Archive for December, 2017

Gerry Making Far-Reaching Plans

Saturday, December 30th, 2017

Ever-Shrinking World Leaves Midfielder Keen To Explore

Gerry O’Hara has included a tour of Australia on his ‘bucket list’ – but it has nothing to do with the current Ashes series or any other one. The former Wolves midfielder has no idea when he will finish work but is already looking ahead to when the freedom from employment constraints leave he and his wife Dee with some quality travelling time and able to lap up plenty of sun.

Sammy To The Rescue

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

An Ashton Gate Experience To Remember

We don't often write specifically about supporters on this site but with the countdown to Wolves' big visit to Bristol City on Saturday very much on, we have slightly relaxed our rules to wave through a story we thought was well worth telling. Brian Lester, with whom we had a chance meeting outside Molineux a couple of weeks ago, was a fanatical follower of the side in his younger years and has regaled us with the time he went the extra mile to attend a Wolves game at Ashton Gate.

Memories Of Debut Day

Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Festive Reunion Sparks Happy Recollections

A quick Christmas quiz: What do Gerry O'Hara, Mel Eves, Colin Brazier, Terry Wharton and Gerry Taylor have in common? Answer: They were all at Molineux to see Wolves beat Ipswich yesterday and extend their lead at the top of the Championship to seven points. More specifically, they all also made their first-team debuts for the club against these same opponents in decades past.

A Feast Of Wolves Reading

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

A Magazine Not To Be Missed

A five-page feature on Wolves' glory years and a three-page profile of Molineux discovery Tim Flowers make the latest issue of Backpass a highly attractive read for those of a gold and black persuasion. The huge spread on the club arose because they were chosen as the latest subject of Ivan Ponting's regular 'Third Quarter' feature, so informative biographies are given on nearly 30 Wanderers players from the 1945-70 era.

Reluctant No More

Monday, December 18th, 2017

Atlantic Crossings Aplenty For Midfielder Who Asked To Opt Out

Experienced traveller Hugh Atkinson has revealed how he unsuccessfully asked to be left behind from the first of his many trips to the United States. Time has moved on sufficiently for the early 1980s midfielder to have retired and moved to Telford since we last chatted to him properly.

Pitches: There’s Snow Comparison With The Past

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Recalling When Choosing Studs Was A Whole Lot Harder

Few things in football have changed as much as the state of the pitches. Remember when you could guarantee a couple of matches per season being played on a carpet of snow? In such circumstances, a plain orange ball would sometimes be sent for to boost the spectator experience, the touchlines would be painted in something other than white and piles of cleared snow might be visible just beyond the playing area.

Seeking Steve

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Stoutt Search Back Under-Way

For the second time in a few years, we find ourselves in the situation of throwing out our net in search of former Wolves Player of the Year Steve Stoutt. We caught up with the 1980s defender in March, 2011 and spent an enlightening hour and a half with him more than two decades on from when he had been released from Molineux within 48 hours of the club's Sherpa Van Trophy final triumph.

A Massive Opportunity Missed

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

How Wolves Waved Withe Farewell

How easy it would now be to criticise Bill McGarry for failing to make the best of Peter Withe's considerable talents for Wolves. Here is a man who, for clubs elsewhere in the Midlands, picked up two League Championship winners' medals, scored a European Cup final winner and got his hands on plenty of other pieces of silverware. He was a serial champion.

Hugh’s A Clever Boy!

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Curran Dealt Brilliantly In Hard Currency Of Goals

As the eyes of the Championship remain firmly on Wolves and who they might add to their pace-setting squad in the January window, we reflect on the dynamic impact of a mid-season arrival almost half a century ago. This one didn't come from Iberia or anywhere else abroad but from these very islands - and the payback was considerable.

City Hall Of Famer Saw Molineux Door Ajar

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

Opportunity Knocked For Record-Breaking Icon

Long before Michael Oakes arrived at Molineux as the man who would eventually end Mike Stowell's lengthy monopoly of the goalkeeper jersey, Wolves fans might have come to know another man of the same surname. On the very day recently that 44-year-old Michael made plans to take his partner into hospital in preparation to give birth to their second child, I found myself at the Cheshire home of his father, Alan, and learning that he, too, could well have signed here.

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