2008–09 West Bromwich Albion F.C. season

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West Bromwich Albion
2008–09 season
Chairman Jeremy Peace
Manager Tony Mowbray
Stadium The Hawthorns
Premier League 20th (relegated)
FA Cup Fourth round
League Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Chris Brunt (9)

All:
Chris Brunt (9)
Highest home attendance 26,344 (vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 28 December)
Lowest home attendance 24,741 (vs. Wigan Athletic, 9 May)
Average home league attendance 25,827

During the 2008–09 English football season, West Bromwich Albion competed in the Premier League, following promotion from the Football League Championship as Football League champions the previous season.

Season summary[edit]

West Bromwich began the season strongly with ten points from their opening seven games leaving them in midtable, but that proved to be as good as it got for the Midlanders and with only five more league wins during the rest of the season Albion soon sunk to the foot of the Premier League and were relegated in last place.[1] At the end of the season, manager Tony Mowbray left to take charge at Celtic; he was replaced by MK Dons manager Roberto Di Matteo.

Background[edit]

West Bromwich retained their kit sponsorship deal with English company Umbro, who introduced both a new home kit and a new away kit with navy shorts and yellow shirts and socks. The club was unable to find a kit sponsor for the season, and so became the first club in Premier League history to go a season without any kit sponsorship.

Albion completed a £3 million-plus refurbishment of the Halfords Lane Stand in time for the start of the season. This included new dressing rooms, dugout areas and tunnel, executive boxes and a media gantry. As a result, the capacity of The Hawthorns was slightly reduced to 26,272 and the stand was renamed as the West Stand.[2] New navy blue seats were installed in the stand, replacing the lighter blue seats previously fitted.[3]

Squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Ireland GK Dean Kiely[a]
2 Belgium DF Carl Hoefkens
3 England DF Paul Robinson
4 Slovakia DF Marek Čech
5 England DF Leon Barnett
7 Slovenia MF Robert Koren
8 England MF Jonathan Greening (captain)
9 Czech Republic FW Roman Bednar
10 England FW Ishmael Miller
11 Northern Ireland FW Chris Brunt
12 Scotland FW Craig Beattie
14 South Korea MF Kim Do-Heon
16 England FW Luke Moore
17 Scotland MF Graham Dorrans
18 Cape Verde DF Pelé
No. Position Player
19 England GK Scott Carson
20 Portugal MF Filipe Teixeira
21 Argentina MF Juan Carlos Menseguez (on loan from San Lorenzo)
22 Netherlands DF Gianni Zuiverloon
23 Ivory Coast DF Abdoulaye Méïté[b]
24 Netherlands Antilles DF Shelton Martis
26 Sweden DF Jonas Olsson
27 Scotland MF James Morrison[c]
28 Spain MF Borja Valero
29 England FW Jay Simpson (on loan from Arsenal)
30 Netherlands DF Ryan Donk (on loan from AZ)
31 Democratic Republic of the Congo MF Youssouf Mulumbu
32 French Guiana FW Marc-Antoine Fortuné
39 New Zealand FW Chris Wood
  1. ^ Kiely was born in Salford, England
  2. ^ Méïté was born in Paris, France
  3. ^ Morrison was born in Darlington, England

Left club during season[edit]

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

No. Position Player
15 Netherlands FW Sherjill MacDonald (on loan to Roeselare)
Czech Republic GK Michal Daněk (on loan from Viktoria Plzeň)
No. Position Player
England DF Lee Baker (to Kidderminster Harriers)
Poland FW Bartosz Ślusarski (on loan to Sheffield Wednesday; released)

Reserve squad[edit]

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

No. Position Player
6 England DF Neil Clement
13 England GK Luke Daniels
25 England DF Jared Hodgkiss
34 England DF Paul Downing
No. Position Player
38 England MF Romaine Sawyers
41 England GK Ryan Allsop
England MF Joss Labadie
England MF David Worrall

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Goalkeepers
1 GK Republic of Ireland Dean Kiely 4 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
19 GK England Scott Carson 39 0 35 0 4 0 0 0
Defenders
2 DF Belgium Carl Hoefkens 15 0 6+4 0 3+1 0 1 0
3 DF England Paul Robinson 37 1 35 0 2 1 0 0
4 DF Slovakia Marek Čech 11 0 3+5 0 2 0 1 0
5 DF England Leon Barnett 14 0 10+1 0 2 0 1 0
18 DF Cape Verde Pelé 6 0 1+2 0 2 0 0+1 0
22 DF Netherlands Gianni Zuiverloon 35 1 33 0 1+1 1 0 0
23 DF Ivory Coast Abdoulaye Méïté 19 0 18 0 0 0 1 0
24 DF Netherlands Antilles Shelton Martis 7 0 6+1 0 0 0 0 0
26 DF Sweden Jonas Olsson 29 3 28 2 1 1 0 0
30 DF Netherlands Ryan Donk 19 0 14+2 0 3 0 0 0
Midfielders
7 MF Slovakia Robert Koren 39 3 34+1 1 3 1 1 1
8 MF England Jonathan Greening 38 2 33+1 2 3 0 1 0
11 MF Northern Ireland Chris Brunt 38 8 28+6 8 1+2 0 1 0
14 MF South Korea Kim Do-Heon 19 1 9+7 0 3 1 0 0
17 MF England Graham Dorrans 11 0 5+3 0 1+2 0 0 0
20 MF Portugal Filipe Teixeira 13 0 1+9 0 3 0 0 0
21 MF Argentina Juan Carlos Menseguez 7 1 3+4 1 0 0 0 0
27 MF Scotland James Morrison 30 3 29+1 3 0 0 0 0
28 MF Spain Borja Valero 34 0 27+3 0 1+2 0 1 0
31 DF Democratic Republic of the Congo Youssouf Mulumbu 6 0 2+4 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
9 FW Czech Republic Roman Bednar 31 6 12+14 6 4 0 1 0
10 FW England Ishmael Miller 15 3 11+4 3 0 0 0 0
12 FW Scotland Craig Beattie 10 1 1+6 1 0+2 0 0+1 0
16 FW England Luke Moore 23 1 5+16 1 1 0 1 0
29 FW England Jay Simpson 17 2 9+4 1 3+1 1 0 0
32 FW French Guiana Marc-Antoine Fortuné 18 5 17 5 1 0 0 0
39 FW New Zealand Chris Wood 2 0 0+2 0 0 0 0 0
Players transferred out during the season
18 FW Netherlands Sherjill MacDonald 6 0 0+5 0 0 0 0+1 0

Results[edit]

West Bromwich Albion's score comes first
Win Draw Loss

League Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
26 August 2008 Second round Hartlepool United Victoria Park 1–3 (aet) 3,387 Koren 87

FA Cup[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
3 January 2009 Third round Peterborough United The Hawthorns 1–1 18,659 Olsson 64'
13 January 2009 Third round replay Peterborough United London Road 2-0 10,735 Simpson 18', Robinson 37'
24 January 2009 Fourth round Burnley The Hawthorns 2–2 18,294 Koren 31', Kim 45'
3 February 2009 Fourth round replay Burnley Turf Moor 1–3 (aet) 6,635 Zuiverloon 60'

Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result Attendance Scorers
16 August 2008 Arsenal Emirates Stadium 0–1 60,071
23 August 2008 Everton The Hawthorns 1–2 26,190 Bednar 89' pen.
30 August 2008 Bolton Wanderers Reebok Stadium 0–0 20,387
13 September 2008 West Ham United The Hawthorns 3–2 26,213 Morrison 3', Bednar 37' pen., Brunt 83'
21 September 2008 Aston Villa The Hawthorns 1–2 26,011 Morrison 33'
27 September 2008 Middlesbrough Riverside Stadium 1–0 26,248 Olsson 53'
4 October 2008 Fulham The Hawthorns 1–0 25,708 Bednar
18 October 2008 Manchester United Old Trafford 0–4 75,451
25 October 2008 Hull City The Hawthorns 0–3 26,323
28 October 2008 Newcastle United St James' Park 1–2 45,801 Miller 65'
1 November 2008 Blackburn Rovers The Hawthorns 2–2 24,976 Bednar 55', Miller 62'
8 November 2008 Liverpool Anfield 0–3 43,451
15 November 2008 Chelsea The Hawthorns 0–3 26,322
22 November 2008 Stoke City Britannia Stadium 0–1 26,613
29 November 2008 Wigan Athletic JJB Stadium 1–2 17,054 Miller 47'
7 December 2008 Portsmouth The Hawthorns 1–1 24,964 Greening 39'
13 December 2008 Sunderland Stadium of Light 0–4 36,280
21 December 2008 Manchester City The Hawthorns 2–1 25,010 Moore 69', Bednar 93'
26 December 2008 Chelsea Stamford Bridge 0–2 43,417
28 December 2008 Tottenham Hotspur The Hawthorns 2–0 26,344 Bednar 83', Beattie 94'
10 January 2009 Aston Villa Villa Park 1–2 41,757 Morrison 49'
17 January 2009 Middlesbrough The Hawthorns 3–0 25,557 Brunt 4', Fortune 54', Koren 67'
27 January 2009 Manchester United The Hawthorns 0–5 26,105
31 January 2009 Hull City KC Stadium 2–2 24,879 Simpson 53', Brunt 73' pen.
7 February 2009 Newcastle United The Hawthorns 2–3 25,817 Fortune 4', and 73'
22 February 2009 Fulham Craven Cottage 0–2 22,394
28 February 2009 Everton Goodison Park 0–2 33,898
3 March 2009 Arsenal The Hawthorns 1–3 26,244 Brunt 7'
16 March 2009 West Ham United Boleyn Ground 0–0 30,842
21 March 2009 Bolton Wanderers The Hawthorns 1–1 25,530 Shittu 82' o.g.
4 April 2009 Stoke City The Hawthorns 0–2 26,277
11 April 2009 Portsmouth Fratton Park 2–2 20,376 Greening 48', Brunt 62'
19 April 2009 Manchester City City of Manchester Stadium 2–4 40,072 Brunt 37', 54'
25 April 2009 Sunderland The Hawthorns 3–0 26,256 Olsson 40', Brunt 58', Menseguez 88'
2 May 2009 Tottenham Hotspur White Hart Lane 0–1 35,836
9 May 2009 Wigan Athletic The Hawthorns 3–1 24,741 Fortune 8', 73', Brunt 59'
17 May 2009 Liverpool The Hawthorns 0–2 26,138
24 May 2009 Blackburn Rovers Ewood Park 0–0 28,389

References[edit]

  1. ^ "West Bromwich Albion 2008–2009". Statto.com. Retrieved 20 December 2011. 
  2. ^ "A History of The Hawthorns". West Bromwich Albion F.C. Archived from the original on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017. 
  3. ^ Lepkowski, Chris (29 May 2009). "New look for West Brom ground The Hawthorns". Birmingham Mail. Archived from the original on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 29 August 2017.