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Legend Wagstaff On Attacking Talent

03 May 2018
They may have drawn a blank last weekend, but there's no denying that Nigel Adkins' side has been in good goal-scoring form in recent weeks.

Abel Hernandez, Harry Wilson and Kamil Grosicki have been knocking in the goals of late, contributing 14 of the 24 goals scored in the 11 games played since the beginning of March, form that has been vital in securing the Tigers’ Championship status for next season.

Goals will always help to win you points, and one man who knows more than most about the importance of a prolific attacking line-up is club legend Ken Wagstaff.

‘Waggy’ was part of perhaps the most celebrated attacking force in the Tigers’ history, forming a lethal partnership with Chris Chilton in the 1960s which was ably supported by the likes of Ian Butler and Ken Houghton, and he’s been telling the Tigers Podcast about what it’s like to play in a side when the goals are flowing.

“It was a great time and the supporters at Boothferry Park were fantastic,” said the man who netted just shy of 200 goals for the Club.

“Luckily I was playing in a side that had plenty of players who could score goals. We had Chillo, Butler, Houghton – they all scored 20 goals in the season we won the league (1965/66), although we didn’t defend too well in those days and I remember losing some games 5-4 and 4-3!

“It was pretty gung-ho in those days and everybody got forward – you didn’t worry too much about defending. I was always confident when I just had the goalkeeper to beat.

“That side scored 109 goals in the title-winning season and it was a super team. We played to a pattern to make sure there was space in behind the full-backs for us to run into. They were great times.

“A lot of a goal-scorer’s game is instinct – why do they take up the positions that they do? You look at someone like Harry Kane now – strikers don’t know which position they’re taking up, they imagine where the ball is going to go and know where they need to be.”

 

Hear more of Waggy’s memories by listening to the latest edition of the Tigers Podcast – available free of charge by clicking here.

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