Ben Foster: Best-ever form from Gareth McAuley

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster today insisted Player of the Season Gareth McAuley is in the form of his life after signing a new Baggies contract at the age of 33.

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The Northern Ireland international put pen to paper last week on a new two-year deal after getting his Premier League chance with West Brom two years ago.

And, despite the popular centre-back’s age, Foster believes there is more to come from the former Leicester and Ipswich stopper.

Foster said: “He’s amazing. He’s 33 and is showing no signs of letting up. His pace is frightening. He keeps up with the young lads.

“It’s a big thing for him to sign this contract. He’s played all his career in the lower leagues so to finally get into the Premier League in his thirties is something that doesn’t happen often.

“But he’s taken it all in his stride. He’s a pleasure to play with and great to have in front of you.”

Foster and McAuley helped the Baggies claim a best-ever Premier League finish of eighth this season.

And Foster revealed his pride at helping the club achieve their highest top-flight finish for 33 years, but admitted a tinge of disappointment they finished one short of their points target.

He said: “We want to pass that 50-point barrier next season. I think everybody would agree that we took our foot off the gas a little bit.

"I don’t think anybody could complain, though. It’s really nice to finish eighth, I’m happy at that.

"The gaffer told us it is the best season since 1980-81, so we should all be very proud.”

Comments for: "Ben Foster: Best-ever form from Gareth McAuley"

CantelloRocket 78

Ben Foster - ' it's our best finish since 1980-81, so we should all be very proud '.

Can't speak for anyone else Ben, but I certainly am.Even some of our 'rival' fans from Wolves have been over here to congratulate us, fair play.

Things are never perfect, but supporters should, by their nature, 'support', so after years of hard work and progress within the club, I can now travel anywhere in me Baggies colours, and feel great pride.

Sure feels good............

j james

i take it that means you might travel to an away game?

CantelloRocket 78

Wolfboy-

yeah, I might come with your lot-

so when are you at Carlisle and Stevenage.......?

We Only Need One Half!

Tish boom! you walked into that one Jesse!

Kev in Mallorca

In the interest of harmony on the WBAFC boards I would like to put forward a motion to introduce a rota system for members of the fictional "committee" to take it in turns when replying to each of Mboy's posts as his paranoia has reached crisis level.

I suspect that the cutting down of the bushes in the Vine,at my request I might add, was the reason for the increase of his anxiety therefore on my return I will personally replant bushes of a similar height and density.

Adeu.

CantelloRocket 78

Kev,

Bon Dia.

I doubt if there'll ever be total 'harmony' of views on the site, because there'll always be a difference of opinion on various issues, but what would be good is if we can all make the effort to discuss matters in a mature, fair-minded way - a touch of humour's also desirable.

I've had a browse at the Wolves site from time to time over the years, and sometimes every other person seems to be in conflict with each other, it can often makes this place look like a tranquil Buddhist Monastery.

Personally, I'll meet or talk to people with a smile on my face and firm handshake, but if they reject my offer of friendship, or show no willing to open their minds in a discussion, it all becomes a bit pointless.

This site is open 24/7 for anyone to submit a post, but it's not compulsory, if you don't like what's being said or discussed, you can just walk away, there's no one standing behind with a big stick forcing you to join in.

As for being on a 'committee', I could probably find a few thousand fans inside the Albion ground who agree with some of my views, and would chat with me, but we wouldn't be the 'Guardians on the Gate'-

and there wouldn't be enough shiny metal badges for us all to wear......

Adeu.

j james

you mean `HARMONY`as in everyone is intitled to an opinion so long as it dont differ from 78s, jack, kevs, bully`s well i for one will not join the love in.

up the committeeeeeeeeeeeee

We Only Need One Half!

No Jesse, he means everyone is entitled to their view, so long as they aren't blatantly (and obviously) dingles trying to stir it.

Kev in Mallorca

Sid James

So you want me to agree with you and Mboy etc and then I can resign from the committee?

CantelloRocket 78

Wolfboy-

no, I mean 'harmony' as in the hairspray-

I ask for mature, fair-minded discussion, and 'jj' turns up-

Jealous juvenile, who else......?

Boing Baggie

I think we should have a vote for a new chairman .

i will vote Mboy he is the only one that talks sence on here.

CantelloRocket 78

Boing Baggiewolfboy-

ha ha ha.....looks like yer really rattled, eh?

I nominate you for Chairman, because

yow talk 'sence'......as in twopence.........

Viva Moxey!!!!!

The Real Bully Hoo.

Rocket.

Shouldn't that be toopense..

CantelloRocket 78

Bully,

I told 'wolfboy' he should concentrate on his alphabet, but he said 'I don't like soup'.......;-)

Jack ♣ Hat.

Kev,

Then you could join the "Sad Lads, Beg to Differ Brigade, mate. L☺Ls.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

We Only Need One Half!

Boing, when you bringing the calender out?

CantelloRocket 78

Kev,

by the way, I was talking in general to everyone, not tryin' to tell yow what to do-

I know how passionate you are about gettin' everybody to give the Baggies their support, and it's time they started singin' more of yower songs........:-)

Adeu.

Kev in Mallorca

Cantello

Cyril was just learnin' the words but he's been at the cookin' sherry,tripped over,bumped his bonce and he's forgot 'em,put the East stand back two seasons that has!!

Adeu

We Only Need One Half!

Kev, having sat in the East Stand for the last game, I can confirm,

There's life Kev, but not as we know it!

Phil Osopher

Well done Gareth, I'm always a bit dubious about defenders losing their pace when they hit their thirties? but, If Ben Foster says you've still got it, that will do for me. Also, a big praise for Ben himself, I read in one of the national tabloids, that he stayed around for 1/2 hour or so signing autographs after the Man. Utd game. Credit to you Ben. This means a lot to the supporters, and it's much appreciated.

Have a good summer everyone. looking forward to next season.

Ps. I won't believe that Romelu will choose West Ham over us?

froggybaggy

Gareth has been brilliant, let's hope he can get a reliable partner next season. Either an in form and motivated Olsson or the developing Dawson.

Unfortunately I don't think it will be up to Rom, it will be Chelsea and his advisors who will decide what happens to him next season. I'm sure if he had a choice he would be back at the Hawthorns.

AndyH

Morning,

Going to West 'ammmm would, imo, be a sidways or backwards step for Lukaku.....and it may depend on who Chelski ahve in charge / but etc... on the trasfer rumour page it does say the Dortmund are interested and Champions Leauge football would be a big draw...but would he play every game...i'd like to think we are still in with a chance of getting him for another year....but there will be alternative i'm sure

regards

AndyH

astleistheking

It's a little frustrating that we didn't put muc effort in when we had the game sewn up. Wigan and Reading are the more notable amongst them.

DwarfzappA

Gareth McAuley, his fitness is truly remarkable, 'i said' this only a couple of weeks back, at 33 he certainly puts Terry and Ferdinand to shame. SC or whoever said, he will get envolved with the youth of the club, and he more than keeps up with them. Other than his exploits on the field his fellow players and the Baggie supporters acknowledge the fact he has that something special about him, he is a people kinda person.

up up i said up

Jack ♣ Hat.

Ben,

I said a while back that G-mac would be an evergreen player for us, I haven't changed my mind.

Regards our finishing place in the Premiership, our lads have done us proud.

There is uproar this morning because of rising Premiership season tickets and (the Sun) did a write up on the subject. So I piped up and posted, explaining that Jeremy Peace had reduced season tickets across the board by £50 for season 2012-20-13,

as far as I'm concerned, West Bromwich Albion do not come into the argument. Looking at £ & position our fans have had the best deal in the big league.

So Ben, you and the lads take a well earned rest because I am counting down the days for the start of 2013-2014. There is more to my letter on the Sun site. All the best for the coming season.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Boing Baggie

Took our foot off the gas Ben ? letting 13 goals go past you in the last four games seems more like we run out of gas, or we got found out for what we really are. and its very worrying ben.

We Only Need One Half!

"got found out for what we really are"

What are we then? are you suggesting it is possible to fluke your way on a wing and a prayer to 8th in the Prem League over 38 games?

No you have seen it written down, can you see what a ridiculous statement that really is?

Cyril Randle

Kev, I have no wish to be objectionable, (and about 2 hours ago I tripped and landed on my forehead on my brick drive so the 'duck egg' thereon may be influencing my drivel), but total harmony on these boards is surely not the aim.

I too am often astounded by Mboy's posts, but I always read 'em for the Hell of it !

I actually took him to the cleaners for a recent post but it never got on here, yet we still have freedom of speech overall and I'd hate to see that die. Many PEOPLE died for that privilege.

I have a pet hate which is when posters blame an individual in the team for a bad defeat or performance. It's a TEAM game, so when we get beaten or don't show, why pick on one player ? Sometimes the tactics of the opposition coach are better than our coach's tactics so should we all want Steve Clarke out ?

One thing is for sure. With the money paid for success, the Chairman has is hand always on the pulse of the club and overall, the patient is healthy.

We can still let fly on here when we are miffed. Norwich match being a point I would offer as my example. It took two days for my 'forgiver' to work again.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Cyril.

I'm sure you know Kev's post is a tongue in cheek dig about our supposed committeee. Like it or not you're an unelected member of said committee by dint of the fact that as your post proves, you don't like individuals being picked on and you believe that it's your right on a public forum to challenge that point of view.

I think your point about about picking out individuals hits the nail on the head about a certain type of football fan. For a variety of different reasons they never look too deeply for why things go wrong so the easy way is to pick a scapegoat. At the Mol it's usually Steven Ward or Karl Henry but never the crowd's favourites (when they had any favourites) Doyle or SEB. We're no different as witnessed with Rosenberg, despite only making a few sub appearances he was single handedly responsible for our dip in form.

The people that defended James Morrison a couple of seasons back, Billy Jones more recently and then Markus Rosenberg are ridiculed at the time but never acknowledged when these players come good.

Kev in Mallorca

Trbhoo

Yo leave Karl Henry aloon,he was a crowd favorite on Sunday!

Adeu

CantelloRocket 78

Kev,

Yow performed a miracle last wik-

Yow med Karl Henry run forward insted of side to side.......

Adeu.

Shropshirebaggy

Rocket, they don't call him 'The Crab' for no reason!

Kev in Mallorca

Cyril

I don't think for one minute that you thought I was pushing for total harmony, I was just lightheartedly tekin' the ssip out of Mboy's comments on another thread as to why he calls us positive thinking fans "the Gang" or "the Committee".

His reasoning was cause we all disagree with him on a public forum?????

We have asked him many times to meet up for a drink and a chat to see if we can "get his drift" face to face but he never takes up our offer even though he secretly watches us[from behind the bushes] in the Vine.

I don't know if he thinks it will turn to fisticuffs but he's just got to look at the early posts between me and Max,when he bothers to turn up that is, come to think of it "anybody and Max", to know that it's going to be a chat and a ssip tek.

Don't get me started on picking out individual players for a below par performance else I shall miss the first match next season.

Adeu

PS. I hope that knock on ya 'ed dow mek ya forget all the words to the songs yove bin singin' this year?

Cyril Randle

Kev, point taken. Me, I love a good ding-dong as long as there is no animosity. You should see my face this morning, or maybe not. Big red lump on forehead, two black eyes and a squashed nose. Needless to say, my lady friends have all dumped me. Me, the man who taught Basil in Waiting For God on 'Yesterday'. For those too young to know, he's known as 'Basil The Bonker'. Not all bad news though, my lovely little Fabia sailed through its MOT this morning.

Bully, you may have forgotten, I was once spoken of as 'Chairman of The Committee'. What an honour.

The Sun topic : Fans fury at rising Premiership ticket prices.

My response:

Lets not forget West Bromwich Albion sliced £50 off season tickets across the board for the 2012 - 2013 season. High priced season tickets not our problem, why pay silly money for players and wages, when our powers that be can take places 11-10-8 in the Premiership over the last three seasons. Albion fans in general are a patient bunch which also helps. Oh! and we don't carry massive debt either. Other clubs should learn the West Bromwich Albion way, as it will work at all levels.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Shropshire.

I replied to your post on the £48 mill thread but it died somewhere in the ether. Just to say that I've felt exactly the same at times and some other very decent posters have disappeared from the site although some may be for other reasons.

The thing I really wanted to say was that some of my favourite posts have been from fans reminiscing and bringing out memories from others. Sometimes it's the oldies like myself, Rocket and Cyril or the younger set like Bomber, Warren and AITK but with all of the backbiting going on we rarely get these types of post any more.

Keep on posting and hopefully the Trolls will transfer themselves to the Walsall site when the new season gets under way.

AndyH

Morning all,

Gmac's been class all season....and he does come across as a bloke you'd have a pint with...just a decent fella really. Maybe it's because he came late into the professional game and has more of a sence of perspective than some footballers we contantly read about in newspapers etc.... either way he does make you feel all calm when you see him playing.

regards

AndyH

Happy_baggie

Just a comment on Lukaku..... I can't see Chelsea letting him play on loan in the Champions league as it would "cup-tie" him if they decided to recall him during the season - he would also be unable to play against Chelsea should they be drawn against each other which could rule him out of the final should both teams get there...... which would devastate the lad.

So whilst it sounds good I still think another season at the baggies where he can finish his premiership learning makes more sense for Chelsea if they decide to loan him - and Rom has already said he would love to come back.

Pity we don't have any links between our management and Chelsea's..........

Shropshirebaggy

Bully, the thing about this so called committee that confuses me the most is that I don't object to anybody disagreeing with me if they can support their argument, but some people just don't do that.

On this thread, G-Mac has been excellent and I'm delighted he's signed up for another 2 years, well done Albion for moving swiftly.

Kev in Mallorca

Shrop

"The Committee" have been saying the same for the 5 yrs or so I've been posting but the the "Committeefinder Generals" just can't understand the concept of a public forum, I don't know if they are thick or clones of Sheldon in The Big Bang Theory?

Adeu

The Real Bully Hoo.

Shropshire.

I think you've hit the nail on the head.

Come on here and argue your point using facts, reason and a bit of humour and you're not only on the committee but a vicious bully to boot.

Come on here and slag off management or players and you're a pitiful downtrodden victim.