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Club Contact Details: The Hawthorns, West Bromwich, West Midlands B71 4LF
Telephone: 0871 271 1100
Club Nicknames: Originally known as 'The Albion,' when the club moved to its present ground - The Hawthorns - they were named 'The Throstles' - the Black Country name for thrushes which were often seen in the bushes that gave the ground its name. However their most common nickname now is 'The Baggies.' The origins of this vary and include the size of shorts worn at the time, the name of protective trousers that local factory workers wore, or after the men (with police escorts) who carried large cloth bags containing the takings on match days, around the ground to secure offices under the main stand.
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Origins: The club, also known as West Brom, The Baggies, The Throstles, Albion or WBA, was formed in 1878 by workers from George Salter’s Spring Works in West Bromwich, then in Staffordshire but now part of the West Midlands administrative county and known colloquially as The Black Country. In 1879 they called themselves West Bromwich Strollers after walking to Wednesbury to buy a ball, and renamed West Bromwich Albion in 1880 after the Albion district of West Bromwich, close to what is today Greets Green.
The club played matches at the Stoney Lane ground before moving to The Hawthorns in 1900 – the first Football League ground to be built in the 20th Century and, at 551 feet, the highest football ground above sea level in the UK. The ground was so named after being sited on the old Hawthorns Estate where hawthorn bushes had been grown in the past.
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