On this day (April 24) in 1976, West Bromwich Albion sealed promotion to the First Division in their last game of the season – the Baggies beat Oldham Athletic 1-0 in front of 15,000 of their supporters at Boundary Park while keeping a third consecutive clean sheet for their troubles.
Only a win would do for Albion in their promotion bid and they pulled it off, courtesy of a goal from Tony Brown minutes before the hour mark. The two sides went into the break level, but Johnny Giles’ half-time talk fired up the Baggies to take the game to their opponents.
Brown’s goal came in the 54th minute after work down the right-hand side from Paddy Mulligan and Mick Martin led to Ally Brown knocking the ball down for namesake Tony to fire home. He was mobbed by his teammates and supporters went into delirium in the stands.
Albion held on for the win and booked their place in the First Division, resulting in an iconic pitch invasion that was comprehensively documented. The Midlands outfit finished third in the Second Division with 53 points from 42 games, conceding only 33 goals all season.