Archive for February, 2014

Dear Diary Entry 30

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

A Plethora Of Molineux Old Boys

Saturday, February 1: Watched the extended highlights on The Football League Show of the QPR v Burnley game and couldn't help noticing how many former Wolves players were involved. Six of them - all brought to Molineux by Mick McCarthy were on show in the exciting 3-3 draw; Karl Henry and goal-scoring debutant Kevin Doyle for Rangers, and Sam Vokes, Michael Kightly, Jason Shackell and David Jones for their promotion-chasing rivals.

Wade In!

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

New Sport These Days For Discarded Molineux Kid

It must be a nervous period for senior professionals at a club whenever there is a new man at the helm. Do their faces and, more importantly, their skills fit the ideals of the fresh regime? Well if it’s worrying for the established pros, imagine how it must be for the kids. To illustrate, we have been chatting with Ken Wade, who seemed to have every chance in the world when Wolves recruited him but who was one of a raft of youngsters that Bill McGarry decided he could live without.

Harry On An In-Flight Near Miss

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Taylor And That Injury We Didn't Hear About

Laughter comes easy to Steve Harrison. But even he realised that the time Graham Taylor was added to Wolves' injury list in a fit of temper was no occasion for wisecracks. Difficult though suppressing a giggle was, the need for straight faces and professionalism during the half-time rant saw to it that the manager's long-time right-hand man at Molineux, Aston Villa and England kept it together.

Sir Tom And His Wolves Connections

Monday, February 17th, 2014

Finney - Friend And Foe To Molineux Greats

Tom Finney was, in the words of one BBC obituarist this weekend, like Billy Wright at Wolves or Nat Lofthouse at the other Wanderers; the iconic and dream one-club man. The fact that the Preston Plumber had a knighthood conferred upon him and the other two received alternative honours from The Queen shows just what a legend he was in the game and the charity world.

Top Managers, Under-Achievement And ‘Brides’ With Hairy Legs

Friday, February 14th, 2014

And A Surprise Choice As Keeper's Top Defender

Q: Mike, it's easy to ask attacking players to elaborate on their favourite games or certainly guess what those could have been but it's not so obvious with goalkeepers, so what was your favourite game in the Wolves shirt? (From Alex Rae The Substitute) A: Alex, it's so difficult to pick any one game from the 447 I played. All I will say is I loved every minute of my time at Wolves - well, except for one Boxing Day away to Sheffield Wednesday when we drew 2-2 after being 2-0 down at half-time. It must have been the coldest I have ever been.

Another Reminder Of One Who Got Away

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

Four-Goal Man Might Have Followed Richie To Wolves

Paul Maguire's feat in scoring all four goals on a nightmare Wolves afternoon in the Potteries probably still has an unwelcome place in the memory for many. What is not so well known, though, is the fact that the midfielder had hurt Wolves before that in a lower-key game and was well on their radar through a Shropshire connection.

Bert: The Tributes Continue

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Punishing Regime That Made Him The Best

Bert Williams has been described by football's foremost obituarist as the 'most intense and dedicated of perfectionists.' Issue 34 of the excellent Backpass nostalgia magazine carries a full-page tribute, complete with three photographs, to the legend who recently died 12 days short of his 94th birthday.

In Memory Of Bert

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Reunited In Tribute - The Great And Good Of Molineux Life

Football has known it for 20 years or more as Fergie time. Today, we were introduced to 'Bert time.' "If I can put it in terms many of you will be familiar with, he lived for the full 90 - and then for almost four more at the end," the Reverend David Wright told a packed congregation.

A Shaw Hand

Sunday, February 2nd, 2014

Wolverhampton Boy Who Rose To High Office

Club secretaries tend to stick with Wolves for a long time. Jack Howley, later also a general manager, is a prominent name in Molineux history from the glory years and Keith Pearson's vital role in the mid-1980s in keeping the wolf from the door (pun intended) has been well documented. The present incumbent, Richard Skirrow, has been in office for well over a decade and a half as well but there is another figure in this category who should not be overlooked.

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