Wolverhampton Wanderers is one of the biggest football club in England. Wolves were one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888. They have won the English League title three times and the FA Cup four times. Many great players have played for Wolves in it’s rich history. Let us have a look at some of the greatest Wolverhampton players ever.
Considering important factors like consistency, longevity, skills, impact on the club and match winning performances, here are the 10 greatest Wolverhampton players ever. These Wolves legends have left an everlasting impression on the minds of the fans and the Wolverhampton Wanderers football club.
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10. Ron Flowers
Ron was an attacking wing half and played in well over 500 games for Wolves, scoring 32 times. He spent 15 years as a professional at Molineux and scored 37 goals in 512 games before joining Northampton Town in September 1967.
He has three league titles to his name, an FA Cup winners medal in 1960, and most recently, a belated 1966 World Cup winners medal for his place in England’s triumphant squad.
9. Jimmy Mullen
Jimmy Mullen spent his whole career playing for Wolves between 1937 and 1960. He became the youngest player ever to appear for Wolves in a first team match. Mullen was just 16 years and 43 days old when he played in the 4-1 win over Leeds Utd in February 1939.
He helped Wolves to win league titles in 1954, 1958 and 1959 respectively, while he also picked up runners-up medals on three occasions. He also started in the 1949 FA Cup triumph over Leicester City.
Mullen also represented his country in the 1950 and 1954 World Cup. His tally for the Three Lions would finish at six goals in 12 matches. As for Wolves, he scored 112 goals in 486 appearances. He is among the greatest Wolverhampton players ever.
8. Derek Parkin
Derek Parkin is the club’s all time record appearance maker. He would feature in that backline after playing over 600 matches between 1968 and 1982.
Wolves spent £80,000 to sign him from Huddersfield Town and they made sure he was worth every penny as he became an ever-present in all competitions during his first two years at Molineux. He made 35 appearances more than second-place Kenny Hibbitt. He is undoubtedly, one of the greatest Wolverhampton players of all time.
7. Kenny Hibbitt
One of the greatest Wolves legnds, Kenny Hibbitt was a goal-scoring midfielder with an eye for goal. He joined in November 1968 for just £5,000 from Bradford Park Avenue. He spent 16 years with Wolves from 1968-1984 when he departed for Coventry City.
Hibbitt enjoyed an excellent record of 114 goals in 570 appearances for Wolves. He won two League Cup Winners medals in 1974 and 1980 and also helped Wolves win promotion from the Second Division in 1977 and 1983.
6. John Richards
John Richards was a gentleman on and off the pitch and not just a great goalscorer, but a scorer of great goals too. He is well remembered for a wonderful partnership with Derek Dougan for the majority of the 1970s. His record of 194 goals was a record that few would thought would ever be beaten, until Steve Bull came along.
King John really is one of the all time Wolves legends, winning two League Cups, a UEFA Cup runner-up medal and a Second Division title, to boot. Undoubtedly, he is among the greatest Wolverhampton players ever.
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5. Derek Dougan
Derek Dougan was a typical journey man, but things changed when he arrived at Molineux and developed a connection with the supporters.
It all started when he scored a hat-trick on his home debut before Wolves ended that season with promotion to Division One. The following seasons would see him finish on top of the goalscoring charts on three separate occasions as he spearheaded the club’s progress on both the domestic and European scene.
Later in his Wolves career, the Northern Ireland international helped his side win the 1974 League Cup as he featured in the 2-1 win over Manchester City in the final.
When he left Wolves and retired from professional football a year later, he received huge praise for his time at the club, where he scored 123 times in 323 matches.
4. Bill Slater
After spells with Blackpool and Brentford, Bill Slater signed for Wolves as an amateur in the summer of 1952. A true gentleman on the pitch, whose induction into the Wolves Hall of Fame in 2010 featured an anecdote about telling off an opponent for using foul language!
Bill was always calm under pressure and in possession, elegant in movement and style, and confident when starting attacks. In 1958/9 he was named as Footballer of the Year and was never cautioned throughout his football career.
Never a full-time pro, he gained an FA Cup winner’s medal in 1960. He helped Wolves to three titles and made 339 appearances, all while working as a lecturer at Birmingham University. A true Wolves legend.
3. Bert Williams
Bert Williams was a daring, athletic and had a quite remarkable spring in his step. He was one of the world’s greatest keepers in the early 1950s. He joined Wolves for £3,500 in September 1945.
On his retirement in 1957, Bert had a grand and glorious total of 420 league and cup matches under his belt, plus an FA Cup winner’s medal, a League Championship medal and 24 England caps. He is one of the greatest Wolverhampton players ever.
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2. Steve Bull
Steve Bull is simply the greatest goalscorer in the club’s history. Joining from Albion in November, 1986, he joined a side struggling in the Fourth Division and about to crash out of the FA Cup to non-League Chorley. In 1987/88 he started out on the road to legendary status.
Bull scored 34 league goals, three in the FA Cup, three in the Littlewoods Cup and 12 in the Sherpa Van Trophy giving him a monumental total of 52. Wolves stormed the fourth division.
The following season saw him score four hat tricks and two four goal hauls as Wolves swept to the Third Division title. This time he ended the term with 50 goals. He earned 13 caps for England and scored 4 goals.
Bull broke John Richards’ record of highest Wolves goalscorer in 1992, when he netted his 195th goal for the club. He scored more than 300 goals for the club in over 500 apps.
1. Billy Wright
Billy Wright was arguably the greatest player to ever wear the Old Gold shirt. He has a statue of him ouside the stadium. Wolves fans will remember him best for winning three League Championships and an FA Cup.
The first footballer to win 100 caps for his country, he captained England a record 90 times. Wright was never once booked in his entire career.
Billy Wright’s captaincy was an inspiration to the team who then set about some of Europe’s finest clubs and demolished them in never to be forgotten floodlit friendlies. In nine seasons in the fifties he only missed 31 games for Wolves and several of those absences were caused by international call-ups.
He was named as the FWA Footballer of the Year in 1952 and finished runner-up to Alfredo Di Stefano for the 1957 European Footballer of the Year. Those two accolades highlight his importance for Wolves, but Wright is an all-time great on both the domestic and international scene and Wolves especially will never be fortunate enough to have another player possessing the same all-round class and leadership as the Ironbridge-born player.
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