MANCHESTER United legend Denis Irwin said he has fond memories of the Black Country from when he played football in the area.

The famous left-back played for Wolverhampton Wanderers for two years at the end of his career, from 2002 to 2004.

He helped the club win promotion to the Premier League in 2003.

Mr Irwin said: “I was a Wolves fan growing up in Ireland. I thoroughly enjoyed my last two years there of my playing career.

Speaking of one of his favourite memories in his career he said: “Obviously in 2003 beating Sheffield United three-nil in the play-off final, so I have really got fond memories.

“I will always keep an eye out for Wolves as I supported them as a kid so very fond memories of this area.”

Mr Irwin visited Dudley on Wednesday, March 9 as a guest of honour at a plaque unveiling ceremony at the newly opened Duncan Edwards Leisure Centre.

At the official opening of the centre, he said: “It’s only fitting that facilities like this in Duncan’s hometown are absolutely fantastic.”