It's West Brom's worst performance of the season… Clarke and Co were 'hopeless' against the Baggies' Powerchair team
16:54 GMT, 4 April 2013
22:48 GMT, 4 April 2013
West Brom manager Steve Clarke might have exceeded expectations in his first season in charge, but that was before he came up against his toughest opponents yet – the club's Powerchair Team.
Sporting Club Albion, run by the Midlands side's Albion Foundation, will take their place in EPFA Power Championships League, Powerchair's equivalent of the Champions League, in Paris this summer.
Powerchair football is for people with disabilities, who use powered wheelchairs, a regulation-size basketball court with goals, and a 13-inch ball.
We were hopeless: Steve Clarke admitted Powerchair football is harder than it looks, with him and his West Brom backroom staff taking on the club's Powerchair side
European adventure: Sporting Club Albion, with captain Chris Gordon shaking Clarke's hand, will compete in the EPFA Power Championships League this summer – the equivalent of the Champions League
To warm up, they took on Clarke and his backroom staff, who have led Albion to eighth in the Barclays Premier League, in a game of Powerchair football.
Held at the club's Barclays Spaces 4 Sport Community Sports Hall, Clarke, his assistants Kevin Keen and Keith Downing, as well as goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely, took on the Powerchair side – with Keen seeing red for a professional foul.
Baggies boss Clarke admitted the sport was far tougher than it looked, saying his side were hopeless.
Inspire: Sporting Club Albion gave Clarke and Co a difficult time in their Powerchair football match
Red card: Clarke joked he was looking at disciplining assistant Kevin Keen after he was sent off in the match
Tough battle: David Lewis of Sporting Club Albion holds off WBA goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely
He said: 'I went to watch them training three weeks ago and was really impressed.
'I did think: “I can do that,” so I challenged them to a game against our backroom team.
'But if you have a go, it's really difficult.
'We were hopeless, and Kevin Keen was sent off which presents me with another internal disciplinary problem.
'The boys and girls make it look really easy. Believe me, it's not.'