Andy Gray relives his finest hour as a Wolves player tonight admitting he fears for the current crop’s Championship future.
The one-time Wolves star, scorer of the Wembley goal that landed the club its last major trophy, will join the reunion of the 1980 League Cup winners in a charity fund-raiser put together by former team-mate Mel Eves.
The event could not provide a more stark contrast to the critical game which follows at Molineux hours later when Wolves face a survival scrap with Bristol City.
And Gray shares in common with the rest of the gold and black ‘family’ a growing anxiety about the team’s plight as they prepare for this meeting of the second tier’s bottom two clubs.
The former Sky and now radio broadcaster and pundit said: "You can trace it back to the day they decided to let Mick McCarthy go, since when they haven’t had a plan. That is what surprises me. There just does not seem to have been a plan.
"Fair enough if they were unhappy with Mick – although I don’t think that was the greatest decision to get rid of him – but they never had anybody ready to take over and that’s where the seeds were sewn for where they are now.
“They decided to go with Terry Connor but it was too big a job for him. After that, I thought it was a strange decision to appoint Stale Solbakken – I didn’t get where that one was coming from.
“And now we have Dean Saunders in there. I know Dean quite well and happen to think he did really well at Doncaster but this is a whole new level for him.
"It’s very worrying for the fans and you can understand why they are angry. They have been waiting for things to happen and they just haven’t.
"I thought they might have turned the corner with that but they just don’t seem capable of putting two wins together. The situation is very worrying.”
Tonight’s reunion at Brierley Hill’s Copthorne Hotel brings the squad together for the first time since Gray’s goal beat Nottingham Forest – 33 years to the day.