November 1986 — Wolves are in a poor run of form, low on confidence, short on goals, play Chorley in the FA Cup and sign a new striker.

January 2021 — Wolves are in a poor run of form, low on confidence, short on goals, play Chorley in the FA Cup and sign a new striker.

The bloke they signed in 1986 did all right. Stephen George Bull was his name, you may have heard of him. He scored 306 goals in 561 appearances and transformed the fortunes of a club, a town and its people.

Willian Jose won’t one day have a stand named after him at Molineux. He won’t be named as the club’s vice-president, he won’t score 18 hat-tricks, he won’t be able to walk into any pub in Wolverhampton and have his drinks bought for him (white wine with ice if you ever see Bully in Oddfellows).

But if he scores even one-twenty-fifth of Bull’s goals in a Wolves shirt (about 12) during his five-month loan from Real Sociedad,…





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