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Viva Video IX

Incredibly this feature is now just one episode away from double figures… ths week, its one for the visitors. The benefit of being in the Championship in the modern era is that Rovers face clubs which are traditionally ‘bigger’. You know, clubs that have honours lists which don’t include regional county cups, teams who don’t necessarily have dugouts just a reserved part of the stadium seats. And most importantly for this feature, teams who have a substantial video archive available on the net.

Wolves of course have a rich history in the English game. Champions of all four divisions, one of the most celebrated teams of the 1950s, featuring legends such as Billy Wright and Stan Cullis. Four times FA Cup winners, two times League Cup winners and UEFA Cup runners-up in 1972. As you can imagine the choice of which clip to show in this feature was a tough one, and in the end it came down to a choice between two.

Yes, either that bloke falling through the roof at Scarborough in 1988 or something involving Steve Bull. In the end I went for the latter option, chiefly so we could all remind ourselves what a long serving regular goal scoring striker looks like. For all his feats with Wolves, perhaps the most impressive aspect of Steve Bull’s career was his England caps and subsequent goals. Four goals at international level for England from a man who never played in the top flight… it would never happen now, so kick back and revel in the 89-90 vintage.

Look out for a glorious assist from Paul Gascoigne, listen out for some classic tell-it-like-it-is punditry from Trevor Brooking, and notice how Barry Davies starts getting more and more familiar with Steve Bull, the more he scores. From surname only dispute on what division he actually plays in to Stevie in the final clip. Shame he never scored a fifth, Davies may have come up with a wonderful nickname… alas we’ll never know. Over to you Barry Davies…

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About glen wilson

Former schoolboy, Glen Wilson writes on football and travel and has been editor of the award-winning popular STAND fanzine since before the award.

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