Perfect 10 at Molineux.
FOOTBALL has a habit of throwing up dramatic final day stories and 10-man Boro wrote the perfect script as Bernie Slaven Bernie Slaven (born 13 November 1960 in Paisley, Scotland) is a footballer who played internationally for the Republic of Ireland (playing 7 times and scoring 1 goal). The clubs he played for were: Morton, Airdrie, Queen of the South, Albion Rovers, Middlesbrough, Darlington and and Paul Wilkinson This article is about the professor. For the retired footballer, see Paul Wilkinson (footballer).
Paul Wilkinson (born 9 May, 1937, Harrow, Middlesex) is former Professor of International Relations and former Director of the University of St Andrews Centre goals capped an epic promotion-sealing win in the Black Country.
An early morning fire at Molineux and a bomb hoax had put the match in jeopardy but it went ahead despite the late arrival of several hundred Boro fans.
The in-form Teessiders were cheek by jowl with Derby and Leicester to go up as all three were in contention and jostling for the runner-up spot.
Mid-table Wolves had only pride to play for, but the need for a Boro win was hammered home at the end of a goalless first half as Derby led 2-0 at Swindon.
Boro were denied a penalty when referee Philip Don Philip Don (born March 10, 1952) is a former football referee and school headteacher from England. Don was originally from Sheffield but his teaching career took him south to Middlesex. Career
He became a Football League linesman in 1980 at the age of only twenty eight. deemed a bad challenge on Wilkinson was outside the area, with heavy metal fan Jimmy Phillips Jimmy Phillips (born 8 February 1966) is a former professional soccer player, who is currently first team coach at Bolton Wanderers after spending a number of years as youth team coach. thrashing the 20-yard free kick over.
Boro's automatic promotion chances were already seeming unlikely in an even game, and they were hit hard when Nicky Mohan Nicholas 'Nicky' Mohan (born October 6 1970 in Middlesbrough, England) was a professional footballer who played in defence making 390 league appearances for seven clubs during his 15-year career. was sent off on 65 minutes.
Jamie Pollock caught Steve Bull as he was going for a shot and players from both sides squared up.
When order was restored, Mohan received his second yellow card and his marching orders, and things got worse as Wolves went ahead within a minute.
Paul Cook crossed from the left and Boro's disorganised defence was all at sea as Andy Mutch stooped to send in a far post header, leaving Boro's promotion mission looking impossible.
But Boro amazingly threw themselves a lifeline when Slaven - a virtual outcast at the start of the season - equalised from six yards after keeper Mike Stowell could only parry Jon Gittens' header.
And an improbable victory - and with it promotion - was confirmed 13 minutes from time when top scorer Wilkinson scored his 24th of the campaign with a header from Pollock's cross.
Stowell parried the ball onto the post but it rebounded and hit him before bouncing into the net, triggering manic celebrations at the final whistle.
BORO: Ironside, Fleming, Phillips, Gittens, Mohan, Pollock, Slaven (Payton 74), Falconer, Wilkinson, Hendrie, Ripley (Peake 83).
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|Publication:||Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)|
|Date:||Jul 6, 2009|
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