All things must pass and this one had been coming for some time
but the sacking of the legendary Stan Cullis as manager of Wolves
still came as a huge bombshell.
than 35 years later some fans with long memories have still not
forgiven the board for getting rid of the man who had piloted the
team to post-war glory after a highly-successful playing career.
Under his stewardship Wolves pioneered the concept of international
friendlies against quality continental opposition, won the league
title in 1954, 1958 and 1959 and the FA Cup in 1960.
In that final against Blackburn Rovers Cullis had shown his midas
touch by fielding raw youngster Barry Stobart after just five first
team games. He played a blinder.
But in the years immediately following the magic started to fade
and attendances dropped below 15,000 as Wolves slipped down the
Cullis had been at the helm for more than 16 years but was still
only 48 when the axe fell on Tuesday September 15 1964.
He had recently returned to the club following convalescence from
an illness which had forced him to miss five of the first seven
matches of a miserable campaign which was to end in relegation.
Cullis was linked with a number of clubs inlcuding Sunderland,
Coventry and even Juventus but after a spell out of the spotlight
returned to football management with Birmingham City.
the Queen's Arcade, Wolverhampton in 1964 when the fire broke out
in the basement and the building was evacuated. The blaze was blamed
on rubbish catching fire and thankfully there was little damage
and there were no injuries.
Mayor's car stopped after robber escapes: Almost a year
to the day after the Great Train Robbery came the Great Prison Breakout
and one that was dubbed at the time the great escape of the century.
Charles Wilson, who had been jailed for 30 years for his part
in the robbery, got away from Birmingham's Winson Green jail in
the early hours of the morning of August 12.
He made his dramatic escape with the help of a gang of men who
had broken into the prison and coshed the night patrol officer knocking
Wilson and the others then scaled a wall at the back of the prison
with a rope ladder and escaped.
A nationwide manhunt was launched, the Home Secrertary had to
interrupt his holiday in the Channel Islands and detectives went
over Wilson's haunts in the London area with a fine tooth comb.
The spotlight also fell closer to home following a tip-off that
Wilson was holed up in the Dudley area while the West Bromwich mayoral
car was stopped by police on the M5 following reports that Wilson
had been spotted at the wheel.
Wilson stayed on the run for three years before being re-captured
He finally left jail in 1978 and was shot dead on the doorstep
of his Spanish home in 1990 at the age of 57.
Strain as the Rhyl train heads for Manchester! In the year
that mods and rockers were fighting each other on the beaches hundreds
of disappointed Black County folk were having trouble even getting
to the beaches.
British Railways was forced to issue a public apology to families
who arrived at Wolverhampton's Low Level station for a holiday special
Horrified holidaymakers armed with buckets and spades and all
the other essentials for a day at the seaside were told: "It's all
a mistake. There is no train for Rhyl today."
Many people boarded the train thinking it was to take them to
North Wales only to find it was a scheduled service for Manchester.
Although not everyone's idea of a seaside resort it proved a blessing
in disguise for one woman who stayed on the train and went to visit
Star's new baby bucks trend: At a time when many regional titles
were going to the wall the Express & Star bucked the trend when
it launched its own sister paper the Shropshire Star on October 5
- just in time to report that month's General Election.
Produced at purpose-built offices at Ketley, it was Britain's
first new post-war evening newspaper.
Earlier in the year the chairman and joint managing director of
the Express & Star Mr Malcolm Graham had been praised in a Times
leader for his courage and vision in starting the new enterprise.
On the day the presses rolled for the first time Mr Graham told
a VIP audience at the launch it would be an evening paper of which
Shropshire people could be proud and which would meet the requirements
of the county.