About West Bromwich Albion
Words and pictures on this page courtesy of West Bromwich Albion FC (www.wba.co.uk)
The club that became West Bromwich Albion was formed in 1878 by a group of young workers at the George Salter Springs factory. Initially it was called the West Bromwich Strollers before taking the Albion name. Just eight years after forming, in 1886 Albion became the first team from the Midlands to reach an FA Cup final, eventually winning the trophy in 1888.
By 1954 Albion had won their 4th FA cup and only just missed out claiming top position in the First Division for consecutive years. Albion’s fame resulted in an invitation to visit the Soviet Union in 1957 where they became the first English club to win there.
In 1978 Albion became the first English club to visit China in a landmark trip that has echoed down the years, all the way to the club’s present day ownership. In the summer of 2016, Albion’s ownership switched to foreign hands for the first time when the Chinese entrepreneur Guochuan Lai became the controlling shareholder in an agreement which saw owner and chairman Jeremy Peace step down.
The Albion Foundation
The Albion Foundation uses the power of football to make a difference, raise aspirations, grow their people and participants and connect West Bromwich Albion Football Club to its communities. The last 12 months have seen The Foundation working in India, Nigeria, Sweden, China and Kenya.
The Albion Foundation provides the football coaches for the Kingsway English Plus Football programme, so you know you are getting the very best professional coaches during your course.