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Wolves 2016

A lovely sunny evening awaited our Football Aid players as they arrived full of excitement at Molineux, the famous home of Wolverhampton Wanderers. However they didn’t let their nervous anticipation affect them and they served up an exciting match for the watching fans. The Home team ran out 4-2 winners eventually, following a match with several individual moments of brilliance throughout.

Date: Tuesday 3rd May 2016
Venue: Molineux
Wolves (Home) vs Wolves (Away)
Kick Off: 18:30 pm
Legends: Matt Murray, Rob Edwards, Tony Daley, Lee Naylor & Adam Proudlock
Match Officials: Philip Taylor, Gary Taylor, Phil Dawes & Victor Kelly

The Away team got the game underway and dominated the possession early on but it was the Home side who had the first of the chances when a pass from the Home No 6 Jack Hames was nicely controlled on the turn by Home No 9 Dave Taylor whose shot was tipped over by Away No 1 Nick Enright.

The Home team kept up the pressure on the Away goal and the next chance came when Home No 7 Garry Price picked up the ball from the centre circle and dashed towards the box before drawing a smart save from Away No 1 Nick Enright at his near post. From the resulting corner, the ball found it’s way to Home No 11 Lee Waterfall who was one on one with the keeper who pulled off another good save.

The Away team’s first chance came after No 11 Mark Wigg latched on to a long ball before laying off to No 9 Russell Proudlock, who was one-on-one with Home No 1, Robert Smith who made himself big and closed down the angle well to avoid conceding.

We got our first goal in the 15th min when the Home side took the lead. A cross from Home No 7 Garry Price found Home No 9 Dave Taylor in the box and the deadly striker’s far post shot just evaded the goalkeeper (1-0).

It was a very close game which was mostly being played in the middle of the pitch as both midfields battled hard to keep possession, but it looked more likely that the Home side were going to increase their lead due to the amount of chances they were creating.

Some good communication between Away No 1 Nick Enright & No 5 Liam Cameron-Prowse stopped Home No 11 Lee Waterfall latching on to a free kick from Home No 4 Andy Hayes and doubling their team’s lead.

The Away No 1 Nick Enright was having a busy half and made a fantastic diving save just before half time to tip over Home No 11 Lee Waterfall’s header over the crossbar from close range from a dangerous Home No 7 Garry Price cross.

That was the last main action in a very tight game where both defences were having fantastic halves but it was the Home side who edged the contest, leading 1-0 with 45mins gone.

Half Time: Wolves (Home) 1 – 0 Wolves (Away)

The Home team restarted the second half but the Away team were quick out of the blocks and equalised early on in the 48th min when Away No 9 Russell Proudlock forced the ball from a tight angle (1-1).

Another goal came shortly after in the 55th min when the Away captain Mark Wigg led by example and scored a wonder strike from 25 yards out to put his Away side ahead for the 1st time (1-2).

The game was getting stretched as tired legs allowed for an end-to-end 2nd half. The Home team were chasing the game now though and equalised following a great left foot finish from Home No 11 Lee Waterfall in the 70th min (2-2).

That goal brought new energy into the Home team and 3 mins later H14 Joe Feehan scored with a great right foot finish, 15 yards from goal to restore the Home team’s lead (3-2).

The Away team had a great chance to get back on level terms when they were awarded a penalty with less than 10mins to go, however the impressive No 17 Kevin Singleton's well struck effort flashed past the right hand post and the chance was gone...

The Home team then sealed victory in the 85th min after an incredible strike from Home No 9 Dave Taylor found the top corner of the net and put his side 2 goals clear with time running out (4-2).

The Away side couldn’t find a way back into the game and the Home team ran out 4-2 winners after a goal-filled 2nd half. The Away team controlled the early part of the 2nd half before some moments of brilliance secured the Home team win.

Huge thanks to all the players, spectators and the club, Wolverhampton Wanderers for a great event, which everyone enjoyed immensely. Also special thanks to our FIVE legends, Rob Edwards, Tony Daley, Lee Naylor, Adam Proudlock and Football Aid ambassador Matt Murray for their time and efforts on the night sharing their expertise and career stories throughout.

Full Time: Wolves (Home) 4 - 2 Wolves (Away)

Man of the Match Home: Garry Price
Man of the Match Away: Nick Enright
Moment of the Match: Mark Wigg

Home Team: Robert Smith, Adam Canning, Lee Naylor, Andy Hayes, Mark Clyne, Jack Hames (C), Garry Price, Kevin Banks, Dave Taylor, Mark Taylor, Lee Waterfall, Joe Feehan, Mark Clyne (H5), Jack Feehan, Martin Mcleod
Home Mascot: Jacob Waterfall

Away Team: Nick Enright, Paul Hembury, Adam Proudlock, Benjamin Hembury, Liam Cameron-Prowse, Matthew Barker, Jamie Enright, Liam Flecknor, Russell Proudlock, Darren Jeffs, Mark Wigg (C), Shane Wilkinson, Mark Feehan, Mark Singleton, Kevin Singleton
Away Mascot: Archie Proudlock

Match Report written by Matt Annis.

The match also saw lifelong Wolves fan Mark Feehan from South London realising a lifetime's ambition when he played alongside his two Wolves supporting sons, Jack and Joe.

His sons were introduced into following Wolves in 2000 when they were aged five and three respectively. Mark’s first match watching Wolves was in 1973 when he went with his brother in law to see a 3-1 away victory at Tottenham, and he has been hooked ever since.
Now a season ticket holder and a member of London Wolves Supporters Club since 1976, he travels from his home in Surrey to every home, and most away games.
He rates the League Cup Final in 1980 for the occasion and the win as his favourite memory from his time following Wolves over the years.
Mark said, "I’ve been an active participant of the Football Aid Charity for thirteen years, the first couple just playing at Molineux myself, then I got persuaded to play at a couple of other venues after a few years and caught the ‘let’s do the rounds’ bug, having visited and watched football at every league, and most non-league, grounds, mostly watching Wolves as they descended and climbed the leagues in the late eighties, I decided I’d try to do as many as I could playing on them. After this year I will have played at all bar two grounds that Football Aid arrange annual games at. I thought this year I would 'pass on the charity game reins' to my two children as they reached the age they could play and originally arranged for all three of us to play at a special 'bow out' game and when the opportunity for all three of us to participate at the place my heart lies (Molineux), it was just the perfect setting for the event for me. This is a great cause and more importantly I’ve made some lifelong friends all over the country".