Wolves 1 City 0
29th March 1975
City Corrigan, Hammond, Donachie, Doyle, Barrett, Oakes, Keegan, Bell, Royle, Hartford, Tueart – sub Daniels
My Dream Game – Joe Corrigan
JOE CORRIGAN’S memory slips back a mere five months to pinpoint the game he regards as the most
satisfying of his career in big-time football.
March 29th-Easter Saturday dawned with Corrigan still uncertain whether he would be fit to face
the formidable strike force of Wolves at Molineux later that afternoon.
He explained: “The previous day I damaged my hand playing against Middlesbrough and it had been
strapped up afterwards. Though the injury had given me little pain overnight I was afraid that there
might be some reaction when I reported at the ground prior to leaving for Wolverhampton.”
Fortunately for Corrigan he passed a fitness check supervised by physiotherapist Freddie Griffiths
and was able to continue his comeback against the hungry Wolves.
It was an important game for Corrigan. He says: “I had just fought my way back into the first team
and in the previous two matches had really got the crowd on my side once again”. My confidence was
oozing back for earlier I had been given a rough ride by fans and critics-knocks that forced me to
ask the club for a transfer.”However, the reception I had received in home wins over Coventry and Boro
made me realise that all was not lost and at the same time it probably helped to make me a better goalkeeper.”
That is why Corrigan looks back on the Molineux game with particular pride. For he defied the might of the
Wolves attack and was beaten only by a penalty the home side were decidely lucky to receive.
City lost 1-0 that day, but giant Joe more than earned his spurs.
He reflects on that game: “It was the fifth match I had played since taking over from Keith MacRae
who had been injured at Leicester. And as early as the opening minutes I was in action.
“A back-pass from Colin Bell fell short and, quick as a flash, Steve Kindon was on the ball.
He cut in sharply from the left hand side of the penalty area and as he advanced I raced from my line.
When Kindon shot fiercely, I fell and the ball struck my body and I was able to smother it safely.
“That was the start of an almost constant barrage with Kindon the particular Wanderers dangerman.
When he cut in again, this time from the right, I was only able to parry his well drilled shot.
The -ball broke lose and this time Derek Dougan had a go.”But again I somehow twisted myself to save
the re-bound. How? I just couldn’t tell you. it was much the same story in the second halfone way traffic
with Kindon always on the look out for space to try his powerful shooting.”
It was then that Corrigan made what he regards as “my best ever save”. The ex-Burnley winger unleashed
a wicked drive that was heading for the top right hand corner of the net. Corrigan flung himself up and
sideways to turn the ball over the post . . . a truly spectacular and memorable effort.
Back to Joe: “Just after that Wolves were awarded a penalty. It was a harsh decision from our point of
view for it can only have been accidental when Colin Barratt handled. But the ref had no hesitation in
pointing to the spot.
Even then Corrigan almost made it a perfect day. He got a hand to Ken Hibbitt’s shot but succeeded only
in pushing the ball into the side-netting. It was a tragedy for City and an even bigger tragedy for Corrigan
who had played so magnificently.
adapted from an article by Peter Gardner from the City programme 16th August 1975