5 Best West Brom Captains of all time - Featuring Derek McInnes

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Who are the five best West Brom captains of all-time?

Last week, Darren Fletcher was named captain of the Scottish national team - an honour which sees him captain both club and country.

There is still time for Fletcher to cement himself as a club great but he still has a way to go to make the list below.

The Baggies have been blessed with some truly inspiring captains who stir great feelings of pride and embody the spirit of the club. Here are 5 of the very best.

In 1920, West Brom won their first and only First Division title. This historic achievement came under the captaincy of legendary club figure Jesse Pennington.

The fullback played over 500 games and led the Throstles to a record league points tally. Like Fletcher, he also captained his national team - playing for England 25 times. Pennington will forever be remembered for leading West Brom to one of their greatest ever achievements.

West Brom’s 1968 FA Cup winning side was full of heroes but it was stalwart Graham Williams who got to lift the trophy. Williams also lifted the League Cup in 1966 when West Brom beat a West Ham side of soon-to-be England World Cup winners. The fullback spent his entire career at The Hawthorns and has gone down as one of the club’s most decorated captains.

Supporters love a warrior at the heart of the defence and in the 1970’s West Brom had two. Captain John Wile and Ally Robertson formed a rock-solid partnership that allowed Albion’s array of attacking talents to thrive.

Wile made 500 appearances and was never led Albion through one of their most exciting periods. He was also never afraid to shed blood for the cause and Albion fans will all recognise his iconic head bandage photo from the 1978 FA Cup semi-final.

Derek McInnes has to date been the most influential West Brom captain of this century. Signed by Gary Megson, McInnes’ leadership was pivotal in Albion’s rise to the top tier of English football.

The tough-tackling Scottish midfielder epitomised the indomitable will of an overachieving West Brom side. The current Aberdeen boss could one day return to The Hawthorns as manager.

McInnes may have been the most influential West Brom captain of this century but Chris Brunt skippered the club to its highest-ever Premier League finish. Brunt was never the most vocal captain; instead he lead with a through integrity, professionalism and loyalty.

The Northern Irish international captained West Brom through successful Premier League campaigns under Roy Hodgson and Steve Clarke. Brunt is a modern day Albion hero.

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