Molineux Duo Peak Again
Two former Wolves players are tending their aches and pains – and even contemplating new tests of endurance – after completing the arduous Three Peaks Challenge. Dale Rudge and Simon Dunkley were part of a 14-strong group who climbed the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales, one straight after the other, over the Bank Holiday.
Winger Pat The Proud Amateur
He played First Division football for two clubs while still a sixth former and had one of his call-ups announced at morning assembly.
He also scored the goal that preserved Wolves’ unbeaten floodlit record at Molineux and went on to make four League appearances for the club (scoring once) without taking a penny piece in wages. Get the idea we’re talking about someone unusual here? He even became a headmaster!
Relief Over Wolves, Now It’s Terriers’ Turn
Following one happy outcome and one disappointment, Derek Parkin is hoping the thrilling 2010-11 season has a final upturn in store for him. Wolves’ all-time record appearance maker was too nervous to tune in to TV coverage of Survival Sunday and relied on friends to break the good news to him afterwards.
Further Reflections On Survival Sunday
* For all the talk that this might prove a historic season in terms of a team going down with a record high points total, the magical target of 40 finally proved enough. Just! * Mick McCarthy said after the barely satisfactory home draw against Fulham last month: “This might just be the point that keeps us up.” Wolves, in 17th place, finished one place and one point above Birmingham.
Collective Joy Of Survival Sunday
Norman Bell, Paul Bradshaw, Graham Hawkins, Ken Knighton, David Wagstaffe…the sighs of relief after events at Molineux this afternoon are to be heard in various corners of England! Not only do Wolves live to fight for a third season in the Premier League but their last-day visitors Blackburn – also served by the quintet above – finish on the right side of the dotted line as well.
Striker’s Stamina Show
Iwan Roberts’ place in history as the ultimate Huddersfield Town ‘marathon man’ is safe – despite his old club’s march to a play-off final meeting with Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough. Terriers skipper Peter Clarke will be playing his 59th game of the season when he leads them out at Old Trafford a week on Sunday with a place in the Championship at stake.
‘My Proudest Day’ – Andy
Andy Sinton has described taking AFC Telford into the elite of non-League football as rivalling England recognition and a League Cup winners’ medal in his list of career achievements. Following five years in charge at Fleet Town, Sinton switched last summer to the New Bucks Head and has led the club to second place and then victory in the Blue Square Bet North play-offs.
‘Replay’ Date For Treasured Items
Two of Derek Dougan’s international caps will go back up for sale later this year after they failed to sell at Sotheby’s last week. Bidding came in fractionally below the £800 reserve price when the items were put up by Graham Budd Auctions in London. They will now be offered at a revised price when the company stage their next sale in November.
Texaco Cup Heroics: Part One
It didn’t have the glamour of the following season’s campaign – and certainly not the same reach – but Wolves’ winning crusade in one of football’s long-neglected competitions might just have been a leg-up to UEFA Cup success. By popping up to Scotland and over to Northern Ireland, their players became more familiar not only with travelling and living together, but also with the two-leg combat that was largely alien to them.
Friendly Defeat Had Huge Belated Consolation
Where were the seeds for Wolves’ early-1966 swoop for Mike Bailey sewn? Could it have been as far back as 18 months previously that the wing-half caught the eye of those at Molineux? Bailey played against Wolves at The Valley in a friendly on August 17, 1964, and certainly made his mark in a game that featured an early Peter Knowles goal for the visitors.