Boinging Baggies reveal profit

West Brom have announced a reduced pre-tax profit of ?1.5million

for the financial year ending June 30 2012.

The profit compared with a surplus of ?9.1million for the

previous 12 months. It means the club’s net debt has been reduced

from ?2million to just ?500,000.

In the first full set of accounts released by West Bromwich

Albion Group Ltd since its formation in August 2010, the club also

reported a record turnover of ?66.7million.

But Albion’s total salaries topped the ?50million mark and

represented 74 per cent of the club’s turnover.

West Brom paid out ?6million during the summer of 2011 to sign

striker Shane Long from Reading.

Club chief executive Mark Jenkins said in a statement: “The club

has continued to invest in its playing squad, both in transfer fees

and wages and total salaries now exceed ?50million per year.

“However, with careful budgeting and tight financial controls,

we have managed to match our revenue to our costs and record a

pre-tax profit of ?1.5million.”