Dear Diary Entry 68

Ray In Reunion Mood

Wednesday, May 3: Again read with interest a feature in the Daily Mail in which Ray Aggio was seeking to make contact with friends from his youth. The former Molineux reserve wrote to the ‘missing and found’ section of the Saturday edition and hoped to be reconnected with mates from the 1957-58 Huxley Junior School football team in Edmonton, North London. Happily, he has had a good response and says: “I have already made contact with a couple of lads and been given addresses of a few more.”

Rutter Rounds Up His Revellers

Molineux Return To Highlight 65th Celebrations

Alan Sunderland, Steve Daley and Barry Powell have been targeted as possible guests for when one of their Molineux contemporaries reaches a landmark birthday later this year. John Rutter captained the Wolves side who reached the FA Youth Cup semi-final in 1970-71 but, while various team-mates went on to big things at first-team level, he remained unfulfilled at Molineux and had to move on for the long senior career he enjoyed.

Cast Adrift – Then A Story Of Success

A Future Shaped By Some Molineux Shortcomings

The Chinese know all about auspicious times; the best days, months and years to be part of something. I am not sure if they also have a concept of the exact opposite but that surely is how things were for the brief career of Richard Wood at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was the player on the lowest rung of the ladder at a club suffering the lowest ebb in their history.

Wolves And Their Changing Manager Habits

Summer Doubts A Sign Of Molineux Times

Recent uncertainty over the future of Paul Lambert has underlined that job security among Wolves managers is nothing like what it once was. If the Scot leaves, Wolves will be looking for their fourth head coach of the Fosun era – and that doesn’t include caretaker stints by Rob Edwards.

Bob’s Part In Epic Promotion Triumph

Cobblers Reunion Sparks Happy Memories

Bob Coy nearly missed out on his personal spoils from the historic Northampton Town title march that came at the expense of Wolves and others. Thankfully, with a little help from Wolves Heroes, he was fully involved in the 30-year reunion that has just taken place in commemoration of some momentous feats.

Great Nephew, Great Pride

Recognising A Hero, 100 Years On

Military valour is a subject that has cropped up more than once during talk about Wolves’ rich history, notably in the case of Bill Shorthouse and his role in the infamous D-Day landings. What we perhaps didn’t expect to be writing about on this site was the link between major global conflict and another 1950s Molineux figure – a man who will this autumn unveil a tribute to the heroic relative he never met.

Back For Part Two – Bigger And Better

Golfers Out In Increased Numbers

Enville is once more the setting early next month for the second staging of the They Wore The Shirt charity golf tournament. And there will be more participants and more former Wolves players this time, with the pledge from chief organiser Steve Plant that the Molineux representation will increase further in future.

Cullis: My Friend Joe

Stark Similarities Between Late Greats

It is well known that Stan Cullis and Graham Turner are both from Ellesmere Port – the Merseyside town at which several coach-loads of Wolves fans stopped off for ‘refuelling’ on the way to this season’s epic FA Cup victory at Liverpool. Less familiar to some perhaps is the fact that another highly prominent managerial figure, Joe Mercer, had roots there as well. So, too, give or take a couple of miles, did the former Aston Villa chairman, Doug Ellis.

Youth Cup Winners Still Best Of Pals

United In A Sad Cause

Forty nine summers ago, Steve Kindon and Dave Thomas were brothers in arms as Burnley celebrated winning the FA Youth Cup for the only time. Now both 66 and having narrowly missed out on being team-mates at Molineux as well as Turf Moor, they will be together once more in the coming months in the winger’s hour of need.

Dear Diary Entry 67

Time To Reconnect

Tuesday, April 4: Much happier times at Molineux again after Nouha Dicko’s goal against Nottingham Forest tonight gave Wolves a fifth consecutive victory….not long after the side lost six matches in a row. It’s all one thing or the other at present.