Celebrate a special 25th anniversary with Steve Gritt

Join us at an Amex dinner to remember the Goldstone finale and last-day drama at Hereford in 1997 and honour our former manager

By Luke Nicoli • 23 March 2022

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Robbie Reinelt scores his famous equaliser at Hereford in 1997.

Albion supporters will be honouring former manager Steve Gritt at a special fans’ dinner to be held at the Amex Stadium on Friday 22 April.

The dinner, which will kick off a number of events to commemorate the 25-year anniversary of the club leaving the Goldstone Ground, will also involve past players and icons who featured for the club in days gone by.

The event will be hosted by MyAlbion TV’s Richard Reynolds and will include interviews with those present, as they recall memories of their time at the club.

That weekend, the team which played the final game at the Goldstone against Doncaster Rovers, and then secured the club’s Football League status with a 1-1 draw at Hereford United a week later, will be invited as guests of the club to the Premier League home game against Southampton.

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Steve Gritt hugs Ian Baird after Albion stayed up at Hereford in 1997

Gritt was the manager who masterminded the club’s survival in 1996/97, having arrived at the club that December, and he is looking forward to the celebrations.

“It’s hard to think that 25 years have passed but it’s great to know the club is commemorating such an emotive and, ultimately, successful end to the season,” he said.

“Those six months and, of course, the final couple of games will live with me forever and I’m humbled to be honoured in this way. It will be great to catch up again with former players, members of staff and, of course, the fans who played such a big role in our survival. I’m sure it will be a great weekend in which the club will come together to celebrate such an important and pivotal season in Albion’s history.”

Former Albion captain Steve Foster, Dean Wilkins - who played and managed the club - and Paul Clark have confirmed their attendance at the Dinner. 

Foster made more than 300 Albion appearances in two spells and also played in the 1983 FA Cup final replay against Manchester United.

Wilkins also made more than 300 appearances for Albion in the heart of midfield and managed the club between 2006-08 while Clark had five seasons with Albion between 1977-82 and was part of the squad that won promotion to the old First Division. 

 A 25-year anniversary quiz – presented by Albion Roar co-host Alan Wares – will take place on Friday 6 May in Dick’s Bar, the evening before the Manchester United match at the Amex.

Tickets for the dinner will be priced at £45 per person for tables of up to ten and include a three-course meal.

Tickets for the dinner can be booked here.