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Wolves vs. Dynamos 1955

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British Pathé News footage of the floodlit friendly between Wolves and Dynamo Moscow, played at Molineux on 9th November 1955 in front of 55,480.

British Pathé News footage of the floodlit friendly between Wolves and Dynamo Moscow, played at Molineux on 9th November 1955 in front of 55,480.

Wolves commemorated the opening of their newly-installed floodlights at Molineux with a 3-1 floodlit friendly defeat of South Africa on 30th September 1953. Over the next four years, Wolves played a series of floodlit friendlies and remained unbeaten throughout. Evening matches under the Molineux lights against the likes of Spartak Moscow, Dynamo Moscow and Real Madrid gained iconic status, but none more so than the thrilling defeat of Honved on 13th December 1954 that captured the attention of the nation.

In August 1955 Wolves played two friendly matches in the Soviet Union against Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow. On 7th August, Spartak avenged their earlier defeat at Molineux ( with a comfortable 3-0 win over Wolves and, just five days later, Dynamo narrowly defeated Stan Cullis' team 3-2.

Bill Slater, Eddie Clamp and captain Billy Wright formed an impressive half-back line for much of the 1955-56 season and for the return friendly against Dynamo at Molineux. England manager Walter Winterbottom subsequently utilised Slater, Clamp and Wright in an all-Wolves half-back line line at the 1958 World Cup finals. Amidst further familiarity from the likes of Bert Williams, Johnny Hancocks, Jimmy Mullen and Peter Broadbent, 20-year-old centre-forward Jimmy Murray made his Wolves debut against Dynamo. Murray was a replacement for Roy Swinbourne who had injured his right knee in a match at Luton Town just four days previously. It ultimately proved to be a career-ending injury for the unlucky Swinbourne. Murray, however, finished with 11 goals in 25 league appearances for Wolves at the end of the 1955-56 season and ended his Wolves career with a magnificent total of 166 goals in 299 appearances.

Dynamo, together with rivals Spartak Moscow, were the dominant teams in Soviet football during the 1950s. Against Wolves, manager Mikhail Yakushin included in his team defender, and captain, Konstantin Krizhevsky, centre-forward Yuri Kuznetsov, right-winger Vladimir Shabrov and the legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin.

Molineux, Wolverhampton, West Midlands.

Start of the international football match between Moscow's Dynamo and Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves). GV. Dynamo's kick off (white stripe around the bottom of their shorts). They take the ball and attack down the left wing. LV. Cowds watching. SV. Dynamo attacking - the ball is past from the centre out to the right wing for Shabrov to receive. He runs down the right wing and Bill Shorthouse comes up to intercept but Shabrov shoots towards goal. The ball glances off Shorthouse and Bert Williams, the Wolves' goalkeeper, collects it near the goal post and clears up field. GV. Wolves attacking. Ball goes out to Bill Slater on the right wing and Dynamo line of defence forms up as Slater dribbles near centre. The ball is kicked about from Wolves to Dynamo and back again to Wolves. Eddie Stuart passes out to right wing for Slater to receive again. He runs towards goal and shoots but Dynamo player rushes forward to kick the ball over the cross bar. GV. Massed crowds. GV. Wolves take corner kick. Wilshaw receives and kicks immediately over to Slater who receives and shoots ball in net (15th minute). GV. Massed crowds cheering. SV. Dynamo attacking. Russian player running with ball, he passes the ball over to his team mates in front of Wolves' goal, but the ball is bounced off and goes straight to Clamp. He runs up field. LV. Wolves attacking with Dynamo's close in. Lev Yashin dives on ground for ball. GV. Massed crowds. GV. Kick-off, second half. Wolves attack down field. LV. Massed crowds. SV. Peter Broadbent with ball in front of Dynamo's goal. He passes to Bill Slater who receives and shoots straight into goal. Yashin dives and saves. GV. Massed crowds. LS. Dynamo attacking up field. Russian player makes short pass to his team mates but ball is deflected from him and goes to Clamp who shoots up field (lead in for goal). SV. Jimmy Mullen running with ball with Rodionov close alongside. Mullen beats him and shoots as Yashin rushes out to try to save. Ball goes into open net. LV. Wolves congratulating Mullen. Score: 2-0. GV. Crowds applauding.

GV. Dynamo attacking. Ilyin receives and shoots towards goal. Williams saves and clears up field. STV. Crowd applauding. SV. Jimmy Hancocks taking corner for Wolves at other end. Pan with ball, Broadbent and Dynamo players jump to head ball. Ball hits crossbar and comes back into play for the Dynamo to clear up field. SV. Midfield play with ball bobbing from one Dynamo player to another. Finally they attack up field (lead in for goal). LV. Wolves' defence line as ball comes into picture. Ilyin receives and shoots. Ball goes into net just under crossbar, pan to crowds applauding. LV. Dynamo and Wolves walking off field. Final score Wolves 2, Dynamo 1.