Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players - Number 27

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On more than one occasion, it appeared as though Jody Craddock's career at Molineux was over, but he recovered to spend 10 years at the club.


When Jody Craddock first joined Wolverhampton Wanderers, he made 32 league appearances as the club were relegated from the top flight, and after a few seasons without success in the Championship, it appeared that the centre-back's Molineux career was coming to an end when he was first loaned to Stoke City and a second temporary move almost materialised during the following season after a broken foot.


However, Craddock remained at the club and helped skipper the side to the Championship title, with Wolves suffering just two defeats from the 15 games that Craddock appeared in during the run-in. He would play a crucial part in Mick McCarthy's men remaining in the Premier League upon their return, scoring five times in 33 outings, and although he would miss half of the next campaign, he helped Wolves pick up seven points from their last four matches as they pulled off the great escape.


Craddock would play just three more times for the club but he had already done enough to become a much-loved figure at Wolves. A total of 237 appearances over 10 years is not the best return, but he deserves recognition for the impact he made at the club between 2003 and 2013.


A special mention on the 17 goals that he scored too. If you have a minute, look up his volley against Bradford City in 2007 and you will struggle to find a better goal from a centre-back.

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