Archive for December, 2013

So Much To Savour

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

A Worthy Addition To Any Fan's 'Must Get' List

Two lengthy articles on former Wolves coach Steve Harrison head up the considerable Molineux 'angles' in issue 33 of the outstanding football nostalgia magazine Backpass. We at Wolves Heroes were asked to compile a detailed insight into the whacky ways of Graham Taylor's long-time right-hand man to stretch across three pages, so we travelled first to an M6 service station and then to Greater Manchester for highly entertaining audiences with him late in autumn.

Derek’s Divided Loyalties

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

A Foot In Both Camps For Striker

It's easy to understand why Derek Clarke is somewhat equivocal when asked for his thoughts on who he is rooting for when Wolves take on Leyton Orient in the big League One six-pointer this weekend. As a Black Country boy who played a handful of senior games while at Molineux under Ronnie Allen in the late 1960s, he clearly has a pull towards the club who broke his heart when they sold him to Oxford in 1970.

Dear Diary, Entry 28

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

Back In Work - And Flying!

Sunday, December 1: Was delighted to renew acquaintances with Chris Evans as he was getting ready to depart to watch Derby's Championship victory at Wigan today. Chris still lives in the Wolverhampton area and his outstanding work on the Academy side here for many, many years has just been further rewarded by his recent appointment as the Rams' head of football operations. Was even more pleased at teatime to hear that his new club, where Paul Simpson has also recently pitched up, had registered a fine 3-1 victory.

Heading Back Again…..

Friday, December 20th, 2013

And With Another Member Of The Team

Bertie Lutton is to make another return home to Britain in a few months' time - and is vowing to meet up with more of his former football colleagues. When the Ulsterman was over from Australia and in Wolverhampton just over three years ago, we organised a reunion between he and one of his former room-mates, John Richards, the two not having met for 37 years. Now, plans are being put in place for a substantial summer visit during which other old friendships are likely to be rekindled.

Bellers: An Appreciation

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Gary A Man Of Many Stories

As one of the unsung dependables of the Wolves team who rampaged through the lower divisions a quarter of a century ago, Gary Bellamy rarely wrote headlines. He was always seen as solid and reliable rather than in any way flamboyant or one to make the news.

New Year, New Addition

Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Another Improvement On The Way

Not wishing to rest on our laurels, we are planning another new area on Wolves Heroes early in 2014. Like the Christmas presents, we will keep it under wraps for now, suffice to say that we feel it will be welcomed by our loyal followers as an excellent point of reference and an interesting talking point.

Birthday With A Difference For Barry

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

He's 60! Well, He Is Early Next Year

He was blooded early in Wolves' first team, he left earlier than some at Molineux would have liked and now Barry Powell has celebrated his 60th birthday early. The midfielder doesn't reach this particular milestone until the end of January but was accompanied by almost 300 guests when choosing to stage his festivities last weekend.

Wath A Story!

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

The Phenomenon Of That Vital Other Wanderers

Peter Doherty was a Beckham or Messi of his day. The great Northern Ireland international became player-manager towards the end of his playing career at Doncaster Rovers in what in those more straightforward days was called the Second Division. Perhaps, then, there is little reason to wonder why a blond stripling of a lad from the Doncaster Schoolboys side resisted an approach from the then mighty Sheffield Wednesday by deciding instead to sign with Rovers as an amateur in 1950. Well, they had also found him a job at the locomotive sheds for 25 shillings a week (£1.25 in modern parlance) and everyone knew anyway that the chances of any aspiring player 'making it' were remote.

A Word To The Wise From Legend

Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Wayne Forever Grateful To Sir Bobby

Wayne Clarke has revealed how his early career was touched several times by a man who climbed to the top of his profession. The skilful forward was a mere lad of 17 when two of his first three games brought him into opposition with Ipswich - and the legend who had already managed his older brother Frank.

War Of The Roses

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

Cross-Border Conflict That Would Thrill The Masses

Lancashire v Yorkshire - it's the most famous and competitive fixture in English championship cricket. But this clash of old foes has an alternative significance much closer to Molineux. Particularly in the decades before the influx of foreign players to these shores, the two counties were fertile breeding grounds for players who proudly filled the famous gold and black.

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