This season’s Baggies remain at the bottom of the table of the worst ever Premier League Albion sides with defeat at Spurs, a point behind the 2004/05 team who would properly kick off the Great Escape with victory over Manchester City in game 24.
They haven’t yet wrestled the title of worst ever Albion side as the 1985/86 team is holding on to that having also lost game 23. In what was a 42 game season, game 23 was the Boxing Day fixture with Luton Town the visitors to the Hawthorns. Marc North game the visitors the lead on 4 minutes – Varadi equalised just after the half hour only for Mick Harford to give the Hatters a 2-1 lead on the stroke of half-time, an advantage that they were able to see out for the second half. It left Nobby Stiles’ side with 11 points from 23 games, 6 points adrift at the bottom of the table and 11 points from the side in fourth-bottom, Aston Villa.
The 1985/86 side also had the edge on goals conceded, having let in 55 after 23 games, one more than this campaign. The record tally for a Baggies side at this stage is 59 in the 1892/93 season – that season’s side had many more points (the equivalent of 27) but had suffered two 8-1 defeats, a 6-0 beating and had conceded five on three occasions. The season before, Albion had conceded 54 goals from 23 games, although game 23 itself saw them record what remains the club record victory, a 12-0 win over Darwen on 4th April 1892 – Albion finished 12th that season, third from bottom, but won the FA Cup.
The second worst goals conceded total after 23 games is 56 in the 1926/27 season. That side were bottom of the table but had the equivalent of 14 points and were unsurprisingly relegated just seven years after winning the league title – that did lead to one of the most memorable achievements in Albion history, however, when they won promotion and the FA Cup in the same season four years later. I guess it just goes to prove that this club has always had its ups and downs, and it always will.
|* Positions are recorded as Albion’s position in the table after all fixtures for that day have been completed.|
|2002/2003||18/01/2003||Leeds United (A)||D||0-0|
|2008/2009||27/01/2009||Manchester United (H)||L||0-5|
|2010/2011||23/01/2011||Blackburn Rovers (A)||L||0-2|
|2012/2013||19/01/2013||Aston Villa (H)||D||2-2||Brunt, Odemwingie|
|2013/2014||29/01/2014||Aston Villa (A)||L||3-4||Brunt, Delph (o.g.), Mulumbu|
|2014/2015||31/01/2015||Tottenham Hotspur (H)||L||0-3|
|2015/2016||23/01/2016||Aston Villa (H)||D||0-0|
|2017/2018||13/01/2018||Brighton & Hove Albion (H)||W||2-0||Evans, Dawson|
|2020/2021||07/02/2021||Tottenham Hotspur (A)||L||0-2|
|2002/2003||29/01/2003||Charlton Athletic (H)||L||0-1|
|2004/2005||22/01/2005||Manchester City (H)||W||2-0||Campbell, Wallwork|
|2005/2006||31/01/2006||Charlton Athletic (A)||D||0-0|
|2008/2009||31/01/2009||Hull City (A)||D||2-2||Simpson, Brunt (pen)|
|2010/2011||01/02/2011||Wigan Athletic (H)||D||2-2||Odemwingie, Fortuné|
|2011/2012||04/02/2012||Swansea City (H)||L||1-2||Fortuné|
|2014/2015||08/02/2015||Burnley (A)||D||2-2||Brunt, Ideye|
|2015/2016||02/02/2016||Swansea City (H)||D||1-1||Rondón|
|2016/2017||04/02/2017||Stoke City (H)||W||1-0||Morrison|
|2020/2021||14/02/2021||Manchester United (H)|
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