his replacement three days later.[5]

Astle Day kit

During every home match throughout the season, the Albion fans applauded through the 9th minute of the match in support of the Justice for Jeff campaign.[6] This concluded on 11 April 2015 when, for their home match against Leicester City, the Jeff Astle Foundation was launched. To promote this, and in memory of Jeff Astle, the players took to the pitch in a plain white kit, a replica of their 1968 FA Cup winning shirts. The kit featured no sponsors and was numbered 2-11 (with the goalkeeper in a blank kit).[6]

Non-competitive[edit]

Pre-season[edit]

West Bromwich Albion's pre-season friendlies were announced on 22 May 2014, with several matches confirmed by the club later in the summer.[7][8][9][10]
All times listed are in BST unless stated.

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Current position/round Final position/round First match Last match Record
Pld W D L GF GA GD Win %
Premier League - 14th 16 August 2014 24 May 2015 33 9 9 15 32 46 –14 27%
League Cup 2nd round - 4th round 26 August 2014 28 October 2014 3 1 1 1 5 5 0 33%
FA Cup 3rd round - 6th round 3 January 2015 7 March 2015 4 3 0 1 13 3 +10 75%
Total 40 13 10 17 50 54 -4 33%

Last updated: 18 April 2015

Premier League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
11 Everton 35 11 11 13 46 46 0 44
12 Crystal Palace 35 11 9 15 42 48 −6 42
13 West Bromwich Albion 35 10 10 15 33 46 −13 40
14 Aston Villa 35 9 8 18 29 50 −21 35
15 Newcastle United 35 9 8 18 36 60 −24 35
Updated to match(es) played on 3 May 2015. Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Number of goals scored

Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
35 10 10 15 33 46 −13 40 6 4 8 21 26 −5 4 6 7 12 20 −8

Last updated: 3 May 2015.
Source: Premier League

Results by matchday[edit]

Matchday 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Ground H A A H A H A H H A H A H H A H A H A A H A H A H A H A H A H H A H A
Result D D L L W W L D D W L L L L D W L L L D W D L D W D W L W L L L W D W
Position 6 11 17 19 16 10 13 14 12 10 13 13 15 16 16 14 14 15 16 17 14 14 15 15 14 14 13 13 13 13 14 14 13 13 13

Last updated: 3 May 2015.
Source: Statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

The fixtures for the 2014–15 season were announced on 18 June 2014.[11]

All times listed are local time (BST or GMT).

FA Cup[edit]

As a Premier League side, West Brom entered the FA Cup in the third round.

League Cup[edit]

As a Premier League team, West Brom entered the League Cup in the second round.

Player statistics[edit]

First team squad[edit]

Appearances include starts and substitute appearances. Yellow and red cards are from all competitive competitions.

No. Pos. Nat. Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Yellow card.svg Red card.svg
1 GK  ENG Ben Foster 20 0 0 0 0 0 20 0 1 0
2 DF  ENG Andre Wisdom 20 0 0 0 1 0 21 0 1 0
3 DF  SWE Jonas Olsson 4 0 0 0 1 0 5 0 1 0
4 DF  NIR Chris Baird 6 0 1 0 2 0 9 0 1 0
5 MF  ARG Claudio Yacob 6 0 1 0 2 0 9 0 1 1
6 DF  ENG Joleon Lescott 17 1 0 0 0 0 17 1 1 0
7 MF  SCO James Morrison 17 1 1 0 1 0 19 2 1 0
8 MF  ENG Craig Gardner 19 1 0 0 0 0 19 1 6 0
9 FW  NGA Brown Ideye 11 1 0 0 3 1 14 2 0 0
10 FW  NGA Victor Anichebe 11 1 1 1 2 0 14 2 0 0
11 MF  NIR Chris Brunt 18 0 1 1 1 0 20 1 3 0
13 GK  WAL Boaz Myhill 1 0 1 0 3 0 5 0 0 0
14 DF  AUS Jason Davidson 2 0 0 0 3 0 5 0 0 0
15 DF  BEL Sébastien Pocognoli 15 0 1 0 0 0 16 0 1 0
16 DF  CRC Cristian Gamboa 10 0 0 0 3 0 13 0 2 0
17 MF  SCO Graham Dorrans 19 1 1 0 0 0 20 1 4 0
18 FW  ENG Saido Berahino 21 9 1 4 3 1 25 14 0 0
19 GK  ENG Luke Daniels 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 DF  ENG Liam O'Neil 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0
21 MF  COD Youssouf Mulumbu 12 0 0 0 3 0 15 0 2 0
23 DF  NIR Gareth McAuley 7 0 1 0 3 1 11 1 1 0
25 DF  ENG Craig Dawson 14 2 1 0 2 0 17 2 3 0
27 MF  POR Silvestre Varela 7 1 1 0 1 0 9 1 1 0
28 MF  ARG Sebastián Blanco 3 0 0 0 2 0 5 0 1 0
29 MF  BEN Stéphane Sessègnon 20 1 1 0 2 0 23 1 3 0
30 FW  GRE Georgios Samaras 5 0 1 0 2 0 8 0 0 0
33 DF  IRL Bradley Garmston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 MF  ENG Kemar Roofe 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 FW  ENG Adil Nabi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF  ENG Mani O'Sullivan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
43 DF  ENG Callam Jones 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Last updated: 11 January 2015
Sources: West Bromwich Albion and Soccerbase

Top goalscorers[edit]

Name Premier League FA Cup League Cup Total
Saido Berahino 12 5 1 18
Brown Ideye 4 2 1 7
Victor Anichebe 2 3 0 5
James Morrison 2 2 0 4
Craig Gardner 3 0 0 3
Own goals 1 0 2 3
Chris Brunt 1 1 0 2
Craig Dawson 2 0 0 2
Graham Dorrans 1 0 0 1
Joleon Lescott 1 0 0 1
Gareth McAuley 0 0 1 1
Stéphane Sessegnon 1 0 0 1
Silvestre Varela 1 0 0 1
Darren Fletcher 1 0 0 1
Total 32 13 5 50

Last updated: 16 February 2015
Source: West Bromwich Albion, BBC

Transfers and loans[edit]

Transfers In[edit]

Date Pos. No. Name From Fee Ref
1 July 2014[a] MF 8 England Craig Gardner England Sunderland Free [12]
1 July 2014[b] DF 6 England Joleon Lescott England Manchester City Free [13]
7 July 2014 DF 4 Northern Ireland Chris Baird England Burnley Free [14]
12 July 2014 DF 15 Belgium Sébastien Pocognoli Germany Hannover 96 £1,500,000 [15]
18 July 2014 FW 9 Nigeria Brown Ideye Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Undisclosed[c] [17]
5 August 2014 DF 14 Australia Jason Davidson Netherlands Heracles Almelo Undisclosed [18]
5 August 2014 DF 16 Costa Rica Cristian Gamboa Norway Rosenborg Undisclosed [19]
22 August 2014 FW 30 Greece Giorgos Samaras Scotland Celtic Free [20]
30 August 2014 MF 28 Argentina Sebastian Blanco Ukraine Metalist Kharkiv Undisclosed [21]
28 January 2015 MF 19 England Callum McManaman England Wigan Athletic £4,750,000 [22]
2 February 2015 MF 24 Scotland Darren Fletcher England Manchester United Free [23]
  1. ^ Gardner's signing was announced on 20 May 2014, but joined Albion officially on 1 July 2014, after his Sunderland contract expired.
  2. ^ Lescott's signing was announced on 20 June 2014, but joined Albion officially on 1 July 2014, after his Manchester City contract expired.
  3. ^ The price paid for Ideye was officially undisclosed, but was reported by local media to be around £10 million.[16]

Transfers Out[edit]

Date Pos. No. Name From To Ref
19 July 2014 MF 15 England George Thorne England Derby County Undisclosed [24]
21 January 2015 GK 19 England Luke Daniels England Scunthorpe United Undisclosed [25]

Loans In[edit]

Date Pos. No. Name From Type Ref
22 July 2014 DF 2 England Andre Wisdom England Liverpool 30 June 2015 [26]
24 August 2014 MF 27 Portugal Silvestre Varela Portugal FC Porto 20 January 2015 [27][28]

Loans Out[edit]

Date Pos. No. Name From Type Ref
1 August 2014 DF 22 Montserrat Donervon Daniels England Blackpool Until 2 January[a] [29][30]
29 September 2014 DF 44 England Reiss Greenidge England Port Vale Until 31 December 2014 [31]
4 November 2014 MF 34 England Kemar Roofe England Colchester United Until 1 December 2014 [32]
13 November 2014 DF 20 England Liam O'Neil England Scunthorpe United Until 30 June 2015[b] [33][34][35]
27 November 2014 DF 48 England Wes Atkinson England Cambridge United Until 3 January 2015 [36]
16 January 2015 DF 33 Republic of Ireland Bradley Garmston England Gillingham Until 15 March 2015[c] [37][38]
27 January 2015 DF 22 Montserrat Donervon Daniels Scotland Aberdeen Until 30 June [39]
5 February 2015 MF 30 Greece Georgios Samaras Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal Until 30 June [40]
13 February 2015 MF 34 England Kemar Roofe England Oxford United Until 30 June[d] [41][42]
17 February 2015 MF 17 Scotland Graham Dorrans England Norwich City Until 30 June[e] [43][44]
  1. ^ Daniels was originally loaned to Blackpool for 28 days, but this loan was extended on 22 August to finish on 2 January.
  2. ^ O'Neil was originally loaned to Scunthorpe United for 2 months, but this loan was extended on 12 January to finish at end of season.
  3. ^ Garmston was originally loaned to Gillingham for 28 days, but this loan was extended on 16 February to finish on 15 March.
  4. ^ Roofe was originally loaned to Oxford United for 28 days, but this loan was extended on 12 March to finish on 30 June.
  5. ^ Dorrans was originally loaned to Norwich City for 28 days, but this loan was extended on 26 March to finish on 30 June.

Released[edit]

Date Pos. No. Name To Type Ref
16 May 2014 DF 2 Republic of Ireland Steven Reid England Burnley Free [45][46]
16 May 2014 DF 6 England Liam Ridgewell United States Portland Timbers Free [45][47]
16 May 2014 DF 14 Uruguay Diego Lugano Released Free [45]
16 May 2014 MF 22 Hungary Zoltan Gera Hungary Ferencvárosi Free [45]
16 May 2014 MF Scotland Scott Allan Scotland Hibernian Free [48][49]
16 May 2014 DF 4 Republic of Macedonia Goran Popov Ukraine Dynamo Kyiv Loan return [45]
16 May 2014 MF 10 England Scott Sinclair England Manchester City Loan return [45]
16 May 2014 MF 18 France Morgan Amalfitano France Marseille Loan return [45]
16 May 2014 FW 20 Czech Republic Matej Vydra Italy Udinese Loan return [45]
16 May 2014 FW 50 Republic of the Congo Thievy Bifouma Spain RCD Espanyol Loan return [45]
28 May 2014 DF 28 England Billy Jones England Sunderland Free [50]
10 July 2014 DF 41 England Cameron Gayle England Shrewsbury Town Free [51]

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