John Richards has chosen Mel Eves as the next interviewee in his popular q & a series on this site.
Wolves Heroes’ co-owner will be chatting in the coming weeks to a man who became a partner of his in the Molineux attack in the second half of the 1970s.
The two first linked up at first-team level in 1977-78 when the senior player finished top of the goal-scoring lists for the fifth of his eight times.
There wasn’t too much to spare, though, as the club survived under Sammy Chung in their first season back in the top flight and Eves made a telling impact in the spring.
He netted in three of the last four games – three of which were won and the other drawn – to seal a final placing of 15th, albeit only on 36 points from the 42-game League season.
“Mel was one of the home-grown lads coming through at that time,” Richards says. “As a Wolves fan as a boy, he was so proud to be part of it and determined to do well.
“He was from just down the road really and was always a keen trainer and someone who was never a moment’s trouble.
“He played a full part when we won the League Cup for the second time and, of course, scored an important goal in the second leg of the semi-final at home to Swindon.
“He also got a few when we reached the semi-final of the FA Cup the following season and had some experienced partners and competition up there, with Andy Gray, Billy Rafferty and Norman Bell around, as well as Wayne Clarke a bit later.”
Our readers can help set the agenda for John’s interview in the usual way. Please send any questions for him to pose to this website (JR@wolvesheroes.com) or go via our friends at Molineux Mix by emailing them on www.molineuxmix.co.uk and they will forward messages to us.
We trust Mel is these days past the stage of being tongue-tied in Richards’ company! He has said in the past that there was a certain hero worship when he was both a fan and a nervous newcomer to the Wolves ranks.