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Meet the Wolves favourite who is travelling on the fans’ coaches

John McAlle is sampling one first tomorrow – and is hoping for another. The former Wolves defender, now 69, reckons he will be travelling on a coach for the first time since he hung up his boots more than three decades ago as he joins supporters on Wolves Official Travel for the FA Cup semi-final against Watford at Wembley. And after playing in three losing FA Cup semi-finals as a player – a series he shares with team-mates Derek Parkin, Kenny Hibbitt and John Richards – he is finally hoping to make it fourth time lucky this weekend. McAlle, who…

McGhee: Why I benched Bull and Keane – and dedicate Cup win to this man

Mark McGhee has revealed why he ‘benched’ Steve Bull and Robbie Keane in Wolves’ last FA Cup semi-final – and who they should dedicate a Cup victory to. McGhee, now 61, was manager when Wolves were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal at Villa Park in 1998, but for years fans have wondered by why he didn’t start the game with the two goalscorers. Wolves, who face Watford at Wembley in their first semi-final since that day tomorrow, never looked like retrieving Christopher Wreh’s 12th-minute goal and the Gunners went on to win the Double. Bull replaced Don Goodman in the 68th…

Coady urges Wolves: Have no Wembley regrets

Conor Coady has urged Wolves to make sure they have no Wembley regrets tomorrow after admitting he felt ‘horrible’ as an FA Cup semi-final loser. The Wolves captain is the only player in the current squad who has reached the last four of the competition before, with Sheffield United in 2014. The Blades, then in League One, went down 5-3 to Hull, who were in the Premier League at the time, after leading 2-1 at half-time. Wolves take on Watford for a place in the final this weekend and Coady doesn’t want to experience that sinking feeling again. “It was…

Joao: Dare to dream of final and Wolves will be Wembley losers

Joao Moutinho has warned Wolves they will be Wembley losers if they dare to already dream they are in the FA Cup final. At 32, the Portugal midfielder is the man for the big occasion, having won the European Championship with his country, the Europa League, three Portuguese league titles, two Portuguese Cups and one Ligue 1 title in France. Moutinho stressed Wolves cannot afford to think beyond Sunday’s semi-final against Watford, else they will be beaten. “We need to do our best to be focused for this game, because if we don’t and think we are in the final,…

Wolves boss Nuno: ‘We can do this together’

Nuno Espirito Santo insists the ‘amazing’ bond between players and fans can be the key to Wolves reaching their first FA Cup final for 59 years. A huge exodus of 34,300 supporters will be heading to Wembley for Sunday’s FA Cup semi-final against Watford, the biggest travelling support since around 50,000 attended the Sherpa Van Trophy final in 1988. “The fans are important in all situations. What they are giving to us is amazing,” said Nuno. “It’s always about the fans – the togetherness between the players and fans exists now. “Both parties have made big progress on it. The…

Ruddy in goal for Wolves at Wembley

John Ruddy will keep goal for Wolves in the FA Cup semi-final, boss Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed. Nuno says he has decided to keep faith with Ruddy for the Wembley showdown with Watford, just as he has done in all the other five FA Cup ties this season. It means Rui Patricio, his first choice in the Premier League, will again be sidelined in the competition. Asked which goalkeeper would play on Sunday, Nuno said: “Ruddy. He’s done very good in all the games he has played. “Last season he was amazing, this season he has been fantastic. I…

Joao the joker in the Wolves pack is laced with fun

He’s Wolves’ joker in the pack who is such a good footballer he plays without his laces tied up. His latest prank is to chuck cold water on his team-mates as they’re soaking under a hot shower. Oh, and he uses words like irreverence, chemistry and improvise. In what for him is a foreign language. If you think Joao Moutinho is impressive on the pitch, if anything he is even more engaging off the park, which is something when you consider his contribution to Wolves this season is no laughing matter. Captain Conor Coady says: “The first training session we…

Curle: Wolves can go one better than Class of ’98

Keith Curle believes the present-day Wolves can go one better than the Class of ’98 and reach the FA Cup final. Curle, now 55 and manager of League Two Northampton, was captain of the last Wolves team to reach a semi-final, when they were beaten 1-0 by Arsenal at Villa Park in 1998. Wolves take on Watford at Wembley on Sunday with seemingly not much between the two teams, who are seventh and eighth in the Premier League respectively. But Curle sees one clear victor – providing Nuno Espirito Santo’s side get their noses in front first. “I think it…

Nuno: Wolves 34,000 pack will play with us at Wembley

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves’ 34,300-strong pack will be playing with them at Wembley. The Wolves head coach believes the huge support travelling down the M1 to back them in the club’s first FA Cup semi-final since 1998 can make a difference as they prepare to face Watford. “You just go around Wolverhampton in the streets and you feel the excitement and the emotion of the fans,” said Nuno. “There will be 34,000 of our pack there. We’re going to play it together. “Wembley is special. Just saying ‘Wembley’ means a lot to everybody involved in football. “For both teams…

Wolves can challenge for Champions League next season – Raul

Raul Jimenez believes Wolves can challenge for the Champions League next season. The £32m club record signing made the bold claim that Nuno Espirito Santo’s side can gatecrash the top four at the press conference called to announce his permanent signing from Benfica, after signing a four-year deal. Wolves are currently seventh in the Premier League and in the FA Cup semi-finals this Sunday when they face Watford, but more investment on top of the £165m Fosun have spent on transfers is expected in the summer. “This is our first time in the Premier League for a while, but we…