Welcome back Albion fans
ALBION fans, it's felt like a while.
With Stoke looming, we take a look at events behind the scenes in the Throstles' nest.
CONSIDER this following comment: "I appeal to all spectators....to give the two clubs their fullest support throughout the season. But please make it the kind of support that gives this city a good name. Anyone who comes to matches with the intention of spoiling entertainment for others should stay away. We don't want any forms of misbehaviour, bad language, obscene chanting and other unsocial (sic) activity."
No, not the programme notes of Tony Pulis. But those of Alan Dicks, who was speaking ahead of the Bristol City v Bristol Rovers derby in August 1975. The significance? It was a young 17-year-old's League debut by the name of 'Pulis'? The game ended 1-1. The Albion head coach's recollection of the game? "I missed a sitter..."
As for the statement, prescient words indeed.
Anyway, in the latest in our series of 'photos we like', we bring you Ron Atkinson. Stood by a wall. In China.
In other news, this weekend's game with Stoke City will bring back strange memories not only for members of our coaching staff but also for our Head of Audio-Visual Content Ian Skidmore.
The late arrival of the team bus in our December fixture at the Britannia Stadium meant young Skiddy and kit man Jacko Smyth had to perform the time-honoured ritual of handing over the team-sheets to the referee and opposing team. This involves the two captains and a member of the coaching staff from each club meeting in the officials' dressing room some 75 minutes before kick-off.
It is during this rendezvous that the referee reminds both teams of their match day duties and disciplinary expectations.
In the words of Skiddy "I had no place being there....I was completely out of my depth."
Darren Fletcher, over to you...
Speaking of the Stoke game, Tony Pulis's programme notes are not to be missed this Saturday. Albion fans, if you're using the Vine, Sportsman or Cricket Club look out for our Albion News sellers, likewise fans using the new Supporters Club facility and those of you travelling in by Metro to The Hawthorns.
And finally, here's a photo of hard-working journalists in a full-to-capacity press box during our FA Cup game with Aston Villa.
Seated on the left you'll find our long-serving programme editor and Albion Radio commentator Dave Bowler. On the right, peering above his laptop, is esteemed Chief Reporter Drew Williams.
In the centre, a Villa fan.
And on that note, we shall see you soon.