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West Brom in the EFL: Do you remember Roman Bednar? Here’s how he is getting on these days…

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Roman Bednar’s time with West Bromwich Albion was certainly eventful. 

The former Czech International played key roles in Albion’s promotions to the Premier League in both 2007/08 and 2009/10 – scoring 23 goals and adding six assists in the Championship during that period.

His time at the Hawthorns was not all plain sailing, however, and he was involved in a drug controversy in 2009 that led to him being suspended by the club.

Roberto Di Matteo’s decision to bring Bednar back into the fold after he served his suspension proved the right move and you feel Baggies fans will likely look back on his five years with the club fondly.

When he left to join Blackpool in January 2012, Bednar had made more than 100 appearances for Albion – scoring 33 times and adding 12 assists.

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The forward never quite reached his best for the Tangerines as he found the net just once in 11 games for the club, though Ian Holloway did turn to him as a late substitute in the 2011/12 Championship play-off final.

That would prove his final game in English football as he secured a move to Turkish side Sivasspor in August 2012, signing a two-year deal.

He saw out just two months and one day of that contract, becoming a free agent in October 2012.

After three months without a club, Bednar returned to his home nation and signed with Czech club Sparta Prague.

His time in the capital was certainly a success, helping the club win both the league and cup in 2013/14 but rarely was he more than a bit-part player and he left to join 1.FK Pribram permanently in July 2015.

That move brought something of a renaissance for the forward, as he fired in 16 goals in 40 appearances for the Czech top-tier outfit.

In July 2016 and at the age of 33, Bednar called time on his 14-year professional career.

But that’s not been the end of his involvement with the game, with Bednar occasionally showing up as a pundit on Czech TV.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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