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Former Wolves goalkeeper Malcolm Finlayson dies aged 84

Malcolm Finlayson Credit: S&G/S&G and Barratts/EMPICS Sport/PA

Former Wolves goalkeeper Malcolm Finlayson has died at the age of 84.

He was suddenly taken ill and passed away yesterday afternoon in Russells Hall Hospital in Dudley.

Malcolm won league titles with Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1958 and 1959, and also won the FA Cup in 1960. He made 203 appearances in all competitions for Wolves.

(L-R) Wolverhampton Wanderers' Peter Broadbent, Gerry Mannion and Malcolm Finlayson show off the FA Cup Credit: PA

“Everyone at the Club was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of Malcolm’s death.

Not only was he a member of the Wolves Hall of Fame and a legendary former player, but he remained part of the fabric of the Club becoming Chairman, and then recently, President, of the Wolves Former Players Association, working tirelessly on behalf of former players for a number of years.

Our deepest condolences got to Malcolm’s partner, Angela, his daughter, Sandra and her husband, Mel, and all his family and friends.”

– Jez Moxey, Chief Executive, Wolves

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Full time: England U21s 2-1 Croatia U21s

West Brom's Saido Berahino was an unlikely hero with fans at the Molineux tonight as England Under 21s beat Croatia in the first leg of their Euro 2015 qualifying playoff.

Marko Livaja gave Croatia the lead with a header after 13 minutes.

Harry Kane equalised on 58 minutes from a Berahino cross.

Berahino was then fouled after 82 minutes in the penalty area. He stepped up to cooly convert the penalty as England take a narrow one goal advantage to Croatia.

4 Midlands players in England U21s starting line up

Four Midlands players have been named in the starting line up for England U21s in their crucial Euro play-off first leg at Wolverhampton Wanderers' Molineux stadium.

  • Jack Butland (Stoke City)
  • Liam Moore (Leicester City)
  • Will Hughes (Derby County)
  • Saido Berahino (WBA)

Nottingham Forest's Jamaal Lascelles has been selected on the substitutes bench.

The full line up:

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Could Wolves achieve successive promotions?

In 2013 they became the first club in history to endure back to back relegations from football's top flight - twice.

Now though, Wolves could achieve something really quite remarkable - successive promotions back to the top.

It is early days, but the team is currently one of the Championship's form sides and it seems everyone is crediting the turn around to one man.

Steve Clamp reports.

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