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West Bromwich Albion Vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Ongoing Rivalry Between Them

On January 28, 2024, West Bromwich Albion and Wolves met for the fourth round of the FA Cup. These two rivals, whose history is so long that their competition started in the Football League in 1888, first encountered each other in the Birmingham Senior Cup in 1883 and also in the FA Cup in 1886. However, they had not met properly since 2012.


The two teams, Wolves established in 1877 and West Brom established in 1878, were founded one year apart. Due to their close proximity and similar history, the two teams developed a rivalry that lasted until the early 2010s. This rivalry was marked by trophies, heartache, emotion, and pride before dissipating for over ten years.


The shouting between the rival fans started before the match at 11:30 am GMT. The tension kept building before the match began. Before play could even commence, missiles were launched into and out of the visitors' section. Fighting at the other end of the pitch resulted in the departure of both teams.


A toddler in the arms of West Brom fan Kyle Bartley was seen emerging from that part of the ground as stewards and police battled to restore calm.


As medical personnel attempted to treat a cut on the top of another fan's head, he was led out of the seating area with blood flowing down his face. Another fan, who seemed to be in high spirits, was carried out of the stadium on a stretcher by medical staff.


The football players were dragged off the pitch in the 83rd minute, and there were fights close to where the visiting fans were standing. While paramedics were spotted treating fans, riot cops were sent in to maintain peace between the rival fans in the stadium.


The reason the fighting broke out in the home end was because of Wolves' player Matheus Cunha's goal in the 78th minute, which put Wolves ahead 2-0 at The Hawthorns. The game did not resume.


Following all these crowd disturbances, West Bromwich Albion's FA Cup fourth-round match against Wolverhampton Wanderers was postponed for more than 30 minutes.


Six individuals were arrested, and one man was sent to the hospital. Fights looked to be breaking out in the Albion side of where the fans were, and police had to go in to break them up. As the investigations continue, the two Wolves and four West Brom supporters have now been granted bail.


After a while, the game continued with a lot of security positioned around the field. As the game went on, Wolves won 2-0 and secured a spot in the fifth round. It was the first time Wolves defeated West Brom since 2012.

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