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Robertson returns to China for 40th anniversary trip

ALBION legend Alistair Robertson is returning to China to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Club’s iconic debut trip.

The commanding central defender, who made 626 appearances for the Baggies between 1968 and 1986, travelled to China in May 1978 when Albion became the first English club to tour the country.  

Robertson has been invited by Albion owner Guochuan Lai to share his memories at a British Embassy event in Beijing.

Albion main sponsors Palm are staging the reunion, which will also be attended by the veterans from the Chinese teams who provided the opposition in 1978, to promote the launch of a new charity in China.

Palm are backing the China Children and Teenagers' Fund and will use Albion's brand to help promote its projects.

The 1978 tour saw the Baggies attract capacity crowds for all of their fixtures, including a 2-0 win over the China national team in front of 89,400 supporters in the capital city. 

Robertson will be joined on the trip by the Club’s Chief Commercial Officer Simon King. 

On returning to China, Ally said: “It was an amazing trip which we still talk about to this day.

“I have got so many memories of that time.

“I can remember the first game we played and the stadium was packed but silent. When the fans decided to get excited they were told to be quiet over the speakers. 

“I’d imagine it’s changed a lot since then. I’m looking forward to seeing how much China has changed. I’m also looking forward to the journey not taking two days this time!”

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