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Wolves pre-season game gave reserves a chance to shine

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 12, 2014

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WITHIN hours of our last edition hitting the shelves, Rob Gandy, of The Wirral, emailed us with his thoughts on those 1920s Wolves team pictures.

"In your article 'Were Wolves about to kick off a game of Whites versus Stripes?' you invite readers to explain why they were split into two teams on what appears to be the same day," Rob wrote.

"I am confident the answer is that this will have been for a (final) pre-season game, ahead of the league matches, when Wolves mixed up their overall squad into two teams to play each other.

"This type of game was played up until the 1960s and I well recall going to at least one of them with my dad. I was always under the impression that this was a long-standing tradition with the club.

"I believe that this game kept up the players' fitness and enabled the manager to fine-tune the team's playing moves and tactics. Importantly, so my dad always said, it put the reserves in direct competition with the first teamers, and therefore offered the opportunity for reserves to shine and replace their corresponding first teamer. So it also kept the first teamers on their mettle.

"As I recollect, the games got large crowds, partly because the admission price was reduced, and there was always something of a 'fun' atmosphere."

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