By Alan’meashamfox’Bennett

LOOK BACK – I have seen many encounters against West Bromwich Albion over the years and Albion are a team I used to like watching in the days of Bobby Hope, Clive Clarke, Tony Brown and Jeff Astle. One of Jeff Astle’s daughters lives just down the road from me here in Measham so bragging rights will be at stake on this game.

Going back to the 1969/70 season we drew West Bromwich Albion in the league cup 5th round at Filbert Street and the tie attracted a crowd of 35,121 of which I was one, I sat in the double decker stand that evening and I witnessed a superb game of football that saw memorable displays from Peter Shilton and Graham Cross against a star studded Albion team. And despite the game finishing 0-0 it was a game I remember vividly with both teams playing good attacking football.

The replay was played at The Hawthorns on Wednesday November 5th 1969 and once again I was there to see City put on another superb display against Albion but unfortunately we lost 2-1 with Astle scoring twice for Albion and Cross scoring for City, it was another entertaining game that saw us go close especially from one attack where both Sjoberg and Cross managed to hit the bar in the same attack. It was revenge for the Albion after City beat them only a few months earlier at Sheffield in the FA Cup semi final.

I was back at the Hawthorns on October 23rd 1971 to see City who had got back into division 1 record a fine 1-0 win and a superb goal from Keith Weller who was now part of the changing set up at Leicester that would see Jimmy Bloomfield bring us some of the most exiting football to be seen at Filbert Street.

One more game I have to mention was again played at The Hawthorns in 1995 and although I was in West Bromwich on November 5 th I wasn’t at the game. I was with my future wife Theresa ( now my wife!) visiting her sister and her husband, at the time. they are mad Albion fans and missed the game to entertain myself and Theresa for dinner. The game was live on TV though and a television was duly set up in the kitchen so we could watch the game over dinner. I was wearing a favourite white shirt of mine that day and I was in my element as Iwan Roberts scored another goal for City in a 3-2 win, when Steven, the beleaguered Albion fan offered me another beer! I couldn’t refuse, but when I opened the can beer sprayed all over my best white shirt and I was drowned in lager !. The can had been deliberately shaken, obviously he was a bad loser!. I had the last laugh though as we won promotion that season beating Crystal Palace 1-0 at Wembley.

Shout loud for the Foxes


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