Wolves’ greats Kenny Hibbitt and John Richards today admitted their fears for a 1980s-style decline for the club.
Both legends were at Molineux for the start of the most turbulent time in the club’s history which saw Wolves relegated from the top flight to the Fourth Division from 1983-86.
No club has ever repeated the unwanted feat but the present-day Wolves could emulate that record of tumbling from the first to the third tier in double-quick time if they end up going down again.
Hibbitt and Richards attended last night’s first reunion of the 1980 League Cup success against Nottingham Forest – the last time the club won a major trophy – and revealed their worries for their beloved club.
Wolves went into today’s visit of Bristol City – who were staying at the same Copthorne Hotel in Brierley Hill as the 1980 heroes dined at last night – second from bottom and two points from safety.
“I hope it doesn’t work out that way but I’m sure it’s a worry for the fans,” said Hibbitt.
“From dropping out of the Premier League to seeing them now where they are in the Championship, I just hope what happened to us in 1984 doesn’t come along again.
“Financially the club is far better off now, but the team has won once in 11 games which is like us when we went down in 1984.
“We folded like a deck of cards. I haven’t watched Wolves this season but it doesn’t look good.”
Richards added: “I think all the fans find it very difficult to look at the table and know why we are where we are, especially with the support Wolves get.
“You look at teams who have been in the top flight recently such as Hull and ones that are still there like Wigan and think they shouldn’t be there instead of Wolves. But that’s football.
“Once, you’re out of the Premier League, it’s really difficult to get back in. It’s 33 years since we last won a major trophy and when do you see that happening again?
“We’ve had two or three generations of fans who haven’t seen that success and that’s why there was such a response to the dinner last night."