A Wayward Talent With A Mischievous Side
Danny Hegan was sometimes praised and sometimes cursed. He was rarely ignored. Well over 40 years on from a Molineux stay containing much promise and no little controversy, stories about him still do the rounds whenever his old colleagues meet.
Witty, Worldly And Wonderful – A Life Of Giving
Where do you start to pay due deference to a life like Sir Jack Hayward’s? The adjectives come gushing to mind…..colourful, patriotic, magnetic, eccentric, generous beyond comprehension and, happily, Wolves-daft.
From the moment he entered the lives of the Molineux family in the spring of 1990, we realised we had been blessed with the presence of a very special man.
A Family Rich In Football Folklore
How many more games might Jimmy Dunn have played for Wolves? First, the war took much potential match time away from him, in terms of Football League action anyway, then a bad injury and finally any number of outstanding fellow forwards.
Fearless Keeper Shone As Bert’s Successor
It seems strange to reflect that the only goalkeeper to win two League Championship medals with Wolves once doubted his right to become a first-team regular. It’s even more peculiar when you consider that his uncertainty was based on the events of a game in which the goals were flying past Bert Williams.
It wasn’t just the renowed 1950s Wolverhampton Wanderers half-back line that opposition forwards had to get past to catch a glimpse of Bert Williams or Malcolm Finlayson. Usually, among the powerhouses still blocking the way to goal was Eddie Stuart.
He spent a lifetime striving for perfection and utter fulfillment and, as near as makes no difference, it was mission accomplished. An FA Cup winner’s medal from 1949 and the honour of being Wolves’ regular goalkeeper when they lifted the League Championship for the first time stand as the most acknowledged of the many achievements in a fabulous club career. There were also 24 England caps and various other representative honours from the war years as well as peacetime. But these accolades tell only part of Bert Williams MBE’s rich story.
Artist Who Was A True Legend Among Greats
It would have been impressive enough for Peter Broadbent to play 497 League and cup matches for a Wolverhampton Wanderers side pottering along in mid-table. Class act that he was, though, he just happened to do his work while they were cutting edge; not only winning and chasing trophies but also stocked with any number of other top players who were after his shirt. Put simply, he was imperious among a team of true greats.