A new year may have dawned, but it’ll take more than that to dissuade us from persisting with the longest running video feature (on a Doncaster Rovers related website) in the world. There could only be one suitable subject for this week’s edition of Viva Video and that is Rovers’ next opponents and favoured club of manager Sean O’Driscoll; Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Not only that, but for added relevance we’ve chosen a clip of Wolves in FA Cup action too. It’s the quarter finals of the 1978-79 competition to be precise. First Division Wanderers play host to Third Division Shrewsbury Town at Molineux, or possibly Glastonbury going on the state of the field. The Shrews had knocked out none other than Doncaster Rovers in the second round, before going on an impressive run to reach this stage which included a shock fourth round victory over Manchester City. Indeed it seems the whole of Shrewsbury travelled to Wolverhampton for this game.
It’s refreshing to see a distinct lack of referee haranguing as Town’s Maguire is wiped out by the Wolves keeper in the first half only for Clive Thomas to wave play on. Keep an eye on Thomas as he tries to stamp out a divot in the second half, as if it will make any kind of difference. Also worth looking out for are Wolves’ Parkin inadvertently beating a man thanks to a huge divot, Shrewsbury’s right full back Hayes who moves with the swaying hunched style of a speed-skater and George Berry’s afro, the only hairstyle visible from space. The game finished 1-1, but Wolves would triumph in the replay at Gay Meadow to progress to a semi-final with eventual winners Arsenal at Villa Park.
Seeing his beloved Wolves reaching the FA Cup semi-finals was not to be the biggest football moment of 1979 for a young O’Driscoll. This was the year in which the 21 year-old finally made the step up to the professional ranks, leaving non-league Alvechurch to join Fulham, his friend and team-mate Richard O’Kelly also leaving the Midlanders to join Walsall. Tomorrow the pair will try to prevent Wolves from embarking on a similar Cup run.