We're counting down Gary Megson’s top 10 moments as Albion manager as he prepares to oversee Saturday’s Premier League clash at Tottenham Hotspur.
10. Wolves 0 Albion 1 (December 2, 2001)
The day Albion fans began to believe promotion to the Premier League was possible. A win at Molineux against our high-flying neighbours propelled our season from a positive start to a genuine promotion push. By March Wolves were 11 points clear of the Baggies but more on that later…
9. Albion 4 Manchester City 0 (September 8, 2001)
City arrived at The Hawthorns having battered Crewe and Burnley in their previous two fixtures - but the promotion-favourites were soon on the end of a trouncing. It was a glorious day in the sunshine at B71.
8. Albion 1 Fulham 0 (August 31, 2002)
We’ve recorded 107 Premier League wins since but this was our first.
7. West Ham United 3 Albion 4 (November 8, 2003)
The comeback of all comebacks? 3-0 down at half-time to 4-3 up takes some beating…
6. Sunderland 0 Albion 1 (April 18, 2004)
A dramatic last-minute goal from Jason Koumas saw Albion extend their lead over Sunderland to 12 points. Mathematically we could still be caught but the Black Cats failed to get a win at Wigan the following week and Megson had earned his second promotion to the Premier League.
5. Stockport 0 Albion 1 (March 11, 2000)
The Baggies were at risk of relegation to English football’s third tier when Gary Megson was appointed manager in March 2000. His tenure as Albion boss began with a goal after just 11 seconds…
4. Albion 2 Man Utd 0 (December 3, 2003)
Our first win over the Red Devils since 1984, and our first victory over one of the big boys for almost as long. Bernt Haas, take a bow…
3. Bradford 0 Albion 1 (April 13, 2002)
Igor Balis, next…
2. Albion 2 Charlton 0 (May 7, 2000)
It’s often forgotten that the Baggies were once only a game away from relegation to the third tier of English football. Megson, who was appointed in March 2000, had seen his side jostle with fellow-strugglers Walsall for weeks. Goals from Richard Sneekes and Bob Taylor sealed a 2-0 win over the Division One champions to seal survival at The Hawthorns.
1. Albion 2 Crystal Palace 0 (April 21, 2002)
Megson’s men arrived at The Hawthorns with their destiny in their own hands having already clawed back an 11-point deficit from Wolves. Darren Moore and Bob Taylor goals ended a 16-year wait for top-flight football.