About WBA Report
WBA Report began as an account on Twitter in April 2019 with the aim of sourcing West Bromwich Albion news and funneling it through one place to make it easier for the fans to keep abreast of the latest information. In no time at all, the account garnered a considerable following, and managed to rack up 3,500 followers by the end of the year.
At the time of writing (December 2020), the Twitter account is closing in on 6,000 followers – a grand figure considering Albion are one of the smaller clubs in the Premier League.
The site was founded in August 2019 but wasn’t actively used until June 2020. Since then, we have written weekly match previews, match reports and top 5/top 10 rankings lists, drawing interest from Baggies fans across the web and becoming the go-to destination for information before and after games.
The Writing Team
There are presently six writers who contribute to the site:
Ben Roberts, 23
“I’m the founder of WBA Report and the editor for this site. I’m 23 years old and recently completed a university degree in Philosophy and Psychological studies. I’ve supported the Baggies for as long as I can remember, with my dad being an avid fan and introducing me to the Albion as soon as he could. Despite not living locally, I make sure to attend the Hawthorns when visiting family in the area. It’s great to be at the helm of something that brings Albion fans together for debate and discussion.”
Kieran Kelly, 21
“I’m studying Politics and International studies at the University of Warwick, in my final year. Albion are a big part of my family – my grandad was a big supporter, my brother and I have both been season ticket holders, and I went to my first game aged 11 with my family (typically losing to Norwich). Journalism is definitely the dream, though not necessarily football journalism. Either way, writing about Albion is brilliant and a great way to connect with the wider West Brom community.”
Sunesh Smith, 24
“I work as an Events Executive for Marriott Forest of Arden in Warwickshire. Season ticket holder with my best mate for a number of years now. Whether it’s watching, talking or writing, football has always been in my life. I’ve an interest in sports journalism and like to keep up to date with the various media outlets online. Being able to contribute to Albion content is a great opportunity to share opinion and spark debate.”
Ronan Thompson, 23
“I’m currently a Politics and History undergraduate in my final year at Cardiff University. I’ve been a huge Albion fan since my first visit to the Hawthorns back in 2007. I’ve always enjoyed writing about football and it’s something I’ve been doing periodically for around five years. I’m hoping for a potential career in sports journalism in the future, but football specifically is my biggest passion and any career within football would be ideal.“
Cameron Hall, 21
“I’m in my final year studying history. Huge Albion fan with a love of all sport and a passion for writing. Currently working on my dissertation which is focusing around the impact that the ‘three degrees’ had on racism with football and race relations in the midlands.”
Matt Smith, 18
“I’m in my first year studying Sports Business & Broadcasting at UCFB Etihad Campus. I’ve held a season ticket at the Hawthorns since the 2009/2010 season and regularly attend away fixtures too. I’m a massive football fan and my chosen degree will hopefully allow me to make a living whilst writing about football. I am also a big cricket fan and love to spend my spare time playing Football Manager which I then upload to YouTube.”