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Best week in Albion's 120-year history?

Reigning champions in Premier League and WSL toppled in same week.

By Charlie Hanson • 08 February 2021

By Paul Hazlewood
Albion defeated Liverpool at Anfield last Wednesday.

Last Monday, neither the men's or women's team had toppled the reigning domestic champions in the league ever before.

The men's team had managed it in the FA Cup, twice, both times against Liverpool in 1983 and 1984; and they did the double over Nottingham Forest when they were European Champions in 1979/80. The only other time? The 1910 Charity Shield win over Aston Villa. Albion faced the Football League champions as winners of the Southern League. 

By mid afternoon on Sunday, both teams had made history as they put last season's table-toppers to the sword, in what has to rank as our club's greatest ever week.

By Kyle Hemsley
Danique Kerkdijk looks delighted with Albion's win over Chelsea.

Liverpool were humbled on their own turf on Wednesday in the Premier League, before a Chelsea team that hadn't been beaten in their last 33 Barclays FA Women's Super League matches suffered the same fate on Sunday.

Men's team

Having gone to Anfield off the back of an excellent 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, Graham Potter's men replicated that scoreline against a Liverpool side who had only suffered one defeat at home in their last 69 matches.

Dan Burn's header across the face of goal was tucked away by Steven Alzate for his first Premier League goal to secure the club's first win over the Reds since 1984.

The media were full of praise in for Albion's performance while legend Gary Williams said the result was on par with the famous victory over European champions Nottingham Forest in 1980 at the Goldstone.

Andy Ritchie, who scored the goal when Albion last won a league game at Anfield 39 years ago, compared last week’s win to that achieved by Albion in 1982 against a team that included Bruce Grobbelaar, Mark Lawrenson, Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, Kenny Dalglish and Ian Rush. 

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Liverpool Montage

Women's team

Defeats to Manchester City and Bristol City had seen Albion slip close to the bottom of the WSL, but an outstanding victory at Kingsmeadow against Chelsea saw them shoot up to eighth.

A Blues side who hadn't tasted defeat in over two years in league football were in search of a 15th successive home win.

It looked set to be a difficult afternoon for Hope Powell's team when Sam Kerr nodded the hosts in front after just five minutes, but Albion instantly responded when Aileen Whelan headed in an equaliser on her 50th WSL appearance.

With 12 minutes left to play and Chelsea in the ascendancy, Megan Connolly's corner went straight over Carly Telford's outstretched glove and in.

Albion held onto their lead and secured not only the biggest shock in the league this season, but the greatest result in their WSL history.

Hope Powell was full of praise for her side after a difficult few weeks, while Megan Connolly felt Albion had earned their luck.

Under-23s

While not necessarily historic, it was also the perfect start to life in the hotseat for Andrew Crofts and Shannon Ruth who took over from Simon Rusk as interim bosses of the under-23s.

West Ham were the visitors to the American Express Elite Football Performance Centre on Friday night, and after an early sending off for the Irons, Albion cruised to a 6-1 win and their first victory of 2021.

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U23 Highlights: Albion 6 West Ham 1