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Termination of appointment of Simon Carrington as a secretary on 15 March Termination of appointment of Simon Carrington as a director on 15 March Termination of appointment of Peter Charles Band as a director on 30 September Termination of appointment of Richard Paul Garlick as a director on 3 August Termination of appointment of Richard Garlick as a secretary on 26 February Termination of appointment of Martin Goodman as a director on 14 February Had Hagan had more friends at the Hawthorns, he might have been given time to fix the problems but, in , he was replaced by Alan Ashman.
Ashman led Albion to their fifth FA Cup victory in , Astle, now known to fans as 'The King' becoming the first player to score in every round of the competition. They then defeated favourited Everton 1—0 in the final, thanks to an extra-time Astle goal.
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The following year the club reached the League Cup final again but lost out to Manchester City 2—1. He also finished as the First Division's leading scorer, an achievement matched by his teammate Tony Brown in — Former Albion player Don Howe replaced Ashman as manager in Howe had just coached Arsenal to the League and Cup double and was regarded as one of the game's foremost theoreticians, but he was unable to prevent Albion's relegation to the Second Division in Failure to achieve promotion back the following season and the departure of Astle in seemed to presage a gloomy future, and cost Howe his job.
In his place, the club were able to secure the services of player-manager Johnny Giles. Giles was an instant hit and Albion clinched promotion at Oldham on the final day of the season in front of an army of more than 15, fans.
The board was able to persuade Giles to stay on for another year however, and he led them to a comfortable finish back in the First Division, after which the club reluctantly let him go. Allen led the club to a brilliant start to the season, but following a row over both transfer funds and his own pay packet, accepted an offer to manage in Saudi Arabia and left after only five months. When a relatively unknown young manager named Ron Atkinson arrived at the club in , he inherited a team that already included youth-team graduate Bryan Robson and Derek Statham , Ally Robertson as well as the black pair of Laurie Cunningham and Cyrille Regis , both acquired inexpensively from lower divisions.
Aware that he had the makings of a great team, Atkinson augmented it by bringing Brendan Batson from his former club Cambridge United F. Never before had an English team simultaneously fielded three black players, and the Three Degrees , as they became known in reference to the contemporary vocal trio of the same name , challenged the established racism of English football.
Their success in the Albion side marked a watershed that allowed a generation of footballers to enter the game who would previously have been excluded by their ethnic background. In May , Albion became the first British professional team to play in China. The team challenged for the Division One title in —79 but a huge pile up of fixtures and an end of season slump meant that Albion slipped to third, losing the title to Liverpool.
It was nevertheless their highest league finish for more than 20 years. Other victories that season included a 2—0 win over Valencia and a 7—1 win against Coventry.
Atkinson's team played some of the most exciting football in England during his term at the club but, as early as , the board allowed the playing talent to start slipping away; Cunningham's move to Real Madrid for a record fee marked the start of the trend. The club managed 3rd and 4th places in the First Division, and twice reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, but trophies continued to elude them. Following the death of director Tom Silk in a plane crash, the club fell again under the conservative leadership of Bert Millichip.
Atkinson, despairing of the support he needed to build and maintain a winning team, took the vacant manager's post at Manchester United F. The surprise choice to replace Atkinson was Ronnie Allen, returning for a second spell in charge. Their replacements were Romeo Zondervan , Martin Jol and Andy King ; for a while things looked rosy, as Albion reached the semi-finals of both domestic cups.
But the usual post-Christmas slump left the side needing to win its final home game, against Leeds United , to stay up; the game was won 2—0, and Leeds were relegated instead. The game was unfortunately marred by hooliganism. He halted the slide, for a while, but resigned in after falling out with his head coach, Mick Kelly, and his players. Albion's financial difficulties however forced Giles to sell players to lighten the wage bill, beginning with Cyrille Regis, and the replacements were generally inadequate.
By October it was looking grim; Giles resigned, and his assistant also his brother-in-law , Nobby Stiles, reluctantly took up the reins.
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Stiles lasted only a few months before being replaced by Ron Saunders. By this time, Albion were bottom of the table, and were eventually relegated with the worst record in the club's history. The Albion directors kept faith in Saunders after their relegation and he tried to put the club back on track by building a new team. But these changes did little to halt the rapid decline at the Hawthorns and he was sacked after they finished in the bottom half of the Second Division in Atkinson returned to Albion in the summer of and halfway through his second season at the club they led the Second Division table, looking all set for promotion.
Talbot was unable to maintain Albion's good form and they were unable to claim even a playoff place at the end of the —89 season. He was replaced by Bobby Gould , who was unable to prevent Albion from being relegated to the Third Division for the first time in their history. Albion just missed out on the Third Division playoffs in , and shortly afterwards Bobby Gould moved to Coventry City. His successor was Ossie Ardiles. Ardiles was in charge at Albion for only one season, before being lured away by Tottenham, but he guided them to promotion: a 3—2 aggregate win over Swansea City in the playoff semi-final set Albion up for their first appearance at Wembley for over twenty years and their last ever at the original stadium , when they beat Port Vale 3—0, in front of 43, of their own fans.
Bob Taylor 's 30 league goals made him the top scorer in Division Two. Following Ardiles' surprise departure, Albion promoted his assistant Keith Burkinshaw to the manager's seat. Albion survived relegation back to Division Two at the end of —94, but only because they had scored more goals than rivals, Birmingham City. Safety was assured on the final day thanks to a 1—0 win over Portsmouth - Lee Aschcroft's goal sending the 10, strong army of fans in raptures. Burkinshaw was however sacked soon after that, and replaced by Alan Buckley.
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Albion's form under Buckley was consistently below average, but just enough to avoid relegation. In October they were second in Division One and hopeful of automatic promotion, but then came a drastic loss of form which saw them lose 13 games, draw one and win none: one point out of a possible They looked set to be relegated to Division Two, but a big improvement in form during the final four months of the —96 season saw them climb to mid table.
Later during the season, the club signed Richard Sneekes from Bolton. He would prove an instant hit and a cult figure with the fans. Buckley was sacked in January and replaced by Ray Harford , who led Albion to Division One safety in —97, and in the first few months of the following season the side established itself in the top six.
Harford then stunned Albion by moving to QPR after less than a year in charge, making way for Denis Smith , who struggled to maintain the momentum created by Harford, and Albion could only finish 10th.
In —99, local-lad and lifetime fan Lee Hughes scored 31 times in the league to finish as top goalscorer in all four English divisions,  but Albion finished only 12th and Smith was sacked in the summer of His successor Brian Little failed to make any progress at The Hawthorns and was sacked in March , with Albion in real danger of relegation. Gary Megson was named as the new West Bromwich Albion manager in March , and his arrival at the club heralded a revival of Albion's fortunes. Megson quickly signed several new players as the transfer deadline approached, including veteran striker Bob Taylor , who returned for his second spell at the club.
A 2—0 win over champions Charlton Athletic on the last day of the season meant that Albion remained in Division One while rivals Walsall were relegated. Megson's rejuvenation of the side continued in —01, as Albion finished sixth, their highest league finish since relegation in They qualified for the Division One promotion playoffs, where they faced Bolton Wanderers in the semi-finals. The first leg finished 2—2 after Albion had led 2—0. Bolton won the second leg 3—0 to reach the final 5—2 on aggregate.
In —02 Albion reached the FA Cup quarter-finals, their best run in the competition for 20 years, eliminating Premiership sides Sunderland and Leicester City along the way. In the league meanwhile, the team were 11 points behind neighbours Wolves in the Division One table with eight matches left to play.
Albion won seven and drew one of their remaining fixtures, including the notorious Battle of Bramall Lane , to overtake their rivals. Automatic promotion — as runners-up to Manchester City — was secured on the final day of the season in a 2—0 home win against Crystal Palace.
Albion won just six games in their first Premiership campaign and were relegated. In the —04 season Albion had their best League Cup run for 22 years, beating Newcastle United and Manchester United before losing to Arsenal in the quarter-finals. In the league the team remained in the top two from mid-October until the end of the season, winning promotion back to the Premiership, again as runners-up, at the first attempt.
Results improved over the remainder of the season and with one game to play Albion were bottom of the Premiership, but only two points below Norwich City who were 17th. On the last day of the season , Albion beat Portsmouth 2—0, while Crystal Palace, Norwich and Southampton all failed to achieve the results they needed.
Albion failed to avoid the drop in the —06 season, despite home wins over Everton, Arsenal and Spurs. Albion briefly led the Championship on goal difference in February, but indifferent form over the remainder of the season meant that automatic promotion was out of reach. A 7—0 victory over Barnsley on the final day of the league season secured a place in the play-offs , where they met Wolves again in the semi-finals. Albion won the first leg 3—2 at Molineux , while in the second leg at The Hawthorns Albion won again, 1—0.
However, the next year they were relegated again and Tony Mowbray left to manage Celtic.