Wolves Programme Post 6 “A Change of Cover”

Saturday 18th January 1986 – Wolves V Brentford Canon League Division 3 1985/1986

Its back to the 1985/1986 again for todays programme. This is also one of the rarest ones from 85/86 season. This is from the Brentford home game on 18th January 1986.

Wolves were rooted to the bottom of Division 3 in our troubled 3rd successive relegation campaign. The previous league game Wolves had made there only ever visit to York’s Bootham Crescent and lost 2.1. The game at York saw on loan Norwich man Robert Rosario score his only ever Wolves goal in his 4 appearances for the club, all of which were in January 1986. After the York game Wolves then had the nice short trip all the way down to Exeter for our first ever appearance in the Associate Members Cup or as it was known then the Freight Rover Cup. Wolves drew at St James`s Park with Dean Edwards scoring his first ever Wolves goal. Deans second goal came in this fixture against Brentford at home.

The first 10 league matches that season and the Walsall League Cup tie had the cover Molinews with a photo in the middle. This programme was produced by Peerless Press Ltd in West Brom. Peerless Press were also our official photographers. This agreement came to an end highly likely due to finances as of course by this point Wolves were well and truly in a mess. Weldon Press of Brierley Hill took over the programme printing in on a match-by-match basis from the Wigan home game in December 1985. Weldon Press are known for printing Speedway Programmes. Our official photographer was also from then on, a lady by the name of Denise Plum who was a Supporter. Denise Plum was taken to her first game by her Wolves mad husband on 24th August 1974. He picked a rather good one too as Wolves beat Newcastle 4.2. A game in which Kenny Hibbitt scored all 4 and also faced his brother Terry.

During this Brentford game in 1986 Dean Edwards scored his second Wolves goal and his first ever League goal for the Wolves. Making his final appearance that game was Willie Raynes and Brummie Clive Whitehead also made his final league appearance of his loan spell from West Brom. Whitehead also interestingly had had a trial at Wolves way back in 1971.

In the Brentford contingent was a Wolves link but not at the time. Young winger by the name of Andrew Sinton who actually scored two of the 4 goals. The other two were by Robbie Cooke. The Brentford manager was Arsenal legend and Double winner Frank Mclintock. There was also the presence of tough no nonsense Terry Hurlock. The season before Brentford had also played in the second ever Football League Trophy Final where they had lost out to Wigan.

Wolves on this day in January 1986 lost 4.1 in front of 3420 at Molineux. This is a rare programme due to a low crowd and a low print run. This of course was not the lowest gate of the season. We had had lower before and of course the Bury home game is the record breaker on 18th March 1986 with 2205. This was the lowest league crowd. There was however one game with an even lower crowd than Bury. This was the game after this Brentford game. 4 days Wolves entertained Torquay United at Molineux in Group 8 of the Southern Section of the Freight Rover Trophy when 1618 turned out for the 1.1 draw. This was Robert Rosario’s and Clive Whiteheads final game.

If you look in the pic you will also see action shots from the Derby home game on 28th December 1985. You will se Derek Ryan who was of course one star of Moment of Truth. There is also a shot of Dean Edwards too. Zico Palmer is also in the background in the one shot too.

Wolves also had only a hand full of games left before their second shirt sponsor arrived in Benjamin Perry which debuted 6 weeks after this Brentford game in the home against Rotherham on 8th March 1986 (Andy Mutch debut). This was worn for 8 home games.

The team that faced Brentford on Saturday 18th January 1986 was Tim Flowers, Ian Cartwright, Geoff Palmer, Floyd Streete, Nicky Clarke, Clive Whitehead, Roger Eli, Willie Raynes, Robert Rosario, Danny Crainie and the goal scorer Dean Edwards. Jon Purdie came on as a sub for Willie Raynes.

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