The first prize for the most monumentally misleading piece of misinformation to emanate from The Hawthorns this week goes to the masterpiece that appeared on West Bromwich Albion's club website on Thursday evening.
Running to the thick end of 2,000 words, all carefully worded by chairman Jeremy Peace, on the more positive aspects of Albion's year, this seemingly endless tome reached its conclusion in the final two paragraphs when it revealed a #5 million loss for the 2005-06 season.
Second prize goes to Norwich City's former Albion striker Rob Earnshaw, ahead of his return to The Hawthorns today, for his insistence that he still nurtures nothing but warm thoughts about the Baggies.
The man who sold him, Bryan Robson, has now gone, but it's hard to imagine that 'Earnie' won't be beaming all over his face if he gets another opportunity to show the home fans his vast array of goal celebrations. With his scoring record, he's a fair bet to do just that.
It still remains a mystery as to why Albion suddenly chose to cash in on Earnshaw by getting back their #3.5 million on deadline day in January. Of all the questions that remain unanswered by Peace, the departure of their little Welsh striker is the biggest.
The previous season, Earnshaw had spearheaded the Great Escape. Without him, once he had ceased his first-team involvement, Albion scored just ten goals in their final 16 games, almost half of their output a year earlier. That contrasts with the 18 goals in 28 games he has gone on to score in Canary yellow.
Despite his acrimonious departure, Earnshaw remains a paragon of positive thinking prior to today's reunion, making it clear that he does not blame the supporters for his abrupt exit.
"The fans were brilliant with me," he said. "I've got nothing bad to say about the club. I enjoyed my time at West Brom and the times I did play, it was brilliant, but the first summer when we stayed up, I knew I was going to move on. It just took until January to happen."
Like Albion, Norwich are getting used to life under a change of manager, Peter Grant having had an up-and-down time since taking over from Nigel Worthington.
He started with a win at Birmingham City, the night before Tony Mowbray took over from Robson at Albion, then claimed another big scalp on the Saturday against leaders Cardiff City, only to suffer a five-goal humiliation the following Saturday at Stoke City.
That sort of inconsistency is something Mowbray can identify with but he maintains that his side's form has remained decent, despite picking up one point out of a possible nine. And, although aware of comments like Blues boss Steve Bruce's last weekend that "it isn't always the pretty teams who win promotion in this division", Mowbray has made it clear that he will not be abandoning his inclination to attack.
"If we'd been struggling and not had many shots, I'd be concerned," he said. "But, hand on heart, we've been the best team in every game I've watched and we could easily have been sitting here with nine points from the last three games.
"The Birmingham game was the closest of the three, even though we had more chances than them. But, in the other two, against Queens Park Rangers and Derby County, the tide was flowing very much towards the opposition goal.
"I understand we are in a results business but I firmly believe you win games based on your performance level and, in the bigger picture, I'd suggest there's not a lot wrong."
Zoltan Gera's calf injury makes him a major doubt today, while Richard Chaplow is struggling with a stiff back and it looks like being too soon for Nigel Quashie, who trained on Thursday for the first time since suffering a recurrence of his ankle problem last month.
Mowbray has four players — Jonathan Greening, Diomansy Kamara, Chris Perry and Ronnie Wallwork — one booking away from a ban but Darren Carter is close to a recall after three games out with hamstring trouble while he has the obvious option of recalling Kevin Phillips up front.
Phillips has not started since hitting the hat-trick with which Albion greeted their new manager in a 5-1 win over Ipswich Town month ago. A repeat of that sort of finishing today, against East Anglia's other team, would be most timely.