The season’s end sees Albion finish in 10th place in the Championship, the club’s lowest league finish since the 1999/2000 season.
The last time the club finished in 10th spot in the second tier was in the 1997/98 season, a campaign that started well under Ray Harford before he walked out on the club to join QPR when the Baggies were in 4th place. His replacement, Denis Smith, presided over 23 league games in that campaign of which Albion won only four thus dropping out of the play-off places. Perhaps the only consolation was that Harford did even worse at QPR, winning just three of his 26 games in charge as the R’s escaped relegation by a single point.
Karlan Grant finished as the club’s top scorer this season with his brace against Barnsley moving him to 18 goals for the season, the best return from an Albion player since Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez scored 23 and 22 league goals respectively in the 2018/19 campaign. Before that, you have to go back Kevin Phillips’ 22 league goals in 2007/08 for a better goal tally from a Baggies player. It should have been more, of course, as he missed the opportunity to record his first career hat trick when his second penalty was saved by Jack Walton in the Barnsley goal.
It was Grant’s second penalty miss in as many home games and the third time he has failed to convert a spot kick this season having also missed in first half stoppage time at home to Millwall in September. He has scored four penalties this season, all since the beginning of March, but that makes a conversion rate of just 57%.
Albion’s tally of 52 goals this season was bettered at the Hawthorns alone in the 2018/19 season (53) while Tony Mowbray’s teams in 2006/07 and 2007/08 both recorded 51 league goals at home. Fulham scored more than twice as many goals as the Baggies this season with 106 while Aleksandar Mitrović’s total of 43 goals is better than the entire teams of both Barnsley (33) and Hull City (41) while Peterborough United managed to match his total by scoring five goals in their final game of the season.
|* Positions are recorded as Albion’s position in the table after all fixtures for that day have been completed.|
|2000/2001||06/05/2001||Preston North End (A)||L||1-2||Clement|
|2001/2002||21/04/2002||Crystal Palace (H)||W||2-0||Moore, Taylor|
|2003/2004||09/05/2004||Nottingham Forest (H)||L||0-2|
|2006/2007||06/05/2007||Barnsley (H)||W||7-0||Phillips (3), Ellington (2, 1 pen), Koren, Gera|
|2007/2008||04/05/2008||Queen’s Park Rangers (A)||W||2-0||Kim, Brunt|
|2018/2019||05/05/2019||Derby County (A)||L||1-3||Johansen|
|2019/2020||22/07/2020||Queen’s Park Rangers (H)||D||2-2||Diangana, Robinson|
|2021/2022||07/05/2022||Barnsley (H)||W||4-0||Grant (2, 1 pen), Reach, Clarke|