Kenny Jackett urges Wolves to make history for Bert Williams

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.

Bert Williams pictured at his home in 2010
Boss Kenny Jackett wants Wolves to use Bert Williams' legacy as their inspiration

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.

Comments for: "Kenny Jackett urges Wolves to make history for Bert Williams"

rimmerp

be a big turn out in berts day the club was their life unlike the players today god-bless him

Solentwolves

Too true. In those days they were also part and parcel of the community. Bert's understudy, Nigel Sims, lived in my road in Wednesfield . Caught the trolley bus up to Stafford Street just like the rest of us. Think of all the Wolves' players of Bert's era who committed to living in the area once their careers were over, even if they didn't originate from Staffordshire. The club was indeed their life. Hope there will be a terrific turn out to remember Bert on Saturday.

karlwolves

If the current squad could achive 10% of what Bert achived at Wolves I would be happy.

Sarkwolf

Today's Wolves players are not the same quality as the players in Berts day. Wolves players in those days played for the glory and the pride of wearing the 'Old Gold and Black shirt' They would fight tooth and nail for the town of Wolverhampton. Unlike today's players who have no loyalty for the town or the clubs colors.

It's all about' money, contracts, and self glory, nowadays. All very sad,really. But that's life . The sport has gone out of the game. Kenny can urge the players as much as he likes, but if another offer comes along from their agent they will be off to another club. That's how much it means to the players today.

tassiwolf123

The players for Wolves in the late 40's and 50's were true professionals, and loyal to the club that they played for, and legends like Bert William's can be proud and satisfied that they will remain in the minds of Wolves supporters for decades to come.

I would be surprised if anyone remembered the likes of Kevi Doyle, or the shame of wayne Hennersey's actions, or Sako refusing to play, or O'hara and his anticts,

Champion footballers like Billy Wright, Jimmy Mullen, Johny Hancock, Roy Swinbourne, Bill Slater and Ron Flowers were well respected footballers who played for the love of the game and their club.

beachbanjo

my late dad(1989 born 1928 had his semifinal ticket for 49 cup final and on the back was a county cricket game, but he was wolves through and though as am I in the early 80s listened to wm and der der der its a goal and listened on a sat afternoon for the goals and the wolves results .first went to mol in 1984 to see us beat lincoln city3 nil then darlington andd won 3-0 and i think we beat swansea 3.0 too thought that this was going to be the way sadly we got relegated to the old 4 div .then the bhaitis and alsmost went out of business in 1986 - i rememeber hearing at 12 am we would be exstint but at about 1145 hearing we were saved 1986.in 1984 only 2 parts were open south bank and john ireland -what almost killed us- remember that stand being about 40 miles from the pitch.but we came back.

football is different now a days but we all can moan via sites and webs that they didnt have in the 40s -00s-but once a wolves fan always wolves fan -even though i moved to cambridge 21 yrs ago- the old greats will always be remembered as they put a smile on the working class of the 40s 50s 60s up to today.Thank you bert