Dear Diary Entry 40

A Month For Anniversaries – And Condolences

Thursday, January 1: Received a Happy New Year text from Radio WM’s Daz Hale that also informed me it was 25 years ago today since we flew to Newcastle – and sat side by side on the bus going from the airport to St James’ Park – to see Steve Bull score all four goals in an astonishing Wolves win. What a day!

Gifted And Fun To Be Around

Funeral Of Jimmy Dunn

Friends from both sides of the Black Country divide were present at Streetly Crematorium this afternoon to hear Jimmy Dunn described at his funeral service as ‘a winner who loved life and a laugh – and was a gentleman to the end.’ Further details of a remarkable football family came to light after officiating clergy Jonathan Richardson had referred to two men who made history as the first Scottish father and son to each play in victorious FA Cup teams at Wembley.

When Wolves Were Comeback Kings

A Weekend Guaranteed To Stir Some Molineux Memories

FA Cup fourth round Saturday’s astonishing events, particularly Bradford City’s magnificent comeback at Stamford Bridge, bring to mind a few stirring achievements from Wolves’ own proud past. With the magic of turnarounds in the air, how about these two for starters – both of them concerning Watford, who effected a stunning reversal of fortunes of their own yesterday by hitting back from two down at half-time to slaughter Blackpool 7-2?

Fred Relives Cup Turning Point

An Adventure In The Backwaters That Might Have Turned Difficult

What ended in glory at Wembley almost five months later started for Wolves in early October of 1974 at another stadium with a race track round it. Halifax’s humble home, The Shay, was one of those earthy venues high on curiosity value for followers of such long-time occupants of the top flight. After all, Wolves had played there only once previously – in a Third Division North fixture in 1923-24.

A Sad Day – But Also One Of Celebration

Toasting A Life Of Giving And Sharing

Molineux did Sir Jack Hayward proud before, during and after yesterday’s Championship victory over Blackpool as the Wolverhampton Wanderers family came together to celebrate a life lived with great vigour and panache right to the end. Rather than repeat the sort of text that has been written elsewhere in the last 24 hours, we thought we would list ten of the features that made Saturday, January 17 a memorable day – and ten more of the ‘Sir Jackisms’ that perhaps haven’t had much exposure since his passing-away on Tuesday.

Sir Jack Hayward: 1923 – 2015

Witty, Worldly And Wonderful – A Life Of Giving

Where do you start to pay due deference to a life like Sir Jack Hayward’s? The adjectives come gushing to mind…..colourful, patriotic, magnetic, eccentric, generous beyond comprehension and, happily, Wolves-daft.
From the moment he entered the lives of the Molineux family in the spring of 1990, we realised we had been blessed with the presence of a very special man.

Turning The Pages Of Time

A New Look At Bob’s Background

A musty book of a 1960s vintage has helped to fill in more of the gaps in the career of Bob McNab. The American-based Highbury legend was interviewed at length by our good friend Charles Bamforth in September, 2011, with the main emphasis understandably on his unhappy time at Wolves in 1975-76.

‘Peewee’ A Serious Globetrotter

Living It Up Down Under

Bobby Gould is not the only former Wolves man fortunate enough to have escaped some of the mid-season cold with a trip across the world. The bustling forward, who had two prolific spells at Molineux in the 1970s, has been spending valuable family time in New Zealand with his son Jonathan – a coach Down Under for several years.

Spotlighting Another Molineux Harris

Converted To Full-Back, Then Misfortune Struck

John Harris doesn’t remember the player’s name but an unsuccessful trialist from ‘somewhere up north’ changed his career. It didn’t lead to as major a first-team impact at Molineux as he would have liked – but perhaps it was the difference between making the grade and falling by the wayside in an era when Wolves had such immense stocks of talent.

A Fond Look At Billy Through Friendly Eyes

Backpass Hits Right Note Once More

A full-page feature on Billy Wright highlights the Wolves content in the latest high-quality issue of Backpass. The article, suitably presented on a gold background, is very much a personal one by the former Express & Star Molineux correspondent David Harrison, who recalls his mother’s love for the Wolves and England star, afternoons at his and her side in the Lyons tea room in Queen Square and Billy’s enduring modesty.

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