The Saddest Of Tasks

Heroes Tribute To Bert On Way

Bert in action for a World Cup XI at Stamford Bridge.
Bert in action for a World Cup XI at Stamford Bridge.

Can the 2013-14 season become any sadder for Wolves supporters?

First, David Wagstaffe passed away on the day of the Capital One Cup exit at Morecambe in August. Later in the same month came the news that Barry Stobart had lost his long fight against illness, then the Molineux family had to say a tearful goodbye to Peter Broadbent as well before autumn was half-way through.

Today, we come to terms with the announcement that Bert Williams has gone as well.

England’s oldest surviving international was a true Molineux colossus and we will attempt to pay him the tribute he deserves on this site over the next couple of days.

In the meantime, we are content to carry the words of Wolves owner and chairman Steve Morgan.

“Bert was not only a fantastic footballer both for club and country but also a true gentleman who loved Wolves,” he said. “As a young football fan who used to read about the achievements of that all-conquering Wolves team of the 1950s, it was an honour and a privilege to have been able to meet Bert on so many occasions since I arrived at the club in 2007.

“His footballing ability speaks for itself but there was so much more to Bert than his career alone.

“He remained heavily involved with Wolves and the community after his retirement, and the fund-raising he has carried out since losing his wife was incredible when you consider his advancing years.

“Legend is a word which may be over-used these days but, in the case of Bert Williams, it simply doesn’t do him justice.

“He will be sadly missed at Molineux but will never, ever be forgotten.”