It’s February and Football is Staler than Mince Pie.

My love of professional football has waned in recent years; it rarely shines for me any more as the game that has entertained me for some three decades nearly. Why should we care about overpaid men, who behave like children at best and utter beasts at worse, who come together to kick a bag of wind around some grass as working class men and women shell out money to travel the country and support players that no longer wear their shirt with pride or understand what football means to your everyday punter?

Wolverhampton Wanderers have, and to some extent always will, have a place in my heart. Some of the greatest occasions in my life have happened sat in a stadium watching them play but all of a sudden I find it hard to care or pass any time of day considering them.

We are a mess at the moment, from top to bottom, and it shows no signs of changing in the foreseeable. Our chairman has put the club up for sale, a sale that I firmly believe he doesn’t really want and won’t get any time soon.

We have an out of ideas, proven League One manager who got lucky last season with the help of players like the long term injured Dicko and the gone but not forgotten Sako who has been forced to sell his best signing, Afobe, because of pressure from the board and the player who beat his chest and sung about getting the number nine shirt in August before promptly disappearing from view after selling himself so well to the rest of the world last season. I wondered why Arsene Wenger had let such a talent go so cheaply, now I guess we can assume why.

We sit on our hands when the transfer window is open, again and again and again. The current crop of players are occasionally half decent but often mediocre or simply don’t turn up at all. When VLP isn’t making schoolboy errors on the pitch he’s making them on instagram before eloquently apologising. A storm in a tea cup, but a storm nonetheless.

Fans are apoplectic with rage when we lose, week in, week out, despite many of them going week in, week out and seeing how utterly clueless we really are. Why so angry? Surely you’re used to it by now, stop going. I did the day Morgan put the club up for sale. He’s not getting another penny from me whilst allowing the club to sell players, replace them with nothing, and whilst supporting a manager who seems like a genuinely nice guy but is clearly under equipped to deal with the expectations of a club like Wolves and who struggles to find players with some experience that can plug a hole. Many of his signings are very young, inexperienced players and apart from Sam Ricketts who did a great job as captain in league one, we have failed to find anyone of an age who can bring an old head full of experience to tie together the youngsters. I mean what was Grant Holt going to do? With all respect to him as a journeyman the very idea that he was ever going to make an impression in the championship at this point in his average career is laughable. That signing alone shows the kind of ambition and ability to scout out a player we are dealing with.

I know last season we overachieved (if you can do such a thing), and if we had sneaked a play off place the chances of success were slim to none, but that is the minimum requirement at Wolverhampton Wanderers, contention for promotion and last season we had that. This season we are a much weaker side that is ineffectual, boring, sloppy and clueless. Where is the striker that can turn a half chance into a goal scoring opportunity? Where is the solid defender that you know will always be the one out of the back four to put in a shift regardless of the difficulty of the opposition? Where is the playmaker that can at least put three or four decent passes forward to our attackers each game? Where are the wingers who will run at, and beat, defenders?

We haven’t got them anymore it seems. Some of our players need to take a look in the mirror and ask where the player they promised to be in a few games has gone. We need to ask questions of our tactics, our training and our board and manager too.

But ultimately, us as fans can carry out a post mortem of each game and shout at each other about the rights and wrongs of any given decision, be it made by the referee or the manager in his selections. Ultimately the club isn’t being run properly for the benefit of the football we pay to watch. Something fundamental isn’t right.

Change is needed from the top down. Wolverhampton Wanderers are stale. Stale turns to rotten if nothing is done about it. We must remember that. I hope Wolves can get the 10 points from the last 13 games to hit the 50 point mark. But I personally feel that if things stay as they are, under the current board and manager, Wolves will be fighting relegation again next season.

I’m often wrong. I hope I am. I hope I miss many a great win as I continue to stay away and the club can return to a state that it deserves to be in.

Peace.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers – Results In Europe.

Further to my previous post, here I have compiled a complete list of Wolverhampton Wanderers games in European competition after looking for it online and not turning up much in the way of a detailed list of the clubs achievements in Europe.

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Above: Wolves take on Spurs in the 1972 UEFA Cup Final.

R = Round. L = Leg. FR = Friendly. QF = Quarter Final. SF – Semi Final. F = Final.

 

1954 Friendlies (Pre-Modern European Cup)

FR – Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Moscow Dynamo

FR – Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 Spartak Moscow

FR – Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 Honved

 

1958/59 European Champions Cup.

R1 – L1 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Schalke 04

Goal: Broadbent (2)

R1 – L2 – Schalke 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goal: Jackson

 

1959/60 European Champions Cup.

R1 – L1 – Vorwarts Berlin 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goal: Broadbent

R1 – L2 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Vorwarts Berlin

Goals: Mason, Broadbent

 

R2- L1 – Red Star Belgrade 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goal: Deeley

R2 – L2 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Red Star Belgrade

Goals: Murray, Mason (2)

 

QF – L1 – Barcelona 4-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

QF – L2 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-5 Barcelona

Goals: Murray, Mason

 

1960/61 European Cup Winners Cup.

QF – L1 FK Austria Wien 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

QF – L2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 5-0 FK Austria Wien

Goals: Kirkham (2), Mason, Broadbent (2)

 

SF – L1 Rangers 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

SF – L2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Rangers

Goal: Broadbent

 

1970 Anglo Italian Cup – Group 3.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Fiorentina

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Lazio

Fiorentina 1-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Lazio 2-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

 

1971/72 UEFA Cup.

R1 – L1 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Academica

Goals: McAlle, Richards, Dougan

R1 – L2 – Academica 1-4 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goals: Dougan (3), McAlle

 

R2 – L1 – Den Haag 1-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goals: Dougan, McCalliog, Hibbert

R2 – L2 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 Den Haag

Goals: Dougan, Own Goals (3)

 

R3 – L1 – Carl Zeiss Jena 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goal: Richards

R3 – L2 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-0 Carl Zeiss Jena

Goal: Hibbert, Dougan (2)

 

QF – L1 – Juventus 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goal: McCalliog

QF – L2 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Juventus

Goals: Hegan, Dougan

 

SF – L1 – Ferencvaros 2-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goals: Richards, Munro

SF – L2 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Ferencvaros

Goals: Daley, Munro

 

F – L1 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

Goal: McCalliog

F – L2 – Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goal: Wagstaffe

 

1973/74 UEFA Cup.

R1 – L1 – Belenenses 0-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goals: Richards, Dougan

R1 – L2 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Belenenses

Goals: Eastoe, McCalliog

 

R2 – L1 – Leipzig 3-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

R2 – L2 – Wolves 4-1 Leipzig

Goals: Munro, Hibbett, Kindon, Dougan

Wolves lost on the away goals rule.

 

1974/75 UEFA Cup.

R1 – L1 – Porto 4-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goal: Bailey

R1 – L2 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Porto

Goals: Bailey, Daley, Dougan

 

1980/81 UEFA Cup.

R1 – L1 – PSV Eindhoven 3-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Goal: Gray

R1 – L2 – Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 PSV Eindhoven

Goal: Eves

 

Wolverhampton Wanderers Complete Competitive European Record.

P          W        D         L          F          A         GD

36        19        6          11        65        48        +17

 

Biggest Home Win – 5-0 Vs FK Austria Wien

Biggest Away Win – 4-1 Vs Academica

Biggest Home Defeat – 5-2 Vs Barcelona

Biggest Away Defeat – 4-0 Vs Barcelona

Clean Sheets – 9

 

1994/95 Anglo Italian Cup. 

In the 1994-95 season Wolves played 4 competitive games with Italian teams in the Anglo Italian Cup. The teams comprised 2nd tier teams from both national leagues. I have not included them in the above statistics as all of the other games were competed between top flight teams. Wolves results during this season in this competition were as follows:

Lecce 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers  0-1 Ascoli

Venezia 2-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers  1-1 Atalanta

 

Wolves FC Friendlies With Non English Teams – 1994-2015

Wolves Vs Honved (December 1954 Clippings)

 

I have compiled a huge amount of press clippings about football recently and thought it a shame to leave them rotting away in the cloud and so here I have put together a group of clippings relating to the Wolves Vs Honved match from 1954. There is also a video reel of highlights from youtube and a link to a story about the history of the European Cup which mentions the role that Wolves played in championing mid-week, floodlit football against teams from the continent. I hope you enjoy!

1 HONV

2 HONV

3 HONV

4 HONV

 

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6 HONV

7 HONV

8 HONV BBC Apology

The Origins Of The European Cup. 

Peace.

 

 

Big Questions, No Answers.

I find myself most Sundays rolling out of bed, making a cup of tea and falling in front of the TV and often find myself angrily shaking my head at the Big Questions on BBC One.

Hosted by the ever diplomatic, and non committal Nicky Campbell, this license payer funded, debate chairman earns himself another splinter or two in his backside by sitting, as ever and as expected by his BBC bosses, on the fence as he fails to control single minded guests who seem to only be there to bang their own drum and not budge on their opinion and therefore childishly argue with other guests of an opposite, immovable point of view.

Morality and religion is all they ever try to discuss with every debate becoming nothing more than a shouting match. The guests drone each other out with shrieks and whales of ill thought out ideas, when they aren’t talking over each other that is, showing that what they claim to know about morality outweighs what they know about good manners and social etiquette. I mean if your point cannot stand on its own two legs and you have to ram it down someone’s throat as they try and reply to your original point, maybe, just maybe, that point you are making is utter bollocks, just saying!

It is not a debate show at all, it’s just the BBC filling its remit as a public broadcaster and it ticks a box on a form somewhere to say ‘The BBC is offering a forum for discussion’ that it simply fails to deliver, every single week. It’s a vacuous, pointless show that trots out the same debates every week (reworded to make people think they are new) and the same dozen guests, to share their same opinions and ultimately the entire circus ensues again and again and always ends with a smart arse remark from Campbell before he cuts them all dead, the titles roll and we’re all an hour closer to the end of our lives with nothing to show for it.

The BBC, as a force for Sunday morning debate, a forum for enlightenment and education is slowly becoming what every thing else is slowly becoming – artless, clueless and just another publicly funded body that is struggling to cope with justifying its government funding, the instant nature of the internet and the freedoms that that platform allows. It’s strict, rigid remit, it seems to me, will be it’s undoing and its debate programming will become more and more pointless and unwatchable as it attempts to represent everyone whilst not offending anyone. The show in question here does nothing and achieves nothing. It’s a damned shame because we need a broadcaster that has the general public’s interest at its core and is designed to tick all of the boxes – sport, education, drama, news, healthy debate and documentary. It used to do it so well but somewhere in the not too distant past it has started to fail on some fronts (but not all of them yet, thankfully).

BIGQUESTIONS

Above: A classic debate from the old Sunday Morning Live

At least the Beeb can still do radio, I might start lying in on a Sunday with that instead.

Peace.