Goal Twins In Privileged Company
Top 50 Places For Nuno’s Golden Duo
Two of Wolves’ overseas gems have used English football’s restart to make it into the top 50 in the club’s list of all-time highest scorers.
No prizes for guessing that Diogo Jota and Raul Jimenez are the players in question, with power to add on Sunday away to a Chelsea side against whom both have proved a menace in recent times.
Jota is now in the leading half-century outright, his 44 Wolves goals – including 16 this season – leaving him in joint 43rd place.
And his team-mate is in 48th spot with three others having notched just one fewer in his time at Molineux.
Both seem certain to climb much higher in the list, fitness and continued Wolves service permitting, but already have some distinguished men behind them.
Among those they have overtaken since lockdown are Billy Blunt (42) and Ray Crawford (41) while the many players whose Wanderers goal tallies are in the 30s include Don Goodman and 1930s star Gordon Clayton (39), Ron Flowers (37), David Kelly (36), Ernie Hunt and Dicky Dorsett (35), Alan Sunderland (34), Wayne Clarke (33), Dean Sturridge and Carl Cort (32) and Steve Kindon (31).
The group of players who are ahead of them in the list and vulnerable to their continued excellence are predominantly Scottish.
Penalty expert Andy Thompson signed off his mammoth Wolves career with 45 goals and alongside him are Andy Gray and Hugh McIlmoyle, with Hugh Curran on 47 and Jim McCalliog on 48.
Forty-four has proved a popular goal total over the years. Alongside Jota on that mark are no fewer than five players – Dave Edwards, Ted Farmer and, from much further back, Jack Brodie, Wilf Chadwick and Walter Bottrill.
On 43 alongside Mexican striker Jimenez, who has scored four times since the game’s restart, are Steve Daley, 1949 FA Cup final hero Sammy Smyth and 1920s marksman Harry Lees.
Jota and Jimenez struck the goals that defeated Chelsea 2-1 at Molineux last season, the latter then opening the scoring at Stamford Bridge later in the season on a Sunday afternoon on which Wolves were denied victory by a last-gasp goal.
*We will be adding both men very soon to their rightful places in the Goal Aces section of this website.