Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players - number 28

After nearly a decade at Molineux, we feel that Mark Venus is a suitable candidate to come in at number 28 as we continue to count down to number one.


There are probably a number of players who can be credited with helping Wolverhampton Wanderers back up the divisions after their well-documented problems during the late eighties, but after spending nearly 10 years at Molineux, we feel that the contribution of Mark Venus needs to be recognised.


Steve Bull justifiably gets a lot of credit for scoring the goals that helped Wolves back up the league pyramid, but the Black Country outfit also required a defence and from 1987 all the way through to 1997, Venus was a big part of that.


Wolves secured successive promotions before establishing themselves at the second tier as Jack Hayward invested into the club. For large periods of Venus's time at Molineux, Wolves finished no lower than 12th and had near misses with promotion to the Premier League.


They would ultimately fall short, but Venus was a mainstay at both left-back and centre-back. He made 338 appearances in all competitions before he was used in a part-exchange deal with Ipswich Town that saw Steve Sedgley move to Wolves. 


Venus would have capped off a fine Wolves career had he helped the club to the top flight, but he should still be regarded in high esteem at Molineux.

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