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My Albion memories: Tony Holloway

An Albion fan since 1958, Tony gives us his favourite memories

By BHAFC • 07 May 2020

Tony Holloway has been an Albion fan for more than 60 years

What was your first game and what do you remember about it?

Living in London for most of my life until 2012, the first Albion game I attended was at Craven Cottage on Boxing Day 1958 when Albion played away to Fulham. Fulham won 3-1, it was bitterly cold and I hadn't fully appreciated the international quality of the Fulham side. Newly promoted Albion put up a spirited display with Eric Gill making some fine saves. Adrian Thorne netted for Albion.

It is worth mentioning that the return match at the Goldstone was the next day. Albion turned things around and scored three without reply. Two goals from Dixon and one from Thorne settled the match. Whilst Fulham were eventually promoted Albion nonetheless had their largest home attendance of all time at a little under 37,000 for that match.

Who was your first hero?

My instant favourite was Adrian Thorne and after he left the Albion - way too early - I then enjoyed the skills of Kit Napier.

What is the match you remember most?

I certainly remember the FA Cup fourth round second replay against Rotherham at Highbury in 1960. In front of a crowd of just under 33,000 the Albion dominated to win 6-0. A hat-trick from Curry, two goals from Thorne and one from Jones sealed a glorious evening.

By Evening Argus
The West Stand under construction at the Goldstone in 1958-59.

What are your home and away shirts?

My favourite Albion home shirt is anything that has the blue and white stripes. The solid colours of blue then white and back to blue just didn't do justice to the tradition, even at Wembley. I guess the short sleeved yellow / gold away shirt looked workmanlike.

What is your all-time Albion XI?

Corrigan, Duffy, Dunk, Lawrenson, Case, Horton, Thorne, Ward, Penney, Zamora, March.

 

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