Why Wayne Said ‘No’ To Clough

Wolves Came Ahead Of Even Old Big ‘Ead

Wayne Clarke has revealed how he once shunned an approach from Brian Clough in favour of Wolves – and was flattered by a dug-out gesture from the manager many years later. The skilful forward might have followed in the footsteps of his older brother Allan by serving the man who performed wonders at Derby and Nottingham Forest either side of his infamous spell at Leeds.

Camera, Action For Friendly Foes

Studio Time For Wembley Rivals

John Richards steps into the TV spotlight tonight for a reunion with one of the men Wolves vanquished in the first of their famous League Cup final triumphs. More than 37 years on from his Wembley winner, the striker is on Sky Sports duty at Molineux as Wolves and Manchester City meet again in the competition.

Duo’s Night With The Vikings

A ‘Smorgasbord’ Of Molineux Memories

Debut-day memories and long Scandinavian nights were on the agenda when Phil Parkes and Geoff Palmer were invited along as part of the latest Viking ‘invasion’ of Wolverhampton. For several seasons, the two local lads were next to each other on the Wolves team sheet, compiling an astonishing 878 competitive first-team games for the club between them.

Dear Diary, Entry Two

A Lock-In, Two Home Visits And A Pleasant Surprise

Our dealings, meetings and conversations with former Wolves players stretch well beyond the stories that actually appear on this website. Sometimes, paths cross purely by chance. As a way of mopping up what’s left over after our regular offerings are published, we now continue the occasional series that we hope offers an interesting peak behind the scenes.

Striker Signs Up For ‘Blue Army’

Surprise Channel Hop For Kelly

David Kelly undertakes a football trip with a difference this week – as a reminder of the life-changing journey he almost made two and a half years ago. The former Wolves striker, who is watching plenty of games while in between jobs, heads to Belgium on Thursday to watch Birmingham’s Europa League clash with FC Bruges.

Keepers: A Growing Trend

Where Size Does Seem To Matter

Back in the 1960s, our travels with Wolves had us poring over match-day programmes that had a certain uniformity. Wherever we went, we seemed to read the same pen pictures of our players – identical descriptions whether we were at Newcastle or Southampton.

Road-Show That’s Decked Out In Gold And Black

Wolves Heroes On Call For Nostalgia Nights

Molineux legends of the 1970s are preparing to do the round of local pubs and clubs following the launch of a road-show run by a Wolves-supporting businessman. Steve Daley has been central to the venture, appearing with Kenny Hibbitt at the Bird In Hand, Tettenhall, to help raise money for Compton Hospice and then lining up alongside Hibbitt and John Richards at the Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill at an evening from which the Dudley Group of Hospitals benefitted.

London The Aim For Emblen

Emerging Coach’s Kiwi Role

Neil Emblen has his sights on a return to England – albeit only for part of next summer – after being put in charge of the New Zealand side aiming to make it to next year’s Olympics. The former Wolves utility player, who already has experience as an assistant with the senior squad, will take the reins with the ‘Oly Whites’ for their qualifying games in Fiji in March.

Special Cup Measures That Came To Nothing

The Lengths Managers Will Go To…..

Derek Dougan hardly showered Bill McGarry with praise over the latter years of their time together at Wolves. But the manager undoubtedly did him a favour following one of the more controversial episodes in the striker’s colourful career. Long after Wolves were done with their series of high-profile floodlit games, McGarry arranged a mid-season friendly with a difference in 1969-70 as the club were preparing for FA Cup third-round day.

Cullis – Not A Man To Be Messed With!

Backpass Spotlight On Formidable Character

An insight into the life and times of the extraordinary Stan Cullis highlights the typically strong Wolves content in issue 19 of the retro magazine Backpass. As if we needed any reminder that the Iron Manager was not a man to be crossed, it has come with an article by the former Express & Star sports editor Steve Gordos that centres on his long-time colleague Eddie Griffiths.

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