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Last Updated: Tuesday, 27 May, 2003, 05:39 GMT 06:39 UK
Hayward's dream come true
Wolves celebrate play-off success
Wolves celebrate play-off success
Wolves chairman Jack Hayward was almost lost for words after finally seeing his club reach the Premiership.

The multi-millionaire owner has bankrolled the club without success for years, but saw them get back in the top flight after a 3-0 win over Sheffield United in the Division One play-off final at Cardiff.

Hayward, who is approaching his 80th birthday, said it was the proudest moment of his life.

"I'm a bit overcome really," he said. "It's been a great day. I was nervous all week - not just during the game - but it has been fantastic.

"It's a dream come true. They played terrific - we played as we did when we beat Newcastle."

Wolves boss Dave Jones added: "When you see the support we get it is absolutely magnificent.

The hard part is to stay up but the manager will have a few quid to spend
Mark Kennedy

"We were superb in the first half attacking-wise and finishing and in the second half we defended well.

"I was very proud to lead them out. I just wish I could've worn a kit and played in it, that was the only thing that was missing.

Veteran midfielder Paul Ince said: "I'm pleased for the young lads and these fans - they need to be in the Premiership and the gaffer does too.

"We've done the job and I will go away and think about what I'm going to do next year.

"I'm 36 next season, I'll sit and chat to the wife. It is going to be a hard decision - the legs were going in the last 10 minutes but I'll enjoy the moment for now."

Defender Denis Irwin admitted he is unlikely to play on in the Premiership at 37.

He said: "I'm going to go away and have a good think about it. But it's been hard enough this season so I don't think so."

Goalkeeper Matt Murray was named man-of-the-match after denying the Blades on several occasions - including a penalty stop from Michael Brown.

"The whole season has been like a dream to me, we've all worked hard stuck together - it has been brilliant, I'm well happy," he said.

"He (Brown) went the same way when we played them in the league game. I rode my luck a couple of times when they hit the post, but the boys were a different class."

Kenny Miller got the killer third goal for Wolves and he added: "It's great for the club, the fans and everybody involved with the club. It was great to get a goal but who cares when you win?

Wolves scorer Kenny Miller
Miller got the third for Wolves

"We stuck to our guns, the tactics were spot on and the lads at the back were superb.

"I can't explain how it feels. We've got Manchester United and Arsenal next year - bring them on!"

Mark Kennedy got the ball rolling with the opening goal and he paid tribute to their beaten opponents.

He said: "I'm delighted for everybody - it has been a long time coming.

"It is harsh on Sheffield United but we came through it last year and I'm sure they will too. They were a credit to their club.

"We have a lot of big-game players, a lot of young lads but who have played a lot of games and got a lot of talent.

"The hard part is to stay up but the manager will have a few quid to spend."

Wolves chairman Jack Hayward
"It's almost overwhelming"

Wolves boss Dave Jones
"A magnificent performance from my players"



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