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2019

Six of the best Wolves kids win international call-ups

Six Wolves Under-18s have been called up for international duty this week, to reflect the team’s unbeaten start to their Under-18 Premier League North campaign. Christian Marques, Lewis Richards, Callum Thompson, Jack Scott, Connor Carty and Joe Young have all linked up with their national youth team squads. Under-18s captain Marques is the skipper of the Switzerland Under-17 side, despite holding Portuguese citizenship, and will spend 10 days playing four games for country. Richards and Thompson have been called up to represent Ireland’s Under-19s, Carty is with Ireland’s Under-18s, while Scott has been selected in Northern Ireland’s Under-19s party. Goalkeeper…

Wolves cub Giles determined to keep his shirt

Wolves cub Ryan Giles is determined to keep his shirt in more ways than one after making his England Under-20s debut on a special night at Shrewsbury Town. The 19-year-old played 66 minutes of the 0-0 draw for Keith Downing’s side against the Netherlands at the Montgomery Waters Meadow, where he has been an ever-present for the League One host team this season as part of his season-long loan there. Players often swap shirts after games but Giles has vowed to keep his after a proud and memorable evening for him and for his family. “I think I’ll keep the…

Mark Kennedy returns to Wolves in coaching role

Former Wolves winger Mark Kennedy has returned to the club in an Academy role as support to the young professionals. The 43-year-old, who in 2003 was part of the club’s first promotion to the Premier League, comes back to Molineux after a stint coaching at Manchester City, another of his old clubs. Kennedy began coaching at Ipswich where he finished his playing career in 2012, and progressed to manage their Under-21s team under former Wolves and current Ireland boss Mick McCarthy, prior to rejoining City. The 34-capped Ireland winger, who made 187 appearances in gold and black from 2001-06 following…

Wolves star Raul ‘still Mexico’s No 1’ despite Chicharito starring in US win

Wolves star Raul Jimenez was forced to take a back seat – quite literally – as Mexico beat the United States 3-0 in a friendly. Jimenez watched on as an unused substitute as Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez made the most of his chance with a typical poacher’s goal at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. PSV Eindhoven midfielder Erick Gutierrez made it 2-0 in the 78th minute and Manchester City midfielder Uriel Antuna, who is on loan at Los Angeles Galaxy, added the third four minutes later. Much of the talk around Mexico’s centre-forward position has been of Jimenez surpassing…

Gibbs-White: Leaving Wolves to go out on loan ‘never crossed my mind’

Morgan Gibbs-White insists he has never considered a loan move because all his focus has been on getting into the Wolves team. The 19-year-old midfielder is currently with the England Under-21s, who he made his first start for in Friday’s 3-2 comeback win away to Turkey in a European Under-21 Championship qualifier. Gibbs-White has now made 58 senior appearances for Wolves which make him one of the most experienced players in Aidy Boothryod’s squad. There was talk in the summer about the possibility of him going out on loan as the club have received plenty of interest to take him.…

Wolves legends in Europe help to make memories and shed a tear

Wolves are back in Europe – and favourites from some of the club’s greatest European nights have been on the continent too, which left their host in tears of joy. Kenny Hibbitt, John Richards, Steve Daley and Colin Brazier returned this week from a four-day trip to Norway to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Viking Wolves. The quartet and their respective wives Jane, Pam, Lynda and Tracy were invited to Bergen by long-term Wolves fanatic Odin Henrikssen and his wife Cecilia. Seventy-two Wolves fans from all over Norway – including one who drove for eight hours to be there –…

Peter Knowles: 50 years on, Wolves icon on a different planet played a blinder

It’s been 50 years since the outrageously talented Peter Knowles stunned the football world by playing his last game for Wolves and retiring at the age of just 23. One of his biggest fans, Express & Star Wolves fan columnist John Lalley, shares his memories of a talent lost to the beautiful game but of a life fulfilled. By John Lalley Just a few weeks previously man had miraculously set foot on the face of the moon. Now startling events were in the process of lift-off at Molineux. Swathes of bewildered Wolves’ fans reckoned that Peter Knowles himself had taken…

Wolves defender Willy Boly takes a break instead of Ivory Coast call-up

Wolves defender Willy Boly is happy to play a waiting game on his international future after opting out of a first call-up for the Ivory Coast to spend time with his family. The 28-year-old centre back was named in coach Ibrahim Kamara’s 26-man squad for the forthcoming friendlies against Benin on Friday night in Caen and Tunisia on Tuesday evening in Rouen, both in northern France. But it’s understood the popular centre back hasn’t actually committed himself to the country of his parents’ birth and has instead decided to spend the international break in France with his young family. Boly…

Billy Wright 25th anniversary tribute: A giant for club and country

The Billy Wright Story, a live presentation on the life of the Wolves and England captain, was lovingly told at his beloved Molineux by his daughter Vicky on the 25th anniversary of his death. Here, renowned sports writer and Wolves fanatic Dave Harrison reports on an emotional night. By Dave Harrison To many thousands of Wolves fans he was Our Billy – only 5ft 8ins tall but a football giant for club and country, a flaxon-haired defender mined from Ironbridge in Shropshire in pure old gold and whose legendary status is permanently on view with a larger-than-life statue outside the…

Wolves midfielder Dendoncker ruled out for Belgium game

Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker is set to miss Belgium’s Euro 2020 qualifier away to San Marino on Friday night. The 24-year-old suffered a minor knock after getting kicked in training and has been withdrawn from selection for the match. But coach Roberto Martinez believes the former Anderlecht player will be available for Monday – the next qualifier, away to Scotland. Martinez told HLN: “Leander Dendoncker got a kick and won’t be fit for the game against San Marino. I think we can recover Leander against Scotland next Monday.” Dendoncker has been involved in all 10 of Wolves’ fixtures so far…