How Wolves fans learned to love Dave Edwards

  The news Dave Edwards had signed a contract extension days after literally handing Wolves a 2-1 win against Blackburn Rovers has been met with sheer joy by supporters – and rightly so.

But there was a time when Wolves’ number 4 was the fall guy, particularly during the Mick McCarthy’s regime.

Full of running and energy in the centre of midfield, what he lacked in technique he more than made up in effort – in fact he personified McCarthy’s ‘put a shift in’ brand.

He joined Wolves in January 2009 after impressing in an FA Cup tie for Luton against Liverpool, but was blighted by injuries.

It took a winning goal against Manchester City, stuck past his old Shrewsbury Town teammate Joe Hart, for supporters to acknowledge there was something about Dave Edwards – but even that strike still didn’t mean he was a hit with the old gold and black faithful.

But as Wolves spiralled down the divisions and the likes of Matt Jarvis, Steven Fletcher and Michael Kightly jumped ship, Edwards, much like his style of play, just quietly went about his business.

Despite being a first teamer playing regular Premier League football, there was not a peep heard from the Salopian as he watched the club become a disaster.

 

Instead he showed determination to put all things right on the behalf of ex-teammates who’d allowed it to become so wrong.

And when Wolves trotted out to play League One football in 2013, the sale of Edwards along with Kevin Doyle and Richard Stearman seemed a likely scenario as the club looked to shake-up what was then a problematic dressing room..

However Kenny Jackett saw a place for Edwards in his squad and it was to be the season Wolves fans found a place for him in their hearts.

With the big names gone, and those still knocking around Compton finding a reluctance or will to play their part, Edwards never moaned, he never quibbled, in fact he did what he does best – he got on with it.

He scored crucial goals along the way, the New Year’s Day equaliser against Tranmere, his finish against Peterborough to put Wolves on the brink of promotion but none more so that season than a second in a 2-0 victory over Crewe Alexander as Wanderers secured a return back to The Championship.

Perhaps it was the celebration after the goal that spoke volumes of his relationship with the fans.

Dave Edwards Leeds
Running towards the fans in the Ice Cream Van stand at Gresty Road, fans spilled onto the pitch knowing it was all over, did Edwards avoid them? Did he hell. He jumped to embrace the fans who were only too happy to salute their new hero: ‘Dangerous Dave’.

From that point on, Edwards, who has made the headed goal his forte, became a cult hero and an even more impressive season in the Championship last season only rubber stamped.
His winner against Leeds United (above) in a thrilling 4-3 victory on Easter Monday completed Edwards journey from the man overlooked to the man to look to.

A contract is the least he deserved….oh and maybe his own chant.

By Adam Thompson.

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