The ultimate leader and warrior who gave over a decade of his career to the gold and black cause. Wolves’ midfield was always a more powerful unit with him in. Honoured by England with two senior caps and the 1967 Midlands Footballer of the Year award.
The second Wolves 1908 FA Cup winner to be inducted and what a leader this defender sounds. He showed his toughness by bouncing back from a broken jaw for the final, his durability and longevity later earning him the captaincy in a stay of 382 games.
What a talent! To many fans of a certain age, he was a favourite among a team of legends. Genial and with a razor-sharp cutting edge, his goals and ‘assists’ would make him worth a king’s ransom today. An England star of his day, too – of course.
Talk about being in on things from day one… utility man ’Jack’ was a founder member of the club, born in the town and later to serve as a director. His 65 first-team games included the 1889 FA Cup final and he also won three England caps.
Visionary’ is a word often applied to the Boer War veteran. Not only was he ahead of his time in seeing football’s future, he developed a brilliant youth policy at Molineux and set the seeds for the greatness that followed under Stan Cullis.
Well, he has a stand named after him, so he has to be in there! He became the youngest individual inductee to date and is still a very frequent visitor to Molineux, where those 306 goals and numerous battle scars help to assure him of the warmest of welcomes.
One outstanding career – as a player – was interrupted by the war and then ended early by injury. So the former Wolves and England captain carved out another as a brilliant, trophy-laden manager, who apparently had a thing about discipline.
Jack Davies helped see to it that Stan Cullis stayed at Wolves as a player, then talked the Molineux management out of giving up on a young Billy Wright. If he had achieved nothing else in around 50 years as a trainer – and he did loads! – those acts were enough.
‘Wizard of the wing’ is a very appropriate term here. For a decade, the genial Irishman glided across Molineux, providing quality service for others and scoring almost 50 goals. Did someone once point out he had a flair for scoring spectacularly in big games?
The prince of entertainers would have loved this accolade. So sad that it had to be posthumous. The Doog was one of the game’s most recognised show-men and ended his club-hopping years by finding Molineux to be his spiritual home and stage.