It was with great sadness that the club learned this afternoon of the death of Dave Wagstaffe.
Regarded as one of the last of the great wingers, Dave passed away peacefully at home at the age of 70 after a short illness.
He joined Wolves from Manchester City on Boxing Day in 1964 and he played in that afternoon’s local derby with Aston Villa at Molineux.
It was the first of 404 appearances that he made for Wolves over a 12 year career at the club during which time he became an idol of the terraces.
He was known universally as ‘Waggy’, and after he had hung up his boots, he ran Waggy’s Bar in the Stan Cullis Stand.
A goal creator rather than a goal scorer, he still notched 31 goals for the club, many of them classic strikes.
Older supporters will doubtless recall the stunner he scored in the snow against double holders Arsenal who were beaten 5-1 at Molineux in November 1971.
He helped Wolves to the League Cup triumph over former club Manchester City at Wembley in 1974, having two years earlier scored in the second leg of the UEFA Cup Final against Tottenham as Wolves were beaten 3-2 on aggregate.
In January of this year, Dave was deservedly inducted into the club’s Hall of Fame on an emotional night at Molineux where team-mates paid tribute to his exceptional ability.
Wolves Chief Executive Jez Moxey said: “Everyone at Wolves was desperately saddened to hear of Dave’s passing this afternoon.
“Dave’s team-mates, and the fans who saw him play always speak so highly of his skill and ability, and he was of course an integral part of the team which reached the UEFA Cup Final in 1972 and won the League Cup against his former club Manchester City at Wembley two years later.
“For those of us who have since worked for Wolves, he has been terrific company when attending events and functions, always ready with a tale or two and his infectious personality shining through.
“It was only back in January that he was in typically sparkling form at Molineux, taking his rightful place in the Club’s Hall of Fame along so many other Wolves legends.
“Our sincere condolences go to Dave’s partner Val, his children, Gary, Mandy and Scott, and Dave’s wider family.
“Scott works for Wolves at Molineux, and has been keeping the club informed during Dave’s recent battle against illness.
“Everybody at the club and supporters will get the chance to join together to pay tribute to Dave ahead of our game with Gillingham on Saturday.”
Wolves players will be wearing black armbands at tonight’s Capital One Cup fixture at Morecambe, and the club will be seeking tributes from Dave’s former team-mates over the next few days ahead of the Gillingham fixture.
Supporters wishing to leave their own personal tributes can do so via the club’s official Facebook and Twitter sites.