Why return of Dave Edwards means so much to Wolves fans

Bakary Sako of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates his penalty goal with team mate Dave Edwards during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesbrough at...

Former Wolves player Dave Edwards is set to return to Molineux with Reading this weekend.

Bakary Sako of Wolverhampton Wanderers celebrates his penalty goal with team mate Dave Edwards during the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Middlesbrough at...

Wolverhampton Wanderers face a huge game this weekend against Reading as they attempt to get their promotion charge back on track, but in addition to that, the clash will also see the return of the man known affectionately at Molineux as ‘Dangerous’ Dave Edwards.

The 32-year-old midfielder made the switch from Wolverhampton to the Madejski back in the summer, in a move that was a necessary evil for the rising Midlands club. Despite being an incredibly loyal servant throughout the course of his tenure, the influx of foreign superstars meant that the Welshman simply would not get enough game time.

DAVE EDWARDS OF WOLVES (2ndL) celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his Wolves team mates during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Wolverhampton...

Now, however, he is returning to the club who he spent nine years with as a member of the opposition.

It is rare in football that you can say a player is universally loved by the fanbase, especially when he is not that well known in the grand scheme of the game – but that description certainly fits the bill for Edwards.

In addition to his ghosting headers inside the box which won Wanderers so many points over the years, with a particular highlight being his winner in the 4-3 triumph over Leeds, Edwards was someone who never allowed his loyalty to waiver.

From 2008 onwards he stuck with Wolves through promotion to the Premier League, two relegations to League One, a promotion back up to the Championship, with a lot of losses in between. He may not have been the first name on the team sheet for several years during his stay, but he soon became a tenured veteran in the dressing room and that certainly didn’t go unnoticed.

Dave Edwards of Wolverhampton Wanderers is closed down by Yury Zhirkov (L) and John Terry of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at...

His determination and habit of never giving up on the ball will ensure that he’s always considered to be a fan favourite, and because of that, there’s even more pressure riding on the upcoming game at the weekend.

Edwards always seemed to step up when it mattered the most, and with Wolves desperately needing a win to get back on track, many are already predicting another last-gasp Edwards header for the Royals.

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