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Memories of John Oldfield.

WOLVES historian David Instone is seeking information for an article on John Oldfield, the goalkeeper who played for Town, the Molineux club and Bradford City.

"I run a nostalgia website called www.wolvesheroes.com and would like to write a piece on John, but I have heard he may have passed away," said Instone.

"If any Examiner readers are able to confirm whether this is true, I would be grateful. In that case, I will compile a posthumous tribute.

"Contact me on 07734 440095 or at info@wolvesheroes.com."

Born in Lindrick, South Yorkshire, Oldfield was signed by Town as an amateur in August 1961, and handed a professional contract in March 1962.

Initially an understudy to former Manchester United star Ray Wood, he made his debut in a 2-1 Division II (now Championship) win at Swansea in September 1963.

It was the first of 171 appearances, with Oldfield, pictured right, an ever-present in 1965-66, when Town narrowly missed out on promotion to the top flight. He again played every game in 1967-68, when Town made the League Cup semi-finals.

Ian Greaves' appointment as manager in the summer of 1968 and his signing of Terry Poole from Manchester United signalled the start of the end of Oldfield's time at Town.

He had to be satisfied with 17 outings that season, and after Greaves also recruited David Lawson from Bradford Park Avenue, Oldfield was sold to Wolves for PS35,000 in December 1969.

He was second in line to Phil Parkes at Molineux, and had a spell on loan at Crewe before a PS2,000 transfer to Bradford City in December 1971.

He later managed Yeadon Celtic.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Aug 31, 2013
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