Atkins played for Wolves between 1995 and 1999, at various positions in the midfield and at right back. He was bought for £1m from Blackburn Rovers, the club at which he had won a Premiership Champions Medal. The dependable man from Doncaster played 140(13) times for Wolves and netted 11 times. He arrived at Shrewsbury Town at the end of his career for a spell under manager Jimmy Quinn.

Not a name instantly recognisable in association with Wolves, but a hugely influential Salopian. Bowdler was born in Shrewsbury and attended Shrewsbury School where he captained the football team. Along with his brother Ernie he is reputed to have set up the club which is now known as Shrewsbury Town, and he played for the club until Wolves signed him in 1890. He was the first Shrewsbury Town player to ever be signed by a League Club but only went on to make 24 League and 1 FA Cup appearances for Wolves. He moved to Blackburn Rovers where he played 24 games, before moving back to Shrewsbury. He also became STFC’s secretary and later served as their Chairman. In 1901 he kept the club afloat financially for a month with his own money. He was also a Shrewsbury Town Councillor and served for the Shropshire FA. He died in 1927 in, you guessed it, Shrewsbury.

Peter was one of the great players of Wolves’ fabulous fifties. He played almost 500 times in a Wolves career which spanned 14 years, and in that time netted 145 goals. He won 3 League Championships and an FA Cup with Wolves, before moving on to Shrewsbury Town in 1965.

Clarke played regularly for Wolves over seven seasons, ending with a total of 170 appearances and 33 goals for the Molineux club. Clarke was born in Wolverhampton and made his debut for his home town club in 1978. His time with Wolves ended when he was transferred to Birmingham City for £80,000 in 1984. Following spells at Birmingham, Everton, Manchester City, Wayne made one further appearance for Wolves on loan from neighbours Walsall. He similarly had a loan spell at the Gay Meadow and in 1993 he moved permanently to Shrewsbury Town and helped to guide them to a Third Division Championship. He has an impressive record of 22 goals in 53 appearances for Town in his second spell.

Wayne Clarke’s manager at Shrewsbury Town when he won that Third Division title was another former Wolves player, Fred Davies. Fred was a goalkeeper at Molineux between 1957 and 1968 in which time he made 369 appearances. His debut could not have been much tougher, coming in a 1962 FA Cup tie against West Bromwich Albion at Molineux in front of 46,000! He had waited 5 years on the books at Wolves to make his debut, which ended in a 2-1 defeat, but he must have done enough to persuade manager Stan Cullis of his ability as he became an almost ever present between the sticks until Cullis left 3 seasons later. In 1993 Davies was appointed Shrewsbury manager after being assistant to John Bond.

Lees is another player to have appeared for both clubs, although during his time at Shrewsbury they were a non-league club. He score 43 goals in 129 appearances for Wolves, after signing for the costly sum of £50.

Robinson came through the youth system at Wolves and established himself as a first team regular in the centre of midfield. For experience in his early years he was sent out on loan to Gay Meadow, where he played at Wembley in the Auto Windscreens Shield Final.  Town fans were unhappy to see him start ahead of favourite Paul Evans and his case was not helped by the fact Town lost to Rotherham. His stay at the Gay Meadow lasted just 4 appearances. In 165 appearances, he scored his fair share of goals for Wolves and had a knack of scoring in local derbies, but was eventually allowed to leave by manager Dave Jones. Robinson went on to play Premiership football at Portsmouth and Sunderland.

Rowley holds the record for scoring more career goals than any other player in English football, with 434. He achieved this at Shrewsbury amongst others, but it is for his days at Gay Meadow that he will be most remembered. 152 of his goals came during his time at Shrewsbury, the club he also went on to manage for ten years between 1958 and 1968. He has the record for the most goals scored in a season by a Town player, with 38 goals in 43 appearances in the first season of his tenure as player manager, a season in which Town were also promoted. He was named Shrewsbury Town’s “player of the millennium”. Rowley has had 2 testimonial games, both against Wolves. Wanderers never signed the young Rowley despite being on the books, having been born in Wolverhampton and being a Wolves fan as a boy.

Stobart scored 22 goals in 54 games for Wolves before transferring to Aston Villa for £20,000 in 1964. 3 years later half that sum saw him transferred to Shrewsbury Town where he made 36 League appearances.

Popular full back Thommo was bought by Wolves on the same day as Steve Bull, and from the same club, West Bromwich Albion. Which makes it all the more sweeter that Thommo became such a regular at Wolves for over ten years after costing next to nothing. A fine penalty taker, Thommo scored 45 in 451 appearances for Wolves. Following his lengthy time at Wolves, Thommo went on to play for Tranmere and had an unhappy spell at Shrewsbury under Kevin Ratcliffe, where he experienced relegation to the Conference. He left Town at the end of that season.

As a player, Graham Turner played 355 times for Shrewsbury where he won England Youth Caps and the Third Division title. Towards the end of that spell he became player-manager, in 1977 aged just 30. He led the club to promotion in 1978-79, the first time the club had been promoted to the second tier of English football. It was enough to impress Aston Villa to take him on as manager in 1984. Two years later in October 1986, Turner was appointed Wolves manager with the huge task of lifting the once great club back to life. And what a job he did, making some astute signings along the way, not least Steve Bull from West Brom for £65,000 which is possibly the best business in the history of Wolverhampton Wanderers, if not World football itself! Turner did indeed lift Wanderers, with two successive promotions (both times Wolves were league champions) and a trip to Wembley where they won the Sherpa Van Trophy in front of 80,000.

However, expectancy was high at Molineux following the redevelopment of Molineux, money made available for players and two consecutive promotions, and Turner possibly suffered from his own success. Failing to complete a trio of promotions ultimately cost him his job and he made way for Graham Taylor. Turner is now Hereford United manager and finally led them back to the football league in 2005/06, but possibly his proudest position is that of honorary president of Shrewsbury Wolves!

When Graham Hawkins left his job as assistant manager at Shrewsbury, he arrived at Molineux following Wolves’ relegation from the top flight. It wasn’t Hawkins first spell at Molineux however, as he had played over 30 times for Wolves between 1964 and 1968. Graham led Wolves to promotion in his first season, finishing second behind QPR despite much off-field turmoil at the club. His inability in the following season to keep Wolves in the First Division cost him his job, perhaps unfairly what with the deterioration of the club, and he was replaced by Tommy Docherty who also oversaw a relegation season.