Author: Paul Reece
West Bromwich Albion
Published: 18:46 16/11/2014
Saido Berahino looks like he could be the latest in a long line of centre-forwards who have come through the ranks at West Brom and went onto achieve greatness. The young Albion forward has been one the star player for Alan Irvine’s side this season, earning a call-up to the full England side. The striker is always worth a punt in the first goalscorer market and at 21-year-old looks like he could have a great career ahead of him.
The striker is a long way from being one of the true greats that have played at the Hawthorns, however, with the West Brom faithful being treated to a host of prolific centre-forwards over the years. And the five men in our list below, make up Albion’s top-5 greatest goalscorers of all-time.
5. Derek Kevan
Derek Kevan played for 12 clubs during his long career but his spell at the Haworths was undoubtedly the most profitable. The striker made almost 300 appearances for the club during a decade of service between 1953 and 1963 and scored 173 goals. Nicknamed ‘The Tank’ the powerful forward scored 33 goals during the 1961-62 season, a post-war Albion record which still stands to this day. And he also scored eight goals in 14 appearances for England and featured at the 1958 World Cup, scoring twice in Sweden.
4. Jeff Astle
The Albion fans held Astle in high esteem, nicknaming the centre-forward ‘The King’ during his 10-year spell at the club. Arriving from Notts County in 1964 for a fee of £25,000, the forward is probably most remembered for scoring the only goal in Albion’s 1968 FA Cup final win against Everton. The forward has netted in every round of the competition that season. He sadly passed away in 2002, aged just 59.
3. William ‘Ginger’ Richardson
A prolific centre-forward, Richardson scored 228 goals for West Bromwich Albion between 1929 and 1945. The striker also entered the record books when he netted four goals in five minutes against West Ham United in 1931, a record which is still in the Guinness book of records. And he scored a club record 39 league goals during the 1935-36 season and he also holds the record for the most hat-tricks with 14 for the club. Richardson also enjoyed FA Cup success with West Brom, scoring both goals as Albion defeated midlands rivals Birmingham City 2-1 in the final.
2. Ronnie Allen
A record signing from Port Vale, Ronnie Allen was part of Albion’s FA Cup and Community Shield winning side of 1954 along with a second-placed finish during the 1953-54 season. The forward scored 234 goals in 458 appearances for Albion between 1950 and 1961. As a manager he enjoyed two-spells as West Brom boss and also enjoyed spells managing in Spain, Greece and Portugal before finishing his career as a coach and scout for West Brom.
1. Tony Brown
Nicknamed Bomber Brown, Tony Brown was known for scoring spectacular goals and he was also a prolific centre-forward who spent 17 years with Albion. The attacker netted 279 goals in over 700 appearances for the club. He helped the club to the FA Cup in 1968 and the League Cup in 1966, finishing runner-up in the competition in 1967 and 1970. He remained with the Albion following their relegation in 1973 and scored the winning goal that clinched their return to the top-flight in 1976. Brown’s 720 appearances, meanwhile, is also a club record and is 98 ahead of Ally Robertson in second-place.