Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players - number 26

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Playing for one English club is rarely seen nowadays, but that is what former Wolverhampton Wanderers stopper Phil Parkes achieved in his career.


Phil Parkes may have been born in West Bromwich but that did not stop him snapping up the opportunity to represent Wolverhampton Wanderers after finishing school.


He announced himself on the senior stage with a penalty save during a 3-2 victory over Preston North End and from there, he did not look back. During his time at Molineux, he made 127 appearances in the league and 171 in all competitions - records that still stand today.


During that time, he helped Wolves reach the UEFA Cup final, which they would lose to Tottenham Hotpsur, and he also featured frequently during their run to the League Cup final in 1974, although he would miss the final with a broken ankle.


Parkes was also one of several Wolves players to play in the United States with Los Angeles Wolves and the success of that team led to the side becoming the founding members of the North American Soccer League.


His football career will be remembered for his time in the Black Country, however, and after making over 300 appearances for one of his local clubs, he will always remembered as one of Wolves' best between the sticks.

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