West Brom supporters are marking their return to Championship football with a public display of confidence in manager Tony Mowbray. Instead of adopting the traditional fancy dress theme, Baggies fans will wear lifelike masks of Mowbray.
Almost 2,000 Albion fans are expected to put on Mowbray masks when their side takes to the field against at Ewood Park on the final day of the Premier League season.
Mowbray said: “Masks of me? That will be scary. I haven’t seen the masks yet. I don’t know why I was chosen. But, from a guy who didn’t know anything about West Midlands football before I came, the supporters have been amazing in their support of the team and backing.
“I’m not trying to be sycophantic but it’s quite humbling to have a support that’s so supporitve of a team that’s bottom of the league.”
Yes, you read that correctly: a football manager did just use the word sycophantic!
The masks idea came from Albion fan Dean Walton, who runs the Mask-arade website.
He said :Dean said: “On Sunday May 24, just a minute before the kick-off, West Brom fans intend to create a unique piece of football history.
“Every Albion fan will put on a Tony Mowbray mask in a mass show of support for the manager. The masks will create a unique sight never before seen at a football match anywhere in the world.”
I’m sure they will look like a happy bunch!