Ahead of tomorrow's game at Molineux, new Old Gold Glory contributor Taran Dhamrait takes a look at some of the players to play for both Wolverhampton Wanderers and Rotherham United.
This Saturday, Neil Warnock’s in-form Rotherham visit Molineux, so let’s look at some players who have played for both clubs – from a player you’ll have probably forgotten to one who you all will know.
Let’s start off with one you may have forgotten. Willie Raynes only made 20 appearances for Rotherham and made even less appearances for Wolves with only seven appearances during his short stay.
The Sheffield born winger signed for Wolves on a free transfer from Rotherham in December 1985 and three years later he was playing on the other side of the world, moving to Australia where he received a one year contract offer from Heidelberg in the National Soccer League. Willie, now 51, still lives Down Under and says he has ‘fallen in love with the lifestyle and climate’.
Emlyn Hughes amassed nearly 700 appearances for Liverpool over a remarkable twelve year period from 1967-1979, where he captained Liverpool to four league titles, two European Cups, one FA Cup and two UEFA Cup titles. His final season at Liverpool saw him only make 16 appearances as he made his way down to Wolverhampton costing £90,000. He left Merseyside as Liverpool’s most capped player until another Liverpool legend in Ian Rush broke his record. Although he didn't make anywhere near the same amount of appearances for Wolves, he did make 58 appearances in which he lifted the League Cup during his first season, captaining the side to a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest at Wembley.
After his stint in Wolverhampton, Hughes departed the club to join Rotherham as a player-manage where he guided the club to a 7th place finish in the Second Division – Rotherham's highest finish for twenty years. However, two years later the club was struggling. Hughes refused to quit and ended up being sacked, and Rotherham were relegated later that season. Hughes enjoyed a successful media career with the likes of the BBC, but sadly died in 2004 from a brain tumour at the age of 57.
The current Wanderers number 9 is currently in his second spell at Molineux, after originally joining the club on loan from Wigan in March 2013. Between his two stints at Molineux, came a short stay at Rotherham in late 2013, where he scored five goals in five games for the Millers – two of which came against Wolves at the New York Stadium.
In January 2014 he joined Wolves permanently from Wigan for £300,000 and he fired the club to a record breaking League One title win, scoring 13 goals in 19 appearances which included a hat-trick against his former club, as Wolves thrashed Rotherham 6-4 to seal the title. Nouha would face Rotherham again the following season scoring once again in a 5-0 Wolves win. Unfortunately he’s still out injured and won’t face The Millers this season but Wolves fans can look forward to Dicko returning next season and hopefully scoring past his former club once again.
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