Baze Is Olympics-Bound

Victories On The Board, Now It’s Target Paris

Darren Bazeley has received a pre-Olympics boost with his New Zealand side winning a tournament close to home. Under the control of the former Wolves utility man, who took over last year, the All Whites had been locked in a series of win-less but tight games against substantial opposition.

Keeping The Dream Alive

Success On A Tightrope Earns Semi-Final Place

One week to go in Euro 24….will England be in Berlin seven nights from now? Might they even be on that stage at the end – the one that is hastily assembled for the trophy and medals presentation? A campaign that has attracted much criticism and hit no sustained heights is nevertheless rolling on into the tournament’s final few days.

On The Outside Looking In

Close But No Cap For Jimmy

How close were Wolves to having yet another England international on the books in their late-1950s hey-day? In addition to Billy Wright, Ron Flowers, Bill Slater, Johnny Hancocks, Jimmy Mullen, Bert Williams, Eddie Clamp, Peter Broadbent, Dennis Wilshaw, Norman Deeley and Jesse Pye, a forward of huge prominence at one stage went close to representing his country’s senior team as well.

Dear Diary Entry 153

Another Door Opens

Wednesday, May 29: Mark Kennedy is back in football after his spell at Lincoln ended in the sack last October. He has been appointed as manager by League Two club Swindon on a two-year contract, with former Telford and Kidderminster full-back Marcus Bignot expected to become his assistant some time next month. 

Don’t Panic, Captain Kane!

Note Of Optimism Despite Another Screen Test Flop

It was time for a vote. ‘All those who want to forget the game and turn on to an old Dad’s Army on BBC2, please raise your hands’. Match night on the big screen at Teignmouth Rugby Club was going off with good humour amid the letdown of another underwhelming England performance.

Power Of Scotland!

Brothers In Awe At Epic Euros Adventure

Tom Bennett is home and buzzing after the unforgettable thrill of becoming a Tartan Army ‘foot soldier’ at the European Championships. The former Wolves utility man attended Scotland’s decisive and ultimately deflating defeat against Hungary in Stuttgart during a stay in Germany with his son, two brothers and a nephew.

One-Off Who Briefly Lit Up International Stage

Much-Loved – But Johnny Was Weighed Down By A Handicap

How many England caps might Johnny Hancocks have won if two sets of circumstances had been different? One of them concerned pure chance – namely, the fact he had none other than Tom Finney and Stanley Matthews as his rivals for a shirt.

Denmark And Israel – The Inside Track

Keeper Coach Opens Up On Dramatic Travels

Mike Stowell could be excused some divided loyalties as the countdown continues to England’s European Championships group game against Denmark tomorrow. The veteran keeper and coach may have been selected for our B squad in 1990 during the Graham Taylor era and lived and coached within these shores for decades.

Don At The Mic Once More

Sky Sports Veteran In Thick Of The Action

Don Goodman is under-way on his travels fulfilling Euro 24 pundit duty….but is unlikely to be heard by TV audiences in the UK. The former Wolves striker also went to the 2016 staging of the tournament in France and was packing his bags again for Germany a few days after working in the commentary box at the Borussia Dortmund v Real Madrid Champions League final at Wembley.

The Same – But Different!

Fitting Setting For Gareth’s Boys

Stan Cullis’s all-conquering side visited there in 1958 and a special Wolves plaque made the same journey 30 years later. But the stadium Gareth Southgate’s players will breeze into this weekend for their European Championships opener is literally something else altogether.

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