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Hodgson reflects on 'wonderful' time at Albion

Baggies boss returned to The Hawthorns on Saturday

FORMER head coach Roy Hodgson thanked Albion fans and players for making his walk down memory lane so special. 

The ex-Baggies boss was back at The Hawthorns for the Bournemouth game to present one of his former ‘favourites,’ James Morrison, with a specially-signed shirt to mark his reaching the ‘300 Club’ of Albion first team appearances. 

Hodgson, who with his wife Sheila was a boardroom guest of Chairman John Williams, received a standing ovation from Hawthorns fans whose 14-month reign will forever be signposted by the famous 5-1 Black Country derby victory at Molineux. 

As well as Morrison, he exchanged warm greetings with many of his former charges including Chris Brunt, Jonas Olsson, Gareth McAuley and Ben Foster before watching them reach the 40-point mark with a 2-1 victory. 

Afterwards he said: “I had a wonderful time here which I really enjoyed and the Club was great. 

“It’s a really good Premier League club this one; the people are really friendly, first class and the support for the club is also exceptional. I really enjoyed my time here and I’m delighted to see the Club doing so well. 

“I’ve seen one or two of the players on my travels but many I lots I haven’t and I was really looking forward to watching them play. 

“The crowd were always great to me here. I always felt the work we tried to do was appreciated and it was nice to have a chance to say something to them.”