Friday, September 1: Lovely to have a belated read of the Wolves v Blackpool programme from three nights ago and note that it included a two-page display (right) of the Joe Gardiner feature we sent them following our visit to Durham in July. This really is the story that carries on giving….there has been so much positive coverage following the decision to induct Joe posthumously into Molineux’s hall of fame and maybe, just maybe, there is one more short chapter still to be written. Watch this space!
Sunday, September 10: Had not one but two meetings with Colin Lee during a gorgeous holiday week in Devon. Today’s was a brief farewell on the doorstep and a chance to return the scrapbooks he lent me when we had almost three hours in their company at their beautiful, spectacular Torquay home five days ago.
Saturday, September 16: Nice to see Jack Price outside the ground at this afternoon’s home game against Liverpool before the midfielder resumes working life on the other side of the Atlantic. It’s difficult to believe he’s now 30 and we’re more than five and a half years on from when he went to sign for Colorado Rapids.
Wednesday, September 20: Interesting to hear from former Wolves academy physio Gavin Blackwell that our mutual friend, Chris Evans, had been back to Anglesey to give a talk to more than 100 guests at a fund-raising sportsman’s dinner on the island where he was first ‘spotted’ by Graham Turner. The long-time boss of the club’s junior and youth operation was appearing at Holyhead Golf Club, where an auction and raffle further boosted profits.
Monday, September 25: First, the good news. The phone number we were given a few weeks ago for Billy Kellock proved to be the correct one and we reached him at home in Northamptonshire this morning. Now the not so good. The early-1980s Wolves forward is not in the best of health and unfortunately did not feel inclined to prolong the conversation anywhere near what might be regarded as normal interview length.
Thursday, September 28: Excellent to hear that the stage show we featured in depth when it pitched up at Oakengates in February has had a popular encore. Johnny Phillips again welcomed Steve Daley, Kenny Hibbitt and John Richards alongside him for a q&a, this time at Cannock, and we’re told the turn-out and feedback were again highly pleasing.
Saturday, September 30: Wow, how many of us saw that one coming? A win that was as delightful as it was unexpected as Wolves brought down the European champions and Premier League leaders to end their 100 per cent top-flight start. Brilliant counter-attacking was at the heart of it all, no doubt savoured by Andy Thompson, Lee Naylor and Dave Edwards during their media duties and by Steve Daley after he had attended to corporate commitments with Paul Berry.
Tuesday, October 3: Was pleased to be able to attend the funeral of Telford Wolves Supporters Club co-founder Peter West this lunchtime. The 70-year-old had rather retreated from public view but leaves behind some wonderful memories, as proven by the tale of his trip to Portugal to watch his beloved club against Belenenses in 1973 and all those pioneering trips closer to home with the organisation.