Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players: Number 16

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His goal return wasn't great at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Andy Gray scored one of the club's most famous goals in 1980.

 

When Wolverhampton Wanderers splashed out an English record transfer fee for Andy Gray in 1979, they would have expected the Scot to score more than 38 goals from 133 league appearances, but his winning goal in the 1980 League Cup final is enough to justify his place in this list.

 

In all competitions, Wolves enjoyed a fine 1979-80 campaign. They finished in sixth place in the league and reached the last 16 of the FA Cup, but their crowning moment came at Wembley against Nottingham Forest on this day 36 years ago. After a goalless first half, Gray netted the decisive goal for Wolves in the 67th minute, tapping into an empty net after a collision between Peter Shilton and David Needham.

 

It gave the Black County outfit their first piece of silverware since winning the same competition six years earlier but beating Forest in that era was significant - Brian Clough's men were looking for their third successive crown.

 

Gray would spend the next two years at Wolves as they suffered relegation from the top tier before regaining their place a year later, but Gray never really built on his contribution from his first 12 months. Nevertheless, his goal earned Wolves their last triumph in either the League Cup or FA Cup, and it is likely to stay that way for some time.

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