Archive for October, 2012

Not A Patch On The Past!

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Martin's Trip Down Memory Lane

Martin Patching has had an evening of pure nostalgia to further boost his recovery from serious illness - amid recollections of how he stepped from behind the bar to embarrass Alan Hansen and Bruce Grobbelaar. The former Wolves forward, who was once considered to have only three months to live, has been all-clear since 2009 from the non-cancerous brain tumour that required two big operations.

Good Things Came In Threes

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Christmas Table That Provided A Real Treat

How's this for an outbreak of strange goal-scoring patterns in Wolverhampton Wanderers' colourful past? Over Christmas of 1966, at around the mid-point of the club's goal-filled promotion campaign under Ronnie Allen, no fewer than five players netted three times. Two of them - Terry Wharton and Bob Hatton - delivered in the first team while John Farrington, Paddy Buckley and Alun Evans did likewise in the reserves.

Crossing Paths With The Stars

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Happy Memories Of Molineux Reserve

Every so often, we are reminded of a name that is no longer part of the collective Molineux consciousness. Sometimes, as in this case, it is one that was not well known in the first place but was nevertheless attached to a career that had such highlights so early as to make you wonder where and why it tailed off.

Dear Diary, Entry 14

Saturday, October 20th, 2012

Rain Stops Play For Golfers

Monday, September 24: Had a lonely visit today to Oxley Park Golf Club for what should have been the Wolves Former Players golf day. I didn't get out of my car, having been greeted by a 'course closed' sign at the entrance as the rain lashed down, monsoon-style. The event was cancelled at 7am apparently, at the insistence of Oxley officials - and the puddles on the practice putting green showed they were right to do so. The handsome array of players are now reconvening in early November.

A New Set Of Milestone Men!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Don Spot On In Prompting Recount

Well, we hoped this wouldn't happen - but it has! Many painstaking hours of research and checking went into the compiling of the fledgling 'Ainscow to Zubar' area of this website. But the new section was posted with a request from us that we would welcome news of any errors or admissions spotted by our readers. And we're grateful to eagle-eyed Don Noble from Coventry for doing just that, although it means we have been forced to effect a lengthy rejig.

A First-Class Influence

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

McGhee On Merrington And McGarry

Sir Alex Ferguson's impact on Mark McGhee's career is well documented. What is less well known is that two other men with contrasting Molineux fortunes in their distant past also helped shape his football life. Approaching a decade and a half on from his sacking at Wolves, it's fair to say the Scot's achievements in management have not lived up to the initial promise. He is currently toiling away near the foot of League Two with Bristol Rovers, having served at Millwall, Brighton, Motherwell and Aberdeen since Wolves - and Reading and Leicester beforehand.

Another Quality Offering From Backpass

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

Much For Wolves Fans To Go Misty-Eyed Over....

Wolves stories and references are again well to the fore in issue 25 of the growing nostalgia football magazine Backpass. A double-page spread on mid-1980s Molineux forward and Wanderers fanatic Dean Edwards takes top billing for those of a gold and black persuasion.

Building Work In Progress!

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Ground-breaking New Area Launched

For the first time, to our knowledge, Wolves fans now have access to a complete, concise, chronological order in which all the players who have appeared for the club in League matches have done so. It is a list that tells us, for example, that Netherton-born, turn-of-the-century forward Billy Wooldridge was the 100th player to represent Wolves, Noel Dwyer the 500th and another goalkeeper, Graham Stack, the 900th.

A Sprinkling Of Gold-dust

Friday, October 5th, 2012

A Memorable Return For Geoff

Geoff Thomas made a highly popular return to Molineux this week - and received a standing ovation that rounded off his night of nostalgia. The former Wolves and Crystal Palace midfielder was on duty at the clash of his two former clubs when asked to appear at a question-and-answer session for corporate customers in the new Stan Cullis Stand.

A Hole Lot Of Fun For Richie

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

European Heroes Thrill Cup King

Golf plays a big part in Richie Barker’s life these days. Around a decade on from the last of his many jobs in football, the former Wolves assistant manager was absolutely bewitched by Europe’s stunning weekend victory in the Ryder Cup.And he himself has just been overseas playing, timing his return from a few days in northern Spain for last Thursday night, so he wouldn’t miss any of the drama from Medinah.

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