Up, Up And Away

Kelly Clicks Again……It’s Celebration Time

Two meetings with Rob Kelly, six days and 82 miles apart. The first one last Saturday at the DW Stadium, then yesterday teatime at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort. A third one between us at Shrewsbury today was not possible because of the clash with Brighton’s visit to Molineux but Wigan Athletic will be playing in the Championship next season – and taking our good friend with them.

Wolves The Perfect Launch Pad

‘I Felt At Home There’ – Robbie

“I had a great time there, it’s a brilliant club”…….the words of Robbie Keane on live television this week. We always hoped that the bond between Molineux and what we recognised two and a half decades ago as the Irish boy wonder was one that would last for life.

Entertaining Reflections On Yo-Yo Years

Actually….Sorry, Dale, But They Were The Start Of The Slide

It’s that time of year when promotion and relegation issues are being resolved – and Dale Rudge tasted both during his dream years with the club who stole his young heart. A read-up of his life and times in the game also reveals that there was plenty of colour to his professional career, even if it struggled to break into what we might describe as the higher-profile category.

Wolves And Grimsby – United As Old Trafford’s Biggest Ever Attraction!

Sorry Man U But Cup Semi-Final Remains A Record-Breaker

This story, a few days on from FA Cup semi-final weekend, is not another way of kicking Manchester United while they are down. But the club whose long-term slide and considerable shortcomings were exposed again in their surrender at Liverpool two nights ago retain a claim to history that they really would like to rid themselves of.

Another Burnside Oddity

Inside-Forward’s Bizarre Cup Coincidence

Not content with making a sensational Wolves debut against the team he thought he would be playing for that very night, Dave Burnside has another curious claim to fame. It is part of club folklore that the inside-forward was listed in the Molineux programme on September 7, 1965, in the line-up of visitors Crystal Palace, only to be transferred to Wolves shortly before the match and to appear instead in the home team.

It’s Easter – But Not As We Know It

Sad Silence Of A Big Holiday Weekend With No Match

We used to be told that Easter was the time for football issues to go a long way towards being resolved; when teams pulled away from or sank into danger, or virtually secured or lost a promotion place. It was surely never meant to be like it is this weekend for Wolves – sitting at home in the middle of a 16-day break between fixtures.

Rejected By Wolves, Then A Record-Breaker

But Young Forward Did Change Sports!

“Another signing for the future. Today, we gave a one-year contract to Ioan Bebb, a 19-year-old striker or left-winger who caught our eye when he played for Aberystwyth against us last week. He’s a bright lad who has decided to give professional football a go rather than go off to university. He doesn’t say a lot but it’s still another Welsh voice to go with Mark Kendall and Nigel Vaughan!” So reads the August 23 entry in Graham Turner’s diary of the 1988-89 season, The Only Way is Up.

The Happiest Of Reunions

Rob’s Delight At Title Challenge

We started as a three but our numbers just grew and grew until a seven-strong Wolverhampton Wanderers representation was standing together in the dark on a draughty hillside in Gloucestershire. It was a surreal end to our Tuesday afternoon and night out but no less enjoyable for that. Forest Green had just won for the third successive game and moved 12 points clear of fourth place in the race for a first promotion as a member of the big 92.

A Surprise Claim

Happy Hunting Ground – Despite Wolves’ Struggles

“Next up was a meeting with Newcastle United at St James’ Park, which I recognised as being a lucky ground for me during my career. And so it proved again.” It’s hard to believe that any Wolves player of the 1960 and 1970s could write this in his autobiography, given the acute problems the club had on their visits to Tyneside in that era. But it’s true.

Dear Diary Entry 126

A Blue Sky Occasion

Saturday, March 12: Good to hear that Bobby Gould, Brian Roberts and many others who didn’t play for Wolves had a fulfilling time at the Coventry Legends Day this afternoon. It’s always pleasing when a reunion of old mates at a club coincides with a good victory and so it proved when the Sky Blues powered their way today to a 4-1 home win over promotion rivals Sheffield United.

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