Ross Giles is a West Bromwich Albion fan, you can follow him on Twitter here. He’s seen a lot of ups and downs over the past few years, but here, he explains how one man may just be changing the fortunes of his beloved club…
Fans of West Bromwich Albion have been used to a rollercoaster. For the last 11 seasons, they have either been in a promotion or relegation scrap going into the last weeks of the season. Only once have they survived in the Premier League after promotion, the miraculous “Great Escape” in 2004/05, which was little more than a lucky fluke after only winning one of the last seven games and being the best of a very bad bunch. The next season a similar run meant they were relegated with matches to spare. This year looked much the same until the appointment of Roy Hodgson.
Me again, Dan Walsh, author of One Match Ban. For my second ‘I Was There…’ I recall the match that saw Fulham save their Premier League status on the final day of the season.
The drama of the 2007/2008 Premier League run-in was, for Fulham fans, an emotional rollercoaster full of nail-biting tension and then ultimately relief, as the west London club beat the odds to avoid relegation on the final day of the season.
The January transfer window is fuelled by newspaper talk. Will Arsenal sign that 17 year-old wonderkid from Rennes? Will Blackburn’s new owners allow their manager to put in an audacious bid for the world star at the top of his game? Who knows, but people still read it every day. The truth is out there, it’s actually below. Which Premier League clubs were linked with which players, and who actually, really signed for them?
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Southampton), Mamadou Sakho (PSG), Quade Taylor (Dulwich Hamlet), Paul McCallum (Dulwich Hamlet), Eden Hazard (Lille), Madjid Bougherra (Rangers), Jonathan Woodgate (Tottenham Hotspur), Gary Cahill (Bolton Wanderers), Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Keisuke Honda (CSKA Moscow), Michael Ciani (FC Lorient), Christopher Samba (Blackburn Rovers), Neven Subotić (Borussia Dortmund), Matthew Upson (West Ham Utd), Sol Campbell (Newcastle Utd), Per Mertesacker (Werder Bremen), Romelu Lukaku (Anderlecht)
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Arsenal Rumour:Truth Ratio
17 rumours, 0 transfers = 100% Rumours
Checking out the best of this week’s football blog entries. This week; Clint Dempsey tackles his own team mate, Sylvie Van der Vaart keeps it up, Robinho’s freak injury and more…