Hurrying Back…..It’s Jimmy Mac
Another UEFA Cup Tour For Stand-In Skipper
Jim McCalliog is making another visit to Molineux at the weekend to help mark one of several major anniversary milestones in Wolves’ proud history.
It was 50 years yesterday since the Glaswegian played in the notorious 2-1 home win over Leeds that denied his first professional club a League and FA Cup double.
And he has coming down from to Wolverhampton in the coming days to help with some museum tours aimed at celebrating the golden anniversary of the journey to the UEFA Cup final under Bill McGarry.
In the absence of the injured Mike Bailey, McCalliog was captain during the latter stages of that historic run, including both legs of an unlucky, anti-climactic final against Tottenham.
He scored in the first meeting at Molineux, having also netted at Den Haag in the second round and more famously in a 1-1 quarter-final first-leg draw away to Juventus.
“Because we are busy in the B & B back home, we can’t both travel down unfortunately and I am planning at present to go and come back in the same day,” McCalliog told us,
“If anything should change and there is a call or a chance of a book-signing session on the Sunday, I would stay over and watch the game against Norwich.
“But I always love my trips back to Wolves and am looking forward greatly to reminiscing about that incredible UEFA Cup season with supporters. It gave us all some terrific memories.
“It’s nice that the club want to mark this anniversary and I will be glad to play my part as fans go round that brilliant museum.”
McCalliog missed only one of the 12 matches Wolves played in the run – the first (home) leg against Academica Coimbra in the first round.
Fans can read much more about him as Wolves Heroes’ David Instone spent time with he and wife Debbie at their Langside bed and breakfast establishment in Fenwick, near Kilmarnock, on a football trip in the autumn.
The long feature he wrote, partly on the 75-year-old’s tremendous autobiography, Wembley Wins, Wembley Woes, stretches across four pages of the latest issue of the Backpass nostalgia magazine.
It homes in on his curious bitter-sweet relationship at club and country level with Tommy Docherty and with the remarkable highs and lows he experienced at the twin towers.
To learn more about ordering Backpass (the front cover of the latest issue, number 79, shows the remarkable and famous picture of Tommy Finney sliding through the puddles at Stamford Bridge), click on the icon on the right that shows John Richards.
Please also contact us if you want to order Jim’s book and are struggling to do so. Tickets for the tours have been selling fast after this item was posted a few days ago Join McCalliog at UEFA Cup Final 50th anniversary Molineux VIP tour | Wolverhampton Wanderers FC (wolves.co.uk)