This famous football club was one of the original founder members of the English Football League. Although not as fashionable as some other English football teams, over the years 'The Albion' has made a great contribution to football. It was the first English team to play in Russia and then a couple of decades later the first English team to play in China. During the Chinese tour, one player was asked what he thought of the Great Wall, his famous reply was "You've seen one wall, you've seen them all". Their original nickname,'The Throstles' originated because they had a thrush on their shirt badges. The more colloquial nickname and the more popular one of 'the Baggies' arose because they wore unfashionably long shorts at one stage.