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WATCH: Golden memories for Wolves greats at annual celebration

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

Ex-Wolves stars and relatives of former legends graced Molineux for an annual dinner last night.

Robbie Dennison, Steve Daley and Karl Henry

The Wolves Former Players’ Association (FPA) held its yearly event at Wolves’ home with ‘midfield maestros’ being this year’s theme.

Karl Henry, Robbie Dennison and Steve Daley took to the stage to tell all about their successful Wolves careers.

Steve Bull, John Richards, Kenny Hibbitt, Mike Bailey, Andy Mutch, Kevin Foley, Jim McCalliog, Phil Parkes, Geoff Palmer, Ally Robertson, Mel Eves, Ted Farmer and Gerry O’Hara attended the night.

And relatives of Peter Broadbent, Malcolm Finlayson, Bert Williams and Roy Swinbourne were also in attendance.

WATCH: Highlights from the night

Wolves former players dinner at Molineux

Proceeds from the event will be donated to two Wolverhampton charities; Compton Care and the Good Shepherd.

FPA manager Richard Green said: “Now into our fourth decade as an organisation, I believe the future of the Wolves FPA, just like the current team, is looking golden!

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"Our relationship with the club has been excellent and I must once again thank Jeff Shi and Laurie Dalrymple (who attended the event) for hosting our dinner and making such a generous contribution to the cost of the evening."

Legends from the 1970s, Kenny Hibbitt and former captain Mike Bailey

Henry, Dennison and Daley were interviewed on stage by Express & Star columnist and Sky Sports presenter Johnny Phillips.

The trio described the highs and lows of their different eras at Molineux.

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Former star Mel Eves told the Express & Star that Wolves made his dreams come true as he reminisced about the club’s glory days with a host of former team-mates.

Steve Daley, WFPA manager Richard Green and Ally Robertson

Eves, who was at the club from 1975 to 1984 and now watches the current team week in, week out as part of his commentary work for Radio WM, was delighted to see a host of familiar faces.

“Absolutely wonderful, it’s just rolling back the years,” he said. “I sometimes have to pinch myself how long ago it was we actually played here.

“Going back, my captain when I first started Mike Bailey is here, the chairman of the former players. John Richards, who I played up front with on my first full start for the club.

“Phil Parkes, Geoff Palmer, Steve Daley, Kenny Hibbitt, Willie Carr, Normal Bell, Bobby Coy, Hugh Atkinson, it’s absolutely brilliant. In a working environment, whether it be an office, or in a changing room, or on a football pitch, the feeling’s still the same and the banter just goes on irrespective of the 30, 40 years difference from when you were together in the changing room, you pick it up just like that.

“That’s the wonderful thing, plus the association with the fans which is a massive thing.

“There’ll be a lot here who remember the era when I played. I think the oldest former player here is Ted Farmer who’s absolutely wonderful and has one of the best goalscoring records, goals per game, I think ever for a Wolves player.

John Richards, wife Pam, Bev Bevan of band ELO, Wolves board member John Gough and Joy Strachan-Brain of band Quill

“It was unfortunate he got injured so young.

“We see Jimmy McCalliog who I watched as a fan, I’m blessed I was a Wolves fan as a kid, and to go on and play with some of the players I watched from the North Bank was a dream come true.

“Nights like this are great.”

Wolves hosted the event with managing director Laurie Dalrymple in attendance.

Eves added: “All credit to Wolves and Laurie Dalrymple and Richard Green, the organiser, for putting it all together and making the former players so welcome, which I think obviously goes back, Sir Jack was brilliant.

“It’s just a great occasion, it doesn’t seem a year since we were last here.”

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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