Wolves boss Kenny Jackett today challenged his players to be inspired by the achievements of Bert Williams and write a new chapter of Molineux history.
The club will join forces with the legendary goalkeeper’s family and former team-mates at tomorrow’s visit of Bristol City as Molineux remembers one of its all-time greats with a minute’s applause before the game followed by a parade of former team-mates including Ron Flowers, Malcolm Finlayson and fellow keepers Phil Parkes and Carl Ikeme.
Williams’ death at 93, followed the passing of fellow greats Dave Wagstaffe, Barry Stobart and Peter Broadbent this season, and head coach Jackett wants his players to embrace the club’s past and use it to create a golden future for Wolves.
“The achievements of Bert and his team-mates show what can be done,” said Jackett.
“It’s a challenge to the people incumbent now, myself and the players, to try to write their own chapter of Wolves history. It’s something we should be excited by, not daunted.
“The current squad can be inspired by their achievements and it’s a fantastic incentive for them.”
Jackett believes fans will pay Bert, who won the League title and the FA Cup at Wolves, the ultimate tribute as they remember one of the heroes of the club’s greatest era.
“He’ll receive a great reception and a fitting tribute at a sad time for his family,” said the boss.
“It will be a good day for them to see how well he’s remembered and to see the type of response he gets.
“He was a huge player, and as someone who kept in touch with several of the modern-day goalkeepers here right up until recently, he was a very enthusiastic, terrific and interesting character, who was a credit to the club and the profession.
“I hope it brings supporters in who don’t come regularly and we play well enough to encourage them to come back.”
The family have requested a private funeral but a public memorial service is planned for St Peter’s Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton on February 5 at noon.