Archive for April, 2017

How Tambling Link Came Tumbling Down

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Bobby Boy Was Within Wolves' Grasp

You win some, you lose some. There is not a club in this country that has not passed over a young player who went on to have a fabulous career elsewhere. At Molineux, that list includes Alan Ball, Terry Cooper, Allan Clarke, Bobby Moncur and Cyril Knowles. But at least they got a chance to kick a ball for the club in the junior sides.

Boycott And Knowles: A Common Bond

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Shared Roots Of Duo Whose Careers Went In Different Directions

We hoped to hear mention of a Wolves favourite at the Geoff Boycott evening we attended in Stafford a few days ago - but were instead surprised to hear another former Molineux man given a name check. The legendary former England batsman was appearing at Stafford's Gatehouse Theatre and we were delighted to be accompanied on our visit to see him by Yorkshire cricket lover Richard Skirrow, recently retired following 20 years' excellent service as Wolves secretary.

Tot Terry Lost In Man’s World

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Overawed Winger Ducked Out Of Trial Game

Terry Wharton has used a late-season reunion of Wolves players from four and five decades ago to reveal how he bottled an opportunity with today’s Molineux visitors Blackburn. The winger is best known for the long spell he had in his adopted home town but might conceivably have instead kicked off his successful professional career at Ewood Park.

Paddy Power Fondly Remembered

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

From The North East To The West Midlands.....A Popular Figure

Paddy Rickerby's name is one our keener readers might recall from several years back, probably from when it was used in close proximity to that of Jim Barron. The two were team-mates and good mates in the north-east and stayed that way here in the West Midlands when both were signed as teenagers by Wolves.

Grounds, Gongs And Grilled At Gunpoint

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

Writer's Personal Recollections Of Three Decades With Wolves

More than 30 years of Molineux ups and downs are set to come under the microscope in a new book by David Instone. The Wolves Heroes co-owner will bring out the publication next season but has yet to finalise the title. "I planned to go to press last year as a way of marking the 30th anniversary of the start of my long spell covering the club for the Express & Star," he said.

McGarry…….A Man Not To Be Messed With

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Reporter's Insight Into Fiery Manager

It is as far removed as you can imagine from the game we now see dominated by press conferences, social media soundbites and live screenings....... Football and the people in it were once much more accessible to those who wrote or broadcasted about it, as relationships with Bill McGarry clearly indicate.

A Class Apart – When 100 Caps Meant Much More

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Billy Stood Out BIG Time Among his Peers

Many a springtime contains a significant anniversary from Billy Wright's majestic playing career but we are now on the eve of one of the biggest of the lot. It is 58 years tomorrow since the skipper of club and country made history across the globe by becoming the first man in the world to win 100 international caps.

Salt Of The Earth – And The Seas!

Friday, April 7th, 2017

A Caller Like No Other

Sir Jack Hayward's remarkable down-to-earth nature has been underlined in a new book written by a veteran of the Midlands media circuit. Tom Ross has gone into print in celebration of his 35 years on the radio airwaves and uses the sections on Wolves to tell us a little more about the much-loved and much-missed former Molineux benefactor.

Move Over, Budgie!

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

How Flowers Sprang Up Gloriously - Twice

From their Wolves days together, John Burridge knew through painful experience that Tim Flowers posed a huge threat to his first-team prospects. The duo's subsequent presence side by side at Southampton merely underlined the fact. The young pretender's rich potential had played its part in the senior campaigner's departure from Molineux in 1984 and was a strong contributory factor behind both his and Peter Shilton's farewell to The Dell in the following years.

Dear Diary Entry 66

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Familiar Faces At Derby Day

Tuesday, March 7: Enjoyed meeting up with former Wolves Fans Parliament member James Fielden and Running With Wolves author and former Times sports-writer Peter Lansley at a media training day at Derby University. The consensus was that relegation will be avoided but the side need at least a point at Ipswich tonight and, without doubt, three at home to Rotherham on Saturday.

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