Bolton-born Terry Wharton followed his father in becoming an old style winger in the Football League. His father had played in more than 250 league games for Plymouth, Preston, Manchester City, Blackburn and Newport.
Terry joined Wolves on his 15th birthday in 1957 and he turned professional at Molineux in October 1959, 2 years later scoring on his debut in a 2-0 home win over Ipswich Town on 11th November 1961 when he replaced Mark Lazarus. He then went on to crack in two more goals when making his debut in the FA Cup, versus Carlisle in January 1962.
He was Wolves first-choice right-winger for the next five and a half seasons, he netted his first hat-trick for the club in March 1963 as West Brom were beaten 7-0. He was in the Wolves side that lost their First Division status in 1964-65 but two seasons later he helped them win promotion back to the First Division, netting another hat-trick in a 7-1 home win over Cardiff City. He scored 79 goals in 242 games for Wolves when he joined his home-town club, Bolton Wanderers, for £70,000, the Lancashire club's record buy at the time. Wharton replaced Francis Lee, who had just been sold to Manchester City, and became Bolton's penalty-taker. Sadly, injuries did not allow him to perform consistently, though in 1969-70 he missed only four games. Early the following season he hit his first hat-trick for the club in a 4-2 win over Luton Town. After failing to live up to his early promise at Bolton, where he scored 30 goals in 110 games, he left and joined Crystal Palace. He made 20 League appearances for Palace and in December 1973 played his last game in the Football League. It was his only game for Walsall.
Terry Wharton's Wolves Career
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Full Name: Terence J Wharton
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