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Meet the Wolves fan who's only missed three Molineux matches in 72 years

By Thomas Parkes | Wolverhampton | Wolves | Published:

A Wolves fan who has only missed three home matches in 72 years has celebrated his 80th birthday.

Wolves super fan John Dutfield has celebrated his birthday

John Dutfield, who was born in Wolverhampton, first visited the famous Molineux Stadium with his Dad at only eight years old.

And now the lifelong fan is already preparing to watch Wolves' latest FA Cup clash against Manchester United on Saturday.

Mr Dutfield, who has lived in Tipton all of his life before moving to Woodsetton, believes the boys in old gold will triumph 2-1.

WATCH: John shares his favourite Wolves moment

Wolves fan John Dutfield shares favourite moment after 72 years

He said: "You've got to keep the faith and I think we'll just nip it by the odd goal. I think we could get it.

"I wouldn't like to see a trouncing, but I don't think we'll get that.

"I shall be there in my seat to watch it.

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"I predict 2-1 to the Wolves and I reckon United score first then Wolves get two goals.

"I think we can go all the way to Wembley. It would be nice to meet Manchester City at Wembley and beat them.

"It would be brilliant – absolutely brilliant."

Wolves super fan John Dutfield and wife, Albion fan Hazel Dutfield.

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John said the current squad had the same "determination" as the side did back in 1949, when they won the FA Cup.

He said: "I watched the 1949 FA Cup final in black and white. Hopefully I can get tickets to it this year.

"I remember our determination which we've got now.

"I was very young back then – about 10 years old.

Wolves super fan John Dutfield has celebrated his birthday

"I remember when they bought the cup home and they lined the streets.

"I was with my mother and one of the police horses ran over my foot and it was really painful.

"I always remember that."

Supporter

The lifelong Wolves fan said the club had been the "best part" of his life.

The 80-year-old, a season-ticket holder for 20 years, said: "I first went with my father. I was eight years old when my dad took me and when he couldn't my uncle used to take me in the North Bank and I used to be where the players come out now.

"There used to be a small wall there and one of my favourite players – Sammy Smyth – used to find me out and give me some chewing gum and when I got older I started to go to the South Bank before they moved it across.

"That's where I saw the Spartak Moscow matches, the Real Madrid matches, because we were the fore-runners of European football and you were talking about 58, 60 thousand people attending.

"What they used to do is that if a little lad couldn't see they used to push him over their heads and down to the front.

Wolves super fan John Dutfield has celebrated his birthday

"I've gone through all the good times and the bad times and I've teared up a few times.

"That's been the best part of my life."

The supporter even recalled matches against Hoved and against Real Madrid, whilst naming his favourite players.

He said: "There's been so many [favourite players] I think Steve Bull was one of my favourites. Peter Broadbent was a fantastic player and then you have your Sammy Smyths at one time.

"I've had some lovely times there, really memorable times.

Wolves super fan John Dutfield has celebrated his birthday

"Wolves has been my life for many years.

"The Honved match was a brilliant match. We were losing and we won it 3-2 in the end.

"And we played Real Madrid that was another incredible match because they had won the European Cup about six times, I think, and we beat them 3-2.

"These are things you look back on and I wish they had written a book. The memories are still there and sometimes you have a flashback."

Nuno

"They're performing well. If you would've said three or four years ago 'what do you think?' I would've turned round and said 'you could have my seat' because this is terrible football.

"I would've asked 'what's happening to my Wolves, my team?'

"Today it's football worth going to.

"Nuno is an absolutely brilliant manger. It's worth going to the Wolves to watch that kind of football. You talk about Manchester City, and they are exceptional, and I think it would take two or three seasons to come to that standard, but we've already taken points off them – and Arsenal.

"They are going to go far because Nuno talks a good game and he puts the talk into the business.

"The players and fans respect him and everybody in the club from the coaches to the academy kids – he has set an example."

Thomas Parkes

By Thomas Parkes
Trainee Reporter - @TParkes_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, based in Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch at thomas.parkes@expressandstar.co.uk.

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