When the teenager, Stan Cullis, made his debut for Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1935, little did he realise that he was embarking on what can only be described as an incredible journey.
Quickly becoming club captain, Wolves’ fortunes improved during the thirties, but just to the level of runners-up, no actual silverware itself was lifted.
He was chosen to play for England though during this wider period, but limited to 12 full caps, captaining the team once.
The outbreak of war, in 1939, affected everyone, including Cullis and his career.
During the conflict itself, he played for his country on 20 occasions, half of them as captain.