Qatar Calls, A Lull For The LeagueAnd now, with the dust beginning to settle on the regular 2021-22 League season, we start the countdown to something altogether different.....For ages, clubs had to suck it up and bring in reinforcements from the reserves if international matches clashed with their domestic fixtures.
Island Hoppers Packed 'Em InWhat big news Wolves were when their season went into extraordinary overdrive in their last summer under the managership of Stan Cullis. The bewildering round of matches they played against Chelsea and others on a lengthy Caribbean tour was deemed too insignificant (or maybe too expensive) for the Express & Star to despatch their long-time Molineux correspondent Phil Morgan.
Last Day, Loads To Play ForIt will, after all, be another of those last-day Liverpool-Wolves showdowns that we have become so used to over the decades. It isn't a cliffhanger for Bruno Lage's men, apart from wanting to nail down an eighth-place finish, but it has the potential to be huge for their hosts if another Lancashire v West Midlands meeting at the same time goes in their favour.
JR In Familiar Inside-Track RoleJohn Richards has used a first post-lockdown visit to Australia to make a return to his writing days of four and five decades ago. Following more than one cancelled trip during the covid years, Richards and wife Pam have finally been able to spend some quality time in the Melbourne area and around the Great Barrier Reef with eldest daughter Kim and her family.
Reflecting On Match Night And The Stories It Threw UpNothing like football to shock, inspire and inflame, is there? On the day we witnessed a sensational 23-minute hat-trick from a midfielder who used his 'wrong' foot on all three occasions, we also learned of a high-profile appointment tinged with strong Molineux connections.
Another UEFA Cup Tour For Stand-In SkipperJim 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.
Reflecting On Danny's Posthumous Award
Wednesday, April 6: Have been alerted by a contact in East Anglia to the fact that Danny Hegan (and another former Wolves player, Ray Crawford, for that matter) has a place in Ipswich's hall of fame. The high-maintenance midfielder was inducted to this elite Portman Road group in 2016, along with Tony Mowbray and others, the year after he passed away.