There may be more than 5,000 miles between Wolverhampton and Hollywood but that didn’t stop one diehard Wolves fan from celebrating his team’s title winning success.
Steve Barnett, CEO of Capitol Music Group, said he had to settle for a pint of Boddingtons rather than his favourite tipple of Banks’s Bitter when his beloved team bounced back to the Championship.
The music chief, who hails from Codsall, has the likes of Katy Perry, Faith Evans, Morrissey and Neil Diamond on his record label.
He has previously worked with megastars such as Elton John, Adele, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple.
But for the former Codsall High Pupil the real star in his eye has been Wolves head coach Kenny Jackett .
Speaking to the Express & Star from his office in the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood, he said: “What a fantastic season it has been. I think the 6-4 game against Rotherham has shown it is enjoyable to be a Wolves fan again – even if at times it is nervous.
“I follow the game through the radio and online on the Express & Star website. People come around to my place in Beverly Hills and say, ‘what the hell is he listening to?’” The music executive grew up watching the likes of Derek Dougan and enjoying the bright lights of Molineux with his parents Evelyn and Vic, who held season tickets. In September, Steve watched Wolves’ 2-0 home victory against Sheffield United. He had been in London with Katy Perry, who was preparing for the Wireless Festival, but the music boss saw an opportunity to return to his beloved Wolverhampton to catch a game. Steve added: “The manager, his staff and the players have done a brilliant job this season. Coverage of football in America is exploding, and I can again tell my friends out here in California that I am a Wolves fan without being embarrassed. I’ve been proud to wear my Wolves shirt. I’m there walking down Rodeo Drive wearing old gold and black.”