Dear Diary Entry 97

Iceland Calling!

Derek Parkin – has played more games for Wolves against Liverpool (23) than any other player, according to the website.

Wednesday, October 2: Received an email from Arnie Baldursson in Iceland, asking if we could connect him with Alun Evans. It turned out that this distant Anfield fanatic runs the outstanding website, which has plenty of Wolves content on its numerous pages. Alun agreed to have his number passed on, so an interview and feature with him about his Merseyside career could be added very quickly.

Sunday, October 6: Many thanks to former Wolves secretary Richard Skirrow for keeping us updated with the thrilling score flashes from his seat in the Etihad Stadium this afternoon. The Express & Star’s John Lalley and I were at Dusseldorf Airport, homeward-bound after taking in Bundesliga matches at Schalke and Borussia Moenchengladbach and this was the perfect end to a brilliant weekend. Just how did Wolves pull out a result and performance like that less than 72 hours after winning at Beskitas?

Friday, October 11: Don Noble’s name will be familiar to some of our readers from past posts and we were delighted with the latest nugget of information he sent us. From his home in Warwickshire, he wrote: “While we are basking in the glory of the result at Manchester City, it may be remarked that Wolves’ habit of winning the difficult matches and losing the easy ones has a long history. In 1932-33, the side were struggling to stay in Division One and losing more than they won. At Christmas, they had to play at Villa, who were second in the League. There seemed no hope of an away victory, so naturally Wolves won 3-1. On March 18 of that season, they were at Highbury. No hope of winning there either as this was the all-conquering Arsenal team who were top of the League and winning everything in sight. Wolves won 2-1. They were the team’s only away wins up to April and, without them, Wolves would have dropped back into Division Two. Perhaps Frank Buckley would then have been sacked and the whole of the club’s history would have changed.”

Wednesday, October 16: A big turn-out, of members as well as leading figures among the club’s off-field staff, at tonight’s first Wolves Fans Parliament meeting of the season. Listening to the discussions surely reminded us all what an exciting Molineux era we are in.

Friday, October 18: Received an enthusiastic message from 1980s midfielder Matt Forman that takes his occasional attendance at Wolves games a step further. “Had a text a couple of weeks ago inviting me into the Wolves all stars team, led by a certain Mel Eves,” he wrote. “It’s thanks to you at Wolves Heroes that Jason Guy got my number at the night to mark the 30th anniversary of Bully’s signing three years ago. At last, I am a part of the Wolves pack again.”

Saturday, October 19: Brilliant to see Carl Ikeme present at this afternoon’s home game against Southampton and working as a radio pundit. Also there, as usual, was Andy Thompson while we again welcomed, just, the former Wolves scout Dave Merrington. He has spent the last few years travelling the country as a co-commentator for a south coast station but made it with only a few minutes to spare today after a serious hold-up near Oxford.

Tuesday, October 22: Was staggered to learn that Peterborough’s 2-1 win at Gillingham at the weekend was Darren Ferguson 400th match as Posh manager. They seem a good fit considering he has had three successful spells there but has not been a big success in the dug-out elsewhere.

Johnny Hancocks…..hat-trick scorer, like Roy Swinbourne, when Wolves hit nine at Cardiff.

Saturday, October 26: Thank-you to Steve Gordos for reflecting on Leicester’s 9-0 away win against Southampton and explaining how it impacted on Wolves’ double appearance in this section of the record books. Until last night, the heaviest margin of victory by an away side in the English top flight was eight goals on three occasions –  and Wolves were responsible for one of those thrashings and victims of another. In 1893, they lost 8-0 at home to Albion but famously won 9-1 at Cardiff in 1955. In between, Sunderland hammered Newcastle by the same score at St James’ Park.

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