West Bromwich Albion F.C.

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West Bromwich Albion Football Club (/ˈbrɒmɪ, -ɪ/) is a professional football club based in West Bromwich, West Midlands, England. It competes in the EFL Championship, the second tier of English football. The club was formed in 1878 and has played at its home ground, The Hawthorns, since 1900.

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West Bromwich Albion
Full nameWest Bromwich Albion Football Club
  • The Baggies
  • The Throstles
  • The Albion
Short name
  • WBA
  • West Brom
  • Albion
Founded1878; 145 years ago (1878)
GroundThe Hawthorns
OwnerLai Guochuan
Head coachCarlos Corberán
LeagueEFL Championship
2022–23EFL Championship, 9th of 24
WebsiteClub website
Soccerball_current_event.svg Current season

Albion was a founder member of the Football League in 1888, the first professional football league in the world. The club has spent the majority of its existence in the top tier of English football, where it has played for 82 seasons. The club has been champions of England once, in 1919–20, and has been runners-up twice. Albion have reached ten FA Cup finals and won the Cup on five occasions. The first win came in 1888, the year the league was founded, followed by wins in 1892, 1931, 1954 and most recently in 1968, the club's last major trophy. Albion also won the Football League Cup at the first attempt in 1966, and have reached a further two finals. The club's longest continuous period in the top division spanned 24 years between 1949 and 1973, and from 1986 to 2002 it spent its longest ever spell out of the top division.

The team has played in navy blue and white stripes for most of the club's history, and the club badge features a throstle perched on a hawthorn branch. Albion has long-standing rivalries with other West Midlands clubs, with its traditional rivals being Aston Villa and Wolverhampton Wanderers. Albion contests the Black Country derby with the latter.