Now And Then – Wolves Among The Country’s Cream
For some clubs, getting to the top flight is the ultimate achievement. For Wolverhampton Wanderers, not any more. Terry Colsaerts looks back at Molineux’s recent top-flight history and considers how this season might be different to the previous four they spent with the Premier League elite.
Reminiscence Sunday For Old Pals
Wolves’ performance could have been much better. And it goes without saying that the result certainly could. But good humour and conviviality always fill a room when former team-mates get back together and the mood was no different when a quintet of Molineux youngsters of early 1980s vintage staged a fond reunion at yesterday’s game against Huddersfield.
Closing In On The Final Target
Four quality keepsakes from Bert Williams’ star-studded career have been put up for sale – and Wolves supporters will be backing the cause closest to his heart if they splash out. For many years after the death of his wife Evelyn from dementia in 2002, Wolves’ most famous ever goalkeeper devoted himself to raising money for the Alzheimer’s Society – a campaign that has continued at a pace since he himself passed away at the age of 93.
Spotlight On Man Whose Ideas Cullis Embraced
There is an article on the Web headlined “How One Man’s Bad Math Helped Ruin Decades of English Soccer”. You might suppose it to be full of dreadful accusations about the irretrievable damage caused by a villainous individual, evidenced by the downfall of football as we know it.
Topical Stories From Further Afield
To reflect the fact that we are in the final break of the year in the English club programme, we thought we would present a few of the lesser-known facts surrounding Wolves players and international football: No Wolves player won a full cap for Scotland until Hugh Curran faced Austria in Vienna on his debut on Bonfire Night in 1969.
Further Accolade For Striker Wolves Missed Out On
Peter Withe, the European Cup match-winner and double League Championship winner who cut his teeth at Wolves, is relishing the prospect of being celebrated on the big screen. The striker’s autobiography, about which we wrote at length last winter, is being turned into a film, with one of England’s finest actors in the lead role.
And Even Cloughie Felt The Force!
It is well known that Dennis Wilshaw went on to become a prolific scorer for Stoke after his outstanding contribution at Molineux. Also that he made a big success of his post-playing career as well by serving as a school teacher in his native Potteries and helping develop another generation of stars including Victoria Ground legends Denis Smith and Jackie Marsh.
Differing Slants On Sir Doug’s Short Molineux Chapter
The passing of Sir Doug Ellis has invoked many tributes, anecdotes and recollections on the life of a man who was larger than life and who inspired and infuriated his associates in equal measure. He was universally known as Mr Aston Villa, although he also had brief spells as a director of Derby and Birmingham and, even more briefly and controversially, as chairman of Wolves.
Fond Molineux Return For Irish Legend
He struggled to remember the last time he had been here but it was wonderful to see him back. Robbie Keane looked well, relaxed and happy to be in his first football home once more. Not for him any thoughts of shrinking away in a quiet room, out of the public glare.
A Welcome Crossing Of The Border
Saturday, September 29: Had the pleasant surprise of bumping into Jim McCalliog and his wife Debbie at Wolves’ home game against Southampton this afternoon. Well, it was a meeting of two of his former clubs, so maybe it wasn’t quite so surprising he turned up.