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Bostin' fittle at Baggies centenary birthday blow-out

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: February 09, 2014

By Dan Shaw

  • Right:

  • Big Ron and his West Bromwich Albion first team line up for the 1979-80 centenary season

  • Far right: Albion stars past and present signed the menu

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WEST Bromwich Albion celebrated its centenary in 1979 with a slap-up dinner and this menu from the grand occasion has been loaned to us by Peter Hill of West Bromwich.

The dignitaries, club officials and players sat down to some "bostin' fittle", although it was rather more haute cuisine than typical Black Country fare and there were, sadly, no faggots 'n' paes.

Instead they had Oeufs à la Russe, Crème de Tomate, Contrefilet de Boeuf Rôti-Yorkaise, Pommes Château, Bouton de Bruxelles au Beurre, Salade de Fruits, Crème Double and Café et Petits Fours.

Translated into English the menu sounds a little less high falutin' – devilled eggs, cream of tomato soup, roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts in butter, fruit salad and double cream, coffee and biscuits.

At the back of the menu is a page for autographs and this has been signed by Albion legends Cyrille Regis, John Kaye, Tony Brown, Alistair Robertson, Bobby Hope, Graham Williams and Graham Lovett.

We also have a picture of the Albion first team from the centenary season, 1979-80. On the back row, from left, are Derek Statham, Cyrille Regis, Tony Godden, David Stewart, Alistair Brown, John Trewick and Bryan Robson. Sitting at the front are Tony Brown, Alistair Robertson, Brendon Batson, George Wright (physiotherapist), John Wile, Ron Atkinson (manager), David Mills, Gary Owen and Peter Barnes.

Did you go to the Baggies' centenary dinner? Did you take part in any other events to mark the 100th birthday? Contact dshaw@blackcountry bugle.co.uk or write to our editorial address.

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