On Track For Fun And Games

Golden Memories Of New Show To Hit Town

We know Bill Slater loved the Commonwealth Games. Who could serve in senior positions at British Gymnastics, Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Lilleshall and the Sports Aid Foundation and not be utterly consumed by it? And the daughter of the former Wolves and England wing-half has kept alive the family connections with the event over the decades during her brilliant, award-winning BBC career.

Master Craftsman’s Surprise Debt To McGarry

Wolves Target Who Clicked Big Time With Ajax

Who was inducted into Ajax’s hall of fame but might alternatively have trodden a path to Molineux? Not Cruyff, Neeskens, Krol or Rep – this was someone born in Hackney who had helped heap League Cup embarrassment on Wolves.

Tales From The Tours

Pre-Season Memories Over The Decades

With Wolves once more in Iberia, we strike a topical note by looking back at ten notable pre-season matches the club have played overseas. We concentrate on friendlies played away from the home islands and, true to the nature of this site, on those played in the more distant past than in recent years.

A True Saviour

Loyal Secretary Who Did Much To Fend Off Threat Of Oblivion

Football folk of the 1980s and early 1990s could barely have imagined a Wolverhampton Wanderers without Keith Pearson and, as it transpired, we nearly lost both. Two lapses into Receivership gave Wolves the dubious honour of being the first of the true giants of the English game to flirt with going bump.

One Rich And Varied Life

A Physio Who Did So Much More, Too

“I want to go on that pitch today. If I haven’t had the chance and we’re into the last few minutes, I need one of you lot to go down, even if you are not injured.” So said Paul Darby to Floyd Streete and Gary Bellamy in the build-up to the 1988 Sherpa Van Trophy final.

Cheers, Lofty!

Squad’s Many Happy Returns

Phil Parkes has kicked off his landmark birthday celebrations with a surprise get-together organised by his former Wolves team-mates. Nine Molineux colleagues turned up at what can safely be described as a Wolves watering hole to raise a glass to the keeper who turned 75 yesterday.

United In Excellence

Ultimate Seal Of Approval For Promotion-Winning Duo

Paul Ince and Denis Irwin were good at Wolves. Very good. But just how outstanding were they in their prime and what were they like off the field?We are indebted to no less an authority than Roy Keane for giving us the low-down during one of his many appearances in the Sky Sports studio on two players he knew well as team-mates.

When Botham Lit Up Molineux

Summer Spectacular That Fell A Little Short

It was billed excitedly – by me and others – as the first floodlit cricket game ever to be staged in England. And it was said to be the first time Molineux had hosted a fixture in the summer sport. There was plenty going for it, too…..Ian Botham was playing (and unleashing some big hitting), we witnessed boundaries aplenty and the sun shone throughout.

Playing The Waiting Game

Keeper’s Patience Was Only Partially Answered

Dennis Parsons waiting four years for his first-team chance might have seemed like a lifetime to him. Ted Elliot had to wait a heck of a lot longer. It was seven and a half years until he got the nod in Wolverhampton Wanderers’ goal at the ripe old age of 27.

What On Earth Would Cloughie Have Said?

A Derby Interloper At Afternoon Training

From the strange-but-true files comes a story of what one of Brian Clough’s most tried and trusted campaigners got up to once training was done. Not only did he pop over to Wolverhampton to see a friend and distant relative – he actually used to join in with kickabouts among members of the Molineux squad.