Wolverhampton Wanderers: top 30 players - Number three

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Bill Slater is one of two players to win the FWA Footballer of the Year at Wolverhampton Wanderers, so it's no surprise that he rates highly in this list.


He spent less time at Wolverhampton Wanderers than some of the other players in this list, but in 11 years at Molineux, Bill Slater ensured that he would always feature highly in the honours list at the club.


In his first season in the Black Country, Wolves improved 13 places in the First Division as they finished third before the following season, Wolves won their first top-flight title. It proved to be one of three league crowns that Slater won and his performances were not going unnoticed at a higher level as he was included in England's World Cup squad in 1958.


From a personal perspective, however, Slater would earn something that only Billy Wright has achieved while playing for Wolves - the FWA Footballer of the Year accolade. During a time when the likes of Tom Finney, Danny Blanchflower and Stanley Matthews were being awarded the same recognition, Slater came out on top in 1960 in a season where he captained Wolves to the FA Cup and second place in the First Division.


Slater would end his time at Wolves with 25 goals in 339 appearances. He didn't come close to entering the top 10 for appearances made in the West Midlands, but his achievements put him up there among the club's greats.

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