The Black Country derby between Wolves and West Brom is one of the oldest and most fiercely competed derbies in the history of English football.
Dating all the way back to 1883, the two clubs were battling for bragging rights with one another since before the Football League was formed when the Baggies won 4-2 against Wanderers in the Birmingham Senior Cup. In the 1950s the rivalry between the two sides reached its peak with both of them competing for major honours.
West Brom have had the upper hand in the total number of meetings between the two, winning 64 times in 160 clashes, compared to Wolves’ 53. Even with this fierce rivalry, there have been players who played for both Wolves and West Brom. In this article, we will be having a look at some of those players.
A 2008 football pool survey of 6,000 supporters across the country ranked West Bromwich Albion versus Wolverhampton Wanderers as the fiercest rivalry in English football. Here are the 10 best players to have played for both Wolves and West Brom.
10. Paul Bradshaw
Paul Bradshaw was a goalkeeper who played in the Football League between 1974-1991. He is best remembered for his time with Wolves when he became their record signing in 1977 for £150,000.
Bradshaw made 243 appearances for them between 1977-1983, playing in their 1980 League Cup winning side. He was voted the club’s Player of the Year in both 1981 and 1982.
Bradshaw had two spells with West Brom, playing just 16 league games overall. He was mostly used as a backup player at West Brom. He is still one of the best players to have played for both Wolves and West Brom.
9. Ted Pheasant
Ted joined Wolves from non-League club Wednesbury Excelsior in 1895. He made his league debut on 19 September 1896 in a 3–4 loss at Derby but had to wait until the 1898–99 season to become a first-choice player.
Ted was an ever-present for two successive seasons during 1899–1901, amassing 168 games for the club over a nine-year stay. He then moved to neighbours West Bromwich Albion in November 1904 for a £500 transfer fee and in the same month made his debut against Manchester United in a Division Two match. He appeared in 152 games for Albion in all competitions, scoring 22 goals.
8. Robbie Dennison
West Bromwich Albion spotted Dennison at Irish club Glenavon and signed him on a two-year deal in September 1985. However, he failed to establish himself in the starting line-up and signed for rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers for £20,000 in March 1987.
The winger found his feet and was a first-choice player at Wolves. The team won back-to-back promotions from Division 4. Dennison also won an Associate Members’ Cup winners medal, scoring in the 2–0 final win over Burnley in 1988 and scored one of the goals. In total, he made over 300 appearances in total for Wolves, scoring 49 times.
7. Joleon Lescott
Lescott came through the Academy ranks at Wolves and led the team to the promised land at the Millennium Stadium. He made his first-team debut with Wolves in 2000 and he was named the supporters’ Young Player of the Year two years running.
Plenty more hours, days, months, and years have elapsed since his £5million move to Everton and £22million transfer to Manchester City. After being released from City in 2014, Lescott joined West Brom.
After signing for West Brom, Lescott said ‘No disrespect to anyone here, but it won’t diminish the affection I have for Wolves’. He left the club for Aston Villa in 2015.