The 1980/81 season was chiefly memorable for an FA Cup Semi-Final
meeting with old rivals Tottenham Hotspur. Clive Thomas awarded a
controversial last-minute penalty in the first match at Hillsborough,
after Glenn Hoddle was adjudged to have tripped Hibbitt, who promptly
picked himself up and converted the spot-kick to snatch a 2-2 draw.
There was no happy ending however, as Spurs flattened Wolves in the
Higbury replay by 3-0. In a sign of things to come Wolves were to finish
in a disappointing 18th position in the league that season, Kenny
chipping in with three goals. From then on, despite retaining the
captaincy, Hibby's influence on an increasingly dis-jointed line-up
diminished steadily as Wolves were relegated, promoted, then relegated
again in his last three years at Molineux.
During his final season,
1983/84, Ken failed to score at all, for the first time since becoming a
regular selection thirteen seasons earlier. What was to be his final
appearance in the famous Gold jersey came at Watford, on May 4th in a
0-0 draw. Ken's final goal for Wanderers had come the previous season,
in a 1-1 draw at Rotherham on 9th April. Hibby's Wolves career ended
with a close-season free transfer to West Midlands rivals Coventry City.
He played a total of 574 competitive games for Wolves, scoring 114
goals - placing him second and tenth respectively on the club's all-time
appearance and goalscoring lists. Only Derek Parkin, whose Wolves
career spanned an almost indentical period to Kenny's, has played more
games for the Molineux club, totalling a remarkable 609 in all
competitions. On returning to Molineux in 1989 as Bristol Rovers' coach,
Hibby received a rapturous reception from the fans - many of whom could
recall the vintage performances as a peerless attacking midfielder.