It started off as an on-field presentation, occasionally switched to other venues such as one of Wolverhampton’s best-known nightspots and then became concentrated on Molineux after Sir Jack Hayward’s spectacular stadium redevelopment a quarter of a century ago.

Still, though, the eagerly-awaited unveiling night for the club’s main Player of the Year award has had other homes, such as the Civic Hall in the middle of the 1990s and, in the last few years, the spacious and stylish Telford International Centre. So how many of the recipients can you remember? And you may be surprised by some of the omissions from the 1970s. Here’s the complete list and a reminder of who you may have forgotten……

Various of the photos below, especially the more recent ones, are courtesy of Wolves and we thank them for their cooperation. Fans looking to have a flutter can head over to bet365 and either place a bet on the team or on which players will be the goalscorers.


Bakary Sako

In a second successive relegation season – one even more depressing than the fall from the Premier League – there was one bright spot. The enigmatic but gifted Mali international arrived on Stale Solbakken’s watch, scored on his debut for the club (in the Capital One Cup) and again on his League debut for them – part of a double-figure goal tally heavily backed up by assists.


Wayne Hennessey

The Euro 2016 semi-finalist became another keeper to wrap his hands round the club’s Player of the Year award for a second time when he did his best to stand firm in a campaign that teetered on the edge for six months and then went into a horrible tail-spin. Six of his 40 games over the season were for Wales – evidence that he was also becoming an international star.


Matt Jarvis

Another typical McCarthy signing…..good attitude, on the way up, unused to the big time. Gillingham is where the midfielder had been playing his football but he quickly looked at home first in the Championship and then the top flight and his five goals this term included a precious winner at Villa in the year in which he also won his one and only England cap.


Jody Craddock

It was tough in the big League but the man signed in an unsuccessful attempt to bridge the gap for the 2003-04 season was outstanding when Wolves coped much better with the step up six years on. Not surprisingly, there was plenty of defending to do and the former Sunderland centre-half’s experience was vital in survival being secured with a couple of games to spare.


Kevin Foley

What was that phrase Sir Alex Ferguson used to describe Denis Irwin in their time together at Old Trafford? ‘Eight Out Of Ten’ could easily have been a nickname applied to this likeable and successful example of the club’s concentration at the time on the Irish market, the ex-Luton full-back maintaining virtual ever-present status in the memorable rise to the Premier League.


Wayne Hennessey

The heroics of yet another keeper were celebrated as the man from North Wales – one more glowing example of the club’s prolific player development programme – came to the fore in a big way. Hennessey kept Graham Stack in the Molineux shadows with an ever-present contribution to a near-miss League campaign that resulted in the concession of a miserly 48 goals.


Matt Murray

The hugely popular local boy and home-grown star held off several worthy rivals to take the Player of the Year honours in a season that ended in depressingly familiar fashion……he was injured and missed the play-offs. Until then, he had missed only two of the 46 League matches for Mick McCarthy’s upwardly mobile side – and both of those were in the spring.


Kenny Miller

A fitting Molineux reminder of the talents of a man who had spent almost five years at the club and hit a play-off final goal. The Glenn Hoddle era at the club was underwhelming and the relatively modest tally of 12 goals was enough to win individual acclaim for the Scot here. Who would have thought he would still be going strong north of the border over a decade later?


Joleon Lescott

More recognition for one of the finest of Wolves’ many Academy products came at the end of the club’s unfulfilling first year back in the Championship. Although it was the following season that Lescott achieved ever-present status at Molineux for the only time, he excelled for Dave Jones and Glenn Hoddle and signed off with a last-day goal against Sheffield United.


Henri Camara

This was the last bit of the rise before the Frenchman’s spectacular fall from favour. A firm favourite with Wolves supporters as he played a part in the against-the-odds struggle for Premier League survival by scoring seven times for Dave Jones’ side, he went from hero to zero by promptly announcing following relegation that Championship football wasn’t for him. Au revoir!

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