Archive for April, 2021

When Debut Days And Local Pride Collide

Friday, April 30th, 2021

Raw Lads Who Stepped Into The Cauldron

Our piece three days ago about Graham Hawkins and the importance of the Black Country derby on his career has prompted us to dig deeper to find more players who made their Wolves debut in the fixture. And the most eye-catching result of our search is that no fewer than four goalkeepers, in the post-war era, have faced Albion in their first Wanderers appearance.

The Impact Of The Derby

Tuesday, April 27th, 2021

Neighbourly Clashes Spelled Misery For Graham

Another Black Country derby is looming and, if Graham Hawkins were here to taste the build-up, he would see great significance in today's date. April 27 was the day in 1984 on which he was sacked as Wolves manager - with a game against Albion just round the corner.

A Story Of Different Partings

Saturday, April 24th, 2021

Contrasting Lives Of Kent Brothers

More information has come to light about Mick Kent, the briefly-seen former Wolves midfielder whose funeral takes place on Monday. We wrote at length about Mick on March 26 after learning of his death at the age of 70 but are now in a position to share more with our readers.

Shades Of The 50s? No Way!

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021

Wolves' Ups And Downs Just Part Of The Rich Tapestry

No club's fortunes have been as extreme as those of Wolverhampton Wanderers; victory over Real Madrid and capitulation against Chorley are just the tip of it. More significant than such spectacular stand-out days and nights are the more enduring memories of how they won three League titles in a decade and yet were in the bottom half of the Fourth Division within 30 years and almost extinct.

Sad News Of Tony Penman

Sunday, April 18th, 2021

Chorus Of Compliments For Man Who Spotted JR

John Richards has added his voice to the round of tributes that have come with the death of the scout who discovered him and launched him on his decade and a half of Molineux excellence. Tony Penman's name doesn't immediately come to mind when we are speaking of Wolverhampton Wanderers heroes but we can safely say the club's 1970s path would have been much tougher had it not been for his expert eye.

Victories With A Majestic Hue

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Games That Were Fit To Be Played Before Royalty

It's a sad fact related to the passage of time that only one FA Cup winner from Wolves is still alive. Yet, as we continue to doff our cap to Ron Flowers for his part at Wembley that day and so much more besides, the thoughts of the nation are concentrated on one of the dignitaries introduced to the Wolves and Leicester teams at the showpiece a full 11 years earlier.

Breaching The ‘Thames Barrier’

Monday, April 12th, 2021

Nostalgic Look Back At Craven Cottage Conquest

From an era long before VAR reared its very ugly head and while football footage was largely shown in black and white, we look back at the last time - before Friday - that Wolves had won a top-flight match away to Fulham. We are indebted to lifelong fan and author-publisher Clive Corbett for inspiring this in-depth look at the 2-1 victory registered by Ronnie Allen's newly-promoted team at Craven Cottage on the opening day of 1967-68.

Did He Really Do That?

Friday, April 9th, 2021

Legendary Striker's Least Remembered Molineux Goal

You needn't check the date - April Fool's Day has safely passed. And what we are about to write isn't a mistake. Steve Bull's first Molineux goal wasn't the one he scored from close range in a Freight Rover Trophy win over Bournemouth in Graham Turner's early months in charge.

Let’s Do It For Bryn

Tuesday, April 6th, 2021

Honour Due In Memory Of Star Forward

Following our success in tracking down Ron Stockin, we are now playing a part in trying to have a medal struck in honour of another League Championship winner with Wolves connections. Bryn Jones narrowly missed out on title glory when at Molineux, his final season in the West Midlands ending with Major Frank Buckley's side being pipped by Arsenal by a single point at the end of 1937-38.

Dear Diary Entry 114

Saturday, April 3rd, 2021

Of Wolves And England

Wednesday March 3: Am looking forward to the forthcoming book by lifelong Wolves fan Bob Bannister about all the England internationals who have played for the club. This has been a major project for a man whose presence at Molineux dates back to just after the war.

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