Saturday 1st May 1993 – Wolves V Millwall Barclays League Division 1 1992/1993
This game was the final time that Wolves Supporters stood on the South Bank Terrace. This season also saw Wolves fans standing in the away section of this too due to the construction of the new Billy Wright Stand making some of the South Bank redundant. There are some famous photos of the fans at this game. One includes a mate of mine Paul Evans, a very loyal Wolves Supporter. In the one photo Paul is also stood by another huge Wolves Supporter and ex member of the staff too. John Hendley aka Foz. Foz was in my view a legend without doubt for his off-field work as many will know. We all miss Foz at the Molineux and of course elsewhere.
The programme as we will see is littered with Wolves links. The cover star is Darren Simkin. Simkin joined Wolves from Blakenhall Town in 1991 and left for Shrewsbury in 1994. In total he played 15 times and made one appearance from the bench. After Wolves Simkin also played for Hednesford Town. He was part of the Hednesford side that won the FA Trophy in May 2004. Hednesford Town beat Canvey Island that day 3.2 at Villa Park. The decisive goal being scored by former Wolves player Chris Brindley who had also scored an own goal in the game. There is a photo of Chris Brindley and Darren Simkin together that day.
The Millwall manager on this day needs no introduction to Wolves fans. It is as you can see Mick McCarthy. This was the first season when Mick was solely the manager and not the player manager after he had retired at the end of 1991/1992. The Millwall team also includes Alex Rae as you can see. Millwall this season finished 7th. They were not a million miles away from the play offs. They went one better in 1993/1994 and did qualify for the play offs. This play-off game was remembered for an unsavoury incident between Millwall Supporters and Derby goalkeeper Martin Taylor.
The programme also includes action shots from the Tranmere home game in 17th April 1993. This game included another Wolves link. We can see former Wolves goalkeeper Eric Nixon in action. Nixon had a loan spell with us in the early stages of 1986/1987 from Manchester City. As we mentioned in a previous post Nixon played in all four division of the football league in 1986/1987 in difference loan spells.
We also see a picture of the youth side. This included Darren Roberts, Jamie Smith and of course todays star Shaun Bradbury. Another young player in focus is Lee Mills. Mills joined Wolves in 1992 and of course went onto make first team appearances. He actually featured in a Walsall reserve game in 1992 with someone I have got to know namely ex Wolves Youth Striker – Richard Parker.
Parker has played extensively in the non-league system in this area and also played a lot in the Welsh League too. Parker as pro at Walsall in 1992/1993 under Kenny Hibbitt and made 2 sub appearances. Parker told me the story of how he turned up for a Walsall reserve game against Wrexham at Bescot Stadium and was told he was playing up front with a big lad from Yorkshire. When the lad showed it was Lee Mills. The next thing Parker heard of Mills he had signed for the Wolves the next day. The Walsall reserve game was against Wrexham. Lee Mills scored a hattrick for Walsall. The Wrexham team featured John Paskin and he scored incidentally and ex Liverpool left back Joey Jones. The report is in the pictures which Richard Parker has kindly provided. Thanks Rich.
If you also look on the same page Rich also played against Derby the game after. On the Derby side was Kris Sleeuwenhoek. Sleeuwenhoek came to Wolves in 1986. He is pictured in the Bury programme of that season. This you may remember is the game with the famous low crowd. Kris Sleeuwenhoek moved to Derby however Wolves complained to authorities about this transfer as they felt they were owed compensation. It was agreed at The Tribunal that was held at Maine Road on Friday 30th December 1988 that Derby had to pay us £40,000 straight away, then another £40,000 once he had played 5 games and then a further £20,000 if he ever gained an England cap. There would also be 25% sell on clause. This decision however was appealed by Derby so an appeal tribunal was ordered. On Thursday 9th February 1989 Graham Turner and other representatives headed to Old Trafford. This was for the appeal tribunal. It was decided Derby would have to pay £30,000 and not the original £40,000 up front. There was other add ons. There was no further punishment for the illegal approach however as Derby had already had to pay £5000.Kris Sleeuwenhoek never made it as pro in the end however his Dad was professional, John Sleeuwenhoek who played many games for Aston Villa. He also turned out for Birmingham City, Torquay and Oldham. John Sleeuwenhoek was nicknamed Tulip due to his obvious Dutch roots The Sleeuwenhoeks were from Wednesfield. John Sleeuwenhoek sadly passed away in 1989.
Back to the Millwall game there is also a picture of Ally McCoist in a Rangers shirt. John Barnwell we of course know tried to sign Ally McCoist in 1981 from St Johnstone. He didn’t sign in the end but ended up going to Sunderland.
Back to the Millwall match its self it is not just remembered for the South Bank. It is also remembered for a 3.1 win. Mark Burke scored 1 goal for Wolves. There was also a brace for youngster Shaun Bradbury. Bradbury had joined the club as an apprentice in 1990 and signed professional forms in 1992. Bradbury played 3 times for Wolves and scored 2 goals. Both his goals came in this game. His other two appearances were in October 1991 in our League Cup round 2 second leg against Shrewsbury at Gay Meadow. Bradbury also appeared in the game after this Millwall game above. This was the final day of the season when Wolves travelled to Derby County’s Baseball Ground on 8th May 1993. This game at Derby also saw the one and only ever appearance of Mark Turner (Grahams son). Bradbury left Wolves for Hereford United and then played in the non-league. He had a very productive spell at Chasetown for 6 years. The Millwall goal at Molineux came from Malcolm Allen.
This game was also the last competitive game at Molineux where we donned the iconic Tyre Mark shirt. It was of course worn at Derby the week after. If was still being worn in Pre-Season of 1993/1994. For very sad anoraks out there like me there is some pictures of Cyril Regis in a tyre mark shirt. These were taken in the pre-season friendly at Crewe on Saturday 7th August 1993. This was the final time Wolves wore the tyre mark shirt full stop. Regis never wore the tyre mark shirt in a competitive match. The next strip was the first town crest shirt which was first worn on the first game of the season on Saturday 14th August 1993 against Bristol City at Molienux. This was the town crest home shirt with the Molineux logo where the kit manufacturer logo was.
The Wolves team that faced Millwall in front of 12054 were Paul Jones, Darren Simkin, Paul Edwards, Mark Burke, Paul Blades, Mark Venus, Shaun Bradbury, Paul Cook, Andy Thompson, Andy Mutch, Robbie Dennison, Darren Roberts replaced Shaun Bradbury during the game. The cover star Darren Simkin I believe also set up one of Bradbury’s goal.
See you next time for a non-Wolves programme however as promised any non-Wolves programmes will have a Wolves link. I think you will enjoy it.