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Baggie Shorts: 08.05.15

8 May 2015

So what's been happening...

IS it really that time of the year?

Never fear. Baggie Shorts is here to cushion all blows as the season reaches its end.


MAKING the long drive to Newcastle tomorrow? It'll be good to see you.

But, if so, be sure to count your passengers out...and then count them back in.

A somewhat bizarre story landed on our laps this week when it emerged that a 'refueling' stop had caused unfortunate grief for one of our very own players.

This particular Albion man - we shall refrain from naming him - found himself stranded at a local petrol station following a slight misunderstanding.

We should explain that our man often leaves the driving duties to a friend and on this occasion they pulled onto the garage forecourt for fuel ahead of their journey home.

The driver duly filled up, while the player went into the kiosk to buy some drinks.

While our footballing colleague continued to ponder over his refreshments, his car-mate, having settled the petrol bill, assumed his passenger had climbed into the back and was simply winding down quietly.

Not so.

It wasn't until the driver reached the M6 roundabout that it became apparent our player's silence wasn't down to a quick 40 winks but more due to the fact he had been left behind at the petrol station.

One panicked phone call later was followed by a quick u-turn back down the A34. 

The two men were soon reunited. No harm was done.


THIS week saw the launch of the Saido Berahino Foundation in a glitzy, star-studded gala dinner at a top London hotel.

Among those attending included several first-teamers and club staff members.

The cast list included Jonas Olsson, James Morrison, Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and Youssou Mulumbu.

But the star of the show - apart from Saido obviously - was Victor Anichebe, who assumed the role of guest auctioneer on the big night.

One of the prizes on offer was the chance to win an exclusive training session-for-four with Berahino.

Our No10 managed to brow-beat his team-mates into raising the price of this particular gift to in excess of £1k.

All proceeds went to the newly-formed Foundation.

Well done that man.


In other news, Albion fans will be featuring on BBC Radio 4 next week.

No, really.

The radio station's Soul Music programme will feature three short clips of Baggies supporters singing The Lord's My Shepherd.

The programme will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 11.30am on Tuesday May 12, and will be podcast and available on the website.


Finally, it's a little known fact that Tony Pulis' first 'live' game as a child was at The Hawthorns.

And what a game he chose: it was the night Albion, a few weeks away from winning the FA Cup, beat soon-to-be-European Cup winners Manchester United 6-3.

Among the Albion Aces that night was Bobby Hope, wearing the No.10 shirt.

'Sir Bobby' - as he should be known - is thankfully on the mend following a recent poorly spell.

And our former midfield maestro was given a further boost when he received an unexpected visit from the very same person who watched him orchestrate Albion's victory against the Red Devils all those years ago.

Pulis, some 47 years since his first-ever trip to B71, dropped in on Bobby earlier this week.

It takes a lot to impress Albion's current head coach, but the impromptu visit to the Hope residence had clearly left its mark.

"I popped around to see Bobby Hope...his enthusiasm was wonderful," said Pulis.

"We talked about football, about some of the games he played, about his times at the Albion - he gave me such a feel for this football club."


And, on that glorious note, we raise a glass to you all. 

Have a safe trip to Newcastle. 

See you all soon.

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