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West Bromwich Albion v Bristol City 

17 Sep

Preview followed by live coverage of Tuesday's Championship game between West Bromwich Albion and Bristol City.

Guilty plea over body at West Bromwich police station 

23 Apr

A man admits killing Harish Kumar whose body was found in a BMW outside West Bromwich police station=.

Driver caught speeding on M6 the day his ban was lifted 

22 Apr

The Central Motorway Police Group recorded over 270 driving-related offences in a week-long "blitz".

West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Liverpool 

21 Apr

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says West Brom produced a "useless comeback" by scoring late earn a point at the Hawthorns.

Safe standing: West Bromwich Albion have proposal rejected by government 

9 Apr

West Brom have a proposal to introduce safe standing at The Hawthorns rejected by the government.

Watford v West Bromwich Albion 

2 Mar

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between Watford and West Bromwich Albion.

West Bromwich shopkeeper takes on clown mask knifeman 

1 Mar

CCTV footage shows a tussle in which the store's wares are sent flying.

Alan Pardew: West Bromwich Albion will stick with manager for trip to Watford 

25 Feb

West Brom will stick with boss Alan Pardew for Saturday's trip to Watford, but there is serious concern about their position.

Killer lorry driver Felix Gillon was watching porn 

14 Dec

Felix Gillon is jailed for causing the death of another driver while watching porn on the M69.

Alan Pardew: Liverpool draw ‘like gold dust’ for West Bromwich Albion, says boss 

14 Dec

West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Pardew admits he was not too ambitious with his tactics in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool.

Liverpool 0-0 West Bromwich Albion 

13 Dec

Liverpool fail to unpick West Brom's defence during a frustrating stalemate at Anfield that leaves the Reds outside the top four.

Swansea City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion 

9 Dec

Wilfried Bony fires a late winner as Swansea end their winless run with a hard-fought victory over West Brom at Liberty Stadium.

M54 remains: Murder arrests over Surjit Takhar death 

5 Dec

Surjit Takhar had been missing for seven years when his remains were found.

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West Bromwich Albion »

WBA-MAD Player Ratings: Albion 2 Milwall 0 

22 Sep

See who caught the eye during Albion's win .

Moore hails first clean sheet 

22 Sep

Boss happy to see Albion grind out win .

‘Devastating’ Albion impress boss 

22 Sep

Moore pleased to see clinical Albion see off Bristol City .

Moore relived at Blues point 

15 Sep

Boss admits Albion were under par.

Albion sign veteran Hoolahan 

15 Sep

36-year-old signs short term deal .

WBA-MAD Player Ratings: Blues 1 Albion 1 

15 Sep

See who caught the eye during Albion's 1-1 draw.

Boss pleased with eye-catching Albion 

1 Sep

Moore goes home happy after 2-1 Stoke victory .

Gayle shines as Albion smash Potters 

1 Sep

Striker scores two stunners as Albion beat Stoke .

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Sport »

Denny suffers English title heartbreak 

24 Sep

ROWLEY Regis’ Tyler Denny suffered English title heartbreak on Saturday after a nasty facial injury put paid to his chances of earning national honours.

Ryan Davies back to winning ways with points victory 

24 Sep

TIVIDALE'S Ryan 'Stewart' Davies bounced back with victory over Jamie Quinn at Walsall Town Hall.

Cradley Town name Chris Butts as new boss after Ash Causer steps down 

24 Sep

ASH Causer has stepped down as manager of Cradley Town after a disappointing start to the season.

Tividale maintain fine form with Shawbury victory 

24 Sep

A CONVINCING success over Shawbury United saw Tividale cut the gap to early league leaders Black Country Rangers.

Davies ready to bounce back from first defeat 

20 Sep

TIVIDALE'S Ryan ‘Stewart’ Davies will begin the rebuilding job towards another title title this Saturday.

Hotshots start title defence with opening day victory 

18 Sep

BIDDING to retain the Premier Division championship won with the final frame of last season, Hotshots SC had a good start with a 4-1 win at home to Brandhall Labour.

King takes the blame for Tividale’s FA Vase exit 

17 Sep

TIVIDALE boss Dave King took the blame for his side's FA Vase exit.

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Come Clean Please Brendon Batson! 

26 Sep

When I shivered on the Brummie Road End many moons ago, little did I think that three of my blue and white-striped heroes - yes, "The Three Degrees" - would, one day, be the subject of a ghastly, cartoonish, statue plonked in West Brom's shopping ...

Jan Britton Follows Troll 

20 Sep

Jan Britton, who purports to be the "Chief Executive" of bent Sandwell Council, is trying to criminalise me for the alleged single use of a swear word.

Skidder Twitter Account Hacked! 

18 Sep

Regular readers will know that the late Leader [sic] of Sandwell Council joined forces with Mr Andrew Hipkiss and others to troll me (and my wife) and get my Twitter accounts closed down.

The GMB Union – A Short “Apology”…. 

17 Sep

Hitherto this blog has suggested that the GMB Union, in their dealings with Sandwell Council, have been less than enthusiastic about fighting the management [sic] of the bent Borough.

C*cksuckers Put Boot In! 

12 Sep

I am naturally rather circumspect in the current climate of using my usual nomenclature for The Express and Star "newspaper" but hey ho...


12 Sep

The Skidder is to stand trial on the afternoon of 23rd October, 2018 at Dudley Magistrates Court.

Sandwell Staff Costs – Highest in West Mids! 

8 Sep

This blog has repeatedly shown that Jan Britton's bent paid service in the Labour Dictatorship of Sandwell is a byword for fraud, corruption, cronyism and incompetence but according to figures sent to me anonymously this morning it is also the most ...

Jez Hall Dismissal – Everything Was Fair! 

7 Sep

On 4th August, 2018 I wrote about the dismissal of the unfortunate Mr Jez Hall.

Don’t lose your vote! 

Bearwood Blog 2 Sep

You must return your details Sandwell residents are being reminded not to lose their right to vote – by completing their annual canvass form and returning it to the council.

This will be rocking…. 

Bearwood Blog 1 Sep

Thimblemill Library, tonight, (1st Sept) 7.30.

September e-Bulletin 

Bearwood Blog 30 Aug

The September edition of the Bearwood eBulletin is now available for download here If you want to receive your copy directly to your e-mail every month, just complete the subscription form here...

Wednesbury Xmas Lights – Another Crock of Sh*t! 

28 Aug

This blog exposed the Wednesbury Celebrates (WC) scandal which was duly covered up by West Midlands Police (WMP).

Wednesbury Bid Scandal – Maynard Speaks! 

25 Aug

Before I start some breaking news - I have been charged with an alleged criminal offence ie that I called the Chief Executive of bent Sandwell Council a "c*cksucker".

Watson Donor Up For “Honour” 

23 Aug

Tom Watson has his team of greasers on Sandwell Labour Council.

Wednesbury’s Second Chance to F*ck Itself! 

23 Aug

There is something deeply depressing about the pathetic way corrupt Labour Sandwell Council collectively tries to jump on passing bandwagons and the way Party greasers clutch at any opportunity to grab cash for their own self-aggrandisement.

Who is dealing with this criminality? 

Bearwood Blog 20 Aug

Over the last few weeks, on this page and in my mailbox, there have been loads of complaints about late night/early hours disturbances.

Vote for Boris 

19 Aug

The latest Polls today state more people than ever want to leave the EU, interestingly 48 % of the people polled now considering our political classes are wilfully attempting to damage our Brexit to satisfy their own political remain agenda.

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Features »

Could YOU Inspire Young People…as a ‘Pitch Adviser’ for NCS? 

26 Sep

The National Citizen Service (NCS) is a 3 week programme open to all 15-17 year olds that helps young people to build skills, take on challenges, make friends and work with charities and organisations in their local community.

SAPA’s sale of play/office equipment and resources 

26 Sep

Sandwell Adventure Play Association (SAPA) will be holding two sales at their headquarters at Riddins Mound Play Centre, Training Enterprise Centre, Applewood Grove (off Southbank Road), Cradley Heath/Rowley Regis B64 6EW.

Crossroads Care Upcoming Training Courses 

25 Sep

Crossroads Care will be delivering the following training courses up to the end of October 2018.

New Ways to Volunteer 

25 Sep

Some things never change.

Let’s Live Cancer Support Group 

24 Sep

Did you know the cancer support group, Let’s Live Cancer, meets 10 am to 1 pm, every other week at Christ Church, Oldbury? It is led by trained cancer advocate, David Harper, who has a real insight to the problems of the people living with cancer.

Cafe Neuro now in Sandwell 

24 Sep

Did you know that Cafe Neuro is now in Sandwell with the support of Black Country Neurological Alliance, Headway Black Country and SAFS Caring Family Support.

Birmingham and Black Country Communities Fund 

24 Sep

Small local community groups, charities and social enterprises in Birmingham and the Black Country can apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help people facing disadvantage and social exclusion.

Strategic Legal Fund 

24 Sep

Not for profit organisations and private law firms that work with young migrants can apply for grants through the Strategic Legal Fund (SLF) for Vulnerable Young Migrants.

Triangle Trust 

24 Sep

The Triangle Trust has announced that the next closing date for applications to its development grants programme is noon on the 23rd October 2018 .

George Road Community Church Hire Facilities 

24 Sep

At George Road Community Church, George Road, Oldbury B62 9LN you can hire the Main Church Hall and Hope House, situated within the church grounds.

Blog Post: Of Hives and Hornets 

Sandwell Valley RSPB 21 Sep

Over the last six weeks our volunteers have been eagerly watching a hornet's nest down on the path that leads from the Hide to the Tame River.

Charity Trustees: Seven top tips for a well-functioning board 

20 Sep

Tesse Akpeski, DSC Associate Trainer offer tops tips for a well functioning Board.

New Project to Help Tackle Litter 

20 Sep

A new community volunteer project has been launched to help tackle litter in Sandwell.

Vacancies at Legacy West Midlands 

19 Sep

Legacy WM, a registered charity, celebrates the heritage of post war migrant communities in the West Midlands.

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Business »

Protective coatings made by Indestructible – a family-owned company in Sparkhill 

9 Aug

‘ Indestructible Paint , a manufacturer of high performance paints and coatings, started in 1978 in a small workshop in Acocks Green.

New supermarket to bring 30 jobs to Oldbury 

26 Jul

A NEW food store is set to bring up to 30 new jobs to Oldbury when it opens later this year.

Salts Healthcare, now at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston. 

17 Jul

Last year Salts Healthcare , which manufactures medical devices, moved into the Apollo building in Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.

Sandwell Business Ambassadors give backing to borough awards 

11 Jul

SANDWELL Business Ambassadors has announced its sponsorship of one of the categories at this week’s Sandwell Business Awards.

A Perry staff to take on Snowdon charity climb 

7 Jun

CHARITABLE staff at a Cradley Heath manufacturing firm are lacing up their walking boots as they attempt a climb up Snowdon this weekend.

Midlands first for Towcraft with industry accreditation 

25 May

A BLACKHEATH firm have become the first company in the Midlands – and only the third in the country – to receive accreditation as a Witter/Westfalia Approved Service Centre.

The Times, the FT and the Chancellor focus on late payment 

13 May

o Earlier two football clubs were commended on this site: Liverpool managed an average of 27 days, beating Arsenal’s 35.

More good news from West Midlands manufacturers: ADI Electrical, W H Tildesley and Brooks Forging 

30 Mar

o Gasification Plant Converting Waste to Fuel – a ’world first’ This post updates the 2016 coverage of Adi Electrical, whose head office is in Kings Norton, Birmingham.

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Safer 6 Is Back 

23 Sep

Safer 6 Campaign is Back for Autumn 2015 Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign is back again for 2015 – Six weeks of targeted action and community safety work across the boroughs six towns.

Schools quiz 2015 

13 Jul

Pupils from a Sandwell school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2015.

Poland here we come! 

7 Jul

Members of Wednesbury Young Firefighters Association are set to head off to Poland to represent the UK in the 2015 CTIF (International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire) competition.

A sound partnership! 

22 Jun

A Birmingham community group is set to be heard loud and clear, after receiving a second-hand PA system from West Midlands Fire Service.

Battering Ram Cam – Crime blitz continues across Sandwell 

1 May

Battering Ram Cam - Crime blitz continues across Sandwell This week saw another series of early morning raids across Sandwell as part of #SpringSafer6.

Oldbury Fire 

29 Apr

At 1.17pm today (Wed 29 April) we received a 999 call reporting a large fire at a plastics factory on Tat Bank Road in the Langley area of Oldbury.

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LocalGov »

Right to Buy Appeals to the District Valuer 

26 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Annette Varney on 26 September 2018 .

Recycling Right campaign launches 

Sandwell Council News PR 26 Sep

A special “Recycle Right” campaign has been launched in Sandwell tying in with this year’s national Recycle Week (24-30 September).

Playing Fields correspondence 

26 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Joshua Snape on 26 September 2018 .

Carers leading the way with Dignity Programme 

Sandwell Council News PR 26 Sep

Care staff from across Sandwell have been recognised for the work they are doing to promote the importance of treating the elderly with dignity.

Playing Fields correspondence 

26 Sep

Internal review request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Joshua Snape on 26 September 2018 .

Council continues investment in council homes 

Sandwell Council News PR 25 Sep

Sandwell’s cabinet members have approved nearly seven million pounds worth of investment in its council housing stock.

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