Tuesday 2nd November 1993 – Wolves V Notts County Endersleigh Division One 1993/1994
Wolves began the 1993/1994 season reasonably strong. This was the season where the Jack Harris Stand was taking shape. This was the final month that Molineux did not have 4 sides. On Saturday 11th December 1993 just over a month after this game Wolves faced Watford in the official opening of the new rebuilt South Bank to competitive football. This was of course a few days after the official opening against Kispest Honved.
Wolves form dipped in October 1993. One of the reasons was the terrible injury that Geoff Thomas had sustained at Sunderland on 18th September, Steve Bull had also had an early season injury that ruled him out for a month, Bully was back in this game after he had returned at Southend on the Saturday. He scored his first goal since his return from injury. Wolves won 3.0 with goals also from Paul Birch and Kevin Keen. This was of course the first season where we wore the shirts with the town crest. This strip you will remember replaced the iconic Tyre Mark shirt that of course split opinion at the tine but now is a classic just like this one.
The cover star is of course Ned Kelly who was one of the Summer recruits along with Geoff Thomas, Peter Shirtcliffe, Kevin Keen and Cyril Regis. Only a month later Wolves would also sign Neil Masters. Chris Marsden and Darren Ferguson would follow in January 1994. This was of course the final season Graham Turner was in charge as sadly he was dismissed in March. Peter Shirtcliffe the cover star briefly took over as Caretaker before Graham Taylor came in.
David Ned Kelly is of course arguably the most popular West Brom fan in Wolverhampton. Although he was of course a boy hood Baggie he served us well and was at this point our top scorer this season. He had of course began his career at our near neighbours Walsall. The season before this he had been part of the Newcastle United Champions Elect that gained promotion to the Premier League. Kelly was of course allowed to leave the Toon after they had singed Andy Cole.
Another new signing were also the large video screens that we of course still see now. These were brought back into life not that long ago after basically being used as Advertising hoardings for a long time.
Notts County had no real Wolves links in their contingent. There was however Brummie born Paul Devlin who was a thorn in our side on more than one occasions at both Notts and Birmingham City. They also had Tony Agana. In the 1988/1989 Wolves of course had the most prolific strike partnership in England with Bull and Mutch. Tony Agana was also part of a very prolific partnership with Brian Deane at our rivals that year Sheffield United. Of course, all 4 were on the pitch in that famous game on 9th May 1989.
There were only 3 more Wolves home games left before Molineux would again have 4 sides to accommodate fans. This of course would be the first time that would happen since 6th May 1985.
Wolves as mentioned won 3.0 in front of 15989. Wolves next game many will remember was on Saturday 6th November at the Baseball Ground where Wolves beat Derby 4.0. Kevin Keen grabbed one and the other 3 were a hattrick from Steve Bull.
The Wolves team against Notts County were Mike Stowell, Darren Simkin, Mark Venus, Paul Edwards, Derek Mountfield, Peter Shirtcliffe, Paul Cook, Paul Birch, Steve Bull, David Kelly, Kevin Keen, Subs Andy Thompson replaced Simkin whilst Cyril Regis and Paul Jones were unused.