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On This Day: 1943


09:00 5th April 2013

Happy Birthday Waggy!

Today marks the 70th birthday of one of the finest and most popular players in Wolves' history - Dave Wagstaffe.

'Waggy', as he was known to Wolves fans, was born in Manchester on April 5 1943, and spent the early part of his career at Manchester City.

In 1964, a 21 year-old Wagstaffe signed for Wolves in a deal worth £30,000, and made his debut in the Boxing Day defeat to Aston Villa - starting the game barely three hours after signing his contract.

The tricky winger soon established himself as a fans' favourite at Molineux, playing over 400 times for the club during his twelve-year stay in the Midlands.

During that spell, he helped Wolves regain top-flight status in 1967, and he also played in the League Cup final against his former team in 1974, helping Wolves to a 2-1 victory over City despite not being full fit.

His goals were relatively few and far between, but a long-range effort in a 5-1 win over Arsenal in 1971 will always live long in the memory of those present, as will his strike in the second leg of the 1972 UEFA Cup Final against Spurs, although that goal was not enough for Wolves to mount a comeback.

In all, he scored 32 times in his 404 Wolves games, but will be best remembered for his wonderful wing play, which set up no end of goals for his team-mates, including John Richards, Derek Dougan and Kenny Hibbitt.

In 1976, Wagstaffe was sold to Blackburn Rovers, and spent the final two years of his career at Ewood Park, where he is still fondly remembered.

Despite his cult status among the Molineux faithful, Wagstaffe was never capped by England, and is regarded by many as the best English winger never to represent his country. 

Earlier this year, 'Waggy' was inducted into the Wolves Hall of Fame.

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