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Wolves stars on '70s collectible cards

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: December 15, 2013

By Dan Shaw

  • Dave Wagstaffe

  • Paul Walker

  • Derek Clarke

  • Danny Hegan

  • Derek Dougan

  • Hugh Curran

  • Mike Bailey

  • Derek Parkin

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DO you remember these? These pictures of Wolves stars from over 40 years ago come from the My Favourite Soccer Stars series of collectible cards.

The cards were published by IPC Magazines in 1970 and 1971 and given away with their titles Scorcher and Score, Tiger, Smash, Valiant and TV21, Buster and Jet, and Lion and Thunder.

The cards were collected in pocket-sized albums, with 32 in each, and several examples have been loaned to us by Peter Hill of West Bromwich.

We've selected the Wolves players that appeared and reprinted the brief biographical notes on the backs of the cards.

"David Wagstaffe: One of the fastest wingers in the First Division who goes straight for goal. He comes from Manchester and developed at City before making his first team debut in 1960 aged 17. He moved to Wolves in December 1964 for a £30,000 fee and has now made over 150 League appearances for the club.

"Paul Walker: One of the most promising of Wolves' up-and-coming young players. He made his League debut last season and is now in the first team squad as an inside or wing forward. Bradford-born, he joined Wolves' nursery at 15 (1965) and developed in the club's junior side.

"Derek Clarke: Promising younger brother of Allan (Leeds) and Frank (Queen's Park Rangers). Born at Willenhall, he joined Walsall as an apprentice from school in 1966. In May 1968, after only 10 League games, he was transferred to the Wolves for £20,000. He's a striker like his more famous brothers.

"Danny Hegan: The small Scots-born midfield striker joined Sunderland from Albion Rovers at 17. Later he spent six seasons at Ipswich; cost West Bromwich Albion a big fee in 1969, but a year later moved to Wolves. He played for Northern Ireland v. Russia in October 1969.

"Derek Dougan: A popular personality all over Britain, the big Irish striker left Distillery for Portsmouth in 1957 and has since played for Blackburn Rovers, Aston Villa, Peterborough, Leicester City and cost Wolves £50,000 in 1967. He has won caps for Ireland all the way from Schoolboy to Senior.

"Hugh Curran: Dashing, daring striker who joined Wolves in January 1969 for £70,000, and has since been chosen for Scotland. Born in Glasgow, he joined Manchester United as a lad but was later turned down. He then played for Shamrock Rovers, Third Lanark, Corby Town, Millwall and Norwich City. Now he's a star.

"Mike Bailey: Strong, inspiring skipper of the Wolves, he has worn England's colours in Under-23 and Senior games. Born at Wisbech, he joined Charlton Athletic as a lad and became a stirring captain. It cost Wolves £40,000 to sign him in March 1966 and a year later he led the team to promotion.

"Derek Parkin: One of the finest defenders in the First Division and an England Under-23 star. Born in Newcastle, he began his career as apprentice at Huddersfield and at 17 made his League debut in 1964. He cost Wolves a fee of £80,000 in February 1968, a record for a full-back."

Have you any football memorabilia to share with Bugle readers? Contact dshaw@blackcountrybugle.co.uk or write to our editorial address.

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