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.
3. Cyrille Regis
Not many Wolves players can turn up at The Hawthorns and get a standing ovation from the West Brom fans, but Regis was something special.
The former England, West Brom and Wolves striker died earlier this year and he had such an impact on football that there were tributes held to him across English football.
Regis was part of the Albion team of the late 1970s and early 1980s, scoring 81 times in 241 games. Regis went to Wolves in 1993 after spells at Coventry and Aston Villa.
2. Steve Bull
The only reason Bull is not on top of this list is that he only made a handful of appearances for West Brom before joining Wolves in 1986.
‘Bully’ played just four times for the Baggies, scoring two goals as they were relegated from the old Second Division.
He was sold to Wolves. In 561 appearances, Bull scored 306 goals and earned 13 caps for England despite never playing in the top-flight.
1. Ally Robertson
Robertson spent his entire footballing career in the Black Country. For just under two decades, the hard-as-nails centre-back played over 500 times for West Brom in one of their best eras in their long history.
Somehow Robertson never won a cap for Scotland despite spending much of his career playing at the top end of English football with the Baggies.
In 1986, Robertson joined Wolves, helping them win back-to-back promotions and captained them to the Football League Trophy in 1988.
Not many players have made such an impact as Robertson which puts him top of this list.