1953–54 FA Cup

The 1953–54 FA Cup was the 73rd staging of the world's oldest football cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup, commonly known as the FA Cup. West Bromwich Albion won the competition for the fourth time, beating Preston North End 3–2 in the final at Wembley.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. Some matches, however, might be rescheduled for other days if there were clashes with games for other competitions or the weather was inclement. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.

1953–54 FA Cup
Country England
Defending championsBlackpool
ChampionsWest Bromwich Albion
(4th title)
Runners-upPreston North End


Round Date
Preliminary Round Saturday 12 September 1953
First Qualifying Round Saturday 26 September 1953
Second Qualifying Round Saturday 10 October 1953
Third Qualifying Round Saturday 24 October 1953
Fourth Qualifying Round Saturday 7 November 1953
First Round Proper Saturday 21 November 1953
Second Round Saturday 12 December 1953
Third Round Saturday 9 January 1954
Fourth Round Saturday 30 January 1954
Fifth Round Saturday 20 February 1954
Sixth Round Saturday 13 March 1954
Semi Finals Saturday 27 March 1954
Final Saturday 1 May 1954

First round proper

At this stage clubs from the Football League Third Division North and South joined those non-league clubs having come through the qualifying rounds. Matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 21 November 1953. Seven were drawn and went to replays.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Darlington 1–3 Port Vale 21 November 1953
2 Hastings United 1–0 Guildford City 21 November 1953
3 Bath City 0–3 Walsall 21 November 1953
4 Finchley 1–3 Southend United 21 November 1953
5 Southampton 1–1 Bournemouth 21 November 1953
Replay Bournemouth 3–1 Southampton 25 November 1953
6 Weymouth 2–0 Bedford Town 21 November 1953
7 Yeovil Town 0–2 Norwich City 21 November 1953
8 Grimsby Town 2–0 Rochdale 21 November 1953
9 Crewe Alexandra 0–0 Bradford City 21 November 1953
Replay Bradford City 0–1 Crewe Alexandra 25 November 1953
10 Gainsborough Trinity 1–4 Chesterfield 21 November 1953
11 Swindon Town 2–1 Newport (IOW) 21 November 1953
12 Ipswich Town 4–1 Reading 21 November 1953
13 Stockport County 4–2 Chester 21 November 1953
14 Queens Park Rangers 2–0 Shrewsbury Town 21 November 1953
15 Barnsley 5–2 York City 21 November 1953
16 Northampton Town 3–0 Llanelli 21 November 1953
17 Harwich & Parkeston 2–3 Headington United 21 November 1953
18 Great Yarmouth Town 1–0 Crystal Palace 21 November 1953
19 Brighton & Hove Albion 5–1 Coventry City 21 November 1953
20 Spennymoor United 0–3 Barrow 21 November 1953
21 Hitchin Town 1–3 Peterborough United 21 November 1953
22 Witton Albion 4–1 Nelson 21 November 1953
23 Exeter City 1–1 Hereford United 21 November 1953
Replay Hereford United 2–0 Exeter City 26 November 1953
24 Hartlepools United 1–1 Mansfield Town 21 November 1953
Replay Mansfield Town 0–3 Hartlepools United 25 November 1953
25 Scunthorpe United 9–0 Boston United 21 November 1953
26 Blyth Spartans 0–1 Accrington Stanley 21 November 1953
27 Halifax Town 0–0 Rhyl 21 November 1953
Replay Rhyl 4–3 Halifax Town 26 November 1953
28 Southport 1–0 Carlisle United 21 November 1953
29 Selby Town 0–2 Bradford Park Avenue 21 November 1953
30 Torquay United 1–3 Bristol City 21 November 1953
31 Workington 3–0 Ferryhill Athletic 21 November 1953
32 Walthamstow Avenue 1–0 Gillingham 21 November 1953
33 Aldershot 5–3 Wellington Town 21 November 1953
34 Horden CW 0–1 Wrexham 21 November 1953
35 Gateshead 1–2 Tranmere Rovers 21 November 1953
36 Wigan Athletic 4–0 Scarborough 21 November 1953
37 Colchester United 1–1 Millwall 21 November 1953
Replay Millwall 4–0 Colchester United 23 November 1953
38 Leyton Orient 3–0 Kettering Town 21 November 1953
39 Nuneaton Borough 3–0 Watford 21 November 1953
40 Cambridge United 2–2 Newport County 21 November 1953
Replay Newport County 1–2 Cambridge United 26 November 1953

Second round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 12 December 1953. Eight matches were drawn, with replays taking place later the same week. The Wrexham–Brighton & Hove Albion match went to a second replay, which finished in Wrexham's favour.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Hastings United 4–1 Swindon Town 12 December 1953
2 Barrow 5–2 Great Yarmouth Town 12 December 1953
3 Walsall 3–0 Crewe Alexandra 12 December 1953
4 Wrexham 1–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 12 December 1953
Replay Brighton & Hove Albion 1–1 Wrexham 16 December 1953
Replay Wrexham 3–1 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 December 1953
5 Ipswich Town 2–2 Walthamstow Avenue 12 December 1953
Replay Walthamstow Avenue 0–1 Ipswich Town 16 December 1953
6 Stockport County 2–1 Workington 12 December 1953
7 Queens Park Rangers 1–1 Nuneaton Borough 12 December 1953
Replay Nuneaton Borough 1–2 Queens Park Rangers 17 December 1953
8 Accrington Stanley 2–2 Tranmere Rovers 12 December 1953
Replay Tranmere Rovers 5–1 Accrington Stanley 16 December 1953
9 Northampton Town 1–1 Hartlepools United 12 December 1953
Replay Hartlepools United 1–0 Northampton Town 16 December 1953
10 Rhyl 0–3 Bristol City 12 December 1953
11 Norwich City 2–1 Barnsley 12 December 1953
12 Millwall 3–3 Headington United 12 December 1953
Replay Headington United 1–0 Millwall 17 December 1953
13 Witton Albion 1–1 Grimsby Town 12 December 1953
Replay Grimsby Town 6–1 Witton Albion 15 December 1953
14 Southend United 1–2 Chesterfield 12 December 1953
15 Scunthorpe United 1–0 Bournemouth 12 December 1953
16 Southport 1–1 Port Vale 12 December 1953
Replay Port Vale 2–0 Southport 14 December 1953
17 Wigan Athletic 4–1 Hereford United 12 December 1953
18 Peterborough United 2–1 Aldershot 12 December 1953
19 Leyton Orient 4–0 Weymouth 12 December 1953
20 Cambridge United 1–2 Bradford Park Avenue 12 December 1953

Third round proper

The 44 First and Second Division clubs entered the competition at this stage. The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 9 January 1954. Fifteen matches were drawn and went to replays, with three of these requiring a second replay. The Blackpool–Luton Town match then went to a third replay, which was won by Blackpool.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Blackpool 1–1 Luton Town 9 January 1954
Replay Luton Town 0–0 Blackpool 13 January 1954
Replay Blackpool 1–1 Luton Town 18 January 1954
Replay Luton Town 0–2 Blackpool 25 January 1954
2 Chesterfield 2–0 Bury 9 January 1954
3 Hastings United 3–3 Norwich City 9 January 1954
Replay Norwich City 3–0 Hastings United 13 January 1954
4 Barrow 2–2 Swansea Town 9 January 1954
Replay Swansea Town 4–2 Barrow 14 January 1954
5 Bristol City 1–3 Rotherham United 9 January 1954
6 Burnley 5–3 Manchester United 9 January 1954
7 Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Sheffield United 9 January 1954
Replay Sheffield United 1–3 Sheffield Wednesday 13 January 1954
8 Bolton Wanderers 1–0 Liverpool 9 January 1954
9 Grimsby Town 5–5 Fulham 9 January 1954
Replay Fulham 3–1 Grimsby Town 18 January 1954
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1–2 Birmingham City 9 January 1954
11 Middlesbrough 0–0 Leicester City 9 January 1954
Replay Leicester City 3–2 Middlesbrough 14 January 1954
12 West Bromwich Albion 1–0 Chelsea 9 January 1954
13 Sunderland 0–2 Doncaster Rovers 9 January 1954
14 Derby County 0–2 Preston North End 9 January 1954
15 Lincoln City 1–1 Walsall 9 January 1954
Replay Walsall 1–1 Lincoln City 14 January 1954
Replay Lincoln City 2–1 Walsall 18 January 1954
16 Everton 2–1 Notts County 9 January 1954
17 Wrexham 3–3 Scunthorpe United 9 January 1954
Replay Scunthorpe United 3–1 Wrexham 14 January 1954
18 Ipswich Town 3–3 Oldham Athletic 9 January 1954
Replay Oldham Athletic 0–1 Ipswich Town 12 January 1954
19 Tranmere Rovers 2–2 Leyton Orient 9 January 1954
Replay Leyton Orient 4–1 Tranmere Rovers 14 January 1954
20 Stockport County 0–0 Headington United 9 January 1954
Replay Headington United 1–0 Stockport County 14 January 1954
21 Newcastle United 2–2 Wigan Athletic 9 January 1954
Replay Wigan Athletic 2–3 Newcastle United 13 January 1954
22 Queens Park Rangers 0–1 Port Vale 9 January 1954
23 Brentford 0–0 Hull City 9 January 1954
Replay Hull City 2–2 Brentford 14 January 1954
Replay Brentford 2–5 Hull City 18 January 1954
24 Bristol Rovers 0–1 Blackburn Rovers 9 January 1954
25 Portsmouth 3–3 Charlton Athletic 9 January 1954
Replay Charlton Athletic 2–3 Portsmouth 14 January 1954
26 West Ham United 4–0 Huddersfield Town 9 January 1954
27 Plymouth Argyle 2–0 Nottingham Forest 9 January 1954
28 Bradford Park Avenue 2–5 Manchester City 9 January 1954
29 Cardiff City 3–1 Peterborough United 9 January 1954
30 Arsenal 5–1 Aston Villa 9 January 1954
31 Leeds United 3–3 Tottenham Hotspur 9 January 1954
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 1–0 Leeds United 13 January 1954
32 Stoke City 6–2 Hartlepool United 9 January 1954

Fourth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 30 January 1954, with two matches taking place on later dates. Six matches were drawn and went to replays, which were all played in the following midweek match. The Scunthorpe United–Portsmouth match went to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Burnley 1–1 Newcastle United 30 January 1954
Replay Newcastle United 1–0 Burnley 3 February 1954
2 Blackburn Rovers 2–2 Hull City 30 January 1954
Replay Hull City 2–1 Blackburn Rovers 4 February 1954
3 Sheffield Wednesday 0–0 Chesterfield 30 January 1954
Replay Chesterfield 2–4 Sheffield Wednesday 3 February 1954
4 West Bromwich Albion 4–0 Rotherham United 30 January 1954
5 Lincoln City 0–2 Preston North End 30 January 1954
6 Everton 3–0 Swansea Town 30 January 1954
7 Ipswich Town 1–0 Birmingham City 30 January 1954
8 Manchester City 0–1 Tottenham Hotspur 30 January 1954
9 West Ham United 1–1 Blackpool 30 January 1954
Replay Blackpool 3–1 West Ham United 3 February 1954
10 Plymouth Argyle 0–2 Doncaster Rovers 30 January 1954
11 Scunthorpe United 1–1 Portsmouth 30 January 1954
Replay Portsmouth 2–2 Scunthorpe United 3 February 1954
Replay Scunthorpe United 0–4 Portsmouth 8 February 1954
12 Cardiff City 0–2 Port Vale 30 January 1954
13 Arsenal 1–2 Norwich City 30 January 1954
14 Stoke City 0–0 Leicester City 30 January 1954
Replay Leicester City 3–1 Stoke City 2 February 1954
15 Headington United 2–4 Bolton Wanderers 30 January 1954
16 Leyton Orient 2–1 Fulham 30 January 1954

Fifth round proper

The matches were scheduled for Saturday, 20 February 1954. Two matches went to replays in the following mid-week fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Preston North End 6–1 Ipswich Town 20 February 1954
2 Sheffield Wednesday 3–1 Everton 20 February 1954
3 Bolton Wanderers 0–0 Portsmouth 20 February 1954
Replay Portsmouth 1–2 Bolton Wanderers 24 February 1954
4 West Bromwich Albion 3–2 Newcastle United 20 February 1954
5 Norwich City 1–2 Leicester City 20 February 1954
6 Hull City 1–1 Tottenham Hotspur 20 February 1954
Replay Tottenham Hotspur 2–0 Hull City 24 February 1954
7 Port Vale 2–0 Blackpool 20 February 1954
8 Leyton Orient 3–1 Doncaster Rovers 20 February 1954

Sixth round proper

The four quarter-final ties were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 13 March 1954. Two matches went to replays, with the Leicester City–Preston North End match going to a second replay.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1 Leicester City 1–1 Preston North End 13 March 1954
Replay Preston North End 2–2 Leicester City 17 March 1954
Replay Leicester City 1–3 Preston North End 22 March 1954
2 Sheffield Wednesday 1–1 Bolton Wanderers 13 March 1954
Replay Bolton Wanderers 0–2 Sheffield Wednesday 17 March 1954
3 West Bromwich Albion 3–0 Tottenham Hotspur 13 March 1954
4 Leyton Orient 0–1 Port Vale 13 March 1954

Semi finals

The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 27 March 1954. Preston North End and West Bromwich Albion won their ties to meet in the final at Wembley.

Preston North End2–0Sheffield Wednesday
West Bromwich Albion2–1Port Vale
Goal 62'
Allen Goal 70' (pen.)
Leake Goal 40'


The 1954 FA Cup Final was contested by West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End at Wembley. West Brom won 3–2, with goals from Ronnie Allen (2) and Frank Griffin. Angus Morrison and Charlie Wayman scored for Preston.

Match details

West Bromwich Albion3 – 2Preston North End
Allen Goal 21' Goal 63' (pen.)
Griffin Goal 87'
(Report) Morrison Goal 35'
Wayman Goal 51'
West Bromwich Albion
Preston North End


1953–54 Birmingham City F.C. season

The 1953–54 Football League season was Birmingham City Football Club's 51st in the Football League and their 23rd in the Second Division. They finished in seventh position in the 22-team division. They entered the 1953–54 FA Cup at the third round proper and lost to Ipswich Town in the fourth.

Twenty-eight players made at least one appearance in nationally organised first-team competition, and there were eleven different goalscorers. Full-back Ken Green played in 41 of the 44 first-team matches over the season, and Ted Purdon was leading goalscorer with 15 goals, all scored in league competition.

1953–54 FA Cup qualifying rounds

The FA Cup 1953–54 is the 73rd season of the world's oldest football knockout competition; The Football Association Challenge Cup, or FA Cup for short. The large number of clubs entering the tournament from lower down the English football league system meant that the competition started with a number of preliminary and qualifying rounds. The 30 victorious teams from the Fourth Round Qualifying progressed to the First Round Proper.

1954 FA Cup Final

The 1954 FA Cup Final was a football match between West Bromwich Albion and Preston North End, played on 1 May 1954 at the original Wembley Stadium in London. It was the final match of the 1953–54 staging of English football's primary cup competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (better known as the FA Cup). The match was the 73rd FA Cup Final and the 26th to be played at Wembley.

West Bromwich Albion were appearing in their ninth final, having won the cup on three previous occasions, while Preston had won the competition twice and were playing in the final for the sixth time. The two clubs had met in one final before in 1888, with Albion winning 2–1 on that occasion; in this match, Albion won 3–2. Ronnie Allen opened the scoring but Preston soon equalised through Angus Morrison. Preston then took the lead through Charlie Wayman although the goal was probably offside. Allen equalised from the penalty spot before a late goal from Frank Griffin secured the cup for Albion for the fourth time. This capped off the club's greatest ever season as they also finished second in the table, agonisingly losing out on 'the double' to Black Country rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The last surviving member of the winning team, Ray Barlow, died in March 2012 at the age of 85. As of June 2019, Tommy Docherty is the only surviving player from the match.

Barrow A.F.C.

Barrow Association Football Club is an English professional association football club based in the town of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.The club participates in the National League, the fifth tier of the English league system. Barrow play their home games at Holker Street, (currently sponsored as the "Furness Building Society Stadium"), close to the town centre and approximately 547 yds (0.5 km) from Barrow Railway Station.

The club spent over fifty years in the Football League between 1921 and 1972, achieving promotion to Division 3 by finishing 3rd in the Football League Fourth Division in the 1966–67 season. The highest league period in the club's history was to be short-lived and a return to l bid for re-election, Barrow were voted out of the Football League, to be replaced by Hereford United of the Southern League. Barrow have since spent their time in the top two levels of non-league football, having been promoted five times to the Conference (of which they were a founder member), most recently as Conference North champions in 2014–15. In addition they have twice won non-league football's most prestigious cup competition, the FA Trophy – in 1990 and 2010, becoming the only club to have won the Trophy at both old and new Wembley Stadium.

The club colours are blue and white, though the combination of these has varied over time, leading to their nickname "The Bluebirds". Attendances at the club's Holker Street ground vary – the home record of 16,874 was set against Swansea Town in the FA Cup Third Round in 1954 – but during the 1990s and 2000s the average remained consistently between 800 and 1,500.

Bert Williams (footballer, born 1920)

Bert Frederick Williams MBE (31 January 1920 – 19 January 2014) was an English international football goalkeeper. Nicknamed The Cat, he spent the majority of his playing career at Wolverhampton Wanderers where he won the League Championship and FA Cup. At the time of his death Williams was the oldest living England international.

History of Everton F.C.

Everton Football Club have a long and complex history. The club's roots loosely lie with a Methodist New Connexion congregation who had a chapel on the corner of Breckfield Road North and St. Domingo Vale in Everton, Liverpool. Initially formed as St. Domingo FC, named after the location of the chapel, the football team was renamed Everton in 1878 after the district of Everton. Since then Everton have had a successful history winning the Cup Winners' Cup, the league title nine times and the FA Cup five times. They were the first club to play over 100 seasons in the top flight of English football, the 2018–19 season will be their 116th.

Ken Griffiths

Kenneth James Griffiths (2 April 1930 – 9 August 2008) was an English footballer. A forward, he scored 59 goals in 221 games in the Football League.

With Port Vale between 1945 and 1958, a bright period of the club's history, he scored 56 goals in 196 appearances in league and cup competitions. He helped the club to the Third Division North title and the semi-finals of the FA Cup in 1953–54. He moved on to Mansfield Town in January 1958, before moving into non-league football with Stafford Rangers, Wellington Town, Sankeys, Macclesfield Town, Northwich Victoria, Nantwich Town and Wolstanton United. Griffiths died in August 2008, at the age of 78. He was survived by wife Nancy and daughter Valerie, grandchildren Andrea, Nicola, and Tracey, and five great-grandchildren. He died days apart from former teammate Selwyn Whalley.

Kimberley Town F.C.

Kimberley Town Football Club was a football club based in Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, England. They joined the Midland League in 1971. They reached the Second Round of the FA Vase three times. In the summer of 2012 the club resigned from the Central Midlands League South Division and folded. Their last manager was ex-pro Paul Rawden.

List of Hereford United F.C. records and statistics

Below are statistics and records related to Hereford United Football Club.

List of West Bromwich Albion F.C. managers

The following is a list of West Bromwich Albion managers from the founding of West Bromwich Albion F.C. in 1878 until the present. It includes both those who have been in permanent charge as well as caretaker managers.

All managers prior to 1948 were given the title secretary-manager, and dates for appointment of these should be taken only as approximate, although the years should be correct. The first secretary-manager was Louis Ford in 1890. Fred Everiss served as Albion's secretary-manager during 1902–1948, his 46 years in the post constituting a league record. A high turnover of managers at the club since then has meant that no-one has come close to this length of service, with 28 full-time managers having been appointed in the period 1948–2006.The full-time post of manager was created in 1948, with Jack Smith the first to take up the position. Albion's longest serving full-time manager was Vic Buckingham, who led the club for six years and in 1953–54 guided the club to victory in the FA Cup and a runners-up spot in the league.

From the 2009–10 season the title of manager was changed to head coach.

Peterborough United F.C.

Peterborough United Football Club is a professional football club in Peterborough, England, which plays in League One, the third tier of English football.

Peterborough United formed in 1934 and joined the Midland League, which they won six times, eventually being admitted to the Football League in 1960. Their home ground is London Road Stadium and the club nickname is The Posh. Their highest finishing position in the Football League was 10th in the Championship. Peterborough won the 2013–14 Football League Trophy.

Ronnie Allen

Ronald Allen (15 January 1929 – 9 June 2001) was an English international football player and manager. He was a professional footballer for nineteen years, between 1946 and 1964, making 638 appearances in the Football League, and scoring 276 goals. He also won five caps for England national team. He later became a manager at clubs in England, Spain, Portugal, and Greece. His son, Russell, also played professional football throughout the 1970s.

Starting his career in 1946 with Port Vale, he spent four years with the club, before making a record breaking transfer to West Bromwich Albion. He was one of the best strikers of the 1950s, playing over 400 games, with a ratio of a goal every two games. He lifted the FA Cup in 1954, and helped the club to the FA Charity Shield in 1954, and a second-place finish in the First Division in 1953–54. In 1961 he signed with Crystal Palace, where he spent the final four years of his playing career. He helped Palace win promotion out of the Third Division in 1963–64.

His management career began in 1966 with Wolverhampton Wanderers, as he led Wolves out of the Second Division in 1966–67. In 1969, he took up the reins at Spanish club Athletic Bilbao, leading the club to a second-place finish in La Liga in 1969–70. In 1972, he was appointed manager of Portuguese club Sporting Lisbon, after one season with the club he moved back to England to manage Walsall for a brief period. In 1977, he spent a short time as manager of West Bromwich Albion. After a spell advising the Saudi Arabia national team, he took charge of Greek club Panathinaikos for a short time in 1980. His last management position was back at West Brom in 1981–82, following which he served the club as a coach and scout.

Springfield Park (Wigan)

Springfield Park was a multi-purpose stadium in Wigan, Greater Manchester. It was the home ground of Wigan Athletic F.C. until the club moved to the new JJB Stadium (now DW Stadium) after the 1998–99 season. At its largest, the stadium held 40,000. In its 102-year existence the ground only saw 32 years as a Football League venue, 11 years for Wigan Borough F.C. and 21 years for Wigan Athletic FC, before it was demolished to make way for a housing estate in 1999.

The stadium had previously been home to Wigan County, Wigan United, Wigan Town, and Wigan Borough (previously Wigan United and Wigan Association) as well as Wigan and Springfield Borough rugby league sides. It was also used for horse trotting, as a track cycling velodrome, for wrestling and for athletics.

Springfield Park was designed by architect Richardson Thomas Johnson and built in 1897 at a cost of £16,000. It was owned by The Wigan Trotting and Athletic Grounds Company Ltd. The first professional football match at the stadium took place in September 1897 when Wigan County played Burton Swifts in a friendly match.

Steel City derby

The Steel City Derby (or Sheffield Derby) is a local derby that takes place between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, the two professional football league teams based in the city of Sheffield, England. It is widely considered to be one of the biggest derby matches in English football.Sheffield United and Wednesday have one of the most fierce football rivalries in football history, the teams have met competitively a total of 131 times, with United leading the meetings by 46 wins to Wednesday's 42 wins. The latest Steel City Derby was played on 4 March 2019, which ended in a goalless draw at Hillsborough.

The Pilot Field

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Trevor Rowlands

Trevor Ivor Rowlands (2 February 1922 – 22 July 1973) was a Welsh footballer who played in the Football League as a full-back for Norwich City and Colchester United.

West Bromwich Albion F.C.

West Bromwich Albion Football Club () is a football club in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England.

They currently play in the Championship, the second tier of English football. The club was formed in 1878 and has played at its home ground, The Hawthorns, since 1900.

Albion were one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888, and have spent the majority of their existence in the top tier of English football. They have been champions of England once, in 1919–20, and have been runners-up twice. They have had more success in the FA Cup, winning it five times. The first came in 1888, the year the league was founded, and the most recent in 1968, their last major trophy. They also won the Football League Cup at the first attempt in 1966. The club's longest continuous period in the top division spanned 24 years between 1949 and 1973, and from 1986 to 2002 they spent their longest ever spell out of the top division.

The team has played in navy blue and white stripes for most of the club's history; and the club badge features a throstle perched on a hawthorn branch. Albion have a number of long-standing rivalries with other West Midlands clubs; their traditional rivals being Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Albion contest the Black Country Derby with the latter.

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