Since being promoted back to the Premier League in 2018, Wolves have been highly lauded for their style which has brought European football to the Molineux.
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. In this article, we will have a look at the greatest Wolverhampton Wanderers XI of all time.
These Wolves legends have left an everlasting impression on the minds of the fans. Here’s the greatest Wolverhampton Wanderers XI of all time.
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.
Nicknamed ‘The Cat’, he helped the club to their 1949 FA Cup final victory against Leicester and was integral to their league title five years later.
In total he played 420 games for the club and represented England at the 1950 World Cup in goal. He deserves his place in the greatest Wolverhampton Wanderers XI of all time.
RB – 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. His 609 appearances for the club would see him yield League Cup-winning medals from both 1974 and 1980 and he was one of the first to be inducted into the club’s hall of fame in 2009.
CB – Stan Cullis
Cullis was known to love dribbling out of his own half and his ball skills suggest he wouldn’t have looked out of place in the modern game.
Were it not for the Second World War, Cullis may have gone on to achieve more in his playing career. A one club-man, the England international captained the club to two consecutive runner-up places in the First Division in the late 1930s, as well as a FA Cup final appearance against Portsmouth in 1939.
CB – Billy Wright
Perhaps the greatest captain England have ever had, Billy Wright was the first player in world football to win 100 caps for his country. He went on to win 105, 90 of which were as captain. 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.
Wright spent his entire playing career at Wolverhampton Wanderers, playing 541 times for the club and cementing his status as the club’s greatest ever player. Despite playing in defence where just one mistimed tackle can earn you your marching orders, Wright was never cautioned or sent-off in his 20-year career.
LB – Bill Slater
After spells with Blackpool and Brentford, Bill Slater signed for Wolves as an amateur in the summer of 1952. He immediately became a regular for the first team and was part of the First Division-winning side of 1954.
Bill Slater would subsequently help the club win the same title in successive seasons between 1957 and 1959. He was voted Footballer of the Year in 1960, the same year Wolves won the FA Cup.
Slater made 339 appearances, all while working as a lecturer at Birmingham University. Undoubtedly, he deserves a place in the greatest Wolverhampton Wanderers XI of all time.
CM – 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.
CM – Ron Flowers
Another player from the successful 1950s team, Flowers was an attacking midfielder who created for others and scored some spectacular goals himself.
Spending a total of 15 years at the club, Flowers played over 500 games for Wolves. 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.
RM/RW – Derek Dougan
Scoring a hat-trick on your debut isn’t a bad way to endear yourself to your new club’s fans, and Dougan did just that in 1967 against Hull. Signed from Leicester, the striker formed a lethal partnership with John Richards and helped the club gain promotion from the Second Division in his first season.
The Northern Ireland international would play a major role in getting Wolves to the UEFA Cup final in 1972 and was part of the 1974 League Cup-winning team. With 123 goals in 323 appearances, he firmly wrote his name into Wolves’ history.
LM/LW – 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 truly deserves a place in the greatest Wolverhampton Wanderers XI of all time.
ST – John Richards
Before Steve Bull and Raul Jimenez, there was John Richards. The striker was regarded as a goalscoring machine for Wolves and his strikes helped the club reach the UEFA Cup final in 1972.
Given the nickname ‘King John’ by the fans, he scored the winning goal in the 1974 League Cup final against Manchester City and won another in 1977 against then European champions Nottingham Forest.
He finished with a total of 194 goals, making him the second highest all-time scorer for the Midlands club.
ST – 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.