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Familiar Faces: Wolverhampton Wanderers

A look at the links between The Bees and tomorrow's visitors, Wolves

25 August 2017

Supporters looking for links between us and Saturday’s visitors to Griffin Park, Wolverhampton Wanderers, will be left disappointed as none of the Wolves squad or coaching staff have a prior connection to The Bees. That being said, the visitors' squad on Saturday should include a Douglas and a Jota which at least gives a throwback to our Play-Off reaching side of 2014/15.

Up until the start of this decade, the two clubs had rarely faced each other and the playing links between the two have not been the strongest either with only 30 players turning out for both. However, two of those who have featured for both were part of a Wolves squad that left a lasting impact not just on English but European and, arguably, world football.  

In February 1951, 17-year-old Peter Broadbent left Griffin Park, after just 16 appearances, and joined Wolves for £10,000. He was joined at Molineux a year later by another young Bee Bill Slater with the two going on to play a major part in Wolves ascent to the top of English football. The duo helped Wolves to the Division One title in 1953/54, 1957/58 and 1958/59, finishing runners-up in 1954/55 and 1959/60, and the FA Cup title in 1960. Wolves’ success over that period saw them play a number of high-profile friendlies against the leading European sides of the era which directly led to the formation of the Champions League in the late 1950s.

Others to have worn the red and white stripes of Brentford and the Old Gold of Wolves include goalkeeper Chic Brodie, midfielder Gavin Mahon, striker Robert Taylor, and Hall of Fame defender Ken Horne. 

Ticket news and pricing for tomorrow's game can be found here. Family prices are in action for this match, which means it is £20 for Adults, £15 for Seniors, Young Persons £5 and Juniors only £1. 

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