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 it’s 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 pools 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.
6. Don Goodman
Not only did Goodman play for West Brom and Wolves, 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.
5. Andy Gray
Gray is one of the finest strikers that West Midlands football has ever seen. He is more well known for him 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.
4. Andy Thompson
Andy Thompson played one season for West Brom in 1985-86. He appeared in 24 league games and scored 1 goal. He then joined Wolves and went on to make 451 appearances in an 11-year stay at Molineux.
Thompson also notched 45 goals and cemented his status as the undoubted penalty king of his Wolves era. He epitomised versatility, playing in a variety of positions for Wolves, but most commonly as a full-back.
He was part of the Wolves revival of the late 1980s which saw the club bounce back from near extinction to win successive Fourth and Third Division championships, and the Sherpa Van Trophy at Wembley in 1988.