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June 2nd

1959

Scottish inside forward Bobby Thomson was transferred to Aston Villa for £8,000. He had joined Wolves as an amateur in 1953, turning professional in the following year. His only League appearance came in April 1957 when he scored in a 2-0 win over Newcastle at Molineux. But after being in the sidelines for Wolves, he was a leading light at Villa, topscoring with 22 goals in his first season to help newly-relegated Villa to the Second Division title, then the League Cup 12 months later. He scored 70 goals in four seasons, including another League Cup final appearance – and against the team he joined – Birmingham City, before he crossed the city in 1963 to join Blues, later playing under the manager who sold him, Stan Cullis, at St Andrew's.

1963

Wolves beat an American Soccer League XI 5-0 in Randalls Island, New York in the fourth game of a 10-match tour of the United States and Canada. Ted Farmer bagged a brace and Gerry Harris, Chris Crowe and Barry Stobart also got on the scoresheet for Stan Cullis's side. Wolves had already scored 12 goals in their first three games and would go on to find the net another 21 times in the following six outings after this one. They won nine of the friendlies, drawing the other. Farmer topscored on the tour, netting 11 on the tour.

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