It’s fair to say that Wolves have enjoyed mixed fortunes down the years. Three league titles and an FA Cup in the 1950s and ’60s were followed by a European final and two Wembley appearances in the 1970s; before the club’s rapid decline saw them plummet to the fourth-tier of English football.
However, the club now find themselves back in the top-flight once more while also mixing it with some of the best the continent has to offer and despite the ups and downs, some top-talent has proudly worn the old gold shirts during the club’s illustrious history; meaning Dan Baylis from Wolves 77 Club had quite a task on his hands when it came to picking his all-time Wolves six-a-side team.
The goalkeeper spent nearly a decade in the Molineux first team, sharing the stage with a host of international stars – and some rather less gilded team-mates and Dan believes he more than deserves his place in this legends’ line-up. “He dedicated his career to the club after coming through the Wolves academy, an excellent shot-stopper who would give all for the badge,” he says.
Following a fine first season at Molineux, Willy Boly made his move to Wolves a permanent one in the summer of 2018 and was named 2018 PFA Championship Team of the Year as he helped Wolves keep the most Championship clean sheets that season. “Boly has been a key figure in the rise of the club in recent years,” explains Dan. “It was clear to all how his recent return to the team from injury aided performances significantly.
A one-club-man throughout his illustrious career, quite simply Billy Wright is a Wolverhampton Wanderers legend, making 490 appearances for the club and over 100 for England, 70 as captain. During his time at Molineux, between the years of 1939 and 1959 he would lead the club to three league titles and the FA Cup, cementing his place as an all-time great. “Wright was no doubt one of the best to have ever played for the club, claimed Dan puts simply.”
The Portuguese midfielder has been described as the best Wolves player since Peter Knowles by many die-hard fans and is still wowing fans with his performances both at home and abroad who Dan believes has all the qualities you need for a perfect six-a-side player. “The Portuguese midfield magician, has all the great technical attributes you would want to run the show,” he explains.
“A great double act you could simply not have Moutniho without Neves,” claims Dan of Since of the man who sealed his £15.8million switch to Molineux in 2017. and the Portuguese maestro has dazzled fans with spectacular strikes with 11 of his 15 goals for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have been from outside the penalty area. “Thankfully for this game a six-a-Side pitch is normally bigger than 18 yards as Neves doesn’t do tap-ins!”
Making the short trip across the Black Country to sign from West Bromwich Albion in November 1986, Steve Bull became a legend at Molineux. Enjoying an incredible 13-year spell at Wolves, Bull finished his gold and black career with 306 goals – a club record which may stand forever. “It couldn’t be anyone else than the all-time leading goal scorer at the club,” says Dan about his choice of marksman.
Nuno Espírito Santo
Yes, he has been well backed but many others in the game have failed in similar positions to him in the past. Tactically, he rarely gets it wrong and a brilliant man manager. “He has created a united effort for success at the club in which no player or individual of the club is seen to be a less or more significant part of the pack,” claims Dan of the current Wolves boss and gaffer of his legends side.
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