Wolves swamp Spartak

On November 16th 1954 Wolves played Moscow Spartak under the Molineux floodlights, a great game that captured the imagination of both the press and the fans.

Desmond Hackett reported as follows, “Wolves became the super Soccer men of England last night when they pounded, attacked and finally battered the Soviet football maestros, Spartak, into complete defeat before a crazy, cheering 57,000 crowd at Wolverhampton.

After the Spartak game both teams went to the Victoria Hotel in Wolverhampton for the post-match banquet.  Despite the result the Spartak team signed Bert’s menu for him and it is shown below.  The Spartak team were very sporting in defeat.  The Russian Minister of Sport, Mr Antipenok, who travelled with Spartak described the match as bringing the nations closer together but that Spartak had played very, very badly.

Spartak left Wolverhampton the following morning at 6.20 am and Bert was back at work training for even bigger challenges to come.  Spartak were the number two Russian team but Honved of Hungary were possibly the World’s best football club!

Banquet menu and autographs from 1954

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