CLUB STATEMENT: Tribute planned for Wilkinson family

Minute's applause before Sunday's kick-off against Liverpool

WEST Bromwich Albion are inviting The Hawthorns faithful to show their support for a grieving Stourbridge family of Baggies fans this weekend.
The recent, well-publicised double tragedy which cost the lives of mother and son Tracey and Pierce Wilkinson, and left their husband and father Peter fighting for his life in hospital, shocked and saddened the community and the Club.
We are relieved and pleased to report that Peter is now recovering following surgery and has indicated his determination to attend Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Liverpool (ko 1.30pm).
The Club met with the family this week to discuss an appropriate tribute and will hold a minute’s applause before kick-off to celebrate the lives of Tracey and Pierce.
“We know from the huge public reaction to the incident just how much these awful events have shocked everyone and it is difficult for us to imagine what Peter, Lydia and their loved ones are going through,” said Albion Chief Executive Martin Goodman.
“It says everything about Peter’s strength of character that he has fought back from life-threatening injuries and is now so determined to return to The Hawthorns on Sunday to watch the team he loves.
“They have asked us to celebrate the lives of Tracey and Pierce and I am sure all Baggies fans will want to do so in the spirit of community support and understanding for what they are enduring.”
East Stand season-ticket holders Peter, Lydia and other family members will be our guests for the game and the Club have also arranged for a tribute to appear in the matchday programme.