Hall of Fame

In 2009, Wolverhampton Wanderers took welcome steps to further honour their heroes with the setting-up of a Hall Of Fame. The dinner to officially recognise inductees has become a hugely popular, sell-out annual occasion in the luxurious hospitality area of Molineux’s Billy Wright Stand.

The club themselves provide lengthy write-ups of these glittering nights, as well as detailed accounts of why individuals – or even teams – have been chosen. So please check their website for much, much more.

This, however, is our brief overview of the Hall Of Fame – a VIP club that became even more prominent with the unveiling in 2012 of a superb museum in the towering new Stan Cullis Stand.

Inductees to date (in chronological and then alphabetical order):

2009 – Steve Bull, Stan Cullis, Ron Flowers, Jackery Jones, Derek Parkin, Billy Wright (6).

2010 – Mike Bailey, Peter Broadbent, Billy Harrison, John Richards, Bill Slater, Graham Turner, Bert Williams (7).

2011 – Derek Dougan, Sir Jack Hayward, Kenny Hibbitt, Jimmy Mullen, Roy Swinbourne, the 2003 play-off final winning team (6).

2013 – Major Frank Buckley, the triumphant 1954 team against Honved, Malcolm Finlayson, Andy Mutch, Dave Wagstaffe (5).

2015 – Johnny Hancocks, John McAlle (2).

2017 – Jack Brodie, Frank Munro, Andy Thompson, Dennis Westcott (4).

(There were no inductees in 2012, 2014 or 2016).

THE CHOSEN MEN

Mike Bailey
The ultimate leader and warrior who gave over a decade of his career to the gold and black cause. Wolves’ midfield was always a more powerful unit with him in. Honoured by England with two senior caps and the 1967 Midlands Footballer of the Year.
Peter Broadbent
What a talent! To many fans of a certain age, he was a favourite among a team of legends. Genial and with a razor-sharp cutting edge, his goals and ‘assists’ would make him worth a king’s ransom today. An England star of his day, too – of course.
Jack Brodie Jack Brodie
Talk about being in on things from day one… Utility man ’Jack’ was a founder member of the club, born in the town and later to serve as a director. His 65 first-team games included the 1889 FA Cup final and he also won three England caps.
Major Frank Buckley
‘Visionary’ is a word often applied to the Boer War veteran. Not only was he ahead of his time in seeing football’s future, he developed a brilliant youth policy at Molineux and set the seeds for the greatness that followed under Stan Cullis.
Steve Bull
Well, he has a stand named after him, so he has to be in there. The youngest individual inductee to date is still a very frequent visitor to Molineux, where those 306 goals and numerous battle scars help to assure him of the warmest of welcomes.
Stan Cullis
One outstanding career – as a player – was interrupted by the war and then ended early by injury. So the former Wolves and England captain carved out another as a brilliant, trophy-laden manager, who apparently had a thing about discipline.
Derek Dougan
The prince of entertainers would have loved this accolade. So sad that it had to be posthumous. The Doog was one of the game’s most recognised show-men and ended his club-hopping years by finding Molineux to be his spiritual home and stage.
Malcolm Finlayson
In another era, the brave Scot – the only Wolves keeper ever to win two League title medals – would have had a host of internationals caps. But he headed for England when the practice was frowned upon by some and had to settle for club glory.
Ron Flowers
Another to have captained his club and country. This most famous Wath Wanderer left Yorkshire to make the West Midlands his home and contributed hugely to the glory years at Molineux. Someone tell England: He also knew how to take a penalty.
Johnny Hancocks
Wolves have never had a more feared and explosive right-winger than this tiny son of Shropshire. Johnny was scared of flying, otherwise he would have won many more England caps, and he remains the club’s fourth highest scorer of all time.
Billy Harrison
Like Jackery Jones, an FA Cup winner with Wolves in 1908, the speedy winger scoring a beauty in the final at Crystal Palace. Played almost 350 matches for the club and was such an expert of his trade that he subsequently signed for Manchester United.
Sir Jack Hayward
Did so much for the club by taking control and leading them away from the threat of oblivion. Massively generous with a sense of fun that lights up any room, he financed not only team rebuilding but also the first stadium redevelopment. A true saviour.
Kenny Hibbitt
The dream goal-scoring midfielder, even at Wembley. Discovered for a pittance and then a thorn in the side of opponents far and wide with his industry, fierce shooting and will to win. Just look at our Legends area to see what he achieved for the club.
Jackery Jones
Shropshire-born defender who was born the year Wolves were formed and racked up over 330 senior outings at a time when games were less plentiful than today. Became the club trainer and lived up to yesteryear stereotypes by regularly smoking a pipe.
John McAlle
It took time for Wolves to identify the best position for ‘Scouse’, who struck up a long and dependable pairing with Frank Munro in the centre of the club’s defence. Outstayed his partner by four years and was never anything but a fully committed campaigner.
Jimmy Mullen
Blooded at the age of 16 and still going strong in his mid-30s. Was the ‘left’ part of the club’s feared post-war wing combination, with an extraordinary ability to cross on the run. His death in 1987 led to the club’s Former Players Association being formed.
Frank Munro Frank Munro
Much-admired and elegant defender who had been viewed as an inside-forward back home in a country for whom he won nine caps. One of Ronnie Allen’s later and best signings for the club, he is in the all-time top 20 Wanderers appearance-makers.
Andy Mutch
Bouncing pay cheques were a feature of Molineux life when Sammy Chapman brought Andy Mutch south in 1986. But the striker played a huge part in Wolves’ renaissance with his 106 goals for the club, the vast majority of them in partnership with Steve Bull.
Derek Parkin
Recognised as the best uncapped English full-back of his generation and might have been even more formidable had he remained as a right-back rather than being switched to no 3. Has played more Wolves games than any other man alive or dead.
John Richards
First spotted in a schools match and blossomed into such a feared finisher that, in another era, he would have won many more than his solitary senior England cap. Was the club’s top all-time scorer for nearly a decade and a half. He was dynamite!
Bill Slater
His story is a truly incredible one….from playing in an FA Cup final as an amateur to serving Wolves as a part-timer to captaining a winning team at Wembley to being named Footballer of the Year. Has an OBE, CBE and England caps on top of all that.
Roy Swinbourne
What might have become of this sizzling centre-forward had fate not dealt him the cruellest hand with a career-ending injury in his mid-20s? Plundered goals against the cream of England and Europe and has thankfully been a class act in business as well.
Andy Thompson Andy Thompson
Started as an Albion midfielder and, over a decade later, was hailed as an outstandingly consistent Molineux full-back – one who despatch a mean penalty. This double lower-division title winner was also a Sherpa Van Trophy hero and is a Wolves fan to boot.
Graham Turner
As if winning successive lower-division titles and a Wembley cup final aren’t enough, this boyhood Wolves fan also happens to be the man who brought Steve Bull to Molineux. Very much one of those who led the club away from the 1980s brink.
Dave Wagstaffe
A whole generation of Molineux loyalists were thrilled when a Hall of Fame place was found for the winger who lit up the club for well over a decade. What a provider he was for Derek Dougan, John Richards and co! And sometimes a spectacular scorer, too.
Dennis Westcott Dennis Westcott
The tag ‘goal machine’ aptly fits a no 9 whose rampaging spanned the war years and those before and after. His scoring tally of 124 in 144 peacetime games included a then club-best 43 in 1938-39, the highlight a Cup semi-final four-timer against Grimsby.
Bert Williams
The best and most famous goalkeeper Wolves have ever had – full of daring, agility and poise. Not for nothing was he nicknamed The Cat. Won 24 England caps as well as FA Cup and League Championship medals and was awarded an MBE in his 90s.
Billy Wright
The most golden Wanderer of the lot. Immortalised for winning 105 England caps – the vast majority as captain – and a Wolves first-teamer for 20 years. Utterly loved by all who knew him and has a statue and a showpiece stand in his honour at the stadium.
1954 conquerors of Honved
Molineux’s most famous ever game was not a League blockbuster, nor a big cup-tie. It was a friendly – in name at least. This titanic clash was a matter of national pride, followed avidly by the whole country and brilliantly won by Stan Cullis’s men.
2003 play-off final winners
For many fans, May 26, 2003, was a day without rival; the Bank Holiday afternoon on which Wolves blew Sheffield United away to reach the Premier League for the first time. Three first half goals, then a Matt Murray penalty save – could it get any better?
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