YNWA takes a look back at previous memorable League meetings at Molineux as we prepare to visit Wolverhampton Wanderers for the 46th time in the League visit on Saturday, all of which have come in the top flight. We have a fairly average record at Wolves, having won fourteen, drawn ten and been beaten 21 times.
We were held to a drab goalless draw a year ago with Maxi Rodríguez making his first reds start. Jamie Carragher made his comeback from a broken leg in January 2004, playing his 200th League game as a late Kenny Miller strike denied us all three points after Bruno Cheyrou had put us ahead. This was our 200th League match since Gérard Houllier took sole charge, which had been rearranged after a flooded pitch before Christmas.
Clinching the title
Bob Paisley secured his first League title as Manager in May 1976, and our ninth in total, a record. Steve Kindon opened the scoring for the home side after a quarter of an hour, with the reds not replying until the last fifteen minutes, when goals from Kevin Keegan, John Toshack and Ray Kennedy gave us a 3-1 win, condemning Wolves to relegation.
We moved to within touching distance of our fifth League title as our 2-1 win in May 1947 took us one point clear of both Wolves and Manchester United, in our final game of the season. Jack Balmer and Albert Stubbins bagged our goals before the break while Wolves legend Stan Cullis, who had guested for the reds during the war, played his final ever game for the club. However, we had to wait a further two weeks to know for sure if the title was ours, as fellow championship challengers Stoke City had one final game, which they lost at Sheffield United.
Bruce Grobbelaar, Craig Johnston and Mark Lawrenson all made their debuts as we went down to a 1-0 defeat in August 1981 as we kicked off a new season. Shanks fielded eleven reserves in April 1965, just five days before the FA Cup Final. John Sealey scored his only goal in his one reds appearance, with Geoff Strong and Alf Arrowsmith also on target in a 3-1 win, in front of just 13,839 fans. Full-backs Alan Hignett and Tom Lowry and keeper William Molyneux also played their only senior reds games.
Forward Sam English and full-back Ben Dabbs made their reds bows in a 3-2 defeat in August 1933. David Wright netted with Gordon Hodgson on target from the spot. In March 1902, outside-right Arthur Goddard made the first of his 415 reds appearances in a 3-1 defeat. Sam Raybould netted our consolation.
Uncle Joe starts out
Joe Fagan's first League game in charge ended in a 1-1 draw in August 1983. Alan Kennedy conceded a penalty against Andy Gray, and did the same later in the season after he had moved to Everton. Ian Rush was on target for the reds.
Ian Callaghan played his 500th League game as we were held to a goalless draw in August 1974. Tommy Smith played his 150th consecutive reds game as we drew 1-1 in March 1968, with Roger Hunt bagging one of his club record nine strikes against Wolves. It was also the Anfield Iron's 114th straight League appearance. Alan Hansen headed his first League goal, the only goal of the game in a mud-bath in April 1979, with both sides having good penalty shouts turned down.
Left-half Bill Goldie made his 128th consecutive reds appearance, and 119th straight game in the League, as we won 2-0 in April 1903 in our last game of the season, thanks to goals from Sam Raybould and Jack Cox.
We recorded our equal biggest win over Wolves, as Roger Hunt, ex-Wolves star Alun Evans and Peter Thompson all netted braces in a 6-0 thumping in September 1968.
We suffered our worst League defeat at Molineux in November 1980, going down 4-1, with Phil Neal bagging our consolation. Ex-red Emlyn Hughes bagged their fourth, and was then whisked away by Eamonn Andrews to film ‘This Is Your Life'. We lost 3-0 in March 1953.
South African forward Lance Carr bagged his eighth and final reds goal in our 3-1 defeat in November 1935. Right-half Ted Savage played his 105th and final reds game as we lost 2-0 in October 1937.
Thommo at the wrong end
Phil Thompson scored an own goal after Jimmy Case had opened the scoring in March 1978. A second-half Kenny Dalglish brace secured a 3-1 victory.