Soccer Fixture: West Bromwich Albion Versus Tottenham Hotspur

West Bromwich Albion first played a league game against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, 7th November, 1908, 20 years after the Football League had been formed – with Albion one of its Founder Members. This was Tottenham’s first season in the Football League – 26 years after they were founded as Hotspur F.C. – and they would go on to pip West Brom for promotion to the English First Division that season. Both teams finished the 1908/09 season with 51 points but Spurs had a better Goal Average of just 0.02 goals and so were promoted.

Goal Average (the number of goals scored, divided by the number of goals conceded) was used before Goal Difference was introduced in England in 1976, after a successful trial at the 1970 World Cup. Goal Average had always been a controversial system of deciding promotion and relegation when two teams had finished level on points as, even if they also had the same Goal Difference, it would favour teams scoring and conceding less goals rather than those who scored and conceded more. Goal Difference was introduced to favour a more attacking approach to football. (In 1909, Tottenham Hotspur did also have a superior Goal Difference over West Bromwich Albion so it wouldn’t have mattered which system was in place).

The game, a Second Division clash, was played at The Hawthorns (at 551 feet, the highest ground above sea level in the UK) in front of a crowd of 27,224 with ‘The Throstles’ winning 3.0 to go top of the table ahead of local rivals Birmingham City. The goals were scored by Hewitt (2) and Garraty. Billy Garraty was one of the game’s finest utility players at the time and had previously played for Midlands rivals Aston Villa and Leicester Fosse (later, Leicester City). He is the great-great grandfather of current Aston Villa player, Jack Grealish.

This was West Brom’s first ever win over Spurs, after losing two previous ราคาไหล ufabet FA Cup ties. They also won the away game at White Hart Lane that season by three goals to one. Garraty and Hewitt (2) also scored Albion’s goals in that match – played in front of 35,532 fans on 13th March, 1909 – but it wasn’t enough to beat Tottenham in the overall promotion race. The Throstles would have to wait some two seasons before going back up to the First Division as Champions in 1910/11.

West Bromwich Albion’s highest home league win against Tottenham Hotspur came on 12th February, 1927. Albion won 5.0 with goals from Davies (2), Carter (2) and Short. The attendance for that match was 15,998. Joe Carter scored 145 league goals for WBA between 1921 and 1936 and is sixth in their list of all-time top goalscorers. West Brom had also scored five goals against Spurs five years earlier on 2