Bob Hatton

A consistent goalscorer wherever he played, Hatton was born in Hull on 10th April 1947 and after leaving school he joined Wath Wanderer's, the nursey side run by Wolves.

In 1964 he he signed professional forms at Molineux and began a long career which took him to Bolton (March 1967), Northampton (Oct 1968), Carlisle (July 1969), Blues (Oct 1971), Blackpool (July 1976), Luton (July 1978), Sheffield Utd (July 1980) and Cardiff (Dec 1982).

Hatton became Blues' record £82,500 signing when he joined from Brunton Park and spent his longest spell with one club at St. Andrew's - almost five years.

His goals helped Blues win promotion to the old first division in 1972 and reach the semi-final of the FA cup on two occasions in '72 & '75.

He formed part of what many fans consider to be Blues' best ever forward line with Bob Latchford and Trevor Francis and later played alongside Peter Withe and Kenny Burns in the Blues attack.

"Give me three chances and I'll score from one," Hatton would claim, and he netted regularly for every club he served - 217 goals in 620 matches in a quite outstanding career in League football.

In 1984, Hatton went into the insurance business in the West Midlands and had a spell with local Sunday League side Cottrell.

In the 1990's Hatton could be heard, occasionally, summarising on Blues games on the local BBC West Midlands radio station.