West Brom Player Stats: West Bromwich Albion Football Team is an English professional football club located in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England. The club was founded in 1902 and is now in the Premier League. They play in the English Football League Championship, which is the second division of the English football league system. The club was founded in 1878 and has been based at The Hawthorns since 1900, where it now plays.
As one of the 12 founding members of the Football League, which was the world’s first professional football league in 1888, Albion was a pioneer in the sport. The club has spent the bulk of its history in the Premier League of English football, where it has competed for a total of 82 seasons as of the current season. The club has won the English championship once, in 1919–20, and finished as runners-up on two other occasions.
Teams from Albion have reached 10 FA Cup finals and have won the competition five times. The club’s first major trophy was won in 1888, the year the league was established, and the most recent was won in 1968, the year the club won its final major trophy. In 1966, it also became the first team in history to win the Football League Cup. During the 24 years between 1949 and 1973, the club had its longest continuous time in the top level, and from 1986 to 2002, it enjoyed its longest continuous stretch outside of the top league.
Albion came dangerously close to being the first side in the twentieth century to win both the League and the Cup in the same season in 1953–54. Despite winning the FA Cup with a 3–2 victory against Preston North Conclusion, they ended as runners-up in the Premier League to bitter rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers as a result of injuries and a lack of form towards the end of the season.
Still, Albion became renowned for their style of fluent, aggressive football, with the 1953–54 team being acclaimed as the “Team Of The Century” for their performance. One national publication even went so far as to propose that the squad be selected as a whole to represent England in the 1954 FIFA World Cup finals in Mexico City. After that, they remained one of the best English teams for most of that decade, reaching the semi-finals of the 1957 FA Cup and finishing in the top five of Division One three times in a row between 1957-58 and 1959-60.
For the majority of the club’s existence, the team has used navy blue and white stripes, and the club emblem depicts a throstle sitting on a hawthorn branch. There are many long-standing rivalries between Albion and other West Midlands teams, with Aston Villa and Wolves being the most prominent of these rivalries. Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers will meet in the Black Country derby.