9. Ted Pheasant
Wolves – 1895-1904
West Brom – 1904-1910
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 Brom – 1985-87
Wolves – 1987-97
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
Wolves – 2000-2006
West Brom – 2014-15
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 £ 5 million move to Everton and £ 22 million 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.
6. Don Goodman
West Brom – 1987-91
Wolves – 1994-98
Not only did Goodman play for West Brom and Wolves, but the former striker also had a spell at Walsall, who have always been a third-wheel when it comes to the Black Country derby.
Goodman was a top striker both in his time at The Hawthorns between 1987 and 1991 before suiting up in gold and black between 1994 and 1998. He was a regular for both sides, scoring 60 in 158 games for Albion and 33 in 125 for Wolves.
5. Andy Gray
Wolves – 1979-83
West Brom – 1987-88
Gray is one of the finest strikers that West Midlands football has ever seen. He is more well known for his time at Aston Villa and Everton but the 20-times Scotland international was also prolific for the two Black Country rivals.
Gray helped Wolves win the 1980 League Cup – their last piece of major silverware – and helped West Brom avoid relegation from the Second Division in 1988.