Tag: Wolverhampton Wanderers

In Praise Of… Steve Bull

The recent departure of Steve Bull from the managerial job at troubled Conference North club Stafford Rangers was, according to the club itself’s press statement, “No reflection on results achieved on the field play or Mr. Bull’s managerial skills, but is based purely on the cost cutting operation currently being undertaken at the club”. There can be little doubt that Bull will find gainful employment as a coach or manager elsewhere, but now seems as good a time as any to review the career of a player that is often overlooked when the “legends” of the game are examined. I watched a lot of First Division (now the Championship) football during the 1990s, and many of the goals are lodged in my head, somewhere between my memory and my subconscience. One of the goals, from some time in the mid-1990s, was a Steve Bull goal. It was a wet Tuesday night at Southend United or similar. The ball arrived at Bull’s feet on the edge of the penalty area. Bull’s first touch seemed to let him down, spinning the ball away from him at an unlikely and, it appeared, ireconsilable angle. There was a flurry of legs and arms, Bull span and turned away from his marker and, seconds later, the ball was nestled in the corner of the net, with the scorer having already turned away, index finger...

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Match Of The Week – Preston North End 1-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers

The term “sleeping giant” is a misused one, often used to describe a club that had a few glorious seasons, many years ago. If there are two clubs that deserve this particular epithet, then it would probably have to be Preston North End and Wolverhampton Wanderers. These are clubs that have hit the highest heights and plummeted the depths. Two of the original twelve founding members of the Football League that haven’t troubled the top division too much over the last couple of decades or so. It’s now impossible to be able to remember Preston North End’s glory days unless your the owner of a bus pass. The club’s true glory days came in the sepia-tinted days of the 1880s, when the “Invincibles” won the very first league championship with a team that won eighteen of their twenty-two league matches and the FA Cup in the same season. Much of their last thirty years, however, have been spent between the last two divisions, and in 1986 they finished bottom of the Football League. In recent seasons, things have improved for them slightly. They were promoted back into the second tier in 2000 and have spent much of the last eight years or so trying to get back into the Premier League. Last season, however, they had a disastrous start to the season, and relegation looked a distinct possibility until...

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