Wolves: A Worldwide Institution

Collectors-Item Book Charts Epic Travels Across The Globe

Stan Cullis and Bill Shorthouse are joined by the also-suited Ken Knighton while John Galley, Gerry Harris, Barry Stobart, Peter Broadbent and Fred Davies are stripped for action in the USA in 1963.
Stan Cullis and Bill Shorthouse are joined by the also-suited Ken Knighton while John Galley, Gerry Harris, Barry Stobart, Peter Broadbent and Fred Davies are stripped for action in the USA in 1963.

Wolves Heroes’ sister company are to this year publish a quality hard-back book dedicated solely to the club’s far-reaching and at times ground-breaking travels across the world.

The coffee-table publication, by David Instone, will be out in the autumn at the latest and will contain only photos and text relating to games played overseas.

Thomas Publications have built up an archive of several hundred relevant pictures and promise to work hard to ensure they use as many as they can in this project that have not previously been in the public domain.

They insist that dozens and dozens of those will be published and have the working title of ‘Wolves All Over The World’ as they indulge in a marathon piece of work they describe as ‘a pure labour of love.’

“Our research, plus the help of our many friends overseas, has brought us a rich seam of material, in colour at that, from venues such as 1970s Scandinavia, South Africa and Rhodesia in the 1950s, Switzerland in 1965 and Yugoslavia in 1970,” said David Instone.

“Regular readers of this website will know that we have also previously unearthed colour photos of the club’s travels to the Caribbean in 1964 and to the United States and Canada before and after that.

“We have now accessed a whole lot of new content from those trips and others which we are very much looking forward to sharing with supporters.

“We can absolutely promise that we will be showing off many pictures of games and off-the-field scenes that have never been seen before. That is the strength of the book, along with the great care that is being taken on the design.

“This will be a bigger book than usual for us and probably not one for reading on the beach! We are aiming at 192 pages or so but it will be taller and wider than most of our publications in the past – big enough for us to properly display some wonderful images, in some cases across two pages. Virtually every page will have colour images on.

“There will be plenty of words as well but these will be secondary to the photos. Wolves All Over The World is basically a chronological walk-through of all the trips overseas Wolves have made – for summer tours, prestige friendlies and European ties – starting, country by country, with the ones they went to first way back in the 1930s.

Cullis and director James Marshall in the unmistakeable streets of San Francisco more than half a century ago.
Cullis and director James Marshall in the unmistakeable streets of San Francisco more than half a century ago.

“We hope readers will also enjoy looking out for a few quirky bits of text, such as the relating of a funny event on tour or the brief comments we have passed on the success or otherwise of the players Wolves have signed from these various countries.

“There is a lot of material to go at when you think Wolves made a ground-breaking trip to Russia in the mid-1950s and have also been to Australia and New Zealand, as well as different parts of the European football scene such as Malta and even Israel.”

The book is likely to cost £19.99 and still has a few gaps, so if any reader thinks they have rare photos or useable anecdotes from Wolves’ foreign travels, please contact us and we will forward them to the publishers.

 

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