The Skipper Speaks

Coming Very Soon – Mike Bailey Answers Your Questions

Time to look back for John Richards and Mike Bailey - seen here in line with Kenny Hibbitt.

Part one of our promised Q & A with Mike Bailey will be posted on Wolves Heroes in the next few days.

John Richards, co-owner of this website, emerged with half a notebook full of material from the long interview he conducted with his former captain and will be publishing the results of their chat imminently.

And, in keeping with our recent stories, there’s a strong international flavour to the first part of his piece.

Did Bailey feel hard done by with his winning of only two senior England caps? Was he close to more call-ups? And was he ever in with a chance of going to a World Cup?

Bailey’s England career was actually restricted to the time he spent at Charlton. He was not used by Alf Ramsey after moving north to embark, in 1966 of all years, on his magnificent Molineux stay of 436 League and cup appearances.

And that’s something that rankled with many at the club before and after the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

“We had a lot of questions to put to Mike, many of them sent to us by readers of Wolves Heroes and Molineux Mix, and he was very patient in going through them with me,” Richards said.

“There were one or two instances of duplication, or at least questions that were very similar to each other, so one or two were left off.

An inspirational captain......

“But there was a full range of subjects for him to address and he was fascinating to listen to again.

“Obviously we meet up from time to time but two players would rarely have the opportunity, as we did, to talk in such depth about Wolves matters.

“There’s plenty in his answers for supporters to get all nostalgic about.”

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