Bull, Mutch – And The Fox!
Steve Bull and Andy Mutch are back together a week on Friday for a charity function in aid of the Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Twenty-five years to the night since the opening leg of Wolves’ Sherpa Van Trophy area final triumph over Notts County, they are appearing side by side at The Fox in Shipley for an evening of music, fun and games.
Molineux Times That Span The Full Range Of Emotions
Friday, February 15: Filled in another gap in the life and times of the late Chris Crowe – a player I bitterly regret never having caught up with. Details of the former Wolves forward, who was also capped once by England, have not always been easy to come by, especially since his playing career ended. But a fascinating Backpass article on Jantzen Derrick, the first foreign import at Paris St Germain, reveals that he and his one-time Bristol City team-mate once ran a finance company in the West Country together.
Valued Keepsakes Aid Charity Effort
We at Wolves Heroes are following up our promotion of the delightful ‘When Banksy Met Bert’ BBC TV feature by supporting a major charity initiative spearheaded by the club’s most famous ever goalkeeper. As viewers of last night’s Late Kick Off show learned, Bert Williams is selling off his huge collection of quality glassware in his pursuit of achieving a magical ‘goal’ for the Alzheimer’s Society.
Crack Keepers Face To Face On Our Screens
It’s not just at Wolverhampton Wanderers that Bert Williams became so loved and admired. Even in a town as familiar as Chesterfield is with the grooming of top goalkeepers, there was a ‘fan club’ paying homage to him as well. And a very special one at that.
Did Someone Get It All Back To Front?
Behind the banter and emotion of League Cup final reunion night at the weekend…..some interesting food for thought. Did Wolves think Andy Gray was capable of doing something he wasn’t capable of when, in 1979, they briefly made him British football’s most expensive player?
The Wembley Heroes 33 Years On
If the rain didn’t disturb Bristol City’s players at their Black Country hotel last night, maybe the homeward-bound Friday night revellers did. Or perhaps it was the spontaneous cheer that greeted the easiest goal of Andy Gray’s career that did the trick. How ironic that the coming together of over 200 guests in recognition of the winning of the last major trophy in Wolves history coincided with the more sobering sight of red-tracksuited visiting players – and their Wolverhampton-born manager – preparing for a survival six-pointer at Molineux today.
Still Time To Join The Heroes Of 1980
We plan to be present at Friday’s reunion of Wolves’ last team of League Cup winners – and hope plenty more of you will join us. Interest in the night of nostalgia has been high but a chat with chief organiser Mel Eves today has confirmed that places are still available for those with Wembley reminiscences on their minds.
A Wolves Insight Into Youth Development
When Wolves underlined their supremacy over today’s opponents Nottingham Forest in the 1976-77 title-winning season at this level, they did so with a side more than 50 per cent made up of home-grown lads. Geoff Palmer, Steve Daley, John McAlle, John Richards, Alan Sunderland and Martin Patching all joined the club straight from school and played in a 2-1 win on February 5 that completed the double against the East Midlanders.
Call To Arms Answered In Best Way
Twelve years ago this winter, John Ward stepped into the role of caretaker Wolves manager and inspired the mid-season run that spelled the difference between survival with comfort and a nail-biting scramble for safety. Take away the nine points the side accrued (via three victories and one defeat) in his four-game stint in charge and Wolves would have finished with 46. Huddersfield went down with 48.
Promising Career Petered Out
It is a brutal reality in football that so much depends on a chance encounter, a hasty decision and, above all, the unpredictable idiosyncrasies of whoever is in authority at the time. Great ambitions and genuine promise can so readily fall by the way side. The name of Stuart Darfield is not exactly etched in the roll of highest honour at Molineux but, with different handling from his coaches and with less of the resultant disenchantment on his own account, the Leeds-born midfielder might just have achieved more than a sporadic Central League record as the highlight of his stint as a Wanderer.