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Football star to open West Bromwich branch

Former England football star Paul Merson will officially open the new branch of the West Bromwich in Tamworth, Staffordshire on Tuesday November 25.

Merson, who is currently enjoying a season with Walsall FC, will open West Bromwich&#39s branch at the Ankerside Shopping Centre.

As well as cutting a ceremonial cake with chief executive Andrew Messenger and branch manager Paul Hancox, Merson will also receive a golden boot cheque of at least £300. He will later present this to Walsall FC to support youth development at the club.

Merson will also take part in an autograph signing session at 3.30pm. Specially designed autograph sheets, featuring a picture of the star, will be available free of charge to everyone who visits the branch from 3pm onwards.

Messenger says: “West Bromwich is delighted Merson has accepted our offer to come and open the branch in what promises to be an exciting future for the West Brom in Tamworth.

“He is a highly popular player and I know the people of Tamworth will be delighted to share footballing stories and welcome him to our new branch.


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