We catch up with the West Bromwich Albion team that beat Wolves 5-1 in 2012.
Roy Hodgson masterminded West Bromwich Albion’s 5-1 win over Black Country rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in February of 2012. Hodgson is now out of work following his dismissal from the England job after a disappointing European Championship campaign.
So, let’s catch up with the players who helped demolish Wolves at Molineux.
Four of Albion’s starting eleven are still at the club. Ben Foster, Jonas Olsson, Gareth McAuley and James Morrison all played the full 90 minutes at Molineux, with Olsson grabbing the Baggies second goal.
Three members of this West Brom side have since retired. Paul Scharner left the Hawthorns in 2012 to join Hamburger SV, and finished his career a year later on loan at Wigan Athletic. Steven Reid hung up his boots in 2015 and is now first-team coach at Championship club Reading.
Keith Andrews came as a substitute for Scharner to bag Albion’s 4th goal against Wolves, and he also retired in 2015. Andrews took a role on Karl Robinson’s MK Dons coaching staff but left in the summer.
Marc-Antoine Fortune and Jerome Thomas are both playing in League One. Thomas has played twelve times for Bruno Ribeiro’s Port Vale side so far this season. Fortune plays for Southend United alongside Simon Cox - who came on as a substitute for Thomas in the win over Wolves.
The hat-trick hero, Peter Odemwingie, recently signed for Rotherham United after leaving Stoke City in the summer. He is joined in Championship football by Youssouf Mulumbu, who is part of Alex Neil’s Norwich side. Graham Dorrans, who was an unused substitute in the derby win, also plays for the Canaries.
Liam Ridgewell left West Brom in 2014 and moved to MSL side Portland Timbers. The defender captained the Timbers to their first ever MLS Cup win in 2015.
Two of Albion’s unused substitutes still play in the Premier League. Billy Jones is at Sunderland, while Shane Long plays for Southampton.
The enigmatic figure of Somen Tychoi didn’t get on the field against Wolves and left West Brom at the end of the 2011/2 season. Tychoi now plays in the Austrian league with UFC Markt Allhau, where he has scored four goals in eight games.
Sadly, West Brom’s substitute goalkeeper that day, Marton Fulop, died at the age of 32 following a battle with cancer.