`What is a club in any case? Not the buildings or the directors or the people who are paid to represent it. It's not the television contracts, get-out clauses, marketing departments or executive boxes. It's the noise, the passion, the feeling of belonging, the pride in your city. It's a small boy clambering up stadium steps for the very first time, gripping his father's hand, gawping at that hallowed stretch of turf beneath him and, without being able to do a thing about it, falling in love.' Sir Bobby Robson, West Bromwich Albion and England
Dean Walton had no choice in his football supporting allegiance, he was born in 1960 to `Baggies'-mad parents. Over the last fifty years Dean has rarely missed a game at The Hawthorns and has followed his beloved Albion all over the world, watching them play in eighteen different countries. Follow Dean's travels through three divisions over five decades. From UEFA Cup joy on a warm Valencia evening to questioning his own sanity on a freezing cold night in Hartlepool. From Wembley success to humiliating relegation in Bath, every emotion is covered.
Football is about much more than the match itself. This book will strike a chord with any dedicated supporter.
Dean Walton was 'Born to be a Baggie'. He has followed his beloved West Bromwich Albion all of his life, rarely missing a home game in the past fifty years. Dean is a West Bromwich Albion shareholder and a member of the Albion Assembly. He lives in Leamington Spa and is married with two grown-up children who, in keeping with the family tradition, are both Baggies' season ticket holders.