The Celebration Statue 1979

A Tribute to Cyrille Regis, Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham


The Statue




The Magazine

Frank Skinner

Brendon Batson

Brenson Batson's career was closely intertwined with Ron Atkinson's. Brendon played for Atkinson for four years at Cambridge where they both built their reputations and when Big Ron moved to the Baggies he wanted his Captain to come with him, which he duly did. Albion fans felt some sympathy with Cambridge when later Atkinson left WBA and took their best player with him.

Brendon was a cultured player in an excellent defensive unit in that 1979 team. Not an easy achievement in a team so dedicated to going forward that it often seemed simply intent on just outscoring the opposition. Indeed Culture, Class and Coolness are the words that spring to mind when describing Brendon and his contribution to what was by common consent the most attractive team West Brom had produced since the almost double winning team of the early 50s. And also by common consent, it still is.


Brendon was the first player signed by Albion manager Ron Atkinson. ‘Big Ron’ took over at The Hawthorns on 12 January 1978 and signed ‘BB’ from his previous club, Cambridge United, six weeks later, handing him his Baggies’ debut versus Birmingham City on 28 February.

Brendon Batson
Personal information
Full name Brendon Martin Batson
Date of birth (1953-02-01) 1 February 1953 (age 60)
Place of birth St. George's, Grenada
Playing position Right back
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
19711974 Arsenal 10 (0)
19741978 Cambridge United 163 (6)
19781982 West Bromwich Albion 172 (1)
National team
England B 3 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Appearances (Goals).

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