Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players - Number 11

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He is unfortunate to be left out of our top 10, but Derek Parkin is a true legend at Wolverhampton Wanderers having made over 600 appearances.

 

Billy Wright is remembered as Wolves' greatest defender but if you were to select an all-time back four, Derek Parkin would feature in that backline after making over 600 appearances between 1968 and 1982.

 

It's a phenomenal tally given that Wolves were often taking part in four competitions and such totals over 14 years is unheard of in modern-day football with squad rotation a major part of the game.

 

Wolves spent £80,000 to sign him from Huddersfield Town and they made sure he was worth every penny as he became an ever-present in all competitions during his first two years at Molineux. He made 35 appearances more than second-place Kenny Hibbitt but that could have been a lot more had he featured more regularly in three of his 14 seasons.

 

His record in the league stands at 501, but in all competitions he reached 609 games. He was also an integral part of the squad that enjoyed success during the early seventies, although he was only named as a substitute for both legs of the 1972 UEFA Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur.

 

His time at Wolves would end in 1982 when he opted to move to Stoke City on a free transfer, but he would be recognised by a club by being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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