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Revealed: Why West Brom’s weekend visit to Hull City means so much for this man


Conor Townsend hopes to make himself public enemy No.1 when he takes on his hometown club on Saturday.

Townsend grew up in Hessle, just outside Hull, and joined the club’s youth system when he was only eight years old.

He spent 15 years at Hull before joining Scunthorpe United in 2016.

The 25-year-old will return to the KCOM Stadium this weekend for the first time as West Brom look to get their promotion push back on track with a first win in four.



And it promises to be a day of mixed emotions for the Townsend family.

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“Most of them are Hull fans,” Townsend told BirminghamLive.

“On Saturday I think they’ll be Albion fans.

“My close family obviously just want me to do well.

“But I’ve got a lot of friends who are Hull fans and have been getting into me.

“That’s fine. I don’t mind. Hopefully we can get the win and shut a few of them up!

“I’m desperate to play in any match to be honest. But it will be a little bit special.

“It’s the first time I’ve been back since I left, so it will be nice to see a few people, but obviously we’re there to do a job.

“There’s a big chance for us to go there and get three points.”

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Townsend made his first Championship start for over a month in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers.

He’s likely to retain his place at left wing-back with Kieran Gibbs struggling from a hip injury.



Many of Townsend’s friends will certainly hope he gets the nod.

“There’s a lot that have already bought tickets with me playing last week,” he said.

“A few of them have come out of the woodwork to ask for a few, but it’s all part and parcel of it and I’m really looking forward to it. There’ll be plenty in there!”

In January 2016, Townsend reluctantly chose to leave Hull for Scunthorpe in search of regular first-team football.

It was not a decision the defender took lightly, but one he felt he had to make.

“I was 22 years old and it was time for me to go and make a career for myself,” he explained.

“It is a good club. We were in the play-offs two years running and it was a great experience for me.



Conor Townsend (right)

“To be part of that, I really grew as a player and now Albion are giving me the chance to try to do the same thing here.”

Hull clearly played a huge part in nurturing Townsend, who cost £750,000 when he signed for West Brom from Scunthorpe in July.

And the full-back says one coach in particular had a lasting impression on him.

“You pick stuff up from coaches all the way along,” he said.

“My youth team coach at Hull, Billy Russell, was a big influence on me.

“I learned a lot about football, but also a lot about general life from him.

“I learned a lot of good principles at Hull and I’ve tried taking that everywhere with me.”

*Townsend spoke to BirminghamLive at an Albion Foundation half-term holiday football camp in Sutton Coldfield.


Source : BirminghamMail

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