West Brom set to be backed by 3,000 fans in derby clash

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion will be backed by 3,000 travelling Baggies at St. Andrew’s on Friday night after an extra batch of tickets was snapped up in minutes.

General view of The Hawthorns

The club had originally been allocated 2,800 seats for the match but Birmingham City made another 198 available to the visitors after those sold out.

Those extra tickets were released at 9am yesterday, and sold in under two minutes.

Blues are expecting a gate of around 22,000 for the game, which is also being broadcast live on Sky Sports.

The away following will be one of Albion’s largest in recent years, following an upturn in interest this season, both home and away.

Albion’s home attendances of 25,901 for the home game against Bolton and 25,183 for the home match against Stoke City are higher than the average Hawthorns attendance for the past four seasons.

Meanwhile, Albion’s academy graduates have been paying tribute to Blake Melbourne, seven years after his tragic death.

Melbourne, a promising young defender in the Baggies academy, died of cancer at the age of 14 in 2011.

Defender Jack Fitzwater tweeted: “Today we remember what a special person Blake Melbourne was to everyone! RIP.”

Melbourne’s brother Max, who is still at the club, tweeted: “7 years today. Love and miss you big bro; forever grateful.”

Left-back Max, 19, has returned from a loan spell at Partick Thistle to receive treatment for a knock.

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.


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