Archive for August, 2018

Dear Diary Entry 83

Friday, August 31st, 2018

A Question Of Going Dutch

Tuesday, August 7: Enjoyed answering an email from a statistician in Holland, asking for help with match details from Wolves' meetings with his team, Den Haag, in the 1967 US Soccer Tournament. He is planning to update his club records by filling in the team line-ups from the ill-tempered meetings 51 years ago.

To Hull And Back

Tuesday, August 28th, 2018

Life On The Road Suiting Midfielder Down To Ground

He has international experience working with Marcus Rashford, Tammy Abraham and Ainsley Maitland-Niles, recently attended a seminar given by Keith Downing and regularly visits a son and former Wolves colleagues in Australia. We could have narrowed things down much further and said he returned to Molineux this summer for the first time in many years but that might have 'outed' Mick Matthews too quickly!

How Scottish Golden Boy Eluded Gold And Black Clutches

Saturday, August 25th, 2018

Goal Machine Declined Molineux Move

Every so often, we drop into our writing some of the names Wolves chased and missed out on over the years. David Instone's new Between the Golden Lines book reveals, for example, how Roberto Martinez was once at the club for a trial and explains how a move for Ian Taylor failed and why a possible Martin O'Neill interest in switching to Molineux came to nothing.

G’day, Mate…….At Last!

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018

Pals Made Up By Meeting After 42 Years Apart

John Black has used a trip to Australia to savour a first meeting in more than 40 years with a close schoolboy pal he accompanied to Wolves in the early 1970s. And it all followed the sort of out-of the-blue approach the Scot had benefitted from, with Wolves Heroes' help, when he was reconnected with a teenage sweetheart of his two summers ago.

A Wolverhampton Slant On South African Duo

Sunday, August 19th, 2018

And 'Lovely' Billy Caused A Blush

We hope to be meeting up in the coming months with members of Cliff Durandt's family but thought it was time we gave a further glimpse into Wolves' South African connections of 60 years or so ago with this insight we gained from Des Horne's former wife, Janice. Cliff's daughter and grandsons hope to be over for a Wolves match later in the season and will no doubt be interested in the meantime in some recollections from a lovely lady who made her home in Blackpool after their move there for football reasons in the early 1960s.

A Love That Knows No Boundaries

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Fan's Heartfelt Chronicle On The Highs And Lows

The title says it all..... 'I Love To Go A Wandering' is a meander through the Molineux decades; a gentle look back at an adult life (and more) spent in love with Wolves. Controversial it is not. Even rival clubs are written about with respect and in nothing more sinister than a friendly, bantering sort of way.

Woodfield On Saudi Experience

Monday, August 13th, 2018

McGarry, Allen Also Took Trail To Desert Riches

Early in the summer, we acted as go-betweens when the i newspaper wished to contact Dave Woodfield for an article as part of its build-up to the World Cup. The piece was duly published and the writer, Midlands-based Simon Hart, kindly sent us the left-over comments the former Wolves central defender gave him during his interview.

Whoosh! The Curtain Goes Up

Friday, August 10th, 2018

Recollections Of Opening Days In History

Anticipation and excitement are at fever pitch as Wolves prepare to return to the Premier League stage tomorrow. We profile six matches here in which the club made their re-entry to the big time in the past. August 27, 1932: Liverpool 5 Wolves 1 This was a reality check for the young side who had won Division Two under Major Frank Buckley a few months earlier. In front of a 45,000 crowd, they were well beaten despite a consolation effort from right-winger Charlie Phillips.

Precious Listening

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

Adding A Voice To The Mystique Of Our Heroes

Before the coming of a glossy Molineux match-day programme for the first time in 1968-69, Wolves supporters did not know that much about the players. They were physically more approachable, not cloistered behind all manner of shields as they are nowadays, and we knew plenty about their abilities on the field and where they had come from. But we really did not know them as personalities. There was no wall-to-wall television coverage and the Internet wasn’t even a twinkle in somebody’s imagination.

Dear Diary Entry 82

Saturday, August 4th, 2018

Big Turn-Out For Much-Loved Forward

Thursday, July 5: Caught up on some details about the turn-out at the funeral of Ernie Hunt at Gloucester Crematorium yesterday. Chris Cattlin, a Coventry team-mate of his, gave what by all accounts was an excellent and amusing eulogy - enjoyed by former Swindon team-mates Mike Summerbee, Rod Thomas and Don Rogers and three ex-Wolves men, Willie Carr, Terry Wharton and Bobby Woodruff.

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