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'Lap of appreciation' & Sir Alex tribute

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16:30 17th May 2013

Important info for all fans attending Sunday's game

ALBION have issued important guidelines for all supporters attending Sunday’s sell-out game against Manchester United.

The club are aiming to celebrate their most successful Barclays Premier League season to date when they host the champions.

After the match, Albion’s coaching staff and players are planning to perform a 'lap of appreciation' to thank supporters for their tremendous backing this season.

At the final whistle, the team will return to the dressing room for their post-match debrief before heading back onto the field to applaud all sections of the stadium.

The players may be accompanied by their children during the lap of appreciation. Therefore, it is imperative that all supporters remain in their seats at all times to create the safest possible environment.

Sunday’s match also marks Sir Alex Ferguson’s 1,500th and final game in charge of United. Albion’s players will form a guard of honour for their title-winning counterparts when they emerge from the tunnel for kick-off. The United players will then join Albion’s in an extended guard of honour for Sir Alex, who will officially be introduced to the crowd.

The safety of all supporters is of paramount importance to the club. Due to the high-profile nature of the fixture, there will be an increased presence of both club stewards and police at The Hawthorns.

The game is a complete sell-out and supporters are advised to arrive at the stadium in plenty of time for the 4pm kick-off. Fans without a valid ticket are strongly urged not to visit the stadium on Sunday.

Tickets have been in high demand and the club have done everything in their power to prevent tickets for home sections falling into the hands of away supporters.

Should any away fans be discovered in home sections, they will be immediately ejected.

Also, if Albion supporters become suspicious that away fans are sitting in home sections, they should immediately report their concerns to the nearest steward.

All supporters are reminded that the rear of 'A Block', including the ramp that leads to Middlemore Road, will only be open to away fans.

This will apply both before and after the match. Baggies supporters are asked to make alternative arrangements.

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