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Wolves legend Bull warns of 'ugly' West Midlands derby with Birmingham

27 Nov 2009 15:22:24

Wolves legend Bull warns of 'ugly' West Midlands derby with Birmingham

Wolves legend Steve Bull is predicting not much style, even less beauty but plenty of blood and guts when his old side play host to Birmingham on Sunday. Goal galore: Steve Bull netted over 300 times for Wolves - but just one will do against Birmingham this weekend Bull - now vice-chairman at Molineux -  sees the outcome of the Midlands derby crucial to Wolves hopes of staying up this season, ensconced as they now are in the bottom two. But an old gold victory will leave them just two points behind the Blues, something Bull insists is crucial - no matter how ugly things get. 'It won't be a pretty game that's for sure,' said Bull. 'There won't be a key man on either side because all 11 will be rolling their sleeves up and offering blood and sweat for the cause. 'It'll be a full house of over 28,000, superb atmosphere, but it's a must-win for us - we need the points badly and all that goes with winning a derby.' A blood and thunder game is the sort of day Bull - who netted over 300 goals for Wolves in a 13-year, 500-game career - used to relish. He rates fearsome former Millwall midfielder Terry Hurlock as one of his favourite opponents and starred in an era when players would hit each other with all they had - then get up and carry on. Known as the Tipton Skin for his trademark close-cropped haircut, Bull added: 'Every game was hard back then - firm but fair - and you knew you'd been in a match afterwards. 'But nowadays players seem to go down or dive whereas all I wanted to do when I got in the box was score - I never went down unless I was cut down. 'And to be honest, if I was playing today, my career would have lasted five years longer because there's tackling for behind and everyone is so protected from physical contact.' Write caption here Bull is an ambassador for Barclays Homewin, a competition where 20 fans can win the Premier League trophy for a day - to take anywhere. He said: 'Wolves need to stay up this year and within five years I feel we'll be challenging to get our hands on the Premier League trophy. 'I have been lucky enough to get my own hands on it and it weighs about four stone - I don't know how they manage throw it around when they win it. 'So if a fan wins it, they need to be a bit careful - but so many pro footballers will never get to hold it making the Homewin competition all the more exciting and fantastic. 'I was never lucky enough to play in the top flight with Wolves but Mick McCarthy is the right man to keep us in the Premier League and beyond. Then we can lift the trophy for real.' To celebrate the renewal of the Barclays Premier League sponsorship, Barclays are offering 20 top-flight football fans from across the globe the ultimate prize - a once in a lifetime chance to win the Barclays Premier League trophy for the day. From Sunderland to Shanghai, Manchester to Mumbai, 'Barclays Home Win' is live at www.barclayshomewin.com giving Barclays Premier League fans all over the world the opportunity to submit their personal details and win the unique money-can't-buy prize. Barclays recently announced a new £82.25m global title sponsorship of the Premier League, running until the end of the 2012/13 season, meaning that the Barclays Group will have been Premier League sponsors for 12 years from 2001 through to 2013. Winners for 'Barclays Home Win' will be drawn at random with one lucky fan from each Barclays Premier League club earning the chance to have the most sought after trophy in English football taking pride of place in their living room, or adorning their school or workplace. Fans can be in with a chance of winning this fantastic prize simply by visiting www.barclayshomewin.com and entering their details.  Wolves legend Steve Bull warns of 'ugly' derby with Birmingham but insists victory crucial will be worth its weight in old goldBirmingham striker O'Connor sidelined for several months with hip injuryTwo tribes go to war: It's derby day in London, Liverpool and the MidlandsBIRMINGHAM CITY FC


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