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Clash of the Legends: Brunty v Mozza Match Preview

An image of Chris Brunt and James Morrison

The Hawthorns hosts 'Clash of the Legends: Brunty v Mozza' on Saturday (ko 3pm). Below is everything you need to know as the club prepares to celebrate two of its greatest players of the modern era.


Tickets for the game are priced £15 for fans aged 17 & over and just £5 for ages 16 & under.

Supporters can purchase tickets online, in-person at the East Stand Ticket Office, or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Fans who plan to purchase tickets on the day of the game can do so at the East Stand Ticket Office from 9am until kick-off.

To avoid any potential queues on matchday, e-tickets – which can be downloaded to mobile devices or printed at home – remain available. Birmingham Road End tickets will also be available at a card-only retail kiosk inside the Astle Gates from 1pm.

The Albion Foundation

James Morrison and Chris Brunt have selected The Albion Foundation as the beneficiary of the Clash of the Legends and all profits from the game will be donated to the club’s official charity partner.

Clash of Legends Activities Day

Pre-match Academy site activities

The Academy Dome (B71 4LG) will be the place to be in the build-up to Saturday’s game, with a host of family activities – including inflatables, small-sided games, a visit from Baggie Bird and Boilerman, and face-painters – available for all attending the fixture, from 12.15pm until 1.30pm.

The Albion stars participating in the game will report to the dome for a meet and greet at approximately 12.30pm and there will be an opportunity for fans to take on their Baggies heroes at many of the activities, while also grabbing a selfie or autograph.

Food stalls and a bar serving soft drinks will be located on the Academy site.

The Albion Foundation will also be providing disability insight sessions in the sports hall, where fans will have the opportunity to try out a powerchair.

The Hawthorns

Inside The Hawthorns

Turnstiles at The Hawthorns open at the usual time of 1.30pm and players participating in the game will be introduced at 1.50pm, when there will be a further opportunity to grab a selfie or an autograph.

A Brunty v Mozza penalty shootout will help whet the appetite at 2pm, before the players begin to warm-up at 2.10pm.

Our resident DJ, located in the Birmingham Road End, will keep supporters entertained and live interviews with managers-for-the-day, Roberto Di Matteo and Tony Mowbray, will take place pitchside and appear on the big screens.

Andy Johnson and Super Bob Taylor will take a break from their warm-ups at 2.30pm to compete in a crossbar challenge, with Baggie Bird and Boilerman also on hand for a 'dizzy penalty' showdown.

Countdown to kick-off

The players will emerge from the tunnel much earlier than usual at 2.40pm, and will be introduced in groups, with 18 Albion caps presented to participants by club legends Tony “Bomber” Brown and Ally Robertson.  

The two teams will then form a guard of honour as James Morrison and Chris Brunt are presented before kick-off at 3pm.

There will be one or two special surprises during the game which will ensure an entertaining, family-friendly day out.

The Teams

Chris Brunt XI: Foster; Jones, Albrechtsen, Pele, Robinson; Teixeira, Koren, Barry, Brunt (c); Odemwingie, Bednar. Subs: Gardner, Davies, Cox, MacDonald, MacLean, Johnson.

James Morrison XI: Kuszczak; Reid, Barnett, Olsson, Popov; Gera, Morrison, Scharner, Dorrans; Fortune, Miller. Subs: McManaman, Taylor, Beattie, McMahon, Hoolahan, Robson-Kanu.

The Managers

Tony Mowbray will manage Mozza’s XI, while Roberto Di Matteo will be the boss of Brunty’s side.

Current Sunderland manager, Mowbray, brought both players to the club in 2008, and oversaw 140 games at Albion, recording 57 wins and 32 draws, claiming the 2007/08 Championship title during three years at The Hawthorns.

Di Matteo replaced Mowbray at The Hawthorns helm and claimed 40 wins and 19 draws from his 80 games in charge, taking the Baggies to automatic promotion to the Premier League in 2009/10. 

The Kits

The toss of a coin has determined Mozza’s men will wear the club’s home strip, while Brunty’s side will wear the away kit. It’s not all bad news for Brunty, though, with his team utilising the larger home dressing room at The Hawthorns.   

Commemorative matchday programme

A special, 84-page, A4 edition of Albion News dedicated to Brunty and Mozza will be available to purchase on matchday at the price of £5, with all profits again donated to The Albion Foundation.

The programme, which is also available online, features tributes to the duo from Tony Mowbray, Roberto Di Matteo, Steve Bruce and a host of Albion stars, as well as the thoughts of James and Chris on their special day.

Commemorative T-shirts

Limited-edition Brunty and Mozza T-shirts will be available to order for click and collect until Friday and will remain available to purchase in-person at the stadium megastore on Saturday. To purchase online, click here.

Text Donations

To make a donation to The Albion Foundation text TAF 5, 10, 15 or 20 to 70470 to donate £5, £10, £15 or £20.

Match Officials

Stephen Martin (Staffordshire) will referee Saturday’s game. The experienced EFL official will be joined by assistant referees, Eddie Smart and Akil Howson, while Jack Shepherd is the 4th official.