When my most memorable season as a Wolves fan was precisely 25 years ago, it’s impossible not to draw comparisons with today’s ‘division three’ elect.
Nostalgia tells me that Graham Turner’s third tier side never lost a game in those heady Scoreline days, as we hit four, five or six goals per game with Bully blazing a trail into Bobby Robson’s England squad.
In another 25 years from now, I’ll probably be thinking the same of Kenny Jackett’s Old Gold visions of beauty as McDonald, Jacobs and Henry induce similar levels of dewy-eyed sentimentality.
A 0-0 draw with Stevenage will presumably be long forgotten, just as seldom few recall 3-1 defeats to lowly Northampton Town and relegated Southend United when we were equally invincible in ’89.
Both squads provided boundless levels of happiness but despite reminiscence suggesting otherwise, both were fallible.
Our stalemate at Broadhall Way reminds us that nothing can be taken for granted, despite our current 87 point haul already being enough to win the Barclays Division 3 championship in 1989 by three clear points (from Harry Bassett’s Sheffield United on 84).
James Henry, our modern day Robbie Dennison, sustained an unwanted first half injury and Michael Jacobs – a tad more Phil Robinson by comparison – appeared to struggle with a bout of ill-health during the opening 45 minutes as well.
It led to a fragmented performance against a predictably gutsy Stevenage, with sub Dicko replacing Henry and Saturday’s match-winner McAlinden apparently operating in a wider role behind Clarke up-top.
Any comparison between our Leon and Andy Mutch is stretching things a touch too far, as our number nine bore a better resemblance to Jackie Gallagher, drawing a save from Stevenage keeper Day in the best chance of the game.
From the 95.6 FM airwaves, there was nothing to separate the two sides with a draw the very least Stevenage deserved.
Under the circumstances it’s a good one, as we chalk off a point from the 11 we needed before this game to be mathematically sure.
We now move to the next one at Molineux on Saturday where radio headsets, calculators and Manders Paint memories will again come into focus, like they did tonight.
Thomas: I’ve had a message from a fan in Australia who wants to get in touch with a Wolves Supporters Group based in Sydney. If anyone has their information or is a member, please drop me in an email via the contact form.