As a boy who grew up in Wolverhampton as part of a Wolves-devoted family, Mel Eves isn’t exaggeration when describing representing his hometown club as an ‘honour’.
The attacker, who turned out 214 times in gold and black, spent nine seasons at Molineux and will return as a half-time guest during Saturday’s Preston North End fixture.
Having spent his younger years the other side of the white line supporting Wolves, Eves describes the feeling of pride when first running out for his childhood club.
“It was an honour,” he told Wolves.co.uk. “As a kid I supported Wolves, who were considered the best club in the world at the time, so to play for them was special.
“I played with virtually all the players I’d seen on the terraces so it was a dream come true. I made my debut up front with John Richards, who was an idol of mine.”
While at Molineux, Eves built a reputation for scoring crucial goals, not least his first for the club, which helped secure top flight survival in 1978.
“My first league goal came at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea and England goalkeeper, Peter Bonetti. Relegation was still a possibility and we needed results, so to get an equaliser was important.
“Then the next game I scored the winner against Manchester United. Back then Match of the Day would only show one game a week and they picked us.”
It was this form which alerted England B and he was part of a strong contingent from Wolves to gain international recognition.
“We played Aston Villa and I scored again, which led to me going on an England tour with Bobby Robson.
“I went with John Richards and Steve Daley, who will be interviewing me on Saturday. Me and 'Dales' go back a long way.”
Seven of Eve’s nine seasons with Wolves were spent in the top flight, but when the club dropped into the second tier, it provided the striker with an opportunity to fill his boots in front of goal.
“In 1983 I finished top scorer and we were promoted immediately back to Division One. Me, Andy Gray and Wayne Clarke all hit double figures, so it was a shame when we all went our separate ways.
“It was a sad time because we felt like we were on the up. It’s meant the club has been a phoenix rising from the ashes and now it’s come back and is brilliant.”
Eves, who won the League Cup in 1980, now covers Wolves for BBC WM as a summariser and will be on the pitch as a guest for Saturday’s game.
“It’s nice to be asked to do it and it’s smashing covering Wolves. The Villa game was possibly the best 90 minutes, we’ve been threatening to do that all season and Molineux was rocking.
“It’s always nice to come back to Molineux and see everybody. Being a local lad, I bump into a lot of people I know so it’s always a pleasure,” he added.