What's been happening then?
SO, are we all up for the Cup?
Yes? Jolly good.
Welcome back to Baggie Shorts, for our left-of-centre forensic examination of all things Albion.
THIRTEEN years on - it's the photo we never thought we'd see.
Back in March 2002, then Albion boss Gary Megson tried to bring a certain David Ginola to The Hawthorns from Everton.
Sadly, the move never happened and we were never to see the great Frenchman in an Albion shirt.
Until now, that is.
The legendary footballer finally pulled on a Throstles jersey this week.
Ginola took a break from his FIFA presidential campaign to turn out for five-a-side team FC Barsel in their game against FC Apricot earlier this week.
Barsel won 8-3, with David scoring the opening goal.
Tom Billings, who runs the team along with Charlie Millichip (grandson of Sir Bert), explained how the former Newcastle and Spurs men ended up in Albion colours.
"One of our players knows David and said he'd ask him if he'd come along and play for us," said Tom.
"David wanted to wear his Team Ginola t-shirt but we told him he could only play if he wore an Albion shirt - which he did, with pride."
And what was the verdict?
"I thought David brought a touch of class and composure but didn't fit into our usual, defensive unit.
"Let's just say he didn't do much tracking back..."
WE'VE all heard the phrase: 'you know you are getting old when...'
Identifying Graham Stuart, Graeme Sharp, David Unsworth, Mike Newell and Duncan McKenzie at Goodison this week proved no problem for certain senior members of our media team.
They were less precise, however, when Saido Berahino asked one of them to take a souvenir snap of himself and another behind-the-scenes guest as they chatted after the game.
After eventually mastering the mysteries of Saido’s phone to take the snap, the old boys asked Media Support Journalist and office junior Gez Mulholland: “Who was that guy with Saido?”
"Er… that was Samuel Eto’o, one of the best strikers to grace the game over the last 10 years," said Gez.
With the Blues cup tie ahead off us, we return to Andy Johnson, who scored his greatest Albion goal in a 1-0 win at St Andrew’s back in 2001.
Following that promotion season, Albion uprooted itself to Devon for pre-season ahead of our first crack at the Premier League. The players were transported south by coach while the media team went by car.
Given a day off, Johnno was going stir crazy in the fancy hotel in which we were billeted, so he asked to borrow a car from said media team. Those of us who could see what was coming made our excuses and left, leaving one of our number to hand over his keys.
Several hours later, a taxi pulled up outside the hotel and a number of refreshed looking footballers eased themselves out of the back, looking as if drink might well have been taken.
Walking past the media team, Johnson threw something across the lobby. “Give him his keys back will you lads. Tell him the car’s parked on the sea front."
THE trip to Everton is always one to look forward to, not least because Goodison Park is a proper football ground.
As you arrive, there's the statue of Dixie Dean ("not as good as mine" - Mr A Brown, Walsall), to greet you. Reading the plinth ("not as good as mine" - Mr A Brown, Walsall), you can only wonder at his goalscoring exploits ("not as good as... No, fair enough" - Mr A Brown, Walsall). Sixty goals, on his own, in one season - it takes the whole Villa team three seasons to get that many. And wasn't it nice of the Toffees to make former Villa press man Brian Doogan feel at home in his first game in his new role at Everton by failing to score?
Behind the Dean statue, the good people of Goodison are making strenuous efforts to keep their Cameroonian striker onside too, even naming a stand after him, just a few months into his stay, though they could have at least got the spelling right...
And on that note, we shall see you soon.
*With thanks to Tom Billings for supplying the FC Barsel team photo