Season 2005-06 Result
West Bromwich Albion 0-3 Newcastle United
 M.Owen 46,
 M.Owen 78,
 A.Shearer 80.
Date: 30/10/2005  Venue: The Hawthorns  Competition: Premiership
Crowd: 26,216
Match Report Submitted on 03/11/2005 by Wilf
Bromwich Balti
Second away trip in 4 days and a return to the scene of the “Locking the Keys in Car” incident. No such slip ups this time tho as driving responsibilities were handed over to young Michael Barron - brother of John, who entertained us with his vast CD collection which included everything from the Kinks to gansta rap and a lovely 50s style song about Sunshine, Lolly Pops and Rainbows.

John kindly sorted us out for parking as he has been working across the road from the Hawthorns, laying a new indoor training pitch for the Baggies. This was very kind but he had spent half the journey down trying to kill us with his transit van in a high-speed game of chicken with his brother which I found even scarier than one of Mick’s road rage moments.
We arrived in one piece at around 1pm and met up with Dirk – which gave us plenty of time to find a boozer. Not too many pubs nearby, but we eventually found the Royal Oak and stayed there for the duration. An entertaining couple of hours ensued as one end of the pub tried to out sing the other. I think us lot at the “Pool End” had the edge over the lads in “The Corner” with the twins and Johnny showing much more imagination than their constant chant of the fullwell end is always full.
Having left the pub in plenty of time we arrived at the ground to find chaos as the stewards struggled to cope with the sheer volume of fans trying to get through their automatic turnstiles. This was of particular annoyance to Dirk as he had planned on another swift pint before the match. “This is not Premiership standard – this is not good enough” he retorted to the stewards or any one else who would listen to him. To be fair at £29 a ticket he had a point.

Nice to see the team sheet looking slightly stronger and with Souness having decisions to make on team selections rather than his hand being forced completely.
A largely uneventful first half, but we chipped away at West Brom with Owen and Boumsong both missing good chances.

Before we had time to re-take our seats for the second half Owen had fired us into the lead. West Brom then had their only real spell of pressure with Earnshaw in particular wasting some good chances.

Can’t argue with Souness’ changes. Around the hour mark West Brom looked as if they were beginning to lose their shape and tire, so Souness threw on Shearer and Dyer. Ten Minutes later it was game over after a good run by Dyer ended with a ball to the front post and a good finish by Owen which looked like something from the 5 a side pitch as he turned the ball into the roof of the net. By now West Brom were finished and our players actually looked like they were enjoying themselves. There was even time for Shearer to score goal number 197. I do believe this was Shearer’s first goal for Newcastle when coming on as a sub.
After the game we left the ground to find that gates had been closed either side of us, we were penned in and had to follow a specially made path which brought us out miles away. Meaning we had to walk through a housing estate to get back to the car – cant quite see the logic in that. The result of this was that we ended up stuck in heavy traffic. This didn’t stop us getting back in time for Match of the Day, the only further hold up being a stop on the hard shoulder for Kieron to puke up. Was it too much beer or the half – time chicken balti pie??