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Games that shook The Hawthorns - No.8

24 May 2019

Inspired by the roof-raising crowd against Aston Villa we’ve delved into the club archive to count down our top 10 Hawthorns atmospheres of all time.

10. Albion 5 Man Utd 5

9. Albion 1 Southampton 1

In at number eight...

Albion 3 Wolves 2

Competition: Division One (now Championship)

Date: September 5, 1993

UK prime minister: John Major

No.1 in the UK singles chart: Mr Vain - Culture Beat

1993 Best Picture Academy Award: Schindler’s List

Most popular toy in 1993: Talkboy

In the news: Palestine leader Yasser Arafat and Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin shake hands in Washington, D.C. after signing a peace accord alongside US President Bill Clinton.

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Albion claimed the bragging rights from a five-goal thriller against Wolves in their first meeting since the Baggies’ return to the second tier just a few months earlier.

Paul Raven’s precision header from a Daryl Burgess cross cancelled out Steve Bull’s opener - before Darren Bradley fired home one of the greatest goals ever witnessed inside The Hawthorns.

The Baggies skipper directed a first-time, 30-yard, piledriver past Mike Stowell and into the top-left corner from Andy Hunt’s bobbling layoff.

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It was not the only special moment of the afternoon with Albion fans offering a standing ovation to club legend Cyrille Regis as he stepped back on to his old stomping ground in place of a limping Steve Bull.

Geoff Thomas levelled for Wanderers but Kevin Donovan’s diving-header from Kwame Ampadu’s left-wing cross sealed Albion their first victory over the old enemy since 1982.

The Baggies completed the double over Wolves in February with Paul Mardon and Bob Taylor earning a 2-1 win at Molineux. 

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Bradley admits it’s a goal he doesn’t tire of watching and is brought up by Albion fans everywhere he goes.

“It’s a goal that’s mentioned a lot but I never tire of it,” says the Birmingham-born midfielder. “I’d hit the bar the previous three weeks.

“I’d come pretty close against Stoke a couple of weeks earlier but for it to culminate in a first-time strike against the Wolves was nice.

“I’ve watched it a few times but I lost track after 4million views!”

Goals: Bradley, Raven, Donovan

Albion XI: Lange; Fereday, Burgess, Raven, Lilwall; Hamilton, Bradley, O’Regan, Donovan; Hunt, Garner (Ampadu).

Manager: Keith Burkinshaw

Attendance: 25,615


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