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On This Day: 1998


10:37 18th February 2013

300 up for Bully

On February 18 1998, Wolves' most iconic number nine notched his 300th goal for the club, on his way to setting a goalscoring record that is unlikely to ever be surpassed.
Steve Bull had firmly established himself as a Wolves legend in the twelve years since his debut, forming the partnership with Andy Mutch that helped to fire the club back up through the divisions.
He had broken John Richards' existing goalscoring record in 1992, scoring his 195th goal for the club, and went on to continue his prolific record, scoring well over a goal every two games in his first ten seasons at Molineux.
Despite a series of knee injuries reducing the number of games he was able to play in his final years at the club, Bull remained a threat, and scored his landmark 300th goal in a home clash with Bradford City.
Returning from an injury lay-off, he started the game on the bench, but came as a 75th minute substitute, stooping to head home the winner in the dying seconds.
In celebration, he whipped off his jersey to reveal a t-shirt marking the milestone before being congratulated by his team-mates in front of the home support.
The goal put him seventh in the list of all-time one-club goalscorers, with - at the time - only Bristol City's John Atyeo and Liverpool's Ian Rush ahead of him in the post-war list.
After the game, Bully said: "I don't know whether it came off my shoulder or the side of my head, and it took so long to go in it was unbelievable.
"It was good and I enjoyed it, but it was just another goal. I'll be proud of it when I'm finished in the game, but right now I'm more interested in my next goal than my last one.
Bull eventually finished his Wolves career having scored 306 times for the club - in addition to the four goals he scored for England - and remains firmly at the top of Wolves' all-time scoring charts, over 100 ahead of the likes of Richards, Billy Hartill and Johnny Hancocks.
In the summer of 2003, Wolves paid tribute to the number nine by renaming the John Ireland Stand after him. Bull was also among the first inductees into the Wolves Hall of Fame, in 2009. 

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