Sad Passing Of Ian Ross

‘Roscoe’ as the Molineux player-coach during the John Barnwell era.

Our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to the family of Ian Ross, who died over the weekend at the age of 72.

The Scot was brought to Wolves by John Barnwell as a player-coach and had a stint as caretaker boss after the manager’s departure in 1981-82.

Ian lived for many years in Compton, a mile or so from Wolves’ training ground, and his son was once on work experience at the Express & Star.  

As a player, he is best remembered for his 69 first-team games at Liverpool (with four goals) after heading south from his native Glasgow in 1963 and a substantial spell of success as Aston Villa captain in the mid-1970s.

He captained them to promotion back to the top flight in 1975 and also skippered them to League Cup final glory and back into European football. 

We interviewed Ian as recently as the autumn, spoke to him again after that and remained good friends with him, John Richards having known him well in their time together and David Instone spending time with him in Iceland in 1990 during the Scot’s seven-season stint as a manager over there.

As usual, we close this introductory piece by reminding our readers which Wolves favourites we have featured on here to date:

GOALKEEPERS: Phil Parkes, Mark Kendall, Vince Bartram, Evan Williams, Fred Davies, Geoff Sidebottom, Mike Stowell, Malcolm Finlayson, Alan Boswell, Mick Kearns, Paul Bradshaw, Gary Pierce, Andy de Bont, Scott Barrett, Bert Williams, Alex Scott, Nigel Sims, John Cullen, Kevin Charlton, Bob Wilson, Cyril Sidlow, Jim Barron, Eric Steele, John Burridge, Matt Murray, Scott Brown, Eric Nixon, Chic Brodie, Jeff Wealands, Dave Maclaren, Malcolm White, Geoff Crudgington, Tim Flowers, John Oldfield, Ron Tilsed, Stuart Garnham, Bob Knight, Paul Jones.

DEFENDERS: Paul Blades, Gary Bellamy, Floyd Streete, Bill Shorthouse, Derek Parkin, John Holsgrove, Bob Hazell, Eddie Stuart, George Showell, Darren Bazeley, Lawrie Madden, Ian Ross, Derek Mountfield, Derek Jefferson, John McAlle, David Woodfield, Bobby Thomson, Alan Dodd, Alistair Robertson, Geoff Palmer, Joe Gallagher, George Berry, John Rutter, Billy Wright, Chris Brindley, Graham Hawkins, Peter Shirtliff, Ricki Herbert, Mick Hollifield, Bill Slater, Bob Coy, Gwyn Jones, Joe Gardiner, Jimmy McVeigh, Jody Craddock, Peter Zelem, Darren Simkin, Adrian Williams, John Humphrey, Gary Cutler, Nigel Williams, Roy Pritchard, Graham Rodger, Brian Roberts, Jamie Smith, Gerry Harris, Dean Richards, Steve Stoutt, Keith Pritchett, Keith Curle, Keith Lowe, John Southall, Bob McNab, Neil Masters, Brian Owen, Joe Wilson, Ted Collins, Bernard Shaw, Emlyn Hughes, Phil Kelly, Doug Griffiths, Bill Guttridge, Gerry Farrell, Peter Russell, Mark Duncombe, Bobby Saxton, Martin Loftus, Angus McLean, Garry Tysall, John Harris, David Cooke, Darren Wright, Roger Grice, Mick Bennett, Paddy Rickerby, Roger Preece, Dave Parker, John Pender.

MIDFIELDERS: Paul Cook, Phil Robinson, Mark Burke, Micky Holmes, Danny Hegan, Bobby Thomson, Carl Robinson, Kenny Hibbitt, Chris Marsden, Ron Flowers, Steve Daley, Paul Jones, Mick Gooding, Stewart Ross, George Miller, Brian Punter, Keith Downing, Fred Kemp, Paul Birch, Neville Hamilton, Peter Daniel, Mark Rankine, Barry Powell, Paul Simpson, Robert Kelly, Alan Ainscow, Mick Matthews, Hugh Atkinson, Mike Bailey, Ian Wallace, Gerry O’Hara, Willie Carr, Andy King, Paul Dougherty, Jimmy Melia, Steve Corica, Les Cocker, Campbell Chapman, Ian Cartwright, Dale Rudge, Andy Blair, Mickey Evans, Danny Crainie, Ian Hall, Anthony Kernan, Roger Eli, John Melligan, Bill Crook, Kevin Keen, Johnny Kirkham, Alan Ball, Freddie Goodwin, Grenville Riley, Geoff Thomas, Terry Thompson, Stuart Darfield, Ian Arkwright, Ken Wade, Ken Todd, Loy Stobart, Brian Thompson, Joe Jackson, Alan Murray, Matt Forman, Ken Wimshurst, Doug Devlin, Paul Moss, Richard Wood, Barry Clark.

UTILITY MEN: Les Wilson, Neil Emblen, Martin Patching, Colin Brazier, Alan Sunderland, Dave Clements, Ken Knighton, Laurie Calloway, David Wintersgill, Tom Bennett, Simon Dunkley, Maurice Daly, Brian Caswell, Jim Conde.

WINGERS: Dave Wagstaffe, Michael Gilkes, John Farrington, Jon Purdie, Andy Sinton, Mike O’Grady, Steve Froggatt, Dave Thomas, Terry Wharton, Dick Le Flem, John Farley, Robbie Dennison, Des Horne, Mark Lazarus, Alan Hinton, David Thompson, Bertie Lutton, Billy Harrison, John Black, Chris Dangerfield, Alan Birch, Paddy Buckley, Jimmy Kelly, Peter McParland, Willie Raynes, Mike Lewis, Pat Neil, Vic Povey, Alan Steen, David Carrick, Cliff Durandt, Mike Kenning, Craig Moss, Micky Lill.

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MANAGERS/COACHES: Sammy Chung, Ian Greaves, Dave Jones, Bobby Downes, Major Frank Buckley, John Jarman, John Barnwell, Brian Garvey, Graham Taylor, John Trollope, Colin Lee, Jack Addenbrooke, Tommy Docherty, Mark McGhee, Stan Cullis, Richie Barker, John Ward, Andy Beattie, Gerry Summers, Graham Turner, Jack Dowen, Mike Hickman.

PHYSIOS: Toby Andersen, Paul Darby.

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SCOUTS: Tony Penman, George Noakes, Mark Crook.

COMMERCIAL MANAGERS: Jack Taylor.

SECRETARIES: Phil Shaw.

Updated: Monday, February 25th.

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