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West Brom pay tribute to Astle with retro kit

West Brom will pay a memorable and lasting tribute to legendary striker Jeff Astle by wearing a replica of the white 1968 Wembley strip in which their centre forward enjoyed his most iconic Albion moment and scored the FA Cup Final winner.

West Brom beat Everton 1-0 at Wembley and Astle got the goal deep into extra-time.

The Baggies will wear the kit for their Premier League clash against Leicester City on April 11.

The change of strip is part of “Astle Day” when a Foundation in Jeff’s name will be launched by his family which will promote care of other sufferers and research and education into CTE (Chronic traumatic encephalopathy).

Astle passed away from the disease at the age of just 59 in 2002.

Ideye eyes West Brom return against QPR

Brown Ideye had a knee problem. Credit: PA

West Brom's record signing, Brown Ideye is targeting a return to the first team for the match against QPR.

The Nigeria striker missed the loss to Manchester City due to a knee problem, but hopes to be back the for the relegation clash.

I am in rehab now so hopefully I will be better before the QPR game.

Somebody kicked me from behind in the Stoke game (on March 14) and since then I've been getting pain.

I thought I could be fit for Nigeria. I thought I could even be fit for the game at Manchester City. But I couldn't run and I have had to stay back instead of risking it by going to internationals.

I just have to rest. The pain is still there but the doctors and physios have been doing their best to make sure I'm fit for the (QPR) game.

– Brown Ideye speaking to


West Brom won't appeal McAuley red card

Mistaken identity. Credit: PA

West Brom will not appeal Gareth McAuley's red card against Manchester City - with the suspension set to be handed to Craig Dawson instead, Press Association Sport understands.

Baggies defender McAuley was dismissed in the second minute of Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Manchester City in a case of mistaken identity.

The Northern Ireland international saw red for a foul on Wilfried Bony despite Dawson having committed the offence.

Referee Neil Swarbrick apologised for his mistake afterwards, via a statement from the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd.

West Brom goalkeeper Foster ruled out for six months

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has been ruled out for six months after damaging cruciate knee ligaments.

Foster is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Credit: PA

The 31-year-old England international underwent reconstruction surgery on his anterior cruciate ligaments on Friday after the damage was discovered during an exploratory operation.

Foster, who has won eight caps for England and was a member of Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad in Brazil last summer after reversing his decision to retire from international football, will be sidelined until the autumn.

Ben is in good spirits despite this obvious disappointment to him - he's already talking about his 'rehab' and wanting to get started on it immediately.

But he has had a cruciate reconstruction of his left knee following the injury against Stoke and he will be out for six months.

– Albion's director of performance Dr Mark Gillet

Referee apologises for Man City v West Brom error

Neil Swarbrick sent off the wrong player after two minutes. Credit: PA

Referee Neil Swarbrick has apologised for wrongly sending off West Brom's Gareth McAuley during his side's 3-0 loss at Manchester City.

McAuley was a victim of mistaken identity when he was shown a red card after Craig Dawson fouled Wilfried Bony in the second minute of the Barclays Premier League clash at the Etihad Stadium.

Swarbrick has now admitted to his error in a statement from Professional Game Match Officials Ltd, the organisation responsible for refereeing appointments.

The statement read: "In the second minute of Manchester City v West Bromwich Albion, referee Neil Swarbrick made a decision to send off Gareth McAuley for a 'denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity' offence.

"The referee has confirmed the offence was caused by a different player, which should be addressed now as a case of mistaken identity. The referee has apologised for his error."

West Brom boss wants video referee in Premier League

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has called for video technology to be introduced into the Premier League to help referees.

The Welshman wants this introduced after witnessing Neil Swarbrick sending off the wrong man in his side's defeat to Manchester City.

Tony Pulis was not happy with the referee. Credit: PA

Addressing the media after his side's 3-0 defeat in Manchester, Pulis said:

Refereeing is not easy, especially at the level we are at now and how quick the game is.

This product is one of the greatest products this country now sells all over the world, but it is no good moaning about referees. What we have to do is find a way to help referees out.

I would definitely call now for managers to have two calls each and every game, where there are 30 seconds and they can have a video link-up with people upstairs who can watch it on video.

It will eradicate the major decisions referees are getting wrong that actually affect games of football. We have to work hard to do that in what is the greatest league in the world. The sooner that comes in the better.

– West Brom manager Tony Pulis


Man City v West Brom starting line-ups

West Brom keeper suffer cartilage problem

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster will be out for at least a month with a knee injury.

The England international damaged his cartilage during the weekend's 1-0 win over former club Stoke.

Ben Foster is no stranger to injury. Credit: PA

"It's rotten news for Ben because he's been so consistent," boss Tony Pulis told the club's official site.

"He kept seven clean sheets in 10 games but we have a very able man to step forward in Boaz (Myhill), who has performed well when he's come into the team.

"We've got the international break coming up which I hope will give our medical team the chance to work on Ben's rehab and we will reassess later."

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