Archive for October, 2009

A Wolves Career From Nowhere

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Gwyn's Golden Opportunity Came Out Of The Blue

Gwyn Jones might have played only 22 games for Wolverhampton Wanderers but the fact that he ended up at Molineux at all was quite remarkable. "I had no intention at all of being a professional footballer," says the 75-year-old from his home in 'Wayne Hennessey country' in Anglesey. "I was set upon becoming a teacher and had a job lined up at the grammar school I had attended.

The Most Moving Of Days

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Football World Pays Respect To David

More than 150 mourners were present to say a fond farewell yesterday to former Wolves inside-forward David Burnside. Numerous officials from the FA, where he worked for more than a decade and a half, were joined at the lunchtime funeral service in Bristol by representatives from his various clubs.

Bull v Walsh: The Re-Match!

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Heavyweights Head-To-Head Again

Steve Walsh is to come face to face with Wolves legend Steve Bull once more - after revealing how close he once came to moving to Molineux. For years, the powerhouse Leicester defender was regarded as public enemy no1 as he and the record-breaking striker jousted and exchanged more than a few bumps and bruises.

USA/Canada, 1963

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Air Miles And Victories In Abundance

Wolverhampton Wanderers had just finished the last of the many fine seasons they enjoyed under Stan Cullis when they headed across the Atlantic for the first time more than 46 years ago. Having twice visited South Africa in the previous decade and a bit and also played in Russia, the club found their plane pointing in another direction as they set off on a five-week trip that was to bring them nine wins and a draw from their ten matches.

Former Wolves Coach Passes Away

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Minute's Silence Planned At Mansfield

Former Wolves coach John Jarman has died at the age of 78 after a short illness. The Rhondda-born son of a miner had a lifetime in football, although he missed out on a possible first-team career at Molineux following the effects of a serious knee injury in his teens.

Oh Boy! Coy On His Close Escape

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

Shark Attack Not The Biggest Worry

As someone who loves swimming with sharks, Bob Coy might have been surprised that the near-death experience he had was football-related rather than anything to do with warm oceans. The early 1980s Wolves defender has actually had to kick away a predator that got a little too close during a holiday in Egypt and regrets moving to Northampton instead of Telford in 1986 because it cost him the chance to train as a scuba diving instructor.

Sweet Music From Waggy

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

Winger's West Coast Memories

Dave Wagstaffe has indulged in his own English autumn version of 'Desert Island' - and Wolves fans have a second chance tomorrow to hear the results. Waggy was in the chair at 101.8 Wolverhampton Community Radio FM recently to record Inside Tracks, a one-hour programme on which guests are invited to name and introduce ten songs or pieces of music special to them.

David Burnside: 1939 – 2009

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Radical Thinker With A Rebellious Streak

David Burnside would have been 70 in December and a video about his life and times was already being prepared as part of his surprise party. There was no shortage of material. Forty-three competitive appearances and five goals for Wolverhampton Wanderers were only the start of it for a man who did things a little differently. So much so that he wanted to call the autobiography I was helping him write 'Me And My Bad Attitude'.

Sudden Death Of David Burnside

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Another Star Mourned

Wolves Heroes have today heard of the sudden death of David Burnside at the age of 69. The former Molineux inside-forward collapsed only a few hours after travelling to London on Friday to further his ambitions of becoming an MP.

Way Back When

Saturday, October 17th, 2009

Keeper Who Was Happy To Pitch In

Earlier this autumn, we launched the new feature that replaced the monthly look we took at Molineux Milestones. In our second Way Back When article, we spotlight a Wolves hero who led a life that was different in many ways. Cricketing footballers – and vice-versa – are not unheard-of. But naming a man who played League football and represented his country at baseball is a more challenging proposition altogether.

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