One of Wolves’ oldest supporter clubs whose origins go back to the 1960s have presented Conor Coady with their Player of the Year award for the 2017/18 season.
Members of London Wolves met the first team captain before the previous Molineux match against Huddersfield Town to hand over the annual prize.
Stuart Earl, London Wolves coordinator, said deciding on the best player in last season’s promotion winning side was difficult to make.
“Conor was very steady all season and very inspirational to the whole team. He won by seven votes ahead of Ruben [Neves], but they weren’t the only nominees by a long way.
“There were so many marvellous performances by the whole team last season, so it was always going to be a difficult decision for the members to make.
“Conor’s a great man and it was a pleasure to meet him again, but we’re very lucky that since the 1980s when Graham Turner was in charge, we’ve been able to have an annual ‘meet the players’ event at the last match in London.
“We tend to visit them at the team hotel and spend an hour or so with the players before they have their evening meal.
“Very kindly, all the managers since have allowed us to continue and Nuno has as well. I think we’re the only supporters club who have this opportunity.”
London Wolves currently have between 250 and 300 members who attend matches up and down the country, growing considerably since the group was formed in 1966.
“I was going to Wolves games in London when the grounds weren’t segregated,” Stuart said, “I noticed that if Wolves scored there were a lot of supporters around the ground.
“When I started travelling up by train to Molineux we saw the same faces every week and thought there must be a cheaper way of doing things, so I set about organising coach travel from London to Wolverhampton.
“I wrote to all the London clubs, asking them to put something in their programmes and only Arsenal and Fulham obliged, but from that we got plenty of interest and off we went.”
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Photo: Stuart Earl and his fellow London Wolves members present their Player of the Year award for 2017/18 to Wolves captain Conor Coady.