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great players who have worn the Old Gold and Black
George Berry made his Football League
debut for Wolves in a vital promotion clash against Chelsea on 7th May
1977 in a game that ended in a 1-1 draw, but it wasn't until the 1978-79
season that he established himself as a first-team regular and at the end
of that season was voted Player of the Year by the supporters. Over the
next four seasons he went on to take his total of league and cup
appearances for Wolves to 160. In 1980 he won a League Cup winners medal
when Wolves beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 in the final. In the summer of
1982, Berry joined Stoke City and within a short period had been made team
captain. He was to stay at the Victoria Ground for eight seasons and
despite loan spells at Doncaster Rovers and a brief sojourn in Portuguese
football, Berry amassed a total of 269 first team appearances for the
Potters. He then joined Peterborough United and in his only season
captained the club to promotion from the Fourth Division. he then signed
for Preston North End but as his legs couldn't stand the pressure of
playing homes games on plastic, he was loaned to Aldershot where he ended
his league career.
Defender Floyd Streete played
his early football with the Rivet Sports Club then he turned professional
with Cambridge Utd in the summer of 1976.
*Picture shows Floyd Streete receiving a trophy from the chairman of Manchester Wolves, after being voted their Supporters 'Player of the Year' for 1988-89.
Francis Michael Munro
Frank Munro began his career as an amateur centre-forward with Chelsea in 1961-62 but when they released him he returned north of the border to join Dundee Utd. Capped by Scotland at youth level, he was, surprisingly, allowed to join Aberdeen for £10,000 collecting a runners-up medal as the Dons were beaten in the Scottish Cup Final a year later. He scored a hat-trick against Wolves in a summer tournament in America in 1967, then moved to Molineux for £55,000 in January 1968. He soon won over the Molineux faithful as a central defender and over the next eight years gave the club great service. He appeared in the 1972 UEFA Cup final and the League Cup final victory over Man City in 1974. Munro won nine full caps for Scotland during his time with Wolves but, once he had helped them win the Second Division Championship in 1976-77, he left to join Celtic. Munro had scored 18 goals in 371 games for Wolves. During his time at Celtic he played in the 1978 Scottish League Cup final before ending his playing days in Australian football playing initially for Hellas before becoming coach, in turn, of Albion Rovers, Hamlyn Rangers and Kellor Austria.
Phil 'Lofty' Parkes
Phil Parkes joined Wolves straight from school in 1962 and turned professional two years later, but it was November 1966 before he made his debut against Preston NE, in which he saved a penalty in a 3-2 Wolves win. He went on to appear in 14 more games that season as Wolves won promotion to the First Division. He missed very few games over the next nine seasons and was ever present in 1971-72 and 1972-73, when he established a club record of 127 consecutive league appearances, breaking Noel George's record. Parkes won a UEFA Cup runners-up medal in 1972 but did not play at all in 1976-77 when Wolves won the second Division title. He went on to appear in 382 first-team matches with only Bert Williams appearing in more games as a goalkeeper. Having appeared for for Vancouver Whitecaps, he returned there after he left Molineux and in 1979 helped them win the Soccer Bowl. He later played for Chicago Sting, San Jose Earthquakes and Toronto Blizzard.
Edward Albert Stuart
Full-back Eddie Stuart played
intermediate football for Rangers FC of Johannesburg before joining Wolves
as a professional in January 1951. He made his debut for Wolves as a
centre-forward and scored Wolves only goal (and his only Wolves goal) in a
4-1 home defeat by West Brom on 15th April 1952. The following season he
didn't make an appearance because he had to return to South Africa after
being infected by a 'mystery illness'. Thankfully he responded to
treatment and returned in the 1953-54 season and played at right-back for
the last 12 games of the season, helping the club win the League
Championship. After that, Stuart was a virtual ever-present in the number
2 shirt for the next 11 seasons and appeared in 332 League and Cup games
for Wolves. He won Championship medals again in 1958 and 1959, and played
in Europe, he also received a FA Cup winners medal in 1960 although he
didn't play in the final against Blackburn, when George Showell was
Paul William Bradshaw
Goalkeeper Paul Bradshaw
represented Altricham and Chesire boys and had trials with Manchester Utd
in 1971 before becoming an apprentice with Blackburn in January 1972,
turning profesional at Ewood Park in July 1973. He had appeared in 78
league games for Blackburn when he became Wolves record signing in
September 1977 as Sammy Chung paid £150,000 for him.
Albert Groves was one of the
smallest centre-halves ever to play for Wolves at 5ft 7in. Groves joined
Wolves from Aberdare Athletic (Aberdeen) in August 1909, and made his
debut in a 3-2 home win over Manchester City on the final day of the
1909-10 season. He played in several positions including inside-right in
1912-13, when he scored ten goals in Division Two.
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