The Hawthorns

Saturday 25th November 2023 -  17:30
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WBA and Ipswich Town badges next to an image of Okay Yokuslu smiling towards the camera pulling on the badge in the home shirt

West Bromwich Albion return to action following the final international break of 2023 with an eye-catching home clash against joint-league leaders Ipswich Town on Saturday evening (ko 5.30pm). 

The Baggies were narrowly edged out 2-1 by Southampton at St Mary's Stadium in their most recent fixture. However, at The Hawthorns, Carlos Corberán's men are unbeaten in five, conceding just once during that time while winning the last two.

Opponents Ipswich have made an incredible start to the 2023/24 Sky Bet Championship campaign having won promotion from League One last year. 

They've collected 12 victories and 39 points from their 16 matches, losing just once - the fewest amount of league defeats in the division. 

The Tractor Boys, competing in the second tier again after spending the previous four years in League One, beat Cardiff 3-2 at Portman Road in their last game before the two-week break. 

This weekend's meeting will be the first between the two teams since March 2019. 

Albion will be looking to continue their impressive record in B71

Follow the fixture live

Supporters can listen to live audio commentary of Albion's fixture with Ipswich Town.

Gez Mulholland and former Baggie Andy Johnson will provide live commentary from the Shrine, with coverage starting at 5.20pm.

Audio passes are available to purchase here.

Details for video streaming on WBA TV will be available here from Thursday afternoon onwards.

Supporters are kindly asked to direct any questions or complaints about WBA TV or WBA Radio to

The club are unable to answer queries about WBA TV or WBA Radio sent to or

Regular updates will also be posted across the club's social media channels throughout the day and evening.


The opponents

Ipswich Town have taken the Sky Bet Championship by storm having sealed promotion from League One last term.

The Tractor Boys, who last played in the second tier in the 2018/19 campaign, head into the 17th match round joint top of the table with Leicester City on 39 points. 

Saturday evening's guests have won 12 of their 16 games, losing just one of those - a 4-3 reverse at home to Leeds United in late August. They arrive at The Hawthorns on a 12-match unbeaten run in the league, winning nine and drawing the other three. 

Ipswich have been involved in some really high-scoring games. Half of their Championship clashes have seen at least four goals scored, including all of their last four. The side from East Anglia have played 20 matches in all competitions so far this season, with Kieran McKenna's men scoring in every single one. Their tally of 36 is the highest in the second-tier and seven more than the second-highest scorers (Leicester 29).

McKenna, who previously worked at Manchester United as U18s manager, first-team coach and assistant manager, has been in charge of the club since December 2021. The 37-year-old won promotion to the Championship automatically in his first full season in charge, finishing the 2022/23 term as runners-up in League One.

The Tractor Boys have been terrific so far this term

One to remember

Albion put four unanswered strikes past Ipswich Town in the Coca-Cola Championship in September 2007.

The Baggies goalscorers that afternoon were Ishmael Miller, Filipe Teixeira and Kevin Phillips (2). 

Supporters can enjoy the highlights below.

The last five

Albion 1-1 Ipswich Town

March 9 2019, Sky Bet Championship


Ipswich Town 1-2 Albion

November 23 2018, Sky Bet Championship


Ipswich Town 1-0 Albion

December 1 2010, Carling Cup


Ipswich Town 1-1 Albion

January 26 2010, Coca-Cola Championship

Albion 2-0 Ipswich Town

August 22 2009, Coca-Cola Championship

Jay Rodriguez celebrates with Kieran Gibbs after scoring against Town in November 2018

Did you know?

Albion will be hoping to extend their unbeaten home run against Ipswich Town to seven games on Saturday evening. 

The Tractor Boys' last victory at The Hawthorns was a 1-0 success in a Division One clash in March 1999. Manuel Thetis scored the only goal that day after just 15 minutes. Both he and Albion's Sean Flynn were dismissed inside the final ten minutes. 

The Baggies have won four and drawn two of those last six fixtures with Ipswich on home soil.

Former loanee Stefan Johansen was the last Albion player to score against Town

Ticket details

Tickets are on general sale for Albion’s fixture against Ipswich Town.

Seats are priced £28 adults, £23 seniors, £17 for supporters aged 20-25, £12 for supporters aged 17-19 and just £5 under-17s.

An adult disabled supporter ticket is priced £18 and includes free access for a personal assistant.

Tickets can be purchased online, in-person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

When buying online, supporters will need to be logged into their My Albion account linked to their ticketing ID. Click here for instructions.

Please note, Baggies fans purchasing online and opting for an e-ticket will not pay any additional fees, while supporters who opt to purchase match tickets in-person or choose to collect from the club’s ticket office will be charged a £1.75 transaction fee.

WBA and Ipswich Town badges in the ticket graphic

Fan Zone

The Fan Zone will be open and free to enter for supporters of both West Bromwich Albion and Ipswich Town with a valid match ticket on Saturday from 2pm.

A wide variety of entertainment will be on offer, including a live singer and DJ, Black Friday retails offers from the shop area of the Fan Zone, former player Andy Johnson, as well as Baggie Bird and Boilerman, in attendance, spot prizes to be won and plenty of food and drink to be enjoyed.

Additional information

Transport for West Midlands have provided the following details for supporters attending Saturday's match.

What is happening? 

· The Christmas lights are being switched on in West Bromwich town centre   

· If you are travelling to the match by Kelvin Way, there are roadworks between Bromford Road and Johnson Street  

What does this mean? 

·  Princess Parade will be busy between 15.00 - 18:00 for the light switch on so expect travel to and from the town centre to be busy at these times

· Two-way traffic lights will be operating under manual control from 15.30 to 20.00 to help keep you moving  

What should you do? 

Plan ahead and allow more time for your journey.   

To reduce impact on the road network please consider using public transport and retime your journey if you can. Click here to plan your journey.

An image of Diangana, Wallace and Thomas-Asante celebrating

Albion earned a fantastic 2-0 win against high-flying Ipswich at The Hawthorns on Saturday evening.

Goals either side of half-time by Darnell Furlong and Grady Diangana, combined with an impressive clean sheet, sealed the eye-catching victory in B71.

The result lifts Carlos Corberán’s men up to fifth in the Sky Bet Championship, two points above seventh-placed Cardiff - where they travel this Tuesday.

The boss made one change to his starting XI from the narrow defeat in Southampton, replacing Nathaniel Chalobah with Alex Mowatt. He was able to welcome John Swift and Josh Maja back into the squad, too, after they returned to training during the international break.

And it was Albion who made an electric start, going ahead inside five minutes when Furlong’s header from Matty Phillips’ corner looped over Vaclav Hladky.

Brandon Thomas-Asante then quickly tested the Ipswich goalkeeper, but this time he pushed away the striker’s venomous effort.

The visitors tried to come back, though both Jack Taylor and Wes Burns wasted decent openings, firing over and wide respectively.

Albion were having to work hard defensively to limit their opponents yet still broke dangerously, Jed Wallace unfortunate not to find Conor Townsend following a decent counter-attack in what was the only other real chance before half-time.

The Baggies came out full of intent after the interval and doubled their advantage straight away, a quick break involving Townsend, Wallace and Thomas-Asante was superbly finished by Diangana - via the post - for his third of the season so far.

Phillips was unfortunate not to net a third almost instantly, the ball hitting the wrong part of his foot a few yards out as he looked destined to notch.

However, in the end it didn’t matter because Albion cruised to all three points - inflicting second-placed Ipswich their maiden away defeat of the campaign while becoming the first team to stop them scoring this season.

Albion: Palmer; Furlong, Kipre, Bartley, Townsend; Diangana (Swift 71), Yokuslu (Molumby 71), Mowatt, Phillips (Sarmiento 71); Wallace (Ajayi 90), Thomas-Asante (Maja 80).

Substitutes: Griffiths, Pieters, Pipa, Fellows.

Attendance: 24,001 (1,989).