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Club to pay tribute to Don Howe

27 December 2015

Pulis and Kemp speak highly of Albion legend

ALBION will pay their respects to Club legend Don Howe before Monday's Barclays Premier League game against Newcastle United.

Howe made more than 350 appearances for Albion before returning for a four-year spell as manager in the early 1970s. He died on December 23, aged 80.

Albion players will wear black armbands and be joined by ex-Baggies stars - members of Albion's Former Players Association - before the 3pm kick-off.

A one-minute's applause will also be held as a mark of respect for the hugely-respected Howe, who also coached England during the 1990 World Cup and at Euro 96.

Tony Pulis spoke of his admiration for Howe.

"I saw Don work in the 80s and it was a great thing for me," said the Albion head coach. 

"He was an inspiration, had a great career. He did brilliantly at Arsenal and never really got the credit he deserved at Wimbledon. He was well respected both here and internationally - like Dave Sexton and others of that era, he was hugely influential for managers like myself."

Assistant manager David Kemp, along with Howe, was part of Wimbledon's coaching staff in the 1980s - a period which saw Bobby Gould's men lift the 1988 FA Cup.

Kemp spoke fondly of his mentor.

"He was brilliant in passing on all his knowledge and, for someone like myself, it was a great experience.

"He, Bobby Gould and myself worked well. We did a great job with Wimbledon to win the 1988 FA Cup Final.

"As a coach he knew his history, he did stuff that players could relate to and that gave players confidence. It was a wonderful learning curve for people like myself, who were starting out their coaching careers.

"Because he became such a great coach, people ofen forget what a great player he was for West Bromwich Albion and for England in the 1958 World Cup.

"For me Don was England and the Albion. 

"The fact we are still talking about him now goes to show how important he was to the footballing community."

Due to festive printing deadlines, a full tribute to Don Howe will be not published in Albion News until next Saturday's fixture against Stoke.

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