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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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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...

Follow AFC Bournemouth v West Brom On Twitter – 17-03-18 

16 Mar

Follow AFC Bournemouth v West Brom On Twitter - 17-03-18 Vitalfootball:WBA:16/03/2018 20:37:00 West Brom go to Dean Court as the visitors to AFC Bournemouth today, this will be a 3pm kick-off.

Who Makes Southgate’s Squad For March 

15 Mar

Who Makes Southgate's Squad For March Vitalfootball:WBA:15/03/2018 14:49:00 England manager Gareth Southgate has now confirmed his squad for the upcoming games in the month of March.

Ref Watch – AFC Bournemouth v West Brom 

14 Mar

Ref Watch - AFC Bournemouth v West Brom Vitalfootball:WBA:14/03/2018 23:22:00 The Premier League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game between AFC Bournemouth and West Bromwich Albion this Saturday.

West Brom Duo Get Northern Ireland Call 

12 Mar

West Brom Duo Get Northern Ireland Call Vitalfootball:WBA:12/03/2018 14:04:00 Gareth McAuley and Jonny Evans have been called up by Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill for the coming international break.

West Brom Attacker Gets Scotland Call 

12 Mar

West Brom Attacker Gets Scotland Call Vitalfootball:WBA:12/03/2018 13:34:00 Matt Phillips has been called up by Scotland manager Alex McLeish for the coming international break.

Leicester Knocked The Stuffing Out Of Us 

12 Mar

Leicester Knocked The Stuffing Out Of Us Vitalfootball:WBA:12/03/2018 08:34:00 West Bromwich Albion head coach has admitted he was pleased with a lot of the game but the end against Leicester City was unacceptable.

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Sport »

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


Team Selection 17/03/18 

12 Mar

Details of this week squads...

King not looking at league table as Tivi get back to winning ways 

12 Mar

TIVIDALE boss Dave King is fighting his urge to look at the league table after his side got back to winning ways with a come-from-behind victory at Bilston Town.

Report: Bilston Town CFC 2 – 4 Tividale FC 

12 Mar

TIVIDALE knew that after their defeat at Wednesfield last time out an improved performance would be required against a Bilston side that were on a 5 league game unbeaten run.

Cradley Town chairman pleased to have Forsyth’s help 

7 Mar

CRADLEY Town chairman Trevor Thomas is pleased to have the help of interim boss Richard Forsyth.

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Comment »

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 ...

Twice A Knight! 

22 Feb

Sandwell (aka Sadwell) Council insiders have been expressing concern that Leader [sic] Steve "The Milkman" Eling has appointed - or, more accurately, re-appointed - one Alison Knight as "Executive Director, Neighbourhoods".

Cashing In On Big Cyrille’s Death! 

21 Feb

There have, unsurprisingly, been tremendous outpourings of grief following the death of the great Cyrille Regis.

Lion Farm – Eling & Britton Take The P*ss! 

19 Feb

Steve "The Milkman" Eling - who somehow "missed" all the fraud going on at Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") Council whilst maintaining a tight grip on the purse strings "lol" - claimed he was going to overhaul the Freedom of Information "system" which has ...

Tricky Dicky Dumped! 

19 Feb

One Sp*nk Brother down! Bankrupt Councillor and keen amateur swordsman Richard Marshall was due to stand for election again in May but at the recent Labour Campaign Forum meeting in Sandwell he was given the bum's rush by the comrades! His fall from ...

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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.

Spotlight on Aspire4U CIC 

12 Mar


New Guide Aims to Help Charities Navigate Through Change 

12 Mar

A new guide has been published to help charities navigate their way through a time of unprecedented change, from new regulation and fundraising models to cyber-crime and digital innovation.

Charitable company conversion to charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) 

12 Mar

Five years after the new charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) structure became available for unincorporated charities in England and Wales, it is finally!!! also available for charitable companies.

Ragdoll Foundation 

12 Mar

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding of up to £50,000 through the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Programme.

Free Online Resource for Charities, Social Enterprises and Community Organisations 

12 Mar

The Institute for Voluntary Action Research has launched a free online resource on its website.

Blog Post: Volunteering at RSPB Sandwell Valley by Jenni Wilding 

9 Mar

I have been volunteering at the RSPB Sandwell Valley Reserve for over a year now, and my only regret is that I didn’t start volunteering sooner, having lived in the local area for a fair number of years.

Development Officer (New to Walsall) 

8 Mar

Print One Walsall is seeking an enthusiastic, committed and experienced individual to increase the reach of their community development and voluntary sector capacity building support within the borough’s new communities, particularly those of ...

Concert in benefit of Black Country Women’s Aid 

7 Mar

Halesowen Orchestra, supported by The Rotary Club of Halesowen and Rowley Regis, will be performing in a concert in benefit of Black Country Women’s Aid, 7.30 pm on Saturday, 17 March 2018 at the Cornbow Hall, Halesowen.

When Jesus saw their faith. The healing of the paralytic, a physical expression of true faith. 

6 Mar

In Mark’s gospel, physical healings and miracles, done by Jesus, parallel a spiritual reality in his followers.

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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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Homeless applications and internal review statistics 

17 Mar

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Louis Dowd on 17 March 2018 .

Registration number 

16 Mar

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Sarah Amison on 16 March 2018 .

Number of complaints against childrens services 

16 Mar

Follow up sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Robert beech on 16 March 2018 .

Register to vote deadline a month away 

16 Mar

Anyone who wants to vote in Sandwell’s local elections on 3 May has until mid-April to register to vote.

Big Spring Clean is back for 2018 

16 Mar

Spring is just around the corner and the Big Spring Clean, one of Sandwell’s most popular community campaigns, is back for 2018.

Looked after children 2017 

15 Mar

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Christina Savage on 15 March 2018 .

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