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My 50th anniversary of visiting the Mol...

Discussion in 'Molineux Mix' started by ShropshireLad, Apr 21, 2017 at 1:04 PM.

  1. ShropshireLad

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    Fifty years to the day from tomorrow's game was when I first went to Molineux to see us beat Bury 4-1 to gain promotion to the First Division. The club have offered to make an announcement to that effect about 15 mins before the match. :cool: :D
     
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    Congratulations mate and hope the games enjoyable for you.
     
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    Mine was on the 21st Sept last year.... 50 years since my first game was Wolves 7 Cardiff 1 ....both clubs still in same division
     
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    Well done!

    Just looked my first game up - 22nd Feb 1992 Portsmouth at Molineux 0-0 (just over 25 years ago).
     
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    My first visit was to see Burnley Reserves in 1958 aged 4
    My first First Team game was to see Sheffield Wednesday in 1961 aged 7.
    I don't remember much about the Burnley game but my brother tells me Norman Deeley played and that Burnley were trialling a new lightweight kit unlike our heavy jerseys and shorts .We were stood on the South Bank and during the game it poured down and the kit became totally see through and suffice to say apparently you could see which players weren't wearing under garments leading to a fair few guffaws .
     
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    Another offer was a £40 reduction on a champagne four course meal package with stadium tour and other fringe benefits but I couldn't ask a pal to fork out £90 to join me and I didn't fancy doing it on my own when I'd also miss having a drink with pals beforehand...as well as we've all paid for our tickets. Still, it was a nice offer.
     
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    Congratulations on your 50th Anniversary tomorrow, ShropshireLad.

    I hope Wolves will have established themselves in the Prem, and won a few cups.. come your 60th.
     
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    A good stint that

    I actually don't know my first game, will have to ask the old man
     
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    There was a nice report on the Bury match in the Good Friday Brighton programme.

    Some great players in that team, including a lot of fans favourites.

    And one player who doesn`t get too many mentions nowadays.. David Burnside.

    There was a 30,863 attendance that day too.
     
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    Any special plans in the making to mark the occasion?
     
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    Then lost at Coventry and Crystal Palace.
     
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    Congratulations. Mine was a reserve match in 1959 when I was 9, so that's 58 years ago but I remember it because I got smashed in the face by a shot from gerry Harris, a fullback, which went just the wrong side of the post. My NHS glasses survived the experience; modern specs wouldn't (more style than strength). Can't remember my first first team match but I think it was the season after.
     
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    I'd like to come up with some random suggestions but will never live them down :eek: so it'll be a drink with a pal or two or three etc in the Moon beforehand and perhaps a curry after the match - possibly the best way to kill nearly two hours waiting for a train.
     
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    Congrats....Mine was 50 Easter Monday, dougans home debut in 1967...Not won a lot in those years lol
     
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    Ronnie Allen manager at the time, one of my favourite ever Wolves managers, loved that season travelling to away games with Greatrex Coaches, Stafford. Scenes away at Coventry amazing with crowd on pitch and the battles in the West End, Dougan & co totally bottled it that day against a physical Coventry side. Final game at Palace a total anti-climax in the sun as we lost 4-1. Some singing about the coach driver on the way home ended up with him pulling up on the hard-shoulder of the M1 and threatening to throw us all off, as if!!:p

    Oh to be 16 again!!:(
     
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    My first match was Peter knowles last game.Wolves 3 Nottingham Forest 3 at the tender age of 17.won me bet and that's all that matters.I'd have probably been a millionaire by now if I had stayed away.:D Congratulations Shropshire,hope ya have a good day and a wolves win.;)
     
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    Have great day mate...my dad took me in successive seasons 1963 and 64 but I started regular games that promotion season with Dougan scoring two in his second home game iirc. ..I'll have to look it up. Enjoy yourself and here's to many more good times in the future
     
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    I calculate based on current costs I've spent over £250k watching Wolves and that's a conservative estimate.:(

    Money well spent (?), would do it all over again!
     
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    Happy memories indeed mate, remember the Palace grassy knoll like it was yesterday.
    Those great away days for me were on Don Everall coaches, tickets bought from the wool shop Wednesfield high street and then pick up in Ashmore. All gone now though.
    Ronnie Allen was building such a good squad I often wonder what might have been.
     
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    My only experience of a Don Everall coach trip was having hitch-hiked from Whitchurch on the Friday evening to buy a coach ticket the next day to see the first match of the season in 1968-9 at Ipswich. I met up with a gang of lads from Codsall and we played football and wandered the streets throughout the night catching a bit of sleep under a large Union Flag at the bus station. It was a long journey and we lost. I barely had any sleep as I had to hitch-hike back to Whitchurch at night and arrived at about 4.00 am (no fecker would stop until I walked out into the road to halt a car in the mist which nearly killed me) and I had to work on Sunday morning at a milk dairy. I think that was the most tired I've ever been in my life.
     
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    Well done Shropshire! I must be the same vintage as you but I have no memory of my 1st Molineux game but this Bury match does ring bells, perhaps because of its importance? I have kept copies (somewhere in the loft) of the Pinks I used to buy after the game and before I left to get the train or London Supporters coach back South. I had the pleasure of meeting Stuart Earl and Dave Slape (founders of the Wolves London Supporters Club) before the Forest game and Stuart remembered my surname from all those years ago - I was very honoured. My first game, back in 65/66/67 ? was definitely with the London Wolves so between the Pinks and them I may, one day, be able to establish for sure when I first set foot inside Molineux. I would love to know.
     
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    Dave has an incredible memory. If he's asked a question about Wolves which he doesn't know the answer to, which is very rare, he gets really perplexed. If anyone wants to know summat on the train the answer is always, "Ask Dave". :)
     
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    Enjoy your day Shropshire, you youngster.:D
     
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    I met an ex-colleague (of 12 years) at the gym this morning who also lives in Lewisham and who also comes from Shrops (Bridgenorth). I reminded him of a tale he agreed with me many years ago of having run on the pitch at the end of that match and collecting a huge number of pennies and ha'pennies from the pockets of fans who had jumped around with glee as we ran onto the pitch...and we had a laugh about it.

    An irony about this story is that I later lost the key today from my track suit pocket to a brand new lock for the lockers and a guy had to come and use the bolt cutters to get the locker door open. :eek::oops:
     
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    I got two two Tannoy announcements: one at 2:35 pm and the other at 4:00 pm - so many thanks to Wolves for that (Keiron and Barbara). Pity the match wasn't up to much.
     
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    A truly memorable performance on the pitch or maybe not! well done anyway glad you got the tannoy announcements you can look forward to the next 50 :p;)
     
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    That's what I've been saying. :)
     
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    Congratulations ShropshireLad and glad your day went well (apart from the performance, that is). I hope you have many more happy years supporting Wolves and I hope you see them once more at the very top.
     
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    Love it
    Remember travelling on the Don Everall coaches
    Used to get my coach tickets from the same wool shop in Wednesfield or Bell Street in town, happy days
     
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    Congratulations Shropshire! You bring back happy memories there!
    68/69 was my first season to attend a match although my Dad and I had a stadium tour in the summer of 65! Will never forget seeing the old Molineux for the first time on a lovely sunny summers morning.

    Anyway, my first match was the home match v QPR in August 68 (3-1 to the Wolves!) I think that was the one following that Ipswich away match you mention. I seem to remember pictures from Portman Road in the programme. Did we lose 1-0??? Ray Crawford our old friend might have scored for them and something happened to Douggie Woodfield.... did he play on with a broken nose????

    It's funny the things you remember but I suppose it would have been the first Wolves programme I had and read it cover to cover several times!!

    Well done to you and yes, I share your admiration for Ronnie Allen, who rarely gets the credit he deserves as the real architect of the early 70s side !!
     
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    Yes, we lost 1-0. QPR won their first game and I remember their manager saying (having been promoted the previous season) "If this is the First Division then we'll walk it!" We beat Man City midweek away and then we beat QPR as our first home game (I was an ever present at home that season and still remember the bright sunny day that was)...and QPR were relegated that season, Ho! Ho! Shame! :D

    I guess my earliest memories are quite vivid as I used to hitch-hike the 40 miles from Whitchurch for most of them (except the Bury game) and it was quite an adventure for me as a 16 year old.

    I remember one time, decked in scarf, bobble hat, rosette, badges and rattle a car stopped and I said that was I was going to Wolverhampton. The guy replied, "I can tell, hop in." :D
     
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    October 1966 Wolves 1:0 Charlton

    How those years have flown by......
     
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    So many "youngsters" posting on here.:D
     
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    My first game was 4 September 1968 at 7 years of age at home to Southend in the league cup we won 1-0 and the Southend players were applauded off the pitch
     
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    I was at that game too. I went with some older geezers (a car club) and we stopped for a pint at the turn off along the A41 to Shifnal where there used to be a pub but it's long since gone. Memory is a funny thing - how one remember inconsequential details but forgets important matters like anniversaries and other things. :eek::oops:

    P.S. that makes you 10 years younger than me. ;)
     
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    I reckon I must have been going for 50 years too (have a memory of losing to Everton 3-2). Dad was celebrating his 75th year of watching Wolves (his first match being on 30th May 1942 v Sunderland in the wartime league cup final; a 4-0 win). His only comment about Saturday, as I posted on the verdict thread, was that the pitch looked good!
     
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    The first game I can remember was Wolves 1 Coventry 3 (3/12/1966) I was 8 and I only remember it, because I was sat in the little wooden hut in the enclosure where the players ran out, sat next to Fred Davies, because I couldn't see ! The gate was over 30,000 I believe. I am pretty sure I went before that but have no recollection. The first season back up, my dad (I only ever saw 3 games with him ever) took me to the night game v Albion, over 50,000 on the mol, we were winning 3-1 with 10 minutes to go and ended up 3-3 due to Parkes punching Astle and Waggy going in goal for the resultant penalty. Dad said he would never go again, a vow he kept until Burnley at home, fourth division in 1985, I took him in a box (not literally) in the new stand, we lost 1-0. His last venture was Luton in about 94 and the Hatherton sponsored the game. We lost 3-2 and we awarded the man of the match to David Preece of Luton (Something not done, as a Wolves player is always selected) Meadsey, gave a very sheepish Preece the award then told him to **** off ! happy (or not) days!
     

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