Tribute To Bill Posted
Please see our Obituaries section below right for our in-depth look at the life of Bill Slater, one of the club’s very finest.
At 91, he was Wolves’ oldest surviving player when he passed away this week.
But on-field brilliance was only part of his story and he went on to receive the OBE and CBE long after he had hung up his boots.
In these saddest of circumstances, we have enjoyed paying our fulsome tribute to his career in and out of the game, so please take a few minutes for a read.
As we have done with countless dozens of other Molineux favourites, we visited Bill at home – as far back as 1990, when a trip to Wembley to witness Steve Bull’s two-goal heroics against Czechoslovakia gave us the opportunity to pop to West London to see him in Ealing for a couple of hours.
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.
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.
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.
FORWARDS: Peter Knowles, Dean Edwards, Steve Bull, Hugh McIlmoyle, Darren Roberts, Bobby Gould, Jimmy Murray, Jackie Gallagher, John Richards, Bob Hatton, Frank Wignall, Hugh Curran, David Burnside, Andy Mutch, Alex McIntosh, Paul Walker, Derek Dougan, Mel Eves, Ray Crawford, Ernie Hunt, Steve Kindon, Dennis Westcott, Alun Evans, Norman Bell, Neil Edwards, Wayne Clarke, Peter Eastoe, Derek Clarke, Ted Farmer, Bobby Woodruff, Roy Swinbourne, Jimmy Seal, John Galley, Bobby Mason, Mick Bradbury, Jimmy Dunn, Glen Crowe, Andy Gray, Peter Withe, Chris Crowe, Mike Collins, Dennis Wilshaw, Cyrille Regis, Billy Rafferty, Jim McCalliog, Lee Mills, Johnny Walker, Steve Mardenborough, Clive Ford, Don Goodman, Graham Newton, Barry Stobart, David Kelly, Jack Rowley and Arthur Rowley, Ray Aggio, Keith Edwards, Joe McBride, Colin Booth, Gordon Roberts, Ken Sill, Ray Gaston, Allan Jackson, Steve Crompton, Jason Roberts, Colin Taylor, John Teasdale, Tommy Stewart, Tony Bridges, Shaun Bradbury, Jesse Pye, Tom Phillipson.
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.
DIRECTORS: John Ireland, Sir Jack Hayward, Dick Homden, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, Jonathan Hayward, Doug Ellis.
SCOUTS: Tony Penman, George Noakes, Mark Crook.
COMMERCIAL MANAGERS: Jack Taylor.
SECRETARIES: Phil Shaw.
Updated: Sunday, January 13th.