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I ran on the pitch when Wolves won title in 1954

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: May 12, 2014

  • Wolves the 1954 champions. Back, left to right, Bill Slater, Roy Pritchard, Ron Flowers, Eddie Stuart, Bert Williams, Bill Shorthouse, Bill Guttridge, Nigel Sims, Len Gibbons, Ron Stockin, Edwin Clamp. Front, from left, Norman Deeley, Leslie Smith, Peter Broadbent, Roy Swinbourne, Billy Wright, Johnny Hancocks, Dennis Wilshaw, Jimmy Mullen and Jack Short

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WITH reference to Steve Gordos's report on Wolves winning the league for the first time in The Bugle (April 24 edition), I was there and invaded the pitch with many others, a memorable day.

I saw every home match that season and one or two away. It cost in 'old money', one shilling and nine pence on the South Bank amidst a crowd of 44,055.

I enclose a copy of a book, right, published to celebrate the event. A notable absentee in the 'curtain call' article was Peter Broadbent, who played in 36 matches and scored 12 goals.

Another anniversary was on April 30, 1949, when Wolves won the F.A. Cup beating Leicester 3-1. I believe two players of that team survive Jimmy Dunn and Sammy Smythe, also reserve player Alf Crook (I had his autograph passed on to me by a relative who met him at a golf club).

1949-1960 was a wonderful era in Wolves history: F.A. Cup winners 1949 and 1960; League Champions 1954, 1958, 1959, also League runners-up on occasions.

It was the era of those wonderful floodlight matches when Wolves beat the best of Europe...Real Madrid (including the legendary Di Stefano) and Honved (including the great Puskas and six of the Hungarian team who beat England 6-3 and 7-1).

Wolves were reputed to be the best team in Europe in that era. They also beat Moscow Dynamo and Moscow Spartak.

Reg Summerfield,

Netherleigh, Beckett Street, Bilston.

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