Archive for November, 2010

Jinky’s Foot In Both Camps

Monday, November 29th, 2010

Full-back's Steps On The Coaching Ladder

Jamie Smith's third game in League football was a Black Country derby victory against Albion. Less happily, he was then sent off in a defeat in the return clash at The Hawthorns the following spring. Now, a decade and a half on, he has served as a youth coach on both sides of the divide since injury forced his retirement as a player more than three years ago.

Wolves The Snow Kings

Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Winners Nearly All The Way In Wintry Blasts

As English football braces itself for its first wintry interlude of 2010-11, we look back on some snow-hit times of yesteryear. And history shows that Wolves have generally fared very well in such conditions. How many of these ten 'Siberian' occasions do you recall - and have we missed many?

Talented Scot Who Was Squeezed Out

Thursday, November 25th, 2010

Johnny Walker - Content, Fit and Alcohol-Free!

It needed something special to keep Johnny Walker out of Wolves' team early in their glory years. And, unfortunately for him, 'very special' would be an apt description of the competition for places that he faced. The Scottish-born inside-forward was restricted to only 44 games for the club but the fact that he scored 26 goals underlines both what a good player he was and the counter claims of those around him.

An Anniversary (Red) Card

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

Warring Duo Back Together

Steve Bull has another meeting with an old foe this week as a reminder of the rampaging mayhem that started 24 years ago today. It was on November 22, 1986, that the striker was unleashed for the first time in a Wolves shirt following his £64,000 move from Albion.

Blair: My Wolves Pride

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

Loan Spell Reignited Midfielder's Career

Six defeats in ten games, with an awful lot of goals against, are statistics to suggest that Andy Blair might be best forgetting his brief stay with Wolverhampton Wanderers. But, more than a quarter of a century on, the midfielder is adamant that life swimming against the tide at Molineux was very good for him.

Molinews: Part Seven

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

Champions Who Were Overlooked

Les Wilson has contacted us in dismay after stumbling upon an apparent snub to Wolves in a 1982 North American Soccer League guide. The publication lists its all-star team from the 1967 North American League - won in style by Ronnie Allen's Los Angeles Wolves - and also a second team.

At Home Away

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

One Strange Setting To Another For John

Not many footballers the length and breadth of England had to put up with the sort of eerie atmosphere Molineux generated in the dark days of the mid-1980s. By leaving Wolves and joining Charlton, though, John Humphrey opened a door to an even stranger existence as part of a nomadic London breed.

Jay Bothroyd For England – Some Thoughts

Sunday, November 14th, 2010

Hot-head Approach Not For Mick

Jay Bothroyd once told me in an interview during his time at Coventry that he wanted to become the best footballer in the world. A few years later, he stood me up when lined up to do a piece at Compton for Wolves' match-day programme - a possible sign that his application wouldn't support such lofty ambitions.

Building A Bright Future

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Lee Very Much At Home

It was once said that Robbie Fowler used to buy a house every time he received his monthly pay cheque. Lee Mills doesn't claim to have scaled such financial heights but has found a good living in bricks and mortar, happy as he is to get his hands dirty.

60 Today – Wolves’ Wembley Match-Winner

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

Celebration Time For Striker

John Richards, the man who thrilled a generation of Wolves fans, is celebrating a landmark birthday. The scorer of the club's late winner in the 1974 League Cup final against Manchester City has turned 60 today.

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