Kenny Jackett today vowed tonight’s Molineux tribute to the late, great Peter Broadbent will show the class of Wolves.
Ahead of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy visit of Notts County, the crowd will be invited to join a minute’s applause for Broadbent, who died last week aged 80, as fans pay respects to a Wolves giant recognised as the club’s most naturally gifted player of all time.
“Recognition of former players and big personalities and big people around the football club shows class,” said head coach Jackett.
“That’s going to be adhered to tonight and rightly so. That team he played in was a very prominent one in the history of Wolves and football.
“For a club to have such a big, extensive and far-reaching history is fantastic and should be respected.
“He’ll be very well appreciated and remembered at Molineux this evening and our thoughts are with his family at a sad time.”
Broadbent’s funeral takes place tomorrow (1.45pm) at St Peter’s Church in Wolverhampton City centre.
Yet as Molineux remembers a great from its past, Jackett is determined to put the accent on youth.
“This competition opens up opportunities and for me to see whether these people can come in later in the season, do well and compete with the players in the first team,” said Jackett.
“I’m looking at Ethan Ebanks-Landell, Jake Cassidy and Liam McAlinden.
“I can’t put all of them in – four youngsters are away on international duty in Aaron McCarey, Matt Doherty, Anthony Forde and Lee Evans, as are Sam Ricketts and Kevin Doyle.
“But there are others who it will be interesting to see how they do. There are a lot of very good young players here and over the next couple of seasons, we’ll see a number of them come through.”
Jackett hinted Kevin Foley and George Elokobi will start, James Henry is set for his home debut and Leigh Griffiths will play some part.
Jackett added: “We have 11 days before our next game so I don’t see why James can’t get his first game at Molineux in a Wolves shirt.
“Leigh meets up with Scotland tomorrow. He’ll be in our 16 but I’m tempted to start him. He’s not nailed on to play for Scotland and in training, he looks sharp.”