English Premiership

WBA to highlight head injuries

2015-03-27 11:07
West Brom logo (File)

London - West Bromwich Albion will play in a 1968 retro kit in the Premier League match against Leicester City on April 11 to honour former striker Jeff Astle who died from a condition caused by regular blows to the head.

The Premier League have granted permission for the club to wear the same white strip with red socks that West Brom wore in the 1968 FA Cup final when Astle's goal beat Everton.

Astle died in 2002, aged 59, from Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) -- a progressive degenerative disease commonly associated with boxers and which was once referred to as being "punch drunk".

Albion will wear the kit, numbered from two to 11 with no branding, to mark the launch of the Jeff Astle Foundation, set up to raise awareness of brain injuries in sport and offer support to sufferers.

The kit will then be auctioned off to raise money.

"There is a need to support the research required to understand more about the issues the Astle family have fought so hard to raise," West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace said.

"I hope that on April 11, Jeff's old club will be seen to be honouring a promise and helping them. He would have wanted that."

Astle, idolised by West Brom fans, made his debut against Leicester and played for the club for 10 years from 1964-74.

The issue of concussion in sport has been in the spotlight recently with several high-profile incidents during the recent Six Nations rugby championship while former F1 world champion Fernando Alonso suffered concussion after a crash in testing.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Saturday, 16 December 2017
Leicester City v Crystal Palace, King Power Stadium 14:30
Stoke City v West Ham United, Bet365 Stadium 17:00
Arsenal v Newcastle United, Emirates Stadium 17:00
Chelsea v Southampton, Stamford Bridge 17:00
Brighton & Hove Albion v Burnley, The American Express Community Stadium 17:00
Watford v Huddersfield Town, Vicarage Road Stadium 17:00
Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur, Etihad Stadium 19:30
Sunday, 17 December 2017
West Bromwich Albion v Manchester United, The Hawthorns 16:15
AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool, Vitality Stadium 18:30
Monday, 18 December 2017
Everton v Swansea City, Goodison Park 22:00
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Home Team Result Away Team

Who will claim the Premier League title at the end of the 2017/18 season?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter

English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2017/18 Absa Premiership season is under way. Can Bidvest Wits defend their title? Will Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs or Orlando Pirates emerge victorious? Or will the bookies' favourites, Mamelodi Sundowns, taste success for a record eighth time? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.