Recently I wrote an article for BBC about the best Wolves goal I’d personally seen and there was one that topped my list but it did make me think about some of the fantastic goals Wolves have scored over the years so I thought we’d reminisce and take a look of some of the contenders for Best Wolves Goal.
Ruben Neves v Derby County 11th April 2018
Although there have been many outstanding Wolves goals, the greatest of them all for me is that of Ruben Neves against Derby County. Wolves were flying high on the cusp of securing a return to the Premier League, BBC Sport declared it ‘a goal of a lifetime’ and even Derby’s manager Gary Rowett declared it sensational stating that he felt like applauding. Ruben picked up the ball from a Derby clearance 35 yards out, flicked the ball up and and drilled a truly outrageous volley top bins. I remember the feeling in the crowd of stunned amazement and euphoria it was simply incredible. It showcases the exceptional skill of Ruben and he’s gone on to score many more great goals for us, I feel privileged to have watched him week in week out in a Wolves shirt for nearly 6 years.
Jamie O'Hara v West Brom, 20th February 2011
The midfielder won Wolves’ goal of the season award with a sweetly struck strike from a well-worked free kick. Tamas fouled Kevin Doyle just outside the angle of the penalty box and from the resulting free-kick Nenad Miljijas played the ball into the path of O’Hara, whose left-foot first-time shot from outside the area had enough curl on it to evade the grasp of Boaz Myhill in the Baggies goal. This was a magnificent goal and worthy of a win against them lot down the road but unfortunately that wasn’t to be.
The match finished 1-1 as injury time substitute James Morrison’s shot was blocked but not held by Hennessey and Vela was quickest to react and earn his side a valuable point.
Alex Rae v Bolton, 27th September 2003
For Wolverhampton Wanderers, adjusting to life in the Premier League was difficult. In their first five games, they had only won once and conceded five goals in crushing losses to Blackburn Rovers and Chelsea.
A standout moment during the 2003–2004 season was the journey to Bolton Wanderers in late September. Bolton cleared a corner only for Alex Rae rot pick it up. When the ball landed at the midfielder’s feet, he connected with it right away, and the cannonball volley soared into the upper corner of Jussi Jaaskelainen’s goal. After this setback, Bolton came back to tie the match 1-1, but Rae’s goal was the rightful winner of the September 2003 Goal of the Month award as chosen by ITV viewers.
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake v Charlton, 29 March 2008
This was a breathtaking goal from the striker who showed some ridiculous skill before beating the keeper.
At the time Sylvan Ebanks-Blake rated his dazzling solo goal for Wolves at Charlton Athletic as the best of his career so far.
This was the striker’s second goal in the crucial 3-2 victory at The Valley and was one that will live long in the memory not only for its importance but also its quality – a flick and turn past the defender then a searing, angled shot.
The match finished with a 3-2 win for Wolves. Leroy Lita powered home a header to draw Charlton level, only for Karl Henry to convert Kevin Kyle’s low cross to win it for Wolves in the dying seconds.
George Ndah v Preston, 22nd February 2003
Wolves stepped up their promotion push with a visit to Deepdale to take on Preston North End, and the in-form Ndah notched his eight goal in nine games when he ran from midway inside his own half before unleashing a stunning shot from 18 yards which nestled into the bottom corner.
A phenomenal run from Ndah!
David Kelly v Leicester, FA Cup 5th Round, 18th February 1995
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David Kelly combined beautifully with Don Goodman as Premier League Leicester were beaten in the FA Cup. Mark Venus intercepted the ball and passes out to Kelly setting up a great counter attack, ‘Ned’ passes the ball to Don on the wing and continues his run into the box and with a diving header scores from Goodman’s cross.
Matt Doherty v Fulham 12th January 2016
Michal Zyro put Wolves two up in the first 13 minutes before Fulham got one back. Matt Doherty scored a cracker in the 48th minute when he picked up a Fulham clearance and fired into the bottom corner.
Wolves also completed a league double over Fulham, having beaten the Cottagers 3-0 the previous September.
Jota v Cardiff 2nd March 2019
Diogo Jota struck first with a low finish into the bottom left corner from Raul Jimenez’s pass on 16 minutes this was a good goal but it was the team work that lead to the goal that makes this one great. The goal came in the 16th minute as Willy Boly stepped into midfield. Diogo Jota, Morgan Gibbs-White, and Raul Jimenez then exchanged a glorious sequence of one-touch passing that tore Cardiff apart and left Jota in the clear. 2 minutes after Jota returned the favour for Raul Jimenez, as he grabbed his 11th league goal. Cardiff had goalkeeper Neil Etheridge to thank for keeping the score down in the second half.
BBC FEATURED ARTICLE
It was pretty tough to pick the best Wolves goal for BBC Sport and that’s why I decided to write this article, but even one article couldn’t cover the number of quality goals I’ve seen for Wolves so I’ve decided to do a second part with even more goals. I hope you enjoyed this and I’d love you to drop your favourite Wolves goal in the comments below.
article by dazzling Dave
Founder Always Wolves