Archive for May, 2018

A Crossing Of Paths

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

Wolves Men's Roles In An Altogether Different Story

A cursory look at Tony Matthews's 1999 reference tome The A-Z of Wolves reminds us what a large crossover of players there has been over the decades between Molineux and Villa Park. Some, like Peter Broadbent and Derek Dougan, had by far their best years on this side of the patch. Others - Peter Withe and Nigel Sims, for example - flowered in the Second City. A third batch, perhaps headed by Andy Gray, John Burridge and Steve Froggatt, contains men who flourished in both camps.

Another Hero Immortalised

Saturday, May 26th, 2018

A Ceremony To Be Savoured

One important date is being marked by the keenly-awaited unveiling of the Sir Jack Hayward statue next month - namely, what would have been the great benefactor's 95th birthday. Another would have been celebrated had the wraps been coming off today, the reason being that this is the 15th anniversary of the game etched in our memories partly because of the famous thumbs-up sign that gave sculptor James Butler the perfect image to create.

Dual Qualification, Dual Interest

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Midfielder Wanted By Two Teams For Same Game

Barry Powell has told the story of how he came to be pursued by both England and Wales for an age-group game during his formative Molineux years - but ended up playing for neither in it! The Warwickshire-born 1973 FA Cup semi-finalist and Wembley substitute from 12 months later is remembered as an international at different levels for the country of his birth. But he might easily have played for the one over the border as he qualified for them through his parents' roots.

Hibby Hotfooting It Towards Launch Day

Sunday, May 20th, 2018

Countdown To Exciting Print Run

Another Wolves book will shortly be hitting the shelves, with Kenny Hibbitt's autobiography likely to go on sale next month. This long-awaited publication has been several years in the making, with the legendary midfielder engaging his long-time friend Chris Smith and then another former Express & Star man, Tim Nash, on ghost-writing duties.

More Acclaim For The ‘Sherpas’

Thursday, May 17th, 2018

Happy Anniversary To Wolves' Last Wembley Winners

It's cup final season, which also means we are in a time of anniversaries. It was 58 years last week that Wolves beat Blackburn to lift the FA Cup and, remarkably, 30 whole years at the end of this month since the club's last trip to Wembley brought victory over Burnley. With that latter landmark in mind, Sherpa Van Trophy nostalgia was heavy in the air as Alistair Robertson, Keith Downing and Robbie Dennison reunited in Wolverhampton tonight to chat over old times with almost 100 supporters.

Big Day For A Little Lad

Monday, May 14th, 2018

Tracking Down The Mascot Who Has Bailey As A Hero

Stories come to us here at Wolves Heroes by all manner of means but one pathway we didn't expect to open up was the one exiled Wolves fanatic Shay Griffiths created in Norway via a lad on whom Mike Bailey made quite an impression more than 40 years ago. Readers might recall that we interviewed Walsall-born Shay at length in our http://www.wolvesheroes.com/2015/10/07/fans-day-of-pure-nostalgia/ article two and a half years ago. Now he has been responsible for bringing us another tale with a Scandinavian flavour.

Would You Believe It?

Friday, May 11th, 2018

Black-Out Hits McAlle's Big Moment

Pictures of John McAlle goals are hard to come by. He scored only three times in his mammoth total of 508 Wolverhampton Wanderers first-team appearances. And guess what? When we finally did find a pictorial record this week of one of his magic moments, he was utterly unrecognisable on it!

Waiting For A Bus Never Was Such Fun!

Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Triumphant Tours Of The Past And Present

Having been among the masses for yesterday's sweltering celebrations in Wolverhampton, we decided to look back at how such occasions played out in decades past....Without doubt, they have changed over the years but the common denominator that is joy, relief and civic pride remain, whether we are talking about the 1940s or the present day.

Booking In

Saturday, May 5th, 2018

Winning The Battle To Meet High Demand

Copies of David Instone's press box memoir Between the Golden Lines are now available - and selling briskly. More than 400 Wolves supporters reserved copies in advance and the publishers have been working hard to clear that backlog before pushing on in search of new interest.

Dear Diary Entry 79

Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

Passion From Afar

Tuesday, April 3: Loved meeting up again this afternoon with Odin Henrikssen from Bergen and other fans over from Scandinavia for this evening's Championship home game against Hull. Such dedication! What was more surprising was seeing Wolves' team coach outside and learning that the squad were using the same hotel for their pre-match preparation.

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