Texaco Cup Heroics: Part OneIt didn't have the glamour of the following season's campaign - and certainly not the same reach - but Wolves' winning crusade in one of football's long-neglected competitions might just have been a leg-up to UEFA Cup success. By popping up to Scotland and over to Northern Ireland, their players became more familiar not only with travelling and living together, but also with the two-leg combat that was largely alien to them.
John Lalley Hails The FA Cup WinnersA wind of change was sweeping through Britain in 1960. The prim austerity of the 1950s was slowly but inexorably being engulfed by the outset of the ‘swinging sixties’ and 1960 was the year that Penguin Books were prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act after their publication of the D H Lawrence classic ‘Lady Chatterley’s Lover.’ Representing the Crown, Mervyn Griffith Jones QC asked the jury with a magnificent exposition of pomposity: "Is this the kind of book you would wish your wife or servants to read?"
Lalley On Barney's League Cup TriumphWhen John Barnwell became Wolves’ manager in 1978, he joined a club facing a relegation battle. Immediately, though, he turned fortune on its head, kept them in the top division and gave us an unlikely FA Cup semi-final appearance against Arsenal, a club he had served with distinction as a player.
Where Opportunity Refused To Knock
Micky Bradbury seemed to have the football world at his feet as a teenage goal machine at Molineux. He scored five goals on his debut for England Schoolboys, attracted scouts from big clubs far and wide and even shared digs with Graeme Souness during a trial at Tottenham.