View from the Opposition – Wolves

View from the Opposition – Wolves

A bit about you:

Name: Lady Wulfruna

Current home town: Leicester (36 years)

Birthplace: Wolverhampton (Codsall – the posh bit!)

How long have you supported your team? 50+ years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: 37 Year hearing ‘Hi Ho Wolverhampton’ being sung…very loudly

Favourite match played by your team & why: Wolves 4 Leicester 3 (2003-4) – fantastic comeback from being 0-3 down and meant I could hold my head up high on return to work on Monday. Winning the 2002-3 Play Off final was also sweet as it meant not only we’d be promoted (to play teams like Leicester) but watching it at home I was able to play my own copy of ‘The Liquidator’ continuously and very loud to my next door neighbour (a Leicester season ticket holder)….who proceeded to take me to the pub and buy me beer….all in all a very good day!  

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: 'The Tipton Skin’ i.e. Steve Bull, closely followed by Wolves (and Leicester) legend Derek ‘The Doog’ Dougan and John Richards…all were great goal scorers. I also had the added bonus of delivering theirs (and Mike Bailey’s) newspapers as a young lad in my home village.

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  Ruben Neves – oozes class but still love it when he brings Cavaleiro or Traoré on to open up the game.

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? As above + Adama Traoré … I think he will relish having the Portuguese play makers to give him space

Player in our squad you most fear and why? I like Hamza Choudhury’s desire and willingness to win a lost ball.  He may be too tough for the Wolves midfield.

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Any of the unknown Portuguese!

How do you think you’ll do against us? We should have won at the King Power and our home form is poor, but I still predict a narrow Wolves win 2-1.

General Questions:

What did you think to the summer transfer activity both in and out of your club? Bostin’…which is Wulfrunian for brilliant….the owners mean business. Haven’t seen much of Dendonker but he reads well. I was gutted Barry Douglas went as the 2 x wing backs were instrumental in Wolves’ play last season  

Where do you think you’ll finish this season?  Top 10 is expected with serious ambition thereafter

Next Up Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 January 2019

Next Up Wolverhampton Wanderers 19 January 2019

Head Coach      Nuno Espírito Santo

Founded      1877; 141 years ago, as St Luke's

Ground         Molineux Stadium

Address       Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR

Capacity      32,050

Squad: 

2              Republic of Ireland               DF           Matt Doherty

5              England                                DF           Ryan Bennett

7              Portugal                               FW         Ivan Cavaleiro

8              Portugal                               MF         Rúben Neves

9              Mexico                                 FW         Raúl Jiménez (on loan from Benfica)

10           Portugal                                FW         Hélder Costa

11           Portugal                                GK          Rui Patrício

15           France                                  DF          Willy Boly

16           England                                DF          Conor Coady (Captain)

17           England                                MF         Morgan Gibbs-White

18           Portugal                                FW         Diogo Jota

19           Spain                                    DF          Jonny Castro (on loan from Atlético Madrid)

21           England                                GK         John Ruddy

23           England                                MF         Ryan Giles

24           England                                FW         Benny Ashley-Seal

25           Scotland                               MF         Elliot Ward

26           Portugal                               MF         Pedro Gonçalves

27           Morocco                               MF         Romain Saïss

28           Portugal                               MF         João Moutinho

29           Portugal                               DF           Rúben Vinagre

31           England                               GK          Will Norris

32           Belgium                                MF         Leander Dendoncker (on loan from Anderlecht)

33           Brazil                                    FW         Léo Bonatini

37           Spain                                    FW         Adama Traoré

67           England                                DF           Dominic Lorfa

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.  

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site:

www.wolves.co.uk

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View from the opposition – Newport County

A bit about you:

Name: Paul Tully

How long have you supported your team? 65 years since, as a 7-year-old, I saw Billy Shergold score from a corner v Millwall in old Division Three.

Overview of your club

Please tell us a bit about your club:

We lost our Football League status for over 20 years until we won it back five years ago and were in danger of losing it once again three years ago when eleven points adrift in League Two with ten games to go.

It was then that Mike Flynn, a Newport boy, was appointed manager in a situation where I believe everyone at the club and beyond believed we were dead and buried, except for Flynn who, with the same squad of players, produced seven wins in those games to secure the great escape and safety on the last day of the season via an 89th minute winner against Notts County.

Since then, with probably the smallest budget in the league, Flynn has consistently got us punching above our weight and he can do little wrong in the fans’ eyes.

And what about your recent cup history:

Last season in the cup we defeated Leeds with a very late winner and were within eight minutes of beating a strong Spurs team, for whom Harry Kane got that late equaliser. And we only lost the replay 2-0 at Wembley.

Favourite period played by your team & why: The club have had far more downs than ups but the time in the late sixties when a young John Aldridge led an attack which took us back into Div 3 and into the semi-finals of the European Cup winners Cup where we were genuinely unlucky to lose to Carl Zeiss Jena of the then East Germany, was the time I look back on as the fondest.

About our forthcoming match against you:

How do you think you'll do against us?  I genuinely can’t see us producing an upset against Leicester because we are currently beset by injuries to a small squad and playing our worst football of the season.  Nevertheless we will fight to the end whether a goal down or six down, that’s the mentality under Flynn.  I go for a 3-0 Foxes win but if Leicester show any complacency, they may have a long time to regret it.

Forecast Time ……..

Who do you think will eventually go on to win the FA Cup? Chelsea to win the cup

Next Up Newport County – 6 Jan 2019

Next Up Newport County – 6 Jan 2019

Manager:     Mike Flynn                 Founded:     1912 (Reformed 1989) 

Ground:        Rodney Parade, Rodney Road, Newport, Wales

Capacity:      7,850

Squad: 

We have tried our best to ensure factual accuracy at the date of going to press – apologies in advance for any errors or out of date information.

1              England                 GK          Joe Day

2              Wales                    DF           David Pipe

3              England                 DF           Dan Butler

4              England                 MF         Joss Labadie

5              England                 DF           Fraser Franks

7              England                 MF         Robbie Willmott

8              England                 MF         Matt Dolan

9              Rep of Ireland       FW         Pádraig Amond

10           England                 MF         Keanu Marsh-Brown

11           Jamaica                 FW         Jamille Matt

14           Wales                    FW         Mark Harris (on loan from Cardiff City)

15           England                 MF         Tyreeq Bakinson (on loan from Bristol City)

16           Wales                    MF         Josh Sheehan

17           England                 DF          Scot Bennett

18           Wales                    DF          Jay Foulston

21           England                 DF           Tyler Hornby-Forbes

22           Wales                    MF          Andrew Crofts

23           Wales                    MF          Mike Flynn (player/manager)

25           Rep of Ireland       DF          Mark O'Brien

28           England                 DF         Mickey Demetriou

30           England                 GK         Nick Townsend

32           Wales                    MF         Owen Taylor

34           Wales                    MF         Tom Hillman

38           Wales                    MF         Lewis Collins

42           England                 FW         Antoine Semenyo (on loan from Bristol City)

               England                 DF           Vashon Neufville (on loan from West Ham United)

For the very latest updates please follow the link below to the club web site:  https://www.newport-county.co.uk

View from the Opposition – Everton

View from the Opposition – Everton

A bit about you:

Name: Nigel Edwards

Current home town: Stoke

Birthplace: Wirrall

How long have you supported your team? 39 Years

Overview of your club:

Favourite thing about your home ground: The atmosphere and the fact it is a good traditional stadium

Favourite match played by your team & why: v Rapid Wien of Austria in the European Cup Winners' Cup in Rotterdam (15 May 1985) – simply a magnificent achievement.

Favourite player of all time who played for your club: Neville Southall

About our forthcoming match against you:

Your favourite current player in your squad and why?  Jordan Pickford – Brilliant keeper

Player in your squad we should most fear and why? Richarlison – for his goals

Player in our squad you most fear and why? Vardy – Surely he will find form (and service) soon.

Up and coming prospect in your squad? Tom Davies

How do you think you’ll do against us? Win 3-1

General Questions:

Where do you think you’ll finish this season?  6th

Who do you think will win the league? Prefer not to answer!!! (current league leaders)

Which three teams do you think will get relegated from the Premiership? Huddersfield, Fulham & Southampton

Any other comments? Good luck for the rest of the season (after playing us of course!)