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Watford v West Bromwich Albion 

2 Mar

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Watford and West Bromwich Albion.

West Bromwich shopkeeper takes on clown mask knifeman 

1 Mar

CCTV footage shows a tussle in which the store's wares are sent flying.

Alan Pardew: West Bromwich Albion will stick with manager for trip to Watford 

25 Feb

West Brom will stick with boss Alan Pardew for Saturday's trip to Watford, but there is serious concern about their position.

Killer lorry driver Felix Gillon was watching porn 

14 Dec

Felix Gillon is jailed for causing the death of another driver while watching porn on the M69.

Alan Pardew: Liverpool draw ‘like gold dust’ for West Bromwich Albion, says boss 

14 Dec

West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Pardew admits he was not too ambitious with his tactics in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool.

Liverpool 0-0 West Bromwich Albion 

13 Dec

Liverpool fail to unpick West Brom's defence during a frustrating stalemate at Anfield that leaves the Reds outside the top four.

Swansea City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion 

9 Dec

Wilfried Bony fires a late winner as Swansea end their winless run with a hard-fought victory over West Brom at Liberty Stadium.

M54 remains: Murder arrests over Surjit Takhar death 

5 Dec

Surjit Takhar had been missing for seven years when his remains were found.

West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace 

2 Dec

Alan Pardew's first game as West Brom boss ends in a goalless draw with Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns.

Sandwell councillor Richard Marshall quits cabinet role 

6 Nov

Labour's Richard Marshall allegedly made sexually offensive comments about colleagues in a Whatsapp chat.

Huddersfield Town 1-0 West Bromwich Albion 

4 Nov

David Wagner says his reign as Huddersfield manager has been "something unbelievable" after seeing his 10 men beat West Brom.

Ambulance in crash outside Sandwell hospital 

14 Sep

An ambulance en route to a 999 call has been involved in a collision with a car outside Sandwell hospital.

West Bromwich ‘fire risk’ flats leaseholders in court 

17 Aug

Up to 80 residents were moved from Metro Court after Sandwell Council issued a closure notice.

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West Bromwich Albion »

Liverpool Kick Off Changes 

23 Mar

Liverpool Kick Off Changes Vitalfootball:WBA:23/03/2018 13:22:00 With the announcement of Sky Sports' schedule for late April, West Bromwich Albion's tie with Liverpool has suffered a change.

There’s Hope Despite The Tears 

22 Mar

There's Hope Despite The Tears Vitalfootball:WBA:22/03/2018 12:27:00 West Bromwich Albion skipper Jonny Evans has admitted some players were in tears following defeat to Bournemouth...

International Break From West Brom Relegation Worries 

21 Mar

International Break From West Brom Relegation Worries Vitalfootball:WBA:21/03/2018 13:30:00 A number of West Bromwich Albion players get a break from relegation worries in the next week and a bit with the March international window now in ...

Down the Social: Bournemouth Away 

18 Mar

What Albion fans had to say after another defeat.

Despondent Rodriguez clings on to hope 

18 Mar

Striker refusing to throw in relegation towel .

Pardew left heartbroken after Bournemouth defeat 

18 Mar

Last-gasp goal sees Albion suffer seventh straight league defeat .

Stats: Bournemouth v WBA 

17 Mar

Stats: Bournemouth v WBA Vitalfootball:WBA:17/03/2018 17:03:00 All the stats from Bournemouth (2) vs (1) WBA, Dean Court, 17/3/18 Att...

AFC Bournemouth v West Brom – Team Sheets 

17 Mar

AFC Bournemouth v West Brom - Team Sheets Vitalfootball:WBA:17/03/2018 14:04:00 West Brom go to Dean Court as the visitors to AFC Bournemouth for the latest Premier League game and relegation worries continue to loom large at The Hawthorns...

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Sport »

Cradley Town closing in on new manager for next season 

21 Mar

CRADLEY Town chairman Trevor Thomas says he hopes to be able to name the club's new manager next week.

Junior Presentation Evening Cancelled 23/03/18 

19 Mar

Junior Presentation Evening Cancelled 23/03/18...

Team Selection 

19 Mar

Team Selection...

King wants his Tividale players to enjoy final weeks of the season 

19 Mar

TIVIDALE manager Dave King wants his players to enjoy the busy final weeks of the season.

Club Statement – Alex Lees 

14 Mar

Club Statement - Alex Lees...

Chairman says Hammers are ‘a pleasure to watch’ under new boss 

13 Mar

CRADLEY town’s chairman Trevor Thomas is enjoying the changes brought to the club by interim boss Richard Forsyth.


12 Mar


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Costigan (Plus More…) 

22 Mar

If it wasn't so serious for me, it would be amusing that the "Complex Crime Unit" of bent West Midlands Police (WMP) should be relying on a statement from Wednesbury Police's de facto "Gold Commander", Cllr Elaine Costigan.

A celebration of the life of Andy Hamilton 

19 Mar

Next weekend Andy Hamilton, the great saxophonist would have celebrated his 100th birthday.

Yet Another Hussain Land Fraud? 

19 Mar

Mr James Morris MP recently castigated corrupt Labour Sandwell Council in the House of Commons.

Sadders Odds and Sods! 

18 Mar

1 The Skidder is pleased to announce over 900,000 views on this blog (although a lot may be the West Midlands Police "complex crime unit" pouring over it to try and shut me down for their friends at corrupt Labour Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") Council "...

Water Aid 

17 Mar

Thanks to John Stokes for this….

Lion Farm Scandal – Letter to CC & Sajid Javid 

14 Mar

Herewith a letter sent to the Chief Constable of bent West Midlands Police and to Sajid Javid who is not only the Secretary of State for Local Government but also my MP.

Councillor E – False Statement! 

11 Mar

Regular readers will know all about the police debacle.

Breaking News – Marshall Suspended! 

11 Mar

One of the three complainants to bent West Midlands Police hoping to get them to close this blog down is in deep doo doo again.

Thinking of starting your own business? 

11 Mar

This could be for you...

Tuesday’s Council Meeting and More… 

9 Mar

The morons who keep voting Labour for their local council in the sh*thole that is Sandwell after 43 years of dismal failure deserve everything they get and Tuesday was an object lesson in how they get shafted by the comrades.

Skidder WMP Stitch-Up! 

6 Mar

Yesterday The Skidder spent around four hours at West Midlands Police Oldbury Custody Suite on a "voluntary" [sic] basis and was interviewed under caution by 2 officers from, and I kid ye not, WMP "complex crime unit" from Wolvo.

English for Speakers of Other Languages 

5 Mar

Anyone interested in attending these courses starting after Easter should register their interest at Thimblemill Library...

Technical Blog – Eling Emails 

4 Mar

1 At the secret meeting at The Windsor pub in Brum on 29th June, 2016 I bemoaned the way Jan Britton's bent paid service were playing fast and loose with the legal provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Hussain Family – The Dosh Keeps Rolling In! 

3 Mar

At a time when bent West Midlands Police "complex crime unit" are spending hundreds of hours trying to close down this blog on behalf of Sandwell Labour Council it is worth noting again the result of their corrupt decision not to investigate the ...

The Eling Meeting – Contemporaneous Email 

2 Mar

The Skidder is being hauled in on Monday for interrogation by West Midlands Police "complex crime" unit from Wolverhampton.

Oh Dear – Costigan Forgot Her Private Emails! 

1 Mar

Regular readers will know that Cllr Elaine Costigan was tapping up a company in Wednesbury called KTC Edibles for donations to her personal fiefdom Wednesbury Celebrates (that is the one where she - and others - failed to pay SMBC any rent for using ...

West Midlands Police Go After The Skidder (Again!) 

28 Feb

I have been offered the opportunity of "volunteering" for an interview under caution by WMP at Oldbury nick following a complaint by corrupt Sandwell Council's leader [sic] Steve "The Milkman" Eling (pictured with some of the filth he and Marshall ...

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Features »

Have your say…on anti-social behaviour 

22 Mar

Sandwell Council (SMBC) is considering introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order (also known as a PSPO) for West Bromwich town centre and would like to hear your views on this.

Walsall Voluntary Sector Funding & Support Fair is back for 2018! 

22 Mar

One Walsall are delighted to announce the annual Voluntary Sector Funding Support Fair will return on 18 April, 12pm – 5pm at Manor Farm Community Association, King George Crescent, Walsall, WS4 1EU.

Free ERDF Workshop on Bid Writing 

22 Mar

The Black Country Technical Assistance Team will be holding a free ERDF workshop for Bid Writing on Friday 6th April 2018, 9:45am – 3pm at Himley Hall, Dudley, DY3 4DF.

Apply to be a Co-op local cause 

19 Mar

The Co-op Local Community Fund gives money to local causes, helping to bring people together and make a difference.

May they be one as you, Father, and I are one: overcoming segregation in the church 

19 Mar

God is using the changes in our parish to make us read the scriptures from a fresh perspective.

Rethink Mental Illness 

19 Mar

Rethink has a network of more than 100 support groups across the country, which many people find to be an important factor in their recovery.

Interested in shaping local maternity services? 

19 Mar

As part of the its commitment to engaging women and their families in the transformation of maternity services across the Black Country, the CCG will be holding two ‘Whose Shoes’ events.

Webinar: The Cyber Essentials Checklist 

19 Mar

Implementing Cyber Essentials: A Checklist for Charities.

Come along and see the House and join the Friends 

19 Mar

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Blog Post: Spring, spring, spring! 

16 Mar

After being hit by stormy winds and snowy blizzards from the east, we’re all waiting in anticipation for spring to finally arrive.

Comment on Golden Eye 

15 Mar

Golden Eye  taken today 15/3/2018 at Sandwell Valley, See photo at  Sandwell Valley photo's...

Comment on Grey Heron died the next morning after tasking this Photo 2 (Portrait ) 

15 Mar

May have been shot, notice what looks like a Pellet mark at the top by the eye, The Two photo,s was take just a few feet from the bird...

Introduction to Fundraising Workshop 

13 Mar

Are you just starting on your fundraising journey/career and would like some guidance on how to go about raising money for your organisation? If so, why not come along to SCVO’s ‘Introduction to Fundraising’ workshop on Tuesday, 17th April ...

Thank you for your input! 

12 Mar

SCVO would like to thank you, if you have been involved in any way in promoting and responding to the Victim of Crimes Survey.

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Business »

Post-Brexit, with an ageing workforce and a shortage of graduates with science, engineering or mathematics qualifications, effective training is needed for younger and older workers 

18 Feb

In April 2017 an apprenticeship levy was introduced.

Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

16 Feb

Shareholders now have a choice between what Melrose and current GKN Management are offering, says Professor David Bailey...

West Midlands Mayor guest speaker was at grant-giving charity’s dinner 

16 Feb

Heart of England Community Foundation trustee Sir Dominic Cadbury welcomed key figures from across the area to a dinner at Muirhead Tower, within the University of Birmingham campus.

GKN to pay shareholders £2.5bn as firm fights off Melrose takeover 

14 Feb

Latest twist in hostile acquisition drama will see GKN sell off division which could be valued at 2 billion...

KPMG hosts debate to mark the launch of MidlandsAbility 

10 Feb

KPMG hosted a panel debate to mark the launch of the new MidlandsAbility network.

BirminghamLive publisher buys Northern and Shell titles including Daily Express and OK! 

9 Feb

Trinity Mirror acquires household names such as Daily Star and celebrity magazine New! in 126.7m deal...

Debenhams to slash 320 store manager roles in cost-cutting drive 

8 Feb

The retailer said efforts to drive down the complexity of management positions...

Comment: Councillors are right on GKN and Street’s silence isn’t good enough 

7 Feb

Councillors Ward and O'Reilly and local MPs are right in stressing the strategic importance of GKN, says Professor David Bailey...

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Safer 6 Is Back 

23 Sep

Safer 6 Campaign is Back for Autumn 2015 Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign is back again for 2015 – Six weeks of targeted action and community safety work across the boroughs six towns.

Schools quiz 2015 

13 Jul

Pupils from a Sandwell school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2015.

Poland here we come! 

7 Jul

Members of Wednesbury Young Firefighters Association are set to head off to Poland to represent the UK in the 2015 CTIF (International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire) competition.

A sound partnership! 

22 Jun

A Birmingham community group is set to be heard loud and clear, after receiving a second-hand PA system from West Midlands Fire Service.

Battering Ram Cam – Crime blitz continues across Sandwell 

1 May

Battering Ram Cam - Crime blitz continues across Sandwell This week saw another series of early morning raids across Sandwell as part of #SpringSafer6.

Oldbury Fire 

29 Apr

At 1.17pm today (Wed 29 April) we received a 999 call reporting a large fire at a plastics factory on Tat Bank Road in the Langley area of Oldbury.

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LocalGov »

Pupils shine in public speaking contest 

23 Mar

Pupils from Wednesbury primary schools took part in a public speaking contest in the Council Chamber at Sandwell Council House today.

Christmas tree fly-tipper is first to receive on-the-spot £400 fine 

23 Mar

Sandwell Council's enforcement team caught a fly-tipper red-handed as they tried to dump a number of Christmas trees in a Smethwick street.

Sons of Rest revamp to help local community in Wednesbury 

23 Mar

A popular Sons of Rest building in Wednesbury is to be refurbished to help increase the range of activities for the local community.

Careers adviser praised at national awards 

23 Mar

A Sandwell Council employee is celebrating after being recognised by the Career Development Institute at a national awards ceremony.

Former Wednesbury school to be demolished 

23 Mar

A former Wednesbury high school is to be demolished with plans in the pipeline to use the site for an education provision.

Get involved in Celebrate Sandwell 2018 

23 Mar

Sandwell people and organisations are invited to take part in a special event in June to celebrate and promote local community groups.

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     on flickr 14 Jul 11
    Taken at Sandwell Valley Park by the Farm.

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