Archive for December, 2018

Wolves And Wembley – The Happiest Of Marriages

Sunday, December 30th, 2018

Football Mecca A Lucky Ground Once More

Tottenham should not have been shocked by the three goals that came in 18 golden minutes yesterday......after all, Wolves ALWAYS win at Wembley! We have said it before but Wolves have managed to develop the most wonderful winning habit at the home of English football - and clearly that is the case whether we are talking twin towers or iconic arch.

A Step Into The Unknown

Thursday, December 27th, 2018

Kelly Relishing Chance To Branch Out

Rob Kelly is eagerly counting off the days before linking up again with Uwe Rosler - this time at the start of his first overseas posting. The former Wolves midfielder and youth coach starts work with the German at Malmo in mid-January and is guaranteed a high-profile start to his new life with a round-of-32 Europa League clash with Chelsea the following month.

Christmas Gifts, Wolves Style

Monday, December 24th, 2018

Festive Treats From Seasons Past

Dave Wagstaffe's signing: The wizard of the wing agreed his move south from Manchester City on Christmas Eve of 1964, made a slip-slide debut at home to Villa two days later but, boy, really showed what he could do over the next 11 years.

Bill Slater: 1927 – 2018

Friday, December 21st, 2018

Pure Gold, The Part-Timer Who Won The Lot

What a player, what a life, what a man! There was, quite simply, so much to William John Slater. His colossal football achievements were nothing like the full story. He was an absolute one-off; a throwback not so much to a different era but to what in many ways was a different game.

Meeting In High Places

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Delighted Fred Reflects On Rivals' Progress  

A Wolves victory over Bournemouth - even for those who remember the glorious 1950s, a huge FA Cup upset and a broken goal-post - has been something of a novelty over the decades. But Saturday's top-flight meeting of the two sides was enough to have Fred Davies pinching himself in more ways than one.

Saying No To Wolves

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

Tough decision......but the right answer

What a choice....stay with the mighty Wolverhampton Wanderers at a time when they were at their all-time peak or, it being an era when the rewards for even superstar players were modest and guarantees for a comfortable post-playing lifestyle were non-existent, step away in search of more long-term security. Barry Clark faced that choice as a 20-year-old in 1962.

Pitching In To Combat The Elements

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

When The Weather Played A Bigger Part

It has frequently been emphasised that one of the biggest differences between today's football and that of decades past is the relative quality of pitches. Very rarely do we now see a Premier League playing surface that is anything other than pristine. But the list of games we have compiled below underlines how the under-foot conditions used to be a much bigger factor. 

Flight Of Fantasy

Sunday, December 9th, 2018

Three Decades On.....The Memories Remain

Christmas TV is to pay tribute to how Wolves fans embarked on one of English football's most astonishing away days nearly 30 years ago. It was on the first day of the 1990s that the club's supporters made history by setting off by air for Newcastle and the fixture that is being repeated on the Premier League stage today.

Historic Hotel That Has A Cherished Past

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

Williams' Fond Writings On Landmark Building

Dave Woodfield had his wedding reception there, Pat Neil stayed overnight in one of its rooms before his debut and Les Wilson recalls the Wolves squad having a pre-match meal n the dining room prior to a game at Albion. Now, we have belatedly discovered that one of the young hopefuls who followed such figures on to the club's playing staff actually went into print about the place.

Dear Diary Entry 86

Sunday, December 2nd, 2018

Stars On A Familiar Beat

Thursday, November 1: Received a surprise email from Belgium about the legendary former Wolves player, trainer and scout Joe Gardiner. The enquiry centred on a need to know his date of death, over which we could not be more specific than to say July, 1997. If any of our readers can be more specific, we would be delighted to hear from them - so would an author across the Channel who is writing a book about football cigarette cards.

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