Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players - Number 23

Molineux - Wolves - Billy Wright Stand

Our previous selections were all instrumental in their time at Wolverhampton Wanderers, but Alex Rae was arguably the pick of the three in midfield.

 

Over the past few days, we have highlighted the impact of Colin Cameron and Paul Ince, but although his time at Molineux only lasted three years, it could be said that Alex Rae made a bigger contribution than his midfield teammates.

 

In his first season at the club, he netted seven goals as Wolves battled it out for promotion, and although they would eventually fall short in the playoffs, Rae's growing affinity with the supporters was rewarded with the Fans' Player of the Year award. The goals would dry up in his second campaign, but he again starred in the run to the playoffs, netting the goal against Reading that booked the club's place in the Division One playoff final, which they won against Sheffield United.

 

Rae's best scoring form came in the Premier League as he ended the campaign at the top of the goals chart with eight strikes. Five of those efforts would come in a six-game spell at the turn of the year but in the end, Wolves would suffer relegation and return to the second tier.

 

Nevertheless, Rae departed for boyhood club Rangers held in high regard by the Wolves faithful, and now that he has began a career in coaching and management, we would be welcomed back at Molineux in the future should an opportunity arise.

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