Archive for January, 2016

Dear Diary Entry 52

Saturday, January 30th, 2016

Out Of Africa ......Some Surprise Wolves Interest

Tuesday, January 5: Was surprised to receive an early-morning call from Africa asking me to explore the possibility of some interview work with current Wolves players over the coming weeks.

More Memories Of Lost Star

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016

A Class Act On Camera, Too

Roy Swinbourne's funeral last Friday inspired us to delve into the archives and further remind ourselves what a delightful man he was as well as a top, top player. Around a decade ago, I had the pleasure of editing and compiling the Official History of Wolves dvd and naturally included the former centre-forward in a memorable day's filming at Molineux that also contained lengthy sit-down chats on camera with Jimmy Dunn, Bert Williams, Eddie Stuart, Malcolm Finlayson - all also now sadly passed on - Ron Flowers and Bill Slater.

Fitting Tributes For Roy

Saturday, January 23rd, 2016

Packed Church For The Final Journey

"He wasn't a Drogba, nor a Vardy.....he relied much more on his skill than those two....." Ted Farmer, one of seven former Wolves players at yesterday's funeral of Roy Swinbourne at Stourbridge's New Road Methodist Church, was striving to come up with a fitting likeness to a man who became a Molineux hero to him.

Today’s The Day

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

When The Toffees Came Unstuck

From time to time on these pages, we like to look back at this day or week in history and see what Wolves were getting up to in past years. And the name of Everton appears to figure prominently among the anniversaries with the Merseysiders beaten 4-1 in 1961 and 3-1 in 1978 on this very date.

Wee Willie And His Surprise Heroics

Monday, January 18th, 2016

A Carr Crash Of A Night For Albion

As if Willie Carr's 289 games for Wolves didn't make him enough of a favourite in these parts, how about the feat he achieved more than five years before even arriving at Molineux? It wasn't only all that sterling service in gold and black that enamoured him to supporters. He also previously stung Albion by scoring a hat-trick with a difference.

Striving For The Greater Good

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Joe's Day In The Sun At Notts - And Follow-Up At The Palace

To this day, Wolves may not realise it but Joe Jackson was twice a youngster on their books. Second time around, he succeeded in making the senior side – just- but surely this devout Christian has gone on to even more impressive, admirable and courageous contributions to his proud home city. Born in April, 1966, Joe represented Valley Park School and Wolverhampton Boys and was a Molineux schoolboy from the age of 13 or 14. John Barnwell was in the gaffer’s seat but it was youth coach John Jarman who decided to release the midfielder at 15.

Cup Conquests With A Gold Edge

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Up And Running With A Mini Giant-Killing

Our eye was drawn to the starring roles played by several former Wolves players during FA Cup weekend - and what last night's fourth-round draw did for them. Congratulations to Kevin Keen on following a 1-1 League One draw at Oldham on his debut in the hot seat by achieving his first victory as Colchester's new manager; a worthy one as well by 2-1 at home to Charlton from a division higher.

Truly Iconic

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

The Shirt That Inspires - The Full Story

Molineux has played host to a mammoth photo studio session as an important phase of a project celebrating the much-loved club colours. Half a dozen former players, along with members of Wolves' staff, were present at the start of FA Cup weekend as building blocks were put in place for a unique book that is due out in the autumn.

Fitting Accolades For Don Of Wolverhampton

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

Howe And His Molineux Admirers

Several former Molineux men have joined the chorus of tribute to a man born, raised and often resident in Wolverhampton - one who surprisingly escaped the club's clutches. Don Howe was enough a part of the town's fabric as to have attended St Peter's Collegiate School and then commuted from his home in Tettenhall while coaching at Arsenal many years later.

How Perry Also Got Away

Sunday, January 3rd, 2016

Wolves' Loss Was Gunners' Gain

It has previously been reported how Charlie Nicholas might have become a Wolves player had homesickness not taken over and had him rushing back to Glasgow from the West Midlands. Now word reaches us of how one of his colleagues and then successors in Arsenal's attack was even more strongly linked with Molineux before instead making his fame and fortune at Highbury.

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