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Former Players Return | Geoff Palmer

Two-time League Cup winner, Geoff Palmer will hope his presence will inspire Wolves as they face Bristol Rovers in round three of the competition on Tuesday night.

The former full-back twice won the trophy under Wembley’s Twin Towers in gold and black, as Wolves defeated Manchester City and Nottingham Forest.

Palmer was a teenager for the first success of 1974, while the more experienced right-back took on Forest six years later, with both matches finishing in the same outcome.

The two afternoons are the stand-out moments of Palmer’s career inevitably and, prior to his return as a half-time guest against Bristol Rovers, he shared his memories with wolves.co.uk.

“I was only 19 for the first Wembley game but it was an experience I’ll never forget,” he explained. “Playing at Wembley for the club I adored was a special time.

“The second time around the team had changed aside from the likes Derek Parkin and John Richards, so to beat Forest was another special moment.”

A late John Richards strike sealed the win against City, before Andy Gray netted the only goal against Forest six years later – but how did they compare for Palmer?

“I get asked a lot which one I remember best. The first time I was young and had only been in the team for four or five months so it passed me by a little bit, but the second time I made sure it didn’t.

“I knew what to expect in terms of going up to the ground, having Wembley Way full with all the fans. You really wanted to do it for them and still now people speak about the Wembley wins.”

Born in Cannock as a big Wolves fan in 1954, Palmer progressed through the club’s system and went on to make nearly 500 appearances across two spells, with a brief stint at Burnley punctuating them.

“Wolves were my team so to go and play for them was a dream come true,” he explained.

Palmer played at some of England’s finest stadiums of that era, but recalls one night in West Yorkshire which gave him the determination to success in gold and black.

“One game which sticks out was at Halifax. It was a Tuesday night in the rain, but it made you realise if you’re going to do well you need to go to these teams and win.

“The first times I went to Goodison Park and Anfield were brilliant too, you’d seen them on TV but they’re even bigger than you expect, and the likes of Old Trafford, it’s frightening sometimes.”

Palmer’s time at Molineux came to a conclusion in 1986, where he took a dramatically different career path, with one eye remaining on football.

“I’d had an interest in the police for a while. Getting up at 5am was one difference and working shifts. For footballers in those days, your career didn’t stop at 33, you still had to go out and work.

“It gave me an opportunity to carry on playing football for the British Police. Some players tend to fall by the wayside but I always think ‘good on them’ when I see them taking different careers,” he added.

Geoff will be a half-time guest during Tuesday’s League Cup tie on the pitch and supporters in WV1 restaurant can meet the man himself, while those looking to use the facilities in the future can do so here.

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