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West Bromwich Albion: Fans fondly recall final day relegation escape in 2005

West Bromwich Albion: Fans fondly recall final day relegation escape in 2005 - West Brom

Plenty of West Brom fans have been gleefully celebrating the 15-year anniversary of their dramatic escape from Premier League relegation.

On 15 May 2005, the Baggies defeated Portsmouth 2-0 at The Hawthorns and duly became the first team in Premier League history to beat the drop after being bottom on Christmas Day in the same season (as per BBC). Highlights of the game were shared by the club’s official Twitter channel @WBA.

Bryan Robson’s side were among four teams striving for that coveted 17th position, along with Norwich, Southampton and Crystal Palace, with rapidly-changing scorelines across those teams’ matches frequently altering the relegation picture.

Geoff Horsfield’s second half opener took West Brom out of the bottom three and Kieran Richardson ensured their victory over Pompey, but with Andy Johnson simultaneously putting Palace ahead at Charlton, Albion were put back into the drop zone.

However, Jonathan Fortune’s equaliser at The Valley pushed the Baggies back up to 17th and a 2-2 draw in that game, along with defeats for Norwich and Southampton, meant that West Brom eventually retained their Premier League status, prompting a jubilant pitch invasion at The Hawthorns. [via BBC]

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These Baggies fans savoured the footage of that “unreal” day on Twitter:

West Brom fans, what are your memories of the escape from relegation in 2005? Let us know in the comments section below!


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