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Work in Progress at Molineux

Ostensibly, yesterday`s trip up to the West Midlands was to help my wife trace her ancestors but it also gave me the opportunity to view the progress being made on the new Stan Cullis Stand.

We started out at 6.40 a.m., a little later than expected, as I had to deliver a second History lesson on the website. As expected, the M25 was very busy so it was nice to stop at Oxford services to rest my back and have a cup of coffee. No Wolves supporters there, nor at Warwick services, however.

We arrived at West Park at 9.40 a.m. and walked to the ground. Seeing the empty car park (apart from all the building stuff, of course), my wife pointed out that we could have parked much closer than we had done. Bugger! I was clearly still in 'driving to the match' mode. At least, I had time to visit the shop before sorting out my season ticket. As a senior citizen, I have to prove my age in order to pay at the concessionary rate. It seems as though an ability to quote from memory the names of the entire 1960 cup winning team and instantly to recall the famous victories over foreign opposition in the 1950s does not count.

All the way up the motorway I had been debating what strip to wear for the forthcoming season. While I do not wish to parade around the ground wearing the logo of a plastic crisp manufacturer, I am not really happy with the new shirt either: it is collarless, dyed the wrong colour and bears the insignia of a betting company. As you know, I dream of wearing the Goodyear strip. At the shop I tried on a junior - non advertising- version of the new shirt but it was slightly too small. I had reluctantly resigned myself to buying the new T-shirt when my wife found me the ideal purchase: a black and old gold sports shirt, with collar and the WW logo. Perfect.

Picking our way past the building site, we could see the new SC Stand rising up to our right. It appeared surprisingly compact, though it will loom larger once the upper tier is erected and the corners filled in. Looking at the empty space below the inserted tiers, I tried to visualise the completed stand, with its mega-store, museum, café, hospitality facilities (will the bar sell Banks`s Bitter?) and video screen. This wasn`t a problem, having helped to sweep the floors of the shell of the Mander Centre many years ago. Showing my passport to prove my age at the prefabricated ticket kiosk, I await my season ticket. With the reduced capacity, I am glad that I have secured one.

Sporting my new WW shirt, we returned to the car. Making a detour to look at Pendeford C.S., where my wife used to teach, we noticed that it is now a Business and Enterprise College. Wow! Then, off to Lichfield to sift the documents for evidence of my wife`s relations. Her ancestors lived in the Ironbridge area, the town where Billy Wright was born. Ah! The 1950s: now, that was the time to be a WW supporter. I quite like helping my wife in her search because, as I am a History teacher, it`s the only time that she listens to my advice.

On the way we stopped for petrol and I found myself in conversation with a Wolves supporter in the shop. I was wondering how he knew - it couldn`t have been any confidence in my demeanour- when I realised I was still wearing the WW shirt. Both of us think that we could do better this season but -and it now appears to be a big but- only if we sign another CB and a LB of proven PL quality.

Why am I worried? Well, while my wife was doing a stint of driving on the way home, I read the back page of the Express & Star. Now, I know one shouldn`t rely on the accuracy of the information contained in the rag but the report that we have virtually emptied our transfer kitty still concerns me. Having allegedly paid out a mere £8m for JOH and RJ, it seems we are incapable of purchasing the two defenders we desperately need. Even bloggers on this site are beginning to find reasons why we can field players like Elokobi and Ward at LB and Berra and Steaman as CB and avoid another relegation battle.

Surely, this is a smoke screen, an attempt to drive a hard bargain with the CEOs of clubs with whom we are currently negotiating. I hope so, otherwise the warm glow I currently feel towards MM, having defended his tactical nous on this website, will rapidly disappear. And, there are grounds for this fear. According to the Express & Star, MM pulled the plug on the Lee Wallace deal, arguing that he already possessed players equally as good. Hmm ... that`s extremely unlikely but let`s hope he has someone even better in mind. I am watching and waiting, pen poised. Regarding rebuilding the team, as well as the SC Stand, it really is 'work in progress`.

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The Journalist

Writer: southbank60 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday July 27 2011

Time: 9:54AM

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Why it proves impossible,season after season,for the kit manufacturers to get the correct colour, I really don't know.Other club merchandise,including the club ties,have Old Gold in them.The club ball at the top right of this page has Old Gold in it. Wolves have played in every shade of orange and yellow for far too long.It's not too much to ask that your team wears the club's colours.Talking of schooldays,SB,I heard a second hand anecdote from someone who was at the WBGS in the 70's, who reckons they used to win every 5-a-side tornament, every season, based on one tactic...as soon as they got the ball, they'd give it to Mel!
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27/07/2011 10:43:00

I was Mel Eves's form teacher one year and taught him everything he knew ... in history, that is, not soccer!
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27/07/2011 10:57:00

I wouldn't be surprised if he got more mud on him behind a desk,SB. I used to like Mel, local lad at local club and all that. Plus,when he turned a performance in,he could be very good.The semi against Swindon always springs to mind...BUT..i've never seen a player stay so clean, I really used to notice as a kid! He'd come of after 90mins with no more mud on him that at kick-off.It would be safe to say,as a winger, he thought that tackling was an art performed on him, rather than by him.I joined the pack in the mid 70's, just as they were to hit the crest of a slump,but one position we've done traditionally well in is out wide.A tradition that hopefully Jarvo and Hunt can keep going.Anyway, that's enough of the trip down memory lane, i'm 3 weeks late for the barbers!
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27/07/2011 11:14:00

... and Kightly and Hammill, A4D!
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27/07/2011 11:20:00

Quit right, SB.Was remiss of me not to mention them....grammar school teachers-tough crowd!Must do better,Sir.Now I really am off.
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27/07/2011 11:29:00

Good page SB , But have to say on the Lee Wallace front Rangers played him left wing so they obviously see him as a winger not full back , And im chuffed we never got him , you say you want proven premiership players then state a case for Wallace who no one knows anything about haha , and you cant say if hes better or worse than what we have already as you never knew anything about him , you are putting players you have never seen above players we have already got !
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27/07/2011 16:44:00

How did the family tree investigations go??we could be related lol.
Crete Wolf
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27/07/2011 17:17:00

Fair comment, Oddjob, but we do need a decent LB!
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27/07/2011 17:39:00

Well, we were looking at my wife's ancestors and I don't think you had any relations with them!
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27/07/2011 17:48:00

im i good have you seen the team for tonight against celtic as i said play stearman at RB COMPETITION for Zubar hope mick keeps listening CH LB HOLDING MIDFIELDER thats what we need to sign lol
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27/07/2011 20:37:00

I used to frequent the Lafayette early 70's Peter !!!lol.
Crete Wolf
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27/07/2011 20:40:00

I probably saw you there, Crete Wolf.
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27/07/2011 23:04:00

SB...you appear to have posted on the Celtic site.When you say you had "a drink or two..."?
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28/07/2011 11:14:00

A4D: it's true that I like a pint or two of Banks's Bitter but I wonder how you know that. I don't talk about it.
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28/07/2011 16:31:00

SB...no,it's not something you've shared with us here, but you did share the fact with Vital Celtic, last night.I have to say, if you were looking for the most ironic place to leave a message for ODDJOB,then hats off!
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28/07/2011 16:45:00

This is either a wind up (but I have already responded to that: I regularly share my love of Banks's Bitter with fellow-bloggers) or it's true ... in which case my error is truly ironic.
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28/07/2011 16:52:00

I have just had a look at Vital Celtic and you're right. I have issued an apology for seeming to gloat. But ... I would still like Oddjob to post a report of the match.
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28/07/2011 16:58:00

It doesn't look as though it was taken as anything other than a genuine mistake,made me double-take this morning when I saw your name,though.To be quite honest,SB,having seen the lack of reaction to virtually all of their stories,i'm sure they just welcome any post!
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28/07/2011 17:04:00

Southbank i never went , The lad who was supposed to be driving had to cancel so i didn't fancy a 9/10 hour coach trip on me own hahaha , Only read write ups the same as others , sounded like a boring game on all accounts
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28/07/2011 18:54:00

That's what I thought and, as Celtic put out a scratch side, we cannot even assess the significance of the win. Specifically, we still have not tested the CB pairing of RJ and Berra against decent opposition.
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28/07/2011 19:00:00

Well pre season friendlies mean nothing to be honest , i watched that tournament with Milan , Barca , Bayern and Internacional from Brazil , Milan are 2 weeks behind Bayern and it stood out a mile , but you would still fancy Milan to be top 2 in there season , its all bout fitness and seeing what he thinks is his best 11 for the first game against Blackburn !
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28/07/2011 19:08:00


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