1882–83 West Bromwich Albion F.C. season

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West Bromwich Albion
1882–83 season
Chairman None[1][nb 1]
Manager None[2][nb 2]
Stadium The Four Acres
Birmingham Senior Cup Fourth round
Staffordshire Senior Cup Winners
Wednesbury Charity Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League: N/A[nb 4]
All: Harry Aston (17)[nb 3]
Highest home attendance 10,500 (vs Aston Villa, 23 December 1882)[nb 3]
Lowest home attendance 1,200 (vs Bloxwich Strollers, 18 November 1882)[nb 3]
Average home league attendance 3,383[nb 3]

The 1882–83 season was the fifth season in the history of West Bromwich Albion Football Club. This was the club's first season at their fourth ground, the Four Acres. The ground had been home to the West Bromwich Dartmouth Cricket Club since 1834, but the cricket club allowed Albion to play football matches there on Saturdays and Mondays.[3] The club wore two different kits during 1882–83: as well as the chocolate and blue halves from the previous season, the club also sported narrow red and white hoops.[4][5]

Albion won their first ever trophy when they defeated Stoke 3–2 in the final of the Staffordshire Senior Cup, winning the competition at the first attempt. They also reached the final of the Wednesbury Charity Cup, but lost 5–3 to Notts Rangers. In the Birmingham Senior Cup, Albion reached the fourth round, having registered their record competitive victory—a 26–0 win against Coseley—in round one.

It was the first season in which Albion fielded a reserve side in addition to their first team; the club's second team played 24 matches and went through the season undefeated.[6]

Birmingham Senior Cup[edit]

In the first round of their second Birmingham Senior Cup campaign, Albion beat Coseley by a 26–0 scoreline, having led 17–0 at half-time.[7] Every Albion outfield player scored at least once; goalkeeper Bob Roberts was the only one of the team not to appear on the scoresheet.[8] Harry Aston led the scoring, netting five times, while Billy Bisseker, George Timmins and George Bell also scored hat-tricks in what remains the club's record competitive victory.[9] After receiving a bye in round two, Albion defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 4–2; this was the first ever meeting between the two local rivals and therefore the first Black Country derby match.[10] Wednesbury Old Athletic were the opposition in the fourth round match. Aston scored for Albion but the team lost 2–1 as Old Athletic eliminated Albion from the competition for the second successive season.[7]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result[nb 5] Goalscorers Attendance
1 11 November 1882 Coseley H 26–0 Aston 5, Bisseker 4, Timmins 4, G. Bell 3, Bunn 2,
E Horton 2, Whitehouse 2, While 2,[nb 6] H Bell, Stanton.[nb 7]
2 Albion received a bye to round three
3 20 January 1883 Wolverhampton Wanderers A 4–2 G. Bell, Bisseker, Biddulph, Aston 3,000
4 13 March 1883 Wednesbury Old Athletic A 1–2 Aston 2,500

Source for match details:[7]

Staffordshire Senior Cup[edit]

The winning Albion team display the Staffordshire Cup.

Albion, taking part in the Staffordshire Senior Cup for the first time, defeated Bloxwich Strollers 4–0 in the first round replay, following a 3–3 draw. In round two, Albion met local rivals Aston Villa for the first time, and after another 3–3 draw, won the replay with a goal from George Timmins. The team drew 2–2 in the third round, but their opponents St George's were then disqualified from the competition for fielding two ineligible players in the match, so Albion progressed by default. In the semi-final against Leek White Star, Harry Aston scored a hat-trick as Albion won 8–0 to reach a cup final for the first time.[11]

In the final, Albion faced Stoke at the latter's Victoria Ground. More than 1,500 West Bromwich Albion supporters took advantage of a special rail excursion to attend the game. Johnson opened the scoring for Stoke after 15 minutes, but Albion replied through Timmins and Fred Bunn. Stoke equalised before half-time when Johnson claimed his second goal of the match. George Bell scored the winning goal in the second half when he headed a cross past Stoke's goalkeeper Wildin. Albion's 3–2 victory meant that they had won their first ever trophy.[12]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result[nb 5] Goalscorers Attendance
1 4 November 1882 Bloxwich Strollers A 3–3 G. Bell, Aston, Timmins 650
1(R) 18 November 1882 Bloxwich Strollers H 4–0 Biddulph 2, G. Bell, Aston 1,200
2 9 December 1882 Aston Villa A 3–3 G. Bell 2, Aston 13,900
2(R) 23 December 1882 Aston Villa H 1–0 Timmins 10,500
3 3 February 1883 St George's H 2–2[nb 8] Timmins, Bisseker 2,000
SF 10 March 1883 Leek White Star H 8–0 G. Bell, Aston 3, Biddulph 2, Bisseker 2 2,000
F 21 April 1883 Stoke A 3–2 Timmins, Bunn, G. Bell 6,150

Source for match details:[11]

Wednesbury Charity Cup[edit]

Albion participated in the Wednesbury Charity Cup for the first time and drew 3–3 with Wednesbury Strollers in the first round. In the replay, Albion progressed by a 7–1 scoreline. Harry Aston scored the only goal of the semi-final against Aston Unity at Wellington Road. The final took place at the same venue, against Notts Rangers; two goals from Harry Aston and one from Bisseker were not enough as Albion were defeated 5–3.[13]

Round Date Opponent Venue Result[nb 5] Goalscorers Attendance
1 25 November 1882 Wednesbury Strollers A 3–3 G. Bell, Bisseker, Whitehouse 2,000
1(R) 30 December 1882 Wednesbury Strollers H 7–1 Bisseker 2, Aston, G. Bell 2, Whitehouse 2 2,100
SF 24 February 1883 Aston Unity N 1–0 Aston 4,000
F 19 May 1883 Notts Rangers N 3–5 Aston 2, Bisseker 4,000

Source for match details:[13]

Friendly matches[edit]

As league football had yet to be established, West Bromwich Albion took part in a number of friendly matches throughout the season. Among these games was a 10–0 win against Stourbridge Standard in which Billy Bisseker scored six goals. This was the first match held at the Four Acres.[14] Later in the season, Harry Aston scored six times as Albion were 10–1 winners against Birmingham Junior Association. The record of the club's matches during their early years is not complete, thus several of the scorelines are missing.

Date Opponent Venue Result[nb 5]
23 September 1882 St George's A 1–7
30 September 1882 Oldbury A [nb 9]
7 October 1882 Stourbridge Standard H 10–0
14 October 1882 Aston Unity H 1–0
17 October 1882 The Grove A [nb 9]
21 October 1882 Excelsior A 2–2
2 December 1882 Excelsior H 3–2
16 December 1882 Leek H 2–0
26 December 1882 Wrexham A 5–2
27 December 1882 Notts Rangers A 2–3
6 January 1883 Wellington H [nb 9]
13 January 1883 Walsall Alma Athletic H 4–0
22 January 1883 St John's United H 11–0
27 January 1883 St George's H 3–0
10 February 1883 Notts Rangers H 1–1[nb 10]
17 February 1883 Birmingham Heath H 3–0
19 February 1883 Birmingham Junior Association H 10–1
17 March 1883 Leek A 6–3
19 March 1883 The Grove A 2–1
26 March 1883 Wellington[nb 11] H 4–0
31 March 1883 Wrexham H 3–1
7 April 1883 Calthorpe[nb 12] H 6–1
25 April 1883 All Saints H [nb 9]
28 April 1883 Walsall Swifts A 1–2
5 May 1883 Small Heath Alliance A 5–1
12 May 1883 Nechells H [nb 9]
16 June 1883 Wednesbury Old Athletic[nb 13] A 2–3

Source for match details:[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Albion did not have a chairman until 1885.
  2. ^ Albion did not have a secretary-manager until 1890 and did not appoint a full-time manager until 1948.
  3. ^ a b c d Includes all matches in the Birmingham Senior Cup, Staffordshire Senior Cup and Wednesbury Charity Cup.
  4. ^ There was no league football in England until 1888–89.
  5. ^ a b c d Albion's score is listed first, regardless of venue or result.
  6. ^ Matthews (1987) lists the scorer as "White", but this appears to be a typographical error.
  7. ^ Bowler (2017) contends that no reliable list of scorers from the game exists.
  8. ^ St George's were disqualified from the competition for fielding two ineligible players in the match.
  9. ^ a b c d e Score not recorded.
  10. ^ Match abandoned.
  11. ^ Benefit match for West Bromwich Hospital.
  12. ^ Benefit match for West Bromwich Dartmouth Cricket Club.
  13. ^ Benefit match for J Roberts.


  1. ^ Matthews (2005) p. 267.
  2. ^ Matthews (2005) pp. 257–258.
  3. ^ Matthews (2007) p. 64.
  4. ^ "Historical football kits - West Bromwich Albion". www.historicalkits.co.uk. Archived from the original on 4 November 2007. Retrieved 11 November 2007. 
  5. ^ McOwan p. 13.
  6. ^ Matthews (1987) p. 220.
  7. ^ a b c Matthews (1987) pp. 202–203.
  8. ^ Matthews (1987) p. 11.
  9. ^ Matthews (2007) p. 11.
  10. ^ Matthews (1987) pp. 202–210.
  11. ^ a b Matthews (1987) pp. 205–206.
  12. ^ Matthews (1987) p. 10.
  13. ^ a b Matthews (1987) p. 209.
  14. ^ a b Matthews (1987) pp. 210 & 214.
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