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Trip To The Museum

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08:36 19th February 2013

by David Harrison

There is a special offer on at Wolves Museum during half term, with a family ticket available from this Wednesday to Friday and also next week as well.  Click here for all the details.

 

Renowned local and national journalist and lifelong Wolves fan David Harrison recently had a look around the Museum – here is his review.


Up with the Wanderers and down with the present directors.” Sound familiar?

Well it just goes to prove that the more things change, the more they stay the same.

The above supporters’ quote was not being aimed at the current Molineux regime. It came 80 years ago after the appointment as manager of one of the great names in Wolves history, Major Frank Buckley.

The fans did not take too kindly to the Major’s arrival at the outset. It took a while for his methods and style to be accepted. And he once had the nerve to make £100,000 in his transfer dealings one season. It was not widely accepted by supporters who wanted success on the field not on the balance sheet.

Sound familiar?

Such facts from the past can be found at the Wolves museum and after a recent visit I discovered things about my club which intrigued and fascinated me.

It is a journey through time – back to the day when Messrs Baynton and Brodie got together at St Luke’s School and become the founding fathers of Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The trip is laced with many landmarks – the triumphs (and there are many of those) and the times of despair. The hope, the expectation and exultation – they are there in equal measure.

As Wolves fans we have come to accept nothing but the best and that is because we do have an illustrious history. It can be our downfall because sometimes we demand the impossible and lose touch with current reality.

The museum reminds us of that self-destruct tendency, as well as our achievements. The late Major Buckley would vouch for the fickle nature of Wolves followers even as far back as some 80 years ago.

We have much to be proud of – even during these difficult times. The great names of Molineux history should act as an inspiration to everyone associated with the club from the stadium seats to the playing field.

There is fun to be found at the museum as well as serous reflection. During a two hour visit I did not cover everything but managed to save a penalty from John Richards and scored past Bert Williams and Phil Parkes on the inter-active screens.

I even managed to complete an interview with John Motson on what it feels like to beat that other club down the road whose name shall not be mentioned.

The artefacts range from shirts, cups, caps, cuttings, medals and some outstanding archive film footage from grainy black and white through to modern day technicolour.

For £7 it is excellent value for money but be sure to allow plenty of time to take it all in.

The highlight for me was a wide screen video wall with contributions from Robert Plant, Beverley Knight, Sir Jack Hayward and Bully among others, on what it means to be a Wolves fan.

There is a moving commentary in spoken verse which ends with a classic line: “The dark, the light – they’re in me forever.”  Or put another way – “Wim Wolves Aye We.”

Don’t despair – out of darkness… The bright days will return. There are many more contributions to be made to the Wolves Museum.

 

 


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