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It was celebration time at The Hawthorns on Sunday, as Albion celebrated promotion with a game against their traditional whipping boys Barnsley. But as Terry Wills observes, all eyes now are on the future.

"How time flies"!

From the opening day, August 8th 2009, up to the present, it's now time to look back and enjoy West Bromwich Albion's end of season deliberations and celebrations!

A cordon of stewards and police hopelessly outnumbered. Fans who knew only too well that however stringent the appeals, NOTHING could or would, stop them invading the pitch. Running around and posing for photographs, as is the 'normal' practice, following another biannual promotion back into the Greed League.

From the outset, set against a background of high spirit, Baggies fans were in high spirits, balloons, chants, Mexican waves and singing...the only thing that turned out to be a disappointment was the game itself.

Barnsley, including 'Big Dave' Moore - and what a fantastic reception he received - played assured composed football that caused Albion's defence numerous problems.

Highlighted when they took the lead, as Di Matteo's troops seemingly held a competition among themselves to determine who could stand still the longest before Hugo Colace, totally unmarked gratefully gave the 'Tykes' the lead.

From then on despite Barnsley always looking dangerous, it was Albion who created, but sadly managed to the game's best chances.

Whistle to his lips, almost time to signal the end of the game - enter Albion's 'Player of the Season' Graham Dorrans. A left sided cross, supporters screaming for a goal, and there was the ball nestling in the back of the net as a calm assured shot saved a point that should have been three.

But lets not be over critical. It hadn't been a 'commanding' display, but hidden below the surface was the feeling that if Albion had NEEDED to win the game they would have.

But that's in the past. It's time to look ahead to the future, and while Albion are already among the teams expected too struggle, providing the Chairman and the 'Head Coach' can agree on just how much expendititure will be enough to survive a difficult initial period among the 'Big Boys' then the supporters can feel reasonably optimistic that a period of stabilility could be lurking just around the corner.

Yes additional strengthening is needed. Graham Dorrans HAS to stay.Certain players have to be 'shown the door' and providing the morale continues to be high, then fans will feel we DO have a reasonable chance to keep away from one of those bottom three relegation positions!




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