List of West Bromwich Albion F.C. records and statistics

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Jesse Pennington, Albion's most capped England international.

West Bromwich Albion are an English professional association football club based in West Bromwich, West Midlands. The club was founded in 1878 as West Bromwich Strollers, by workers from George Salter's Spring Works and turned professional in 1885.[1][2] The team has spent the majority of its history in the top division of English football and is currently in its longest spell in the Premier League.

This list encompasses records set by the club, their managers and their players. The player records section includes details of the club's leading goalscorers and those who have made most appearances in first-team competitions. It also records notable achievements by Albion players on the international stage, and the highest transfer fees paid and received by the club. Attendance records at The Hawthorns, the club's home ground since 1900, are also included in the list.

Records generally refer only to first team, competitive matches in national or European competitions. Reserve matches, youth matches, friendlies, testimonials, war-time matches and regional competitions are not considered, except where indicated.

Player records[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Most appearances[edit]

Total appearances including substitute appearances are listed below, with the number of substitute appearances shown in parentheses.[5]
# Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
1 England Brown, TonyTony Brown 1963–1981 574 (13) 54 (1) 47 (1) 45 (1) 720 (16)
2 Scotland Robertson, AllyAlly Robertson 1968–1986 504 (2) 34 (2) 53 (0) 31 (0) 622 (4)
3 England Wile, JohnJohn Wile 1970–1983 499 (1) 42 (0) 42 (0) 35 (0) 618 (1)
4 England Pennington, JesseJesse Pennington 1903–1922 455 (0) 39 (0) 0 (0) 2 (0) 496 (0)
5 England Glidden, TommyTommy Glidden 1922–1936 445 (0) 33 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0) 479 (0)
6 England Millard, LenLen Millard 1937–1958 436 (0) 40 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0) 477 (0)
7 England Smith, JoeJoe Smith 1910–1926 434 (0) 30 (0) 0 (0) 7 (0) 471 (0)
8 England Allen, RonnieRonnie Allen 1950–1961 415 (0) 42 (0) 0 (0) 1 (0) 458 (0)
9 England Barlow, RayRay Barlow 1944–1960 403 (0) 46 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 449 (0)
10 England Carter, JoeJoe Carter 1921–1936 414 (0) 37 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 451 (0)

Goalscorers[edit]

Joe Wilson scored the club's first league goal.

Top goalscorers[edit]

Tony Brown is the all-time top goalscorer for West Bromwich Albion.

Appearances, including substitute appearances, are marked in parentheses.[5]
# Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Other[A] Total
1 England Brown, TonyTony Brown 1963–1981 218 (574) 27 (54) 17 (47) 17 (45) 279 (720)
2 England Allen, RonnieRonnie Allen 1950–1961 208 (415) 23 (42) 0 (0) 3 (1) 234 (458)
3 England Richardson, W. G.W. G. Richardson 1929–1949 202 (320) 26 (34) 0 (0) 1 (0) 228 (355)
4 England Astle, JeffJeff Astle 1964–1974 137 (292) 14 (23) 19 (28) 4 (18) 174 (361)
5 England Kevan, DerekDerek Kevan 1953–1963 157 (262) 16 (29) 0 (0) 0 (0) 173 (291)
6 England Carter, JoeJoe Carter 1921–1936 145 (414) 10 (37) 0 (0) 0 (0) 155 (451)
7 England Glidden, TommyTommy Glidden 1922–1936 135 (445) 5 (33) 0 (0) 0 (1) 140 (479)
8 England Taylor, BobBob Taylor 1992–1998
2000–2003
113 (324) 4 (10) 6 (22) 8 (21) 131 (377)
9 England Morris, FredFred Morris 1911–1924 112 (263) 4 (20) 0 (0) 2 (4) 118 (287)
10 England Regis, CyrilleCyrille Regis 1977–1984 82 (237) 10 (25) 16 (28) 4 (12) 112 (302)

International caps[edit]

Bob Roberts was Albion's first international player.

This section refers only to caps won while a West Bromwich Albion player.

Transfers[edit]

Highest transfer fees paid[edit]

# Name Fee Paid to Date Notes
1 Benin Sessègnon, StéphaneStéphane Sessègnon £6.6 million Sunderland 2 September 2013 [17]
2 Nigeria Anichebe, VictorVictor Anichebe £6 million Everton 2 September 2013 [18]
3 Republic of Ireland Long, ShaneShane Long £5 million Reading 9 August 2011 [19][B]
4 Spain Valero, BorjaBorja Valero £4.7 million RCD Mallorca 22 August 2008 [20]
5 Wales Earnshaw, RobertRobert Earnshaw £3.5 million Cardiff City 30 August 2004 [21]
6 England Carson, ScottScott Carson £3.25 million Liverpool 18 July 2008 [22][C]
7 Netherlands Zuiverloon, GianniGianni Zuiverloon £3.2 million SC Heerenveen 3 July 2008 [23]
8= England Moore, LukeLuke Moore £3 million Aston Villa 28 May 2008 [24]
8= England Davies, CurtisCurtis Davies £3 million Luton Town 1 September 2005 [25]
8= England Ellington, NathanNathan Ellington £3 million Wigan Athletic 15 August 2005 [26]

Progression of record transfer fee paid[edit]

Transfers in bold are also British record transfers
# Name Fee Paid to Date Notes
1 England Blood, BobbyBobby Blood £4,000 Port Vale February 1921 [27]
2 England Shaw, GeorgeGeorge Shaw £4,100 Huddersfield Town December 1926 [27]
3 England Shaw, CecilCecil Shaw £7,500 Wolverhampton Wanderers December 1936 [27]
4 IrelandRepublic of Ireland Vernon, JackJack Vernon £9,500 Belfast Celtic February 1947 [27]
5 England Allen, RonnieRonnie Allen £20,000 Port Vale March 1950 [27]
6 England Robson, BobbyBobby Robson £25,000 Fulham March 1956 [27]
7 England Kaye, JohnJohn Kaye £44,750 Scunthorpe United May 1963 [27]
8 England Suggett, ColinColin Suggett £100,000 Sunderland June 1969 [27]
9 Scotland Johnston, WillieWillie Johnston £138,000 Rangers December 1972 [27]
10 England Mills, DavidDavid Mills £516,000 Middlesbrough January 1979 [27]
11 England Barnes, PeterPeter Barnes £748,000 Manchester City January 1979 [27]
12 England Kilbane, KevinKevin Kilbane £1,250,000 Preston North End 13 June 1997 [28][29][30]
13 EnglandGrenada Roberts, JasonJason Roberts £2,000,000 Bristol Rovers 26 July 2000 [31]
14 Wales Koumas, JasonJason Koumas £2,250,000 Tranmere Rovers 29 August 2002 [32]
15 England Hughes, LeeLee Hughes £2,500,000 Coventry City 29 August 2002 [33]
16 Denmark Albrechtsen, MartinMartin Albrechtsen £2,700,000 F.C. Copenhagen 3 June 2004 [34]
17 Wales Earnshaw, RobertRobert Earnshaw £3,500,000 Cardiff City 30 August 2004 [21]
18 Spain Valero, BorjaBorja Valero £4,700,000 RCD Mallorca 22 August 2008 [20]
19 Republic of Ireland Long, ShaneShane Long £5 million Reading 9 August 2011 [35][B]
20 Benin Sessègnon, StéphaneStéphane Sessègnon £6.6 million Sunderland 2 September 2013 [17]

Highest transfer fees received[edit]

The highest transfer fee received by Albion was £8.5 million for Curtis Davies in 2008.
# Name Fee Received from Date Notes
1 England Davies, CurtisCurtis Davies £8.5 million Aston Villa 3 July 2008 [2]
2 Senegal Kamara, DiomansyDiomansy Kamara £6 million Fulham 9 July 2007 [36]
3 Wales Koumas, JasonJason Koumas £5.3 million Wigan Athletic 10 July 2007 [37]
4 England Hughes, LeeLee Hughes £5,000,001 Coventry City 8 August 2001 [38]
5 Italy Maresca, EnzoEnzo Maresca £4.5 million Juventus January 2000 [39]

Managerial records[edit]

Fred Everiss, longest serving secretary-manager
  • First secretary-manager: Louis Ford (fulfilled the role from 1890–1892)
  • Longest serving secretary-manager: Fred Everiss (fulfilled the role from 1902 to 1948, an English record)[40]
  • First full-time manager: Jack Smith (managed the club between 1948 and 1952)
  • Longest serving full-time manager: Vic Buckingham (managed the club from February 1953 to August 1959)

Club records[edit]

Goals[edit]

Points[edit]

  • Fewest points in a season:
    • Two points for a win: 12 (in 22 games in 1890–91, First Division)[41]
    • Three points for a win: 24 (in 42 games in 1985–86, First Division)[41]

Matches[edit]

Firsts[edit]

Wins[edit]

Defeats[edit]

Consecutive results[edit]

  • Record consecutive league wins: 11 (April – August 1930)[55]
  • Record consecutive league draws: 5 (August – October 1999)[55]
  • Record consecutive league defeats: 11 (October – December 1995)[55]
  • Record consecutive league games without defeat: 17 (September – December 1957)[55]
  • Record consecutive games without a win: 14 (October 1995 – February 1996)[55]
  • Record consecutive league games without defeat from the start of the season: 9 (August – September 1953)[55]
  • Record consecutive games without a win from the start of the season: 12 (August – October 1985)[55]

Attendances[edit]

Home attendances[edit]

Home attendance records listed are for games at The Hawthorns only (1900–present). For limited details of attendance records at Albion's previous grounds, see West Bromwich Albion F.C. former grounds.
  • Highest FA Cup attendance and highest overall attendance: 64,815, vs Arsenal, sixth round, 6 March 1937[57]
  • Lowest FA Cup attendance: 5,230 vs Leicester Fosse, preliminary round, 14 January 1905[2]
  • Highest League Cup attendance: 41,188, vs Walsall, second round, 22 September 1965[2]
  • Lowest League Cup attendance: 6,288, vs Port Vale, second round first leg, 24 September 1985[2]

Away and neutral attendances[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

A. ^ The "Other" column constitutes goals and appearances (including those as a substitute) in the FA Charity Shield, European Cup Winners' Cup, Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, UEFA Cup, Anglo-Italian Cup, Texaco Cup, Watney Cup, Anglo-Scottish Cup, Tennent Caledonian Cup, Full Members Cup, Football League Trophy and in play-offs and test matches.
B. ^ The fee for Long may rise to £6.5m with add-on clauses.
C. ^ The fee for Carson may rise to £3.75m with add-on clauses.
D. ^ The record was equalled by Nottingham Forest when they beat Leicester Fosse by the same scoreline in April 1909.[61]
E. ^ Excludes Anglo-Italian Cup games

References[edit]

General
  • McOwan, Gavin (2002). The Essential History of West Bromwich Albion. Headline. ISBN 0-7553-1146-9. 
  • Matthews, Tony; Mackenzie, Colin (1987). Albion! A Complete Record of West Bromwich Albion 1879–1987. Breedon Books. ISBN 0-907969-23-2. 
  • Matthews, Tony (2005). The Who's Who of West Bromwich Albion. Breedon Books. ISBN 1-85983-474-4. 
  • Matthews, Tony (2007). West Bromwich Albion: The Complete Record. Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-565-4. 
  • Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack (2008). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2008–2009. Headline. ISBN 978-0-7553-1820-9. 
Specific
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  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "In the record book". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 14 October 2008. Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Rollin p. 399.
  4. ^ Matthews (2007) pp. 409–428.
  5. ^ a b McOwan pp. 294–317; Matthews (2007) pp. 409–428.
  6. ^ McOwan p. 233.
  7. ^ Matthews (2007) p. 250.
  8. ^ McOwan p. 188.
  9. ^ McOwan p. 190.
  10. ^ Matthews (2005) p. 194.
  11. ^ McOwan pp. 227–236.
  12. ^ Matthews (1987) p. 317.
  13. ^ Matthews (2005) pp. 197–198.
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  20. ^ a b "West Brom sign midfielder Valero". BBC Sport. 22 August 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  21. ^ a b "Earnshaw signs for Baggies". BBC Sport. 30 August 2004. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  22. ^ "West Brom snap up keeper Carson". BBC Sport. 18 July 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  23. ^ "West Brom bag defender Zuiverloon". BBC Sport. 3 July 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  24. ^ "West Brom sign Moore from Villa". BBC Sport. 28 May 2008. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  25. ^ "West Brom snap up defender Davies". BBC Sport. 1 September 2005. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  26. ^ "Ellington blames Wigan for exit". BBC Sport. 15 August 2005. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
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  30. ^ Matthews (2007) p. 57.
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  32. ^ "West Brom tie up Koumas deal". BBC Sport. 29 August 2002. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  33. ^ "Baggies clinch Hughes deal". BBC Sport. 29 August 2002. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  34. ^ "Baggies sign Albrechtsen". BBC Sport. 3 June 2004. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  35. ^ "West Bromwich Albion sign Shane Long from Reading". The Daily Telegraph. 10 August 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
  36. ^ "Fulham sign Kamara from West Brom". BBC Sport. 9 July 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  37. ^ "Wigan complete signing of Koumas". BBC Sport. 10 July 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  38. ^ "Coventry seal Hughes deal". BBC Sport. 8 August 2001. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  39. ^ McOwan p. 291.
  40. ^ "Longest Serving Managers". League Managers Association. Retrieved 19 February 2012. 
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  42. ^ "Brunt hails ’special promotion’". Express & Star. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 5 May 2010. 
  43. ^ Matthews (2007) p. 10.
  44. ^ Matthews (2007) p. 392.
  45. ^ a b Matthews (2007) p. 174.
  46. ^ Matthews (1987) p. 16.
  47. ^ Matthews (1987) p. 292.
  48. ^ Matthews (2007) p. 308.
  49. ^ a b McOwan p. 258.
  50. ^ "Man Utd vs WBA". West Bromwich Albion F.C. 17 August 2002. Retrieved 17 November 2008. 
  51. ^ Matthews (2007) pp. 382–388.
  52. ^ Matthews (2007) pp. 308–310.
  53. ^ McOwan pp. 258–273.
  54. ^ Matthews (1987) p. 181.
  55. ^ a b c d e f g McOwan p. 184.
  56. ^ Matthews (2007) p. 198.
  57. ^ Matthews (2007) pp. 83–84.
  58. ^ McOwan p. 270
  59. ^ Matthews (1987) p. 235.
  60. ^ a b Matthews (1987) p. 236.
  61. ^ "Nottingham Forest 12 Leicester Fosse 0". FootballSite.co.uk. Retrieved 29 November 2009.