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Familiar Faces: Wolverhampton Wanderers

A look at the links between The Bees and Wolves

2 January 2018

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.

By the time both Bill and Peter retired, they had racked up more than 750 appearances for Wolves and 19 England caps. Bill played in all four of England's games at the 1958 World Cup and was voted the Football Writers' Association Player of the Year in 1960 while Peter is a member of the Wolverhampton Wanderers Hall of Fame.

Others to have worn the red and white stripes of Brentford and the Old Gold of Wolves include goalkeeper Chic Brodie, midfielder Gavin Mahon, who celebrates his 41st birthday today, striker Robert Taylor, and Hall of Fame defender Ken Horne. 

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