Archive for March, 2009

Get Braddy!

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Search On For Keeper

Paul Bradshaw is proving to be the frustrating missing link in efforts to reunite the England under-21 side of more than three decades ago. The former Wolves keeper has gone to ground as far as all of his ex-Molineux colleagues are concerned and has become just as difficult to track for organisers of a forthcoming reunion dinner.

The Mad, Mad World Of Ernie Hunt

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

From Goal Poacher To 'Zoo' Keeper

For as long as professional football is played, there is something in the life story of the utterly eccentric Ernie Hunt which can surely NEVER be matched. It's highly unusual, bordering on unique, that the first four games he played for Wolverhampton Wanderers were all 3-0 League victories.

Lofty Bounces Back

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Phil Floored By Tree Iron!

Phil Parkes insists he's fighting fit again despite following up some early-winter surgery with a freak accident on the golf course. The long-time Wolves goalkeeper had not long undergone laser treatment on his right eye than he was hit in his left one by a golf ball struck by himself.

A Post-Molineux Legend

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Wolves Release Was The Catalyst

John Rutter comes from the same town as John Richards, has the same initials and is of a similar generation. As far as their Wolverhampton Wanderers careers go, though, they are chalk and cheese. One went on to score 194 goals for the club in 486 matches; the other was given a free transfer in 1971-72 without kicking a ball in a senior game.

Berry Eyes His Dream Fixture

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009

Stoke v Wolves In The Prem - Bring It On!

Nottingham Forest 0 Wolves 1 was a massive result for George Berry at Wembley 29 years ago last week. It was pretty big for him at the City Ground yesterday as well. Berry is a regular watcher these days of matches at another of his former clubs, Stoke, and was there to see their vital home victory over Middlesbrough this weekend.

Frank Opinion On What Might Have Been

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Wignall's World Cup Woe

Frank Wignall has revealed how he might just have prevented Geoff Hurst from becoming one of English football's biggest heroes of all time. The 69-year-old, an interested party as two of his former clubs meet this weekend at the City Ground, was in a strong challenging position as an England striker four and a half decades ago until injury took a hand.

Hard Work Still Suits Boswell

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Retirement Stays Off Agenda

Alan Boswell insists he has no regrets about pursuing a post-playing life outside football - and does not see his 65th birthday as any reason to put his feet up. The Black Country-born keeper, who included a 13-month Wolves spell in a career of almost 500 senior appearances, is now some seven months past the personal milestone normally associated with pipe and slippers time.

Castigated – But Definitely A Visionary

Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

Strange Ways Of Strong-Minded Keeper

Check-list of questions at the ready, I decided to test his reactions in the opening minutes. Is it correct you were a fanatical trainer? Did you provide your own kit? Was Lev Yashin your hero? Did you live in a pub during your early Wolves career? Would you sometimes wear Army boots for training? Did you keep a joke-book?

Keeper’s Painful Farewell

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Tough Start For Crawford

Following our article last Wednesday about Wolves games which have been marked both by debuts and farewell appearances, a painful oversight - in more ways than one - has been brought to our attention. We highlighted three instances of this strange coincidence in just over three years during the first half of the 1960s.

Dealing With The Final Goodbye

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Wembley Sub's Surprise

Colin Brazier was the obvious choice as substitute when Wolves faced Nottingham Forest in the League Cup final 29 years ago this weekend. The tag 'utility man' could have been invented in recognition of his service to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

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