Marking The Big Anniversary

League Cup Nostalgia In The Air

Goal hero Andy Gray in post-match ecstasy.

Come Monday, it’s exactly 30 years since Wolves lifted the League Cup for the second time.

And Wolves Heroes are heralding the impending landmark day with an extended look back at the unlikely triumph pulled off by John Barnwell’s side.

Lifelong Wanderes fan John Lalley reflects in depth on the club’s second League Cup winning season by studying the background to the success and the unfolding trail to Wembley.

His article has already been posted in our Features area, complete with stirring photos.

John recounts how Barnwell and Richie Barker out-thought their counterparts Brian Clough and Peter Taylor in building the base for a shock victory over a Nottingham Forest side who were on their way to retaining the European Cup.

John Barnwell's no 2 Richie Barker with the Wembley spoils.

Forest also dominated the League Cup at that time and were hot favourites to prevail, only to be checked by Andy Gray’s tap-in winner.

It was a notable day, too, for Emlyn Hughes, the skipper who is singled out for a special mention in our reminiscences.

Take a read now and join us in toasting the 1980 Wembley winners all over again, as well as wondering where the years have gone.

Thomas Publications