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7 Of The Best Players To Ever Play For Wolves

Podcast Blog Post 12

7: Peter Broadbent

The inside forward scored 145 goals in 497 appearances for the Molineux side after joining from Brentford for a then club-record fee of £10,000 in 1951.

Sir Alex Ferguson said that, when he was growing up, Peter Broadbent was his favourite player. That is a testimony to his high esteem and ability.

Broadbent, who helped Wolves win the Football League title in 1954, 1958 and 1959 and the FA Cup in 1960, was part of England's 1958 World Cup squad. 

After joining Shrewsbury in 1965, he moved on to Aston Villa and Stockport. Broadbent won seven caps for England, scoring twice.

6: John McAlle 

Known to his teammates as Scouse, McAlle was the club's first-choice centre-back throughout most of the 1970s. During this period he played in the 1972 UEFA Cup final and won the League Cup in 1974. He was also part of the side that won the Second Division championship in 1976–77, to immediately return Wolves to the top flight.

McAlle moved into landscape gardening after football. Should got him as groundsmen at Molineux.

In recognition of his outstanding service to Wolverhampton Wanderers he was inducted into their 'Hall Of Fame' in May 2015. 

5: Ron Flowers 

Flowers won three league titles and an FA Cup with Wolves and was also part of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad. 

The midfielder was part of Wolves' three title-winning squads in 1953-54, 1957-58 and 1958-59 and won the FA Cup in 1960.

In total he won 49 caps for his country

Flowers played 512 times for Wolves, scoring 37 goals, in a 15-year career at Molineux.

In 2009, he was finally awarded a World Cup winners' medal after an FA campaign, and it 's now on show in the Wolves Museum. Flowers were close to featuring in the final in 1966. With Jack Charlton being slightly ill before the final however big jack wasn’t going to miss the match and flowers missed out on playing. 

4: Billy Wright 

Willian Ambrose Wright, better known as Billy Wright, was born in Ironbridge on 6th February 1924. The son of a Coalbrookdale Iron Foundry worker he grew up to become a local footballing hero.

In total, including the famous European friendlies, Billy Wright made 541 appearances for Wolves, scoring 19 goals. By the height of his career he was a central defender. He was the first player to win 100 international caps, winning 105 in total for England. He captained his country 90 times, including 70 matches consecutively.

With Wolves he won the FA cup as captain of the 1949 team that beat Leicester City 3-1, and won League Championships in seasons 1953/4, 1957/8 and 1958/9.

On a personal level, he was Footballer of the Year in the 1951/2 season and was runner up to the great Alfredo di Stefano of Real Madrid in the 1956/7 European Footballer of the Year.

3: Steve Bull

A wolves great. He played there from 1986 until his retirement from playing in 1999, and holds the club's goalscoring record with 306 goals, which included 18 hat-tricks for the club, although the club was never in the top division of English football during his time there.

He was capped 13 times for the England team between 1989 and 1990, scoring four goals. 

In over 13 years at Wolves, Bull broke no less than four of the club's goal scoring records. He became their highest goal scorer in a single season when he scored 52 goals in competitive games during the 1987–88 season. Bull also scored a club record of 18 hat-tricks 

2: Kenny Hibbitt 

Kenny Hibbitt was signed by Wolves in November 1968 for a fee of £5000 from his hometown club, Bradford Park Avenue. Over the next fifteen years 'Hibby' became a fans' favourite - his creative abilities forming an integral part of Wolves' midfield department.

He could not have given the club a better parting gift as the midfielder would serve the club superbly for a decade and a half. During that time, his tenacity and passing ability in midfield ought to have brought him international honours. He could score goals, too, and was deadly from the penalty spot, never more so than in 1974–5 when he hit home nine penalties, helping to make him the club’s top scorer with 17 goals. Hibbitt grabbed all four when Newcastle were beaten 4–2 at Molineux that season. He hit the opening goal when Wolves beat Manchester City 2–1 at Wembley to win the Football League Cup in 1974 and was still in the side when the trophy was won again in 1980 after a win over Nottingham Forest in the final. When he returned for a game at Molineux as assistant manager to Bristol Rovers he was given a standing ovation, which summed up what the fans thought of him. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers Greatest Ever Player: Derek Parkin

Many words have been used to describe the full-back who appeared more times for Wolves than any other player.

“Immaculate” and “consistent” spring readily to mind for a cool customer who always seemed to have time on the ball. He was decisive in the tackle and had a useful turn of speed.

When he was signed from Huddersfield Town in 1968, the fee of £80,000 was a record for a full-back. The Yorkshiremen have made a habit of producing full-backs, like Ron Staniforth, Ray Wilson and Bob McNab and it was surprising that Parkin did not emulate them by playing for England. He was certainly good enough, his calm presence making him the team’s “Mr Reliable”. Had it not been for a mystery illness in the 1972–3 season which caused him to miss over half the campaign, his appearance record would have been nearer 630 games. Parkin played in Wolves’ 1974 and 1980 Football League Cup-winning sides and five times made 50 or more appearances for the club in a single season.

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