We always said there would never be another Steve Bull and the passage of time is doing nothing to make us revise that opinion. It is 27 years today since the striker assumed the mantel of leading all-time Wolves goalscorer and the colossal way in which he went on raising the bar seems as impressive now as it ever did.
Wolves are in the FA Cup semi-finals, so we just had to speak in a hurry to the only man other than Stan Cullis to have twice led the club into the last four of this competition in the last 100 years. So what was John Barnwell's Saturday night like as Manchester United perished where Liverpool had done by the same score three rounds and two and a half months earlier?
Welcome to one of the newer areas of the Wolves Heroes website.
Here, we not only list every player who has appeared in a League match for the club but also the order in which they did so.
For example, this is the place to learn that a few well-known and not-so-well-known men, such as Gerry O'Hara and Robert Kelly, have special niches in Wolves history that they presumably knew nothing about.
In 1976, O'Hara became the 600th man to be given a League debut by the club while Kelly clocked in as the 700th more than a decade later.
Please take a slow trawl through to see the entire order but bear in mind that, if you are revisiting this area, we may have made alterations since you last looked owing to a recount and the eagle eye of our checker, Donald Noble in Coventry!
We stress that the list refers to League games only, not any of the cups, and stretches back 125 years to when Wolves were one of 12 proud founder members of the competition.
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Do you need a reminder as to which player has played the most Wolves games in their long and proud history? Or who follows Steve Bull in the goalscorers' section?
We are dedicated to promoting Wolverhampton Wanderers nostalgia and reminiscences. Our business is tracking down former Wolves players, legends and otherwise, and talking through both their Molineux careers and what they have done in the years since. It is the ultimate in Where Are They Now pursuits. We trust you will become at least a little misty-eyed as a result of our endeavours.
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