Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players - Number six

Wolverhampton Wanderers made a £5,000 investment in Kenny Hibbitt, but in return, they got 574 appearances in all competitions.


After 15 appearances for his local club Bradford Park Avenue, Wolverhampton Wanderers decided to shell out £5,000 for Kenny Hibbitt and it proved to be money well spent as the midfielder went on to become the second-highest appearance maker at Molineux.


Wolves had just survived their first season in Division One when Hibbitt joined in 1968 and over the years, he helped the club develop into one of the best teams in England. By the end of his third campaign, Wolves had transformed from a team struggling at the bottom to an outfit strong enough to finish in fourth place and a lot of that was down to Hibbitt.


During the 1971-72 campaign, Hibbitt helped Wolves reach the UEFA Cup final. He scored during the early rounds against Den Haag and Carl Zeiss Jena but he couldn't help the Black Country outfit overcome Tottenham Hotspur in a two-legged final.


The club's league form deteriorated over the years but Wolves would win the 1974 League Cup as Hibbitt scored the opening goal in the 2-1 triumph over Manchester City. A second League Cup would follow in 1980 while Hibbitt would prove instrumental in helping the club return to the top flight on two occasions after earlier relegations.


His Wolves career would end in 1984 with 89 goals being netted in 466 league appearances. He would play a further 108 times in cup competitions and only Derek Parkin has featured more times in a Wolves shirt.

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