Jackpot In The Search For Alun
We have now published our long-pursued interview with Alun Evans, who we finally located in Kidderminster following various feelers put out in Australia. Evans now lives in Melbourne but further detective work took us to his mother’s door and Wolves Heroes fans are able to see the fruits of that chase.
Surprise Reunion For Lofty
Phil Parkes had a reunion with a colourful team-mate of three decades ago when he attended a sporting dinner at Molineux. But the long-lost pal wasn’t anyone he had lined up with in any of his 382 senior games for Wolves – it was the Liverpool legend Bruce Grobbelaar, who was here for a guest-speaking assignment before flying home to South Africa.The two were colleagues at Vancouver Whitecaps – ‘home’ for ‘Lofty’ during the first two of the five seasons he enjoyed on the other side of the Atlantic towards the end of his playing career.
A Whole New Ball Game
A hard hat may be more suitable work-day attire than football colours these days for Paul Blades. The defender, who played 127 Wolves games from 1992 to 1995, is now working as a health and safety officer at The Cube, the final £100m phase of Birmingham’s stylish Mailbox complex.
Sad Passing Of A Born Joker
January 24, 1987 wasn’t just significant as the date on which Wayne Hennessey took his first gulp of air outside the womb. On the very same day, another Welshman was making his sizeable mark in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ goal.
By a further quirk, Wolves were playing in Wales that afternoon – and Mark Kendall used the 2-0 victory over Cardiff City to convince manager Graham Turner and the club’s directors that he was the real deal.
Waggy’s VIP Trips
Dave Wagstaffe was among the VIPs at not one but two functions surrounding Manchester City’s hosting of this summer’s UEFA Cup final.
In the weeks before Zenit St Petersburg beat Rangers at the City of Manchester Stadium, Waggy, who was born half a mile from Eastlands, was joined by the likes of Denis Law, Peter Reid, Joe Corrigan and Phil Neal at a Town Hall buffet, at which the chief guest of honour was UEFA chairman Michel Platini.
A Wanderer Returns
I felt like I’d been waiting ten years to track down Hugh McIlmoyle, so it hardly seemed to matter that I was ten minutes late pulling on to his drive in a village that might have been called Middle Of Nowhere.
But this legend of Cumbrian football greeted me by saying he had been asked by Border TV to do a live interview into that teatime’s news programme from outside Carlisle United’s Brunton Park ground. Bang goes another ten minutes.
Roberts Rules Out Retirement
Darren Roberts aims to show there’s yet more life in the old legs after scoring a second notable Wolves hat-trick, almost 16 years on from his first!
The striker made big headlines in September, 1992, when he hit three goals in the first half of his full League debut for Wanderers – the stunning 4-0 victory at Birmingham in front of the live TV cameras.
An Eye-Opening Trend
Much has been said, with Paul Ince’s return to the Premier League, about how many of Sir Alex Ferguson’s former Manchester United stalwarts have followed him into management.
Steve Bruce, Roy Keane and Mark Hughes already occupied top-flight hot seats while, from the Aberdeen side he led during his pre-knighthood days to the greatest era in their history, Gordon Strachan, Alex McLeish and Mark McGhee have embarked on similar journeys.
A Scoring Spree In The Sun
It was a trip too many for Graham Taylor, who didn’t really want to be there at all. By the time he was appointed by Wolves in the spring of 1994, the recently deposed national manager was done with airports and language barriers, and was going through a phase of believing that the best journeys were those he could make without the need for his passport.
Dean Justifies His ‘Crime’
Almost 20 years on, Dean Edwards is still ribbed by mates over the part he played in denying his beloved Wolverhampton Wanderers a second successive trip to Wembley in the Sherpa Van Trophy.