As the crowd filed away from Old Trafford after an extraordinary afternoon, a pensioner sat in the press box with a smile as wide as the Manchester Ship Canal.
This was no ordinary smile.
Because Tony Brown is no ordinary pensioner.
And the Albion legend had just shared in another moment of Baggies history on his very own special day.
Saturday was always destined to be memorable for the 67-year-old, who celebrated the 50th anniversary of his Albion debut with a trip back to the ground where he watched his football as a boy.
Yet the man who scored twice in Albion’s last victory at Old Trafford – the legendary 5-3 success in December 1978 – cannot have known that his own historic occasion would also be the day that the 35-year wait for another win at the ‘Theatre of Dreams’ would come to an end.
A humble hero, ‘Bomber’ would never have wanted the win to be about him.
But wife Irene was in no doubt how much Albion’s historic success would mean to her other half.
“It was a tremendous way to celebrate,” he admitted afterwards. “It really made my day.
“My wife texted me after the game and said ‘the champagne’s on ice’ and that summed it up.
“I never dreamed it would take 35 years for another win at Old Trafford.
“It’s been so long it’s incredible, and we keep going there and it’s rammed down your throat every time about 1978.
“I said before the game that it had to finish sometime, and Saturday was probably the right time to catch them.
“At that time in 1978 we were on a par with them – in fact we were probably a better side than United in ‘78.
“Nowadays the gap has got so wide with the wealth of the two clubs, so for any team to go there and get a result was absolutely brilliant and the manager must be absolutely delighted because he’s the man in charge of the team and he must be so proud of the way the players performed.
“It was absolutely brilliant. I enjoyed every minute of it and thought it was a great performance.”
The 1978 game is one of the most famous in Baggies’ history, not because they defeated a vintage United side, but because Ron Atkinson’s side won at one of the great cathedrals of English football with a performance that underlined their swashbuckling style.
There were some stunning goals on that day between Christmas and New Year with Brown scoring twice and Len Cantello, Laurie Cunningham and Cyrille Regis also on target.
Saturday’s goals from Morgan Amalfitano and Saido Berahino would not have looked out of place in that performance more than three decades earlier.
And ‘Bomber’, who was relaying the action to fans as usual in his role as a summariser with Free Radio, was clearly delighted by events.
“It was a team performance with some good individual performances thrown in, finished off with two tremendous goals,” he said.
“I have only seen the young lad, Berahino, three times and he has scored five goals already.
“He just seems to have a natural knack of scoring goals – that’s what I like about him.
“And the other lad, Amalfitano, took his goal absolutely brilliantly.
“It was a good run to set it up and he was ice cool with his finish.
“A lot of players, when they got one on one with the keeper, would have frozen, but he didn’t.
“He waited for the keeper to commit himself and then dinked it with a tremendous finish.
“Maybe the other players thought he’d missed his chance, but he knew what he was doing. I was straight behind it and he knew exactly what he was doing.
“He has great quality about him.
“We will go on about the finishes and the goals, but the lads at the back – the back five – were brilliant.
“The keeper did well and Billy Jones defended well because he couldn’t really bomb on like he normally does.
“And the two lads who sat in front of them, Youssouf Mulumbu and Claudio Yacob, were brilliant at protecting the back four.
“It was an all-round team performance and that’s what wins you football matches.
“It’s not about individual performances. Invariably if you have a few players who play well you don’t win the match, but on Saturday we played as a unit.
“Victor Anichebe did really well up front, leading the line and bringing other people into play, which you like to see from your big centre-forward.
“It was just a great all-round performance and I was chuffed. It was exciting as well because we knew at the end United would throw everything at us, because they always do.
“In other games at Old Trafford, we have probably wilted. But we stood firm.”