Step forward John 'Jack' Griffiths, my great-grandfather, who played for Wolverhampton Wanderers in the club's early days.
|John Griffiths c. 1898|
Patrick Quirke's book 'The Origins of Wolverhampton Wanderers' tells the story of the club's formative years and its founding members.
Wolves was one of the first clubs in the new Football League of 1888, which consisted of 12 clubs, six from Lancashire - Preston North End, Accrington, Burnley, Blackburn Rovers, Bolton Wanderers and Everton - and six from the Midlands - Aston Villa, Derby County, Notts County, Stoke, West Bromwich Albion and Wolves.
Already the spectre of transfer market controversies had begun, when Everton were accused of tempting Dan Doyle to return to their ranks with the promise of £5 per week and the tenancy of a pub!
And it wasn't long before goal-line technology was introduced to deal with regular disputes over whether the ball had gone between the posts. It was called a net!