Introduction: The Baggies supporters celebrate goals by bouncing up and down and chanting “Boing Boing”. This dates back to the 1992–93 season, when the team was promoted from the Second Division.
Apparently boinging’s only really effective when stood on the terraces: in these days of all seaters it loses some of its impact.
Once upon a time the tea-ladies complained that every time a goal was scored, and the Brummie started boinging, the vibrations were transmitted through the concrete to the tea-bar and everything boinged about inside. The club were so concerned about this that they called in experts from Birmingham University to measure the effect of these sympathetic vibrations on the safety of the stand.
Preparation time: 5 mins
Cooking time: 5 mins
Home kit: small mixing bowl and a grill
Away kit: 2-4 plates
- 50g mature cheddar cheese, grated
- 2 baguettes
- 1 tin of tuna, drained
- 4 tbsp. mayonnaise
- A sprinkling of Worcestershire Sauce
- Salt and pepper
Method: Preheat the grill to a medium heat
Cut the baguettes in half and toast the crusty sides. While that is toasting drain the brine from the tuna and tip into the bowl. Mash in the mayonnaise, salt and pepper with a fork.
When the baggie is crunchy remove from the grill and spread on the tuna mix. Get as close to the edge as you can to protect the bread from the second toasting it’s about to get. Sprinkle on the cheese and Worcestershire sauce and put back under the grill until the cheese turns golden and bubbly.
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Stick them on the plates and serve. With salad if you must.
Clearly this would be better made with frog’s legs but this is not to the British palate I suspect.
Introduction: Jeffrey “Jeff” Astle (13 May 1942 – 19 January 2002) was an English footballer. He played 361 games for West Bromwich Albion, scoring 174 goals, and was one of the most iconic players in the history of the club. He also won five caps for England, but did not score any goals. The Albion fans nicknamed him “The King”.
He would appear on the TV show “Fantasy Football League” with Skinner and Baddiel where he would sing during the closing credits. Jeff Astle is celebrated on the gates of the Hawthorns.
This recipe is based on a traditional Staffordshire beef lobby, The King of stews.
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 40 mins first half then 1 hour in the second half
Home kit: Large casserole dish
Away kit: 4 plates, knives and forks
- 450g/1lb stewing or braising steak – fat removed and cut into small chunks
- A handful pearl barley
- 1 onion diced
- 1-2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- 4 potatoes diced
- 1 swede diced (the big orange fleshed ones not the little white ones)
- 4 celery sticks, chopped
- 4 diced carrots
- Beef stock
Method: Preheat the oven to 180oC
Put the meat, onion and pearl barley in the casserole and cover with water. Bring to the boil and then simmer gently on a very low heat for 40 mins. Stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking. Meanwhile peel and chop the vegetables to dice of a similar size.
Add the vegetables to the casserole and top up with stock to cover the vegetables. Bung in the oven for approximately 60 mins or until everything is softly cooked and the meat is tender. Season to taste.
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Serve in big bowls with chunky bread.
Introduction: West Bromwich Albion Football Club, also known as West Brom, The Baggies, The Throstles, Albion or WBA, is an English professional football club based in West Bromwich in the West Midlands. The club was formed in 1878 and has played at its home ground the Hawthorns since 1900.
They are one of the founding members of the Kickball League from 1888. They have won the FA cup 5 times. Their local derby is against Aston Vanilla.
Preparation time: 10mins
Chilling time: 2 hours (Do it before going to the match)
Home kit: Food processor, medium mixing bowl and a medium sieve.
Away kit: 4 serving glasses
- 300g (10oz) blueberries (home kit)
- 75g (2½oz) golden caster sugar
- 500g pot Greek yogurt
- 2 medium egg whites (you could use the yolks to make Bluebirdy Rarebit)
- 4 sprigs redcurrants (away kit), to decorate
Method: Preheat the fridge to 0oC
Put the home kit berries into a food processor with the sugar and whizz until smooth. Press through a sieve into the mixing bowl to remove the pips and stir in the yogurt.
Whisk the egg whites to soft peaks and fold into the yogurt/berry mixture. Spoon into 4 glasses. Chill for 1-2 hours.
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Serve topped with a sprig of the away berries.