Liam Ridgewell: West Brom are united

Defender Liam Ridgewell today insisted Albion’s dressing room is united after former striker Peter Odemwingie claimed bullying had divided the squad.

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Ridgewell admitted the reaction to last week’s dressing-room clash between James Morrison and Saido Berahino had spurred the Baggies on to victory over Norwich on Saturday.

The incident in the wake of the 3-3 draw with Cardiff prompted an explosive interview in a Saturday newspaper in which Odemwingie claimed a cartel of senior players dominate the dressing room.

“Going into Saturday’s game we wanted to try to put things right and get the win that we didn’t get last week,” said Ridgewell.

“The season has been rollercoaster for everyone looking on but the team is very strong and very together.

“We can’t affect anything that goes on with the press and change of management. We can’t affect that, but as a team we are very strong and together and I think we showed it very well on Saturday.

“The main thing is that we in the dressing room know what we’re about.”

Ridgewell refused to discuss the dressing-room punch that left Berahino nursing a minor head injury, but insisted the young forward will learn from the stoppage-time error that sparked his bust-up with Morrison.

“Everyone makes a mistake, if you call it that,” said Ridgewell. “People have made a lot of it but I am sure everyone has made a mistake. He did very well on Saturday.

“People can call it (the bust-up) a fall-out but we call it wanting to win and making sure that we went to Norwich and put in a good performance.

“That was the attitude in the dressing room. We showed what a good team we are.

“Of course we were happy to get the points after a difficult time. We showed what we were about with a good performance.”

Comments for: "Liam Ridgewell: West Brom are united"

baggiebloke

He's off to Brazil, you know...

We Only Need One Half!

To para phrase Kevin Keegan-

"When you do that with footballers like he said about Albion, and when you do things like that about a man like Jimmy Morrison...

"I've kept really quiet but I'll tell you something, Odem went down in my estimations when he said that. We have not resorted to that. You can tell him now, we're still fighting for top dogs and he's got to go to The Hawthorns and get something.

"And I'll tell you, honestly, I will love it if we beat them. Love it."

CantelloRocket 78

Towards the end at Norwich, Berahino was running the ball to the corner flag, and Jimmy Morrison was smiling at him - then they apparently hugged at the final whistle-

many players have since spoken out about dressing room bust ups, even Theo Walcott was saying on TV yesterday he had friction with Van Persie and other players at Arsenal.

Are we men, or big girl's blouses?

Did you hear what I said, sizes 16 and 18.......?

We Only Need One Half!

Bomber Brown was reminiscing about the days when you could punch each other in the eye after a game, than just go and have a beer and forget about it.

He sounded really sad at there passing.

Jack the Hat

Cantello,

I had many a scrap at school and it either ended with us being good mates or respecting each other. Bad blood, umph, tomorrow was another day. Like you say, who would want to be called a big girls blouse.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

CantelloRocket 78

Jack,

this School you went to, havin' loads of scraps-

wasn't the other side of Bilston, was it.......?

Cyril

Rocket, Jack was trying to make me jealous by saying he went to a Girl's School ! His grin was 4 ft. wide at the time. If he had, he'd have lost all those scraps.

Jack the Hat

Cantello,

Yes, it was just outside the Bilston area Coseley way.

Cyril, Cantello,

Sorry I misled you Cyril mate, but I was actually agreeing with you. By the way I had a not so proud record of being unbeaten, but sometimes I cut it a bit close. One of the "Do's" was at lunch time, after half an hour full slog we had to break off and go home to change our blood soaked shirts. That fight never got finished as we became best of friends, anyway I don't think it would have ever been settled. Years after We left school kids who hadn't started school at the time of that fight used to ask what it was like. I used to tell them not to get involved with fisticuffs, as it wasn't clever. Sorry to bore you to tears but that was the old Black Country way, as well you know. Had to learn fast as I lost my dad when I was very young so survival was my only way, losing was not an option. Now you know why I have a big gob and couldn't care two hoots. All the best.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

We Only Need One Half!

I have had a theory for a long while Jack this is why now days we read so many stories about young guys killed or seriously injured with one punch. We never used to hear cases like this 30 years ago, have we got stronger? wouldn't have thought so seeing most our forefathers worked in Heavy Industry, are we fitter? well same point as before.

Years ago, you went to school, you were taught to compete, we had the cane and the slipper, fights happened in the playground, and the teachers would break them up, eventually, you learned who the tough kids were and you either took your chances, or kept your mouth shut.

Now compare that to now days, we have non competitive sports days for fear of hurting the little darlings feelings, no corporal punishment, even the parents are discouraged from correcting their own children, and ever one is made to believe we are all equal.

These children then grow up truly believing this is the way of the World, you only have to look at message boards, then once they step from behind that cloak of invincibility and safety that is a keyboard, they then try to implement this thinking in the real World, a Pub, Nightclub etc, and bang, Darwen's Theory on Natural Selection brings them back down to Earth with a bump.

Its a sad fact, but thats the price you pay for molly coddling people. I am not saying it is right, lots of things in life are not right, but they are in inescapable.

Jack the Hat

One Half,

Only this morning I watched as the pasty-faced kids went by to school. Blimey I thought vampires had learned to live through daylight hours. They are cooped up with computer games and that seems to be their life. Twitter is their world as outdoors seems a thing of the past to them. There is something in what you say regards the toughening up process that running great distances, Judo, Running with a full paper-round bag. Carrying half hundred weight of coal on your back for two hundred yards, Can you imagine a kid today collecting coal in freezing weather for his fire-can. Scrumping apples or turnips but only enough to satisfy his hunger. You are so right, the toughness has been bred out of most kids today, as lifestyles have changed out of all proportion. you and others could add their own experiences no doubt. But would we ever want to return to the good old days?. I for one wouldn't thank you very much, like I say, onward and upward with the BAGGIES.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Jack the Hat

One Half,

I like many of our lot could talk for months on this topic eh. Where I lived men were dead tough as you say, my dad was married twice and sired eleven kids, another family up our street had thirteen kids. My dad was a molder, my Grandfather came from Gornal Wood and was a Stone miner, I take that as lime stone. Like you say, damned tough but there was no television in those back breaking days.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

We Only Need One Half!

Yes Jack, I take your point, would we want to return to those times? but given that the 'experts' are telling us this will be the first generations that will not live as long as their parents, are we really progressing or regressing?

I'm not as old as most on here, I was born in the 60's, however, because my Dad was so tough on us I have always said I was bought up in the 40's so much were the values the same, which is probably why I joined the Army at 15, for the break lol.

Whilst its true since I lost full use of my legs a few ago I am not exactly svelte like any longer, now days I can hardly go for a run to keep the pounds off, when I was at school I was always good at sports, proved by the fact I was never lower than 3rd in the Lunch queue!

Jack the Hat

One Half,

A T.V. survey has revealed kids from eight to fifteen lose 50% fitness. So your theory is correct.

Some schools don't even do competitive sports whilst others do not get funding for any type of organized fitness lessons, unbelievable. Our teacher in the juniors would organize a ice slide in our snow covered playground and you could only use it if 1/ you were wearing appropriate footware 2/ you had drunk your ice-cold morning bottle of milk. Teachers today would excrete blue bricks at the thought of any kid asking for a slide if there was any snow. Now that is another story.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

P.S. What will kids tell their youngster of their school escapades, later on in life? ..... i.e. We went for a walk round the park and sat on the grass, we weren't allowed to run, comes to mind.

The Real Bully Hoo.

Nothing like a good glass of Château de Chasselas, eh, Cyril?

You're right there, WONOH.

Who'd have thought thirty year ago we'd all be sittin' here drinking Château de Chasselas, eh Jack?

In them days Cyril we was glad to have the price of a cup o' tea.

A cup o' cold tea Jack.

Without milk or sugar Cyril.

Or tea Rocket.

In a cracked cup, an' all WONOH.

Oh, we never had a cup Rocket. We used to have to drink out of a rolled up newspaper.

The best we could manage was to suck on a piece of damp cloth Cyril.

But you know, we were happy in those days,WONOH though we were poor.

Because we were poor Jack. My old Dad used to say to me, "Money doesn't buy you happiness, son".

Aye, 'e was right Rcoket.

Aye, 'e was WONOH.

I was happier then and I had nothin' Cyril. We used to live in this tiny old house with great big holes in the roof.

House! You were lucky to live in a house Rocket! We used to live in one room, all twenty-six of us, no furniture, 'alf the floor was missing, and we were all 'uddled together in one corner for fear of falling.

Eh, you were lucky to have a room Cyril! We used to have to live in t' corridor!

Oh, we used to dream of livin' in a corridor WONOH! Would ha' been a palace to us. We used to live in an old water tank on a rubbish tip. We got woke up every morning by having a load of rotting fish dumped all over us! House? Huh.

Well, when I say 'house' it was only a hole in the ground covered by a sheet of tarpaulin, but it was a house to us Cyril.

We were evicted from our 'ole in the ground Jack; we 'ad to go and live in a lake.

You were lucky to have a lake WONOH! There were a hundred and fifty of us living in t' shoebox in t' middle o' road.

Cardboard box Cyril?

Aye Jack.

You were lucky Cyril. We lived for three months in a paper bag in a septic tank. We used to have to get up at six in the morning, clean the paper bag, eat a crust of stale bread, go to work down t' mill, fourteen hours a day, week-in week-out, for sixpence a week, and when we got home our Dad would thrash us to sleep wi' his belt.

Luxury Jack. We used to have to get out of the lake at six o'clock in the morning, clean the lake, eat a handful of 'ot gravel, work twenty hour day at mill for tuppence a month, come home, and Dad would thrash us to sleep with a broken bottle, if we were lucky!

Well, of course, we had it tough Cyril. We used to 'ave to get up out of shoebox at twelve o'clock at night and lick road clean wit' tongue. We had two bits of cold gravel, worked twenty-four hours a day at mill for sixpence every four years, and when we got home our Dad would slice us in two wit' bread knife.

Right Rocket. I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah.

And you try and tell the young people of today that ..... they won't believe you.

They won't!

Cyril

Bully, I really enjoyed that !!!!!

Can we call that sketch, 'The 4 Baggies' ??

And thanks to E&S for printing it all

We Only Need One Half!

Ok Bully, perhaps we over egged it a bit, it was actually six pence every three years not four, but you trying telling youngsters that today.......

CantelloRocket 78

Bully,

a classic post, somewhat overlooked after Walt created a stampede from the dark side, resulting in more than a little friction elsewhere-

I'd imagine our visitors will read what you say - slowly - and ask 'is it from a book?' and 'was it a green book.....?' :-)

( R.I.P. the great Graham Chapman ).

The Real Bully Hoo.

Rocket.

Ditto Brian Glover and Ronnie Barker.

Quinton Baggie

Rocket - Boys will be boys...probably just a bit oh handbags blown out of proportion...they will send each other Christmas cards...Just surprised the Ridgewell is not playing with his hair in the photo lol

Jack the Hat

Quinton,

Nice thought mate, have you had a sheltered life, if so be grateful.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

CantelloRocket 78

QB,

actually mate, looking at the photo, it appears Liam's just washed his hair, and Elmander's blow-drying it....:-)

Jack the Hat

Liam,

There will always be changing room skirmishes when some-one undo's good work even if it is their own as with any teamwork it affects others bonuses, even lively-hoods too. Put aside ire and work together to put things right then former fall-outs haven't been in vain. Just a few wins and this season will become a distant memory.

Onward and upward with the BAGGIES.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

jon williams

I have read the full page of garbage by Odiouswhingey in the Daily Express and I am disgusted that he can come up with such rubbish. If he can do that to our beloved club, then I hope he gets the reception he deserves on May11.

The Real Bully Hoo.

jon.

I think there's more chance of us being first game on MOTD than of Odemwingie not getting the slagging of his life.

baggiebornandbred

Ridge played well saturday, and if his form continues its another solid position we have on the pitch, still think we need reinforcement for the position as theirs nobody to really challange him for it

Odemwingie is just looking to get his name back in the papers taking my hat off to him the last three weeks he let his feet do the talking because theres no denying his ability, but like a child he has started his campaign against us and whatever the lads decide to do on final day is up to them, but im certain he will get a few sly digs :)

just seen tim sherwood wont be carrying the team through to next season maybe the perfect oppurtinity to strike as some of there players seem dispondant, great time to utiliss there bad off the field matters and exploit them

coyb

King Jeffs Left Boot

P.O.s talking himself into getting a good kicking methinks, only hope we're safe when we play the clay heads coz if I were Jonas and co I would be thinking about taking one for the team, played a bit myself and never went out with the intension of hurting anyone but you know that old saying, what goes round comes around, that prat needs a good shoeing as they say in tippo

Jack the Hat

King Jeffs Left Boot,

Come on mate, do you really think it is worth sinking that low to get revenge on a worm?.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

Jack the Hat

Spurs 5-1 Sunderland, things are still looking up. Although Spurs scored Five they weren't so good as Sunderland were bad. We are in with a brilliant chance of staying up. Come on you BAGGIES.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

two_tone_baggie

Jack,

Despite the high goal tally last night, there were a few cracks at the back which could be exploited, Sunderland looked more likely at times especially in the first half...

They do have some great pace on the wings though, and they way they were moving the ball in the box was quick and confident. However I'm inclined to think that was half down to Sunderland being so demoralised by the third goal... I feel happier about saturday knowing we have Olsson back.

Last time I saw spurs play was our opening away match last season, and we showed true grit to grab that equalising point. I'm hoping we can show that determination again and try and push for the three.

Since saturday I've had this strange feeling I havent experienced since october....I think they call it 'optimism'!!

COYB!

Jack the Hat

two_tone_baggie,

Yes mate but see the full picture, Sunderland played with a Five- three- two formation, and once they were breached they gave up the ghost, four goals in just over half a hour proves my point. The last but one goal ( if my memory serves me well ) both Centre-Backs turned their backs on the striker before he connected with the ball. Spurs first goal was a clear cut hand ball into the net. Video Technology.... here I go again. All the best.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

P.S. I can smell a victory for us.

albpeh

Well its Tuesday morning and i have been having a good read.

I almost forgot this part is supposed to be about football, but never mind.

I have really enjoyed reading about the good old days, and yes they were good too, weren"t they.

Although i never came from West brom and surrounding areas ,i came from the mining village of Boney Hay.

Some how i became a fan of the Baggies and i have supported them ever since.

Highs and lows, isn"t that what it is supposed to be ?

Of course i am not able to go and watch live games but i still watch every week due to that wonderful system operating from North Africa.

The baggies have done there bit for me as football is not live in Cyprus unless it"s Premier league.So they are trying their best to continue in this league.

Well lads and lasses ,look after your selves ,and Boing Boing.

We Only Need One Half!

alpeh, thats the difference between this side and the Dark side, we have a community on here, its entirely up to posters whether they want to participate or not, like Ridgewell said at the top, "we are united"

Its up to you if you want to join in or not, the boards are here to be used either way.

CantelloRocket 78

Albpeh,

the central issue here is certainly football, but we're all human beings with varied and interesting lives, so it's great to get to know each other better-

basically, it's a social game, with different relationships between us fans, and I once remember a friend of mine getting married early Saturday afternoon, then he and his Wife turned up at The Hawthorns in time for a game to kick-off, both wearing their formal wedding gear - suit and full, flowing Bride's dress.....!!

All the best, mate.

CantelloRocket 78

'halway'-

I strongly believe you've previously posted on here under the names of 'corners' and 'floodlights'-

each time, you've been ignorant, yobbish, threatening and abusive towards me-

sadly, we do get 'knuckledraggers' like you in modern society-

get back to school for an education and to learn some manners, don't be an idiot all your life.

CantelloRocket 78

It looks like 'halway' has now thankfully been removed from here-

the internet seems to be a great place for 'keyboard kowards' to be abusive-

in Jack's day, no doubt such disrespectful yobs would have been dealt with face to face, and probably run a mile.......

We Only Need One Half!

Yep, Darwen would no doubt have to think his theory if he wrote it today!

Jack the Hat

From the dark side:

Jack the Hat

April 7, 2014 3:22 pm

Just to remind you of your idiotic threat. Mummy will tell you off for being stupid.

Moxey's right nut

April 5, 2014 2:11 pm

I am amazed by you Jack. Supporting a side which may, or probably will come down, you may wish to recall Roy Hodgson's words regarding when we were in a very similar position to you now. Be careful what you wish for Jack, be very careful: we know where you live. :-)

Thought you would like see what sort of idiots are on the aforesaid side. The nut would bolt if some-one said boo.

BOING~~~~BOING~~~~J♣H.

ELDERVO

Liam Ridgewell: West Brom are united

WestBrom Utd. hmmm has a nice ring to it . Name change, silly socks, and AGM's in London, all it needs now is a nice red and white shirt and JP's legacy will be complete.

UTW

CantelloRocket 78

El Dervo-

considering you keep telling us you couldn't wait to run away from the Baggies as a lad, and saying wot luvverly homes you've got to look at, and keep you occupied, you spend an awful lot of your valuable time typing on the Albion site-

a case of 10cc's refusal in 'I'm Not In Love'.....??-

let's face it, I personally have absolutely no interest in posting on the dark side, so with you it's either a deep attraction to the lads in blue 'n' white, or a deep jealousy.........one or other, why else would you bother...??

Try not to stay awake at night thinkin' about us, eh......?? :-)

We Only Need One Half!

I think Redrow Wanderers playing at the Builders Yard is a far more likely scenario before we would ever change names Hyacinth.

After all, its far easy to do when your in the lower Leagues, just ask Hull.

p.s. your joking about playing in red and white with a Liverpool supporting Scouser owning your club lolol, do you never learn, be careful what you wish for my friend.

Cyril

Wonoh, I was tempted to say his 'new' club wears yellow which is so appropriate for El Dervo, The Diesel Man, but for my Wulfie friends, they play in Old Gold and should not be associated with this creep.

halway

CR I have only posted as me,so whats in your mind is anyones business,to put you right your the fool who thinks he knows everything,your posts you attack everyone with your child like games,your just a pathetic pretender,sad sad person ,your probably looking in the mirror every time you post me me me end of.....

capehill

Ay up, Elderunderpants, r u back u James Hunt .