2015–16 West Bromwich Albion F.C. season

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West Bromwich Albion
2015–16 season
Owner Jeremy Peace
Chairman Jeremy Peace
Head coach Tony Pulis
Stadium The Hawthorns
Premier League 14th
FA Cup Third round
League Cup Third round
Top goalscorer League: Salomón Rondón (9)
All: Salomón Rondón (10)
Home colours
Away colours

The 2015–16 season was West Bromwich Albion's sixth consecutive season in the Premier League and their 138th year in existence.[1] This season West Bromwich Albion participated in the Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup. The season covered the period from 1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016.

Background[edit]

The writers of the Birmingham Mail forecast that Albion would finish somewhere between 10th and 16th, the average of all their predictions being 13th place.[2] The Guardian also forecast a 13th-place finish for Albion, predicting that Tony Pulis would "be able to drive his side to safety" in his first full season in charge.[3]

The club created a "fanzone", in which up to 2,000 supporters could gather before and after home matches. The fanzone is based in the vicinity of the 19th century Grade Two listed Hawthorns pub, adjacent to Albion's home ground, The Hawthorns. In order to facilitate this, the wings of the pub building were demolished and the central structure renovated inside and out. The work was initially delayed due to the discovery of horsehair in the building's plaster, which needed to be tested for anthrax spores. Work resumed once the tests came back negative.[4]

First-team squad[edit]

As of 23 January 2016[5]

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

No. Position Player
1 England GK Ben Foster
3 Sweden DF Jonas Olsson
4 Wales DF James Chester[6]
5 Argentina MF Claudio Yacob
6 Northern Ireland DF Jonny Evans
7 Scotland MF James Morrison
8 England MF Craig Gardner
10 Nigeria FW Victor Anichebe
11 Northern Ireland MF Chris Brunt
13 Wales GK Boaz Myhill
14 Republic of Ireland MF James McClean
15 Belgium DF Sébastien Pocognoli
No. Position Player
16 Costa Rica DF Cristian Gamboa
17 England FW Rickie Lambert
18 England FW Saido Berahino
19 England FW Callum McManaman
20 England MF Alex Pritchard (on loan from Tottenham Hotspur)
23 Northern Ireland DF Gareth McAuley
24 Scotland MF Darren Fletcher (Captain)
25 England DF Craig Dawson
29 Benin MF Stéphane Sessègnon
30 Brazil MF Sandro (on loan from Queens Park Rangers)
33 Venezuela FW Salomón Rondón

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 England Ben Foster 19 0 15 0 4 0 0 0
13 GK Wales Boaz Myhill 25 0 23 0 1 0 1 0
Defenders
3 DF Sweden Jonas Olsson 32 1 25+3 1 2 0 2 0
4 DF Wales James Chester 19 0 9+4 0 3+1 0 2 0
6 DF Northern Ireland Jonny Evans 34 1 30 1 4 0 0 0
15 DF Belgium Sébastien Pocognoli 5 0 0+1 0 1+2 0 1 0
16 DF Costa Rica Cristian Gamboa 3 0 0+1 0 1 0 1 0
23 DF Northern Ireland Gareth McAuley 39 1 34 1 4 0 1 0
25 DF England Craig Dawson 43 4 38 4 2+1 0 1+1 0
Midfielders
5 MF Argentina Claudio Yacob 37 1 33 1 3 0 1 0
7 MF Scotland James Morrison 19 4 17+1 3 1 1 0 0
8 MF England Craig Gardner 38 3 20+14 3 3 0 1 0
11 MF Northern Ireland Chris Brunt 26 0 20+2 0 3 0 1 0
14 MF Republic of Ireland James McClean 42 2 28+7 2 5 0 1+1 0
19 MF England Callum McManaman 15 0 2+10 0 0+1 0 0+2 0
20 MF England Alex Pritchard 3 0 0+2 0 0+1 0 0 0
24 MF Scotland Darren Fletcher 42 3 38 1 3 2 1 0
29 MF Benin Stephane Sessegnon 31 2 21+4 2 4+1 0 1 0
30 MF Brazil Sandro 13 0 5+7 0 1 0 0 0
47 MF England Sam Field 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
Forwards
10 FW Nigeria Victor Anichebe 14 0 3+7 0 1+2 0 1 0
17 FW England Rickie Lambert 24 1 5+14 1 2+1 0 2 0
18 FW England Saido Berahino 35 7 17+14 4 3+1 3 0 0
33 FW Venezuela Salomón Rondón 40 10 30+4 9 4+1 1 0+1 0
44 FW Wales Tyler Roberts 1 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
45 FW England Jonathan Leko 6 0 3+2 0 0 0 0+1 0
Players transferred out during the season
6 DF England Joleon Lescott 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
9 FW Nigeria Brown Ideye 1 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
21 GK Denmark Anders Lindegaard 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
31 MF Germany Serge Gnabry 3 0 0+1 0 0 0 2 0

Last updated: 15 May 2016
Source:Competitions

Transfers[edit]

Transfers in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Fee Ref.
1 July 2015 LW Republic of Ireland James McClean Wigan Athletic £1,500,000 [7][8]
29 July 2015 CB Wales James Chester Hull City £8,000,000 [9]
31 July 2015 ST England Rickie Lambert Liverpool £3,000,000 [10][11]
10 August 2015 CF Venezuela Salomón Rondón Zenit Saint Petersburg £12,000,000 [12]
29 August 2015 CB Northern Ireland Jonny Evans Manchester United £6,000,000 [13][14]
31 August 2015 GK Denmark Anders Lindegaard Manchester United Free [15]

Total outgoing: Decrease £30,500,000

Transfers out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Fee Ref.
1 July 2015 RB England Wes Atkinson Notts County [a] Free transfer [17]
1 July 2015 DM Northern Ireland Chris Baird Derby County [b] Free transfer [17]
1 July 2015 CB Montserrat Donervon Daniels Wigan Athletic Undisclosed [19]
1 July 2015 LB Australia Jason Davidson Huddersfield Town [c] Free transfer [17]
1 July 2015 RM Scotland Graham Dorrans Norwich City £3,000,000 [21][22]
1 July 2015 LB Republic of Ireland Bradley Garmston Gillingham [d] Free transfer [17]
1 July 2015 MF England Alex Jones Birmingham City Free transfer [24]
1 July 2015 DM Democratic Republic of the Congo Youssuf Mulumbu Norwich City Free transfer [25]
1 July 2015 CM England Mani O'Sullivan Free Agent Released [17]
1 July 2015 AM England Kemar Roofe Oxford United Undisclosed [26]
17 July 2015 LW Greece Georgios Samaras Free Agent Released [27]
24 August 2015 DM England Liam O'Neil Chesterfield Undisclosed [28]
31 August 2015 CF Nigeria Brown Ideye Olympiacos Undisclosed [29]
1 September 2015 CB England Joleon Lescott Aston Villa Undisclosed [30]
  1. ^ Following Atkinson's release he joined Notts County.[16]
  2. ^ Following Baird's release he joined Derby County.[18]
  3. ^ Following Davidson's release he joined Huddersfield Town.[20]
  4. ^ Following Garmston's release ohe joined Gillingham.[23]

Total incoming: Increase £3,000,000

Loans in[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name From Date until Ref.
1 July 2015 RW Germany Serge Gnabry Arsenal End of season [31]

Loans out[edit]

Date from Position Nationality Name To Date until Ref.
7 August 2015 GK England Alex Palmer Kidderminster Harriers 2 January 2016 [32]
5 August 2015 CF England Andre Wright Kidderminster Harriers 2 January 2016 [33]
7 August 2015 LW England Tahvon Campbell Kidderminster Harriers 22 October 2015 [34]
28 August 2015 CF England Adil Nabi Delhi Dynamos 29 November 2015 [35]
11 September 2015 CB England Jack Fitzwater Chesterfield 9 October 2015 [36]
2 January 2016 LW England Tahvon Campbell Yeovil Town 2 February 2016 [37]
23 January 2016 GK Denmark Anders Lindegaard Preston North End End of season [38]

Pre-season[edit]

On 1 May 2015, it was announced that West Bromwich Albion would face Walsall in a pre-season friendly on 28 July 2015.[39] Also announced was that West Bromwich Albion will go on tour to the United States and face Orlando City, Charleston Battery and Richmond Kickers.[40] On 12 May 2015, it was announced that a West Bromwich Albion XI side will travel to Forest Green Rovers on 28 July 2015.[41] On 7 July 2015, West Bromwich Albion announced a friendly fixture against Swindon Town.[42]

Premier League[edit]

For the club's final home match of the season, against Liverpool, West Bromwich Albion temporarily installed 96 red seats in the away end of The Hawthorns. Each seat featured the name of one of the victims of the Hillsborough disaster and remained unoccupied throughout the match.[43]

League table[edit]

The Albion team prepares to face West Ham United at The Hawthorns.
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
12 Swansea City 38 12 11 15 42 52 −10 47
13 Watford 38 12 9 17 40 50 −10 45
14 West Bromwich Albion 38 10 13 15 34 48 −14 43
15 Crystal Palace 38 11 9 18 39 51 −12 42
16 Bournemouth 38 11 9 18 45 67 −22 42
Source: Premier League
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Play-offs (only if needed to decide champion, teams for relegation or teams for UEFA competitions).[44]

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
38 10 13 15 34 48  −14 43 6 5 8 20 26  −6 4 8 7 14 22  −8

Last updated: 15 May 2016.
Source:[citation needed]

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 H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H A H H A A H H A A H A H A H A A H A H A H
Result L D L W D W L L W W L L W D D D L L W W D L D D L W W D W L L D L L D L D D
Position 20 17 20 14 13 10 15 17 12 8 12 14 13 13 13 13 13 13 13 12 13 13 14 14 14 14 14 13 11 15 11 11 13 13 13 15 14
Last updated: 15 May 2016.
Source:[citation needed]

Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Loss; W = Win; P = Postponed.

Matches[edit]

On 17 June 2015, the fixtures for the forthcoming season were announced.[45]

Cup competitions[edit]

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

West Bromwich Albion enter in the second round and were drawn at home against Port Vale.[46] The third round draw was made on 25 August 2015 live on Sky Sports by Charlie Nicholas and Phil Thompson. West Brom were drawn away to Norwich City.[47]

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