The Ultimate Accolade

More Favourites Welcomed To Molineux Elite

John Richards called it the highest honour a club can bestow upon a player – which helps explain why there was a collective sense of pride in Molineux’s Hayward Suite last night. Not only among the individuals whose deeds on the pitch or sidelines have earned them places in Wolves’ hall of fame but also among their families and the paying supporters who are as pleased as punch to have had them as heroes.

Spotlight On ‘True Inspiration’

No Doubting Thomas

A four-page article on Geoff Thomas appears in the latest issue of the football nostalgia magazine Backpass. Wolves Heroes’ David Instone travelled to Droitwich to meet up for the second time in a few months with the man whose life became about much more than football.

Hitting A Golden Landmark

Path To High Prominence Comes In 39 Steps

It’s a prestigious roll of honour that begins with goalkeeper Tom Baddeley way back in 1907 and concludes, for the present, with Conor Coady. Wonderful players and England internationals both – and they share a notable bond with some illustrious and talented Wolves colleagues.

Completing The Big Reveal

Hall Of Fame Places For Palmer And Wilshaw

Geoff Palmer and Dennis Wilshaw are the worthy final two members of the bumper crop of 2023 inductees to Wolves’ hall of fame. The duo from opposite ends of the Molineux pitch are today named as recipients of this position of high honour, six days before the celebration dinner.

Jackie’s Fleeting Impact

In and Out Quickly – But At A Profit

Stan Cullis was a legend. His record as Wolves manager was second to none. He created two great sides – one in the late 1940s and early 1950s who brought his first FA Cup and Division One championship. And then one in the late 1950s who lifted the Championship twice more and recorded another Wembley win. For the most part, his squads featured home-grown players or the likes of Bert Williams, Johnny Hancocks and Peter Broadbent, who had barely played for other clubs and were recruited as raw talent.

Now Stowell And Davies Are In

Making Room For Another Couple Of Favourites

Another match-day, another brace of inductees – Saturday mornings have taken on a pleasurable new twist in these tense weeks of spring. Mike Stowell and Jack Davies are the latest Molineux stalwarts announced as being on their way into Wolves’ hall of fame.

The Sweetest Of Revenge

Edwards Won’t Say It But This Is Karma

Aboard the roller-coaster that football life is often compared with, Easter has brought some notable Wolves-related rises and falls around the country. Rob Edwards continues to fly as Luton manager, his club’s sequence of six wins and three draws from the last nine games leaving them right in the race for the Premier League, with three weeks of the season left.

Big Win Makes It Happy Returns For Mike

Bailey Back Among Old Pals

Fifty years ago this month, Mike Bailey returned from one of his increasingly frequent injury absences to witness the joy of a John Richards hat-trick at home to Everton. More relevantly to this story, the captain’s fitness was tested over the next fortnight by playing three First Division games in four days, two of them away and one as far from home as Ipswich.

A Lofty Perch….Bishop To Be Ordained, Too!

Two More Stars Heading For Precious Molineux Status

Phil Parkes and 1908 FA Cup final winner Alf Bishop can today be revealed as two more of the considerable group of imminent inductees to Wolves’ hall of fame. Following last weekend’s happy announcement about Robbie Dennison and Joe Gardiner, the spotlight now switches to two men who, by huge coincidence, both played 382 competitive games for the club.

Dear Diary Entry 138

Strewth – So Near And Yet So Far!

Wednesday, March 1: Had the pleasure of a webcam call from Marge and Bobby Gould on the other side of the world after pointing out to them that John Richards was holidaying in New Zealand at the same time as they were. The Richardses have popped over to the South Island for a couple of weeks (and for the first time in around 20 years) during a stay of several weeks with their eldest daughter Kim in Melbourne and were interested when I alerted them to the fact his former team-mate was in the country, too.

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