Tuesday 17th September 1985 – Wolves V Bristol Rovers Canon League Division 3 1985/1986
Wolves had two programme covers in the trouble 1985/1986 season. The second we will look at on Friday. Today we look at the first incarnation of the Wolves programme of this season for the home game against Bristol Rovers. This was the Molinews
This Tuesday night saw Wolves desperately try and turn around an horrendous start to the season of 5 losses in 6. The only joy being the York City home game on 31st August. That game still however saw us ship 2 goals. Our troubles did not end in this game either. Wolves lost 4.3. Wolves goals coming from the impressive Neil Edwards in his electric run in the first team after his move from Oldswinford. The other two were from Andy King. Neil’s story is remarkable. He was spotted playing against us from Oldswinford in a pre-season friendly on Monday 12th August 1985 by Sammy Chapman. 3 days later he signed and then made his debut Saturday 17th August 1985 at Brentford. He of course scored our goal at Griffin Park too. That day he should have been preparing for Oldswinford v Wednesfield in the West Midlands League.
Bank to today’s programme game was the third of Bill McGarry’s ill fate second spell in charge which lasted of course just 68 days. Sammy Chapman of course was the manager either side of the McGarry spell. The goals conceded was an alarming stat. Mr McGarry turned to an old friend to try and shaw up Wolves leaky defence. He turned to former Wolves central defender Bob Hazell who had of course played for Wolves between 1975 to 1979 leaving at the very early stages of the 1979/1980 season. Hazell was supposed to make his debut in the Swansea game the week before but international clearance had held this up as Hazell although on loan from Leicester had been playing out in Sweden on loan. Hazell debut however lasted 71 minutes in this Bristol Rovers game as he was stretchered off with a ruptured Achilles tendon. Hazell of course never played for Wolves again.
The main Wolves link in the Rovers contingent was the manager. This was Bobby Gould. Gould was of course signed by Bill McGarry twice at Wolves in 1970 and then again in 1975 at Wolves. Bobby Gould still even now called McGarry the Gaffer. Bristol Rovers had also not long signed former England midfielder Gerry Francis. He of course went onto manage Bristol Rovers in 1987 with of course Kenny Hibbitt as his assistant. Kenny himself was taken to Rovers by Gould in the first place.
There is a slight error I noticed in this edition of the programme. On page 12 it shows a picture of Neil Edwards shooting against Bolton a few weeks before. This looks like Jon Purdie to me and not Neil Edwards. This maybe a slight error as I believe it is referring the front cover where we can see Neil Edwards heading the ball against Bolton with Jon Purdie looking on in the number 9 shirt. If you also look carefully at the front cover you can see Neil Edwards is also beating two Bolton players to the ball. One is none other than our very own Wolves Supporter Big Sam Allardyce who is currently on a special mission at the other end of the A41 ha ha. The other Wolves player is not totally in view however it could well be Jon Morrisey. This picture was of course taken at Bolton on 7th September 1985. The Wolves goal that day in the 4.1 loss at Burnden Park was scored by sub Jon Morrisey, his only ever Wolves goal in his short spell. Morrisey left Wolves for Tranmere in October 1985 where he remained for 14 years and was part of the Tranmere side of the early to mid-1990s who were a very decent side at least, arguably Tranmere’s greatest. Morrisey’s father Johnny Morrisey played for Liverpool and most notably Everton and played in the 1968 FA Cup Final for Everton against West Brom. Morrissey Senior actually scored the goal in the Semi Final to take The Toffees to that Final. Morrisey senior had a reputation as a good player but also a tough player too. Of course, the Morrisey’s were Scousers, both Father and Son played the majority of their careers on Merseyside.
Wolves as we said lost 4.3 in the game below and Wolves would not win another game until 5th October in a 2.1 success at Rotherham. This season as we know culminated in the relegation to division 4, the third successive relegation. It also culminated in us nearly losing the club just like un the Summer of 1985 and 1982. We have also been talking about FA Cup ties of the 1980s this week and in particular Chorley 1986. Well some may remember that this season we lost 6.0 at Rotherham. One future Wolves player also scored one of the Rotherham goals that day. Does anybody know who it is. The clue is he was a Geordie.
The Wolves team that faced Bristol Rovers were Tim Flowers, Steve Stoutt, David Barnes, Nicky Clarke, Bob Hazell, Alan Ainscow, Jon Morrisey, Ian Cartwright, Neil Edwards, Andy King, Danny Crainie. Derek Ryan replaced Bob Hazell in the game.