For The Love Of Bully
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.
The former striker, now manager at Unibond Premier League club Hednesford after a spell in charge of Willenhall, scored home and away for Torquay in the 1988-89 area final to secure a shock 3-2 aggregate victory over the holders.
And he reveals: “People who know that I’ve always been a big Wolves fan still ask me what on earth I was doing scoring a couple of goals and stopping the club getting back to Wembley.
“But I’ve got a simple answer: Torquay’s final against Bolton was played in the same weekend as the Scotland v England international and, if I hadn’t scored, Steve Bull wouldn’t have gone on for his debut at Hampden Park and scored a great goal. So I did my bit after all!”
Edwards, now 46, netted Torquay’s consolation in their 4-1 Wembley defeat against Bolton and was also on target when the Gulls returned to the twin towers two years later to win promotion from the Fourth Division via the play-offs.
The crowds he played to on those occasions, like the competition record attendance of 80,841 that watched the Wolves v Burnley final 20 years ago this summer, are a far cry from another match that’s probably etched in his memory.
He lined up alongside the likes of Jon Purdie and Robert Rosario when Wolves drew 1-1 with Torquay at Molineux in January, 1986, in the SVT’s forerunner, the Freight Rover Trophy. The turn-out then was a paltry 1,618.