In an exclusive interview with Football FancCast, Wolves’ all-time top scorer Steve Bull, has revealed that he pleaded with West Bromwich Albion to stay at the club before moving to Molineux in 1986, where he now has a stand named after him.
Bull dropped down to the Fourth Division to get regular first-team football and remain in the local area and has since been inducted into the Wolves Hall of Fame after making 561 appearances for the club.
The former England international joined the club as they were on the brink of relegation, however, that didn’t stop him from reaching two play-off semi-finals and agonisingly losing both of them.
Speaking on what the conversation was like before being sold by West Brom and how he desperately wanted to stay with the Baggies, Bull told FFC:
“I was looking at West Brom at the time and they were second or third top going for Division One and Wolves were second or third from bottom of Division Four and close to going into liquidation.
“West Brom didn’t want me and Andy Thompson and they said there’s £64,000 on the table for the both of you and I pleaded with Ron Saunders for 20 minutes.
“He just called me into this office one day and said that Wolves had come in for me and I said ‘Who?’ He said that Wolves wanted me but I told him I wanted to stay.
“He told me that I didn’t have a first touch for this division and I was just deflated. We were just two local lads who wanted to play football and we never looked back.”
Bull ended up earning all 13 of his England caps while playing for Wolves, with his first coming while still being a Third Division player, which is now known as League One.
The Wolves Hall of Famer is the club’s all-time record goal scorer, as well as scoring four times for his country all after being released by Wolves’ bitter rivals.