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Wolverhampton Wanderers : Club Background

The outside of Molineux Stadium from the Waterloo Road side
The outside of Molineux Stadium from the Waterloo Road side
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Pop quiz: What do Everton, Southampton, Aston Villa, Birmingham City, Manchester City and Wolverhampton Wanderers have in common? They are all football clubs that were founded by churches. Whilst Southampton is an obvious one, some are less so. The roots of Wolverhampton Wanderers lie in St Luke's Church School in Blackenhall. Two pupils - John Baynton and John Brodie (who later went on to play for England) formed St Luke's FC in 1877. Two years later they merged with a local cricket and football club called The Wanderers and in doing so they took on the Wolverhampton Wanderers name they hold today.

Having meandered their way around a bit during their early years, Wolves moved to a ground at Dudley Road in 1881. They were still just about there in 1888 when they became founder members of the Football League. After their first season they relocated to Molineux - a ground indirectly named after local merchant Benjamin Molineux, who owned Molineux House, which later became the Molineux hotel. The ground was built on what had been his land, and although he had nothing to do with the football club, the historic name was retained, with the Northampton Brewery initially owning the land, until Wolves bought the freehold in 1923.

For the vast majority of their history. Wolves have occupied the top two tiers of English football. Two of their falls into the third tier resulted in them almost immediately regaining their second tier position, with only one part of their club's history seeing something worse than that transpire (more of that later). They lifted the FA Cup in 1893 ad 1908 and were runners-up in 1889 and 1896. Despite briefly dropping into the newly formed Third Division North in 1923, they spent the period leading up to the Second World War as a prominent top flight side, finishing as First Division runners-up twice, as well as losing again in the FA Cup Final.

The Stan Cullis Stand - if you come in from the car parks, this is probably the first side of the ground you'll see
The Stan Cullis Stand - if you come in from the car parks, this is probably the first side of the ground you'll see
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Look around Molineux and you will find that all four of their stands are named after club legends. Steve Bull and Jack Hayward are more modern names in Wolves' history that title those stands, but two of the others came in just after the Second World War finished. Stan Cullis had been a Wolves player before the War, and briefly after, but it was to be his management career that made him the absolute legend he is today. He had a pretty promising playing career, turning out 12 times for England and 20 times during wartime internationals. His one moment of controversy turned out to be a bit of valuable foresight - on May 14th 1938 when England played Germany in Berlin, incredibly the expectation had been for all the England players to perform a Nazi salute in praise of the German empire. Cullis refused, and was dropped from the team. A year later, he looked like the wise one.

When Cullis hung up his boots in 1947, he was about to become their manager. In his first season he brought back home the 1948-49 FA Cup, and missed out on the League title only on goal difference. It was to signal the start of Wolves' golden era. Cullis had briefly played alongside Billy Wright (the fourth name associated with the Molineux stands) as a centre-half, and he became Wolves captain. Between Cullis and Wright, Wolves took the First Division league title in 1953-54 (stealing it at the death from West Bromwich Albion!) and 1957-58 and 1958-59, as well as being runners up in 1949-50, 1954-55 and 1959-60.

Molineux itself also became prominent around the world. In 1953 they became one of the first clubs to install floodlights, which allowed them to stage a number of international exhibition fixtures, some of which were televised. Wolves beat the South African national team to open the new floodlights. Another match against Hungarian side Budapest Honved in the mid-1950s is credited as being the inspiration for the European Cup (now known as the Champions League). After Wolves twice beat a Hoved side loaded with Hungarian internationals that had beaten the English national side, the Daily Mail ran a headline declaring 'Wolves, The Champions Of The World'. French journalist Gabriel Hanot, who had also managed the French national side previously, was at those games and decided this was rather fanciful arguing in L'Equipe that maybe there should be a European tournament that sorted out who was the best. From that, Hanot and L'Equipe successfully lobbied for that to take place.

Once we reached the 1960s, Wolves' star began to fade. Cullis was sacked early on during the 1964-65 season, and they were relegated by the end. They did restore their top flight status two years later and managed to qualify for the 1971 UEFA Cup, reaching the final where Tottenham Hotspur beat them in an all-English affair. But they were to their own stadium becoming a noose around their necks. In 1975, they failed the terms of the Government's Safety of Sports Ground Act and had to replace their stand in Molineux Street. The costs of that stand ended up mushrooming to 2.5 million (at that time a huge amount of money) almost putting them into liquidation in 1982.

Inside Molineux, looking towards the Sir Jack Hayward Stand (left) and the Billy Wright Stand (right)
Inside Molineux, looking towards the Sir Jack Hayward Stand (left) and the Billy Wright Stand (right)
Photo © 2017 Ciderspace/Isaac Woodward.

Although they managed a mini-recovery, the mid-1980s saw them fall from the First Division down to the Fourth Division in consecutive seasons. At the same time, the serious fire at Bradford City's Valley Parade ground saw the North Bank and Waterloo Road Stand at Molineux closed for safety reasons. Having reached rock bottom, Wolverhampton City Council came to the rescue, purchasing the stadium, and thus relieving the financial pressure. New manager Graham Turner and star striker Steve Bull (on his way to 306 goals) started the journey back upwards, winning the Fourth Division and Third Division Championships.

In 1990, lifelong fan Jack Hayward purchased the club, and transformed Molineux into the stadium it is today, completing its transformation in three years. Ten years later, they finally made it back up into the top flight. They were relegated and then promoted a further time as 2008-09 Champions. They never managed to properly cement themselves in the Premier League, with relegation hitting them again in 2011-12, with former Glover Terry Connor briefly at the helm as an interim manager at that point.

Since then, they have been largely in the Championship - bar one brief season in League One where they swapped with Yeovil Town twice across the 2013-14 season. They're now under Chinese ownership, with Fosun International Limited having bought them out in 2016. In terms of their level, they are probably a mid-table Championship side, but those years they have spent in the top flight mean they will still have the ambition to return there at some point in the future.

If you need the ticket office, it's on the corner of the Stan Cullis Stand and Waterloo Road
If you need the ticket office, it's on the corner of the Stan Cullis Stand and Waterloo Road
Photo © 2017 Ciderspace.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

22/09/1931HomeFrndL4-8Molloy, Rankin(2), McNeil
10/05/1973HomeTestW3-27161Harman(2), Housley
29/07/2003HomeFrndW2-15884Own Goal 42, Gall 62
08/08/2017AwayCC1L0-19478


Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Wolverhampton Wanderers : Club Statistics

RECENT RESULTS

05/08/2017MiddlesbroughHomeCHPW1-029692Bonatini 33


FORTHCOMING FIXTURES

CLUB GOALSCORERS
Name LGE FAC FAT LGC CC Total
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ATTENDANCE STATISTICS

Highest League Attendance: 29692, vs Middlesbrough, 05/08/2017
Lowest League Attendance: 29692, vs Middlesbrough, 05/08/2017
Average League Attendance: 29692

CURRENT LEAGUE SEQUENCE STATISTICS

Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 1
Games Without A Home Defeat: 1 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 1 Games Without A Score Draw: 1
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 1 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 1 Home Results Sequence: W
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence: W


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Wolverhampton Wanderers : Club Information
Molineux Stadium
Waterloo Road
Wolverhampton
West Midland
WV1 4QR

(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 0871-222-1877
Fax: 01902-687-006
Email: info@wolves.co.uk

Chairman : Jeff Shi
Secretary :
Safety Officer :
Web Site / Programme Editor :
Manager : Nuno Espirito Santo

Capacity : 31,700
Seated : 31,700
Covered Terrace : n/a

Record Attendance : 61,315 vs Liverpool, FA Cup 4th Round, February 11th 1939
Colours : Mainly amber shirts and black shorts
Nickname : Wolves (but occasionally The Wanderers)

Ticket Prices :

Prices for our 2017-18 League Cup fixture are as follows:

Adults: 10.00; Over-65s and aged 17-20: 8.00; Under-17s: 5.00.

The allocation for away fans is in the Steve Bull Stand, lower tier. This is a side-facing stand, capable of seating around 2,750 spectators. Entry is via Turnstile 3, which if you're walking from the city centre side is at the far end of the Steve Bull Stand. Signage is a bit misleading if you're walking from this direction, as the first thing you'll see is "Steve Bull Stand : Home Fans" - if you walk beyond that you'll reach the away section. From the coach car park, you'll meet this side first, on the left side of the Stan Cullis Stand.

Disabled Info:

There are up to 12 wheelchair spaces specifically aimed at away supporters. Seven of these are in the lower tier of the Steve Bull Stand, with seats for assistants close by. Access is either via turnstile block 3 or gate DD. It's not clear where they house away supporters once those initial seven are filled but there are other facilities around the ground aimed at home supporters that presumably can be shared.

Wolves define qualifying disabled as being any of the following categories, that also allow you to take an assistant with you to games:
1) medium or higher rate care or mobility component of Disability Living Allowance 2) PIP with a score of 16 or above
3) Mobility supplement of a war pension
4) Registered blind

Wolves warn that the coach parking facilities are away from the away turnstiles. Hence they allow arrangements for dropping off via the Stadium Office if you sort it out in advance. Call 0871 222 1877 or email ticketoffice@wolves.co.uk for any special requirements. On the day, Disabled Liaison Stewards can be identifed easily as they wear dark blue high visibility coats.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers : Directions To The Ground

This is how you'll see Molineux Stadium if you walk in from the city centre. Head down the right side to the away turnstiles
This is how you'll see Molineux Stadium if you walk in from the city centre. Head down the right side to the away turnstiles
Photo © 2017 Ciderspace.

General:

Wolverhampton is on the north-west side of Birmingham, and on the west side of the M5/M6 interchange. As such, how you enter the city will depend heavily on where you're travelling from. For those heading from Yeovil, you probably exit via the M5, but if you're coming from the North or East side you'll probably approach the area from the M6. The ground is situated on the north side of the city, just outside the inner ring road.

By Road:

From South-West: This will be the primary route for those coming from Yeovil/Somerset. Take the M5 as far as Junction 2. Take the A4123 for eight miles, following signs for Wolverhampton. When you reach the Ring Road for the city, turn left - you should pick up signs for Molineux. Take the second exit at the next two roundabouts, go past Banks's Brewery and the swimming baths on your left hand side. Then turn left at the next set of traffic lights, into Waterloo Road. The stadium is visible on the right hand side within 500 yards.

From North: Handy for anyone coming in from the Manchester/Stoke direction. Exit the M6 at Junction 12 Take the third exit onto the A5 for Wolverhampton. At the next roundabout take a left turn onto the A449. You'll pass under the M54. When you reach the Five Ways Roundabout (it's titled as such on the signage) take the third exit into Waterloo Road, which should have Molineux also on the signage.

From South-East: If you're coming in from London/South-East you've got a decision as to which way you navigate around Birmingham. If you choose to go via the M6 on the east side of Birmingham, exit the M6 at Junction 10. Take the A454 via Willenhall as far as the Wolverhampton Ring Road. Then take the fourth exit signposted A449 towards Stafford. Carry through the next two traffic lights and then get in the right hand lane for the third set, which will take you into Waterloo Road.

Parking:
As the stadium is fairly close to the city centre, one of your options is to use the standard Pay and Display shopping car parks in the area, although has the downside that you're competing with the shoppers for spaces. Expect to pay between 3 and 6 for five hours for daytime parking, but it is much cheaper if you arrive after 5.00p.m. for an evening match - expect around 2. There are also car parks owned by Wolves - some are permit only, but some allow ordinary fans to park at the cost of around 8.

Inside Molineux, looking towards the Billy Wright Stand (left) and Stan Cullis Stand (right)
Inside Molineux, looking towards the Billy Wright Stand (left) and Stan Cullis Stand (right)
Photo © 2017 Ciderspace/Isaac Woodward.

By Rail:
Wolverhampton railway station is on the Birmingham Loop of the West Coast Main Line. From Yeovil, you're going to need to go via Bristol Temple Meads, which means either travelling from Pen Mill and changing there, or travelling from Yeovil Junction and changing at either Salisbury or Westbury to get to Temple Meads. Overall, the Pen Mill option is slightly quicker - just under four hours, instead of just over four hours from Yeovil Junction. For a midweek match, there are no trains that will get you home on the night.

From London, it's just under two hours on a direct service from London Euston. You can just about sneak home as a midweek day trip, as there are 21:45 and 22:45 services going back.

Check the National Rail Enquiries site for details of services.

When walking from the Railway Station, you'll need about ten minutes to reach the ground. Come out of the station, and walk straight on towards the city centre until you reach the ring road. Turn right and follow the ring road and you'll see Molineux on your right hand side just outside the ring road.

By Bus:
Wolverhampton Bus Station is located in the city centre next to the railway station. If your bus takes you there, then there is a ten minute walk to the ground - follow the instructions 'By Rail' above.

There is also a local Bus Stop outside Molineux. National Express West Midlands service numbers 3, 4 and 5 stop here.

By Taxi:
A selection of Wolverhampton taxi companies can be found here.

Seating in the Steve Bull Stand lower tier The Stan Cullis Stand
Seating in the Steve Bull Stand lower tier (left) and Stan Cullis Stand (right)
Photo © 2017 Ciderspace/Mike Watts.

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Wolverhampton Wanderers : Web Resources
Web Sites

Wolves FC
Main club website for Wolverhampton Wanderers. As a rarity it doesn't use the League's chain of websites that run off a standard template. Instead they've got their own design. Navigation is a bit clunky and a lot of the pages are filled with space, making it hard to work out where you're going. Hopefully you'll find what you want eventually!


Web Message Boards


E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters



Local Press

Express and Star
Dedicated section of the West Midlands Express and Star newspaper that concentrates on Wolves news.



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Wolverhampton Wanderers : Food & Drink
General:
Given Molineux is only a moderate 10-15 minute walk from the city centre, you'd think this might be one of the easier places to find a pub or two. Unfortunately, it seems that a lot of pubs near the stadium adopt a 'home fans only' policy, which then means you're trying to track what the view of the current bar licencee/manager is.

No real surprise to find that The Wanderer is a home pub only. However, Wetherspoon outlet The Moon under Water apparently has bouncers checking for club colours and even asking to see match tickets, so forget that one as well. So we've listed pubs that either have evidence of welcoming away fans, or in areas where they're less likely to be fussy. But you may be better to zip up your jacket and hiding your colours to maximise your chances. We're not aware of Wolves fans causing any major problems - this just seems to be local policy, presumably based on past problems.

Club Bar:
There is standard concourse fare inside the stadium. Expect to pay 3.50 - 4.00 a pint for standard Carling, Banks's, Cider or Guinness, sometimes served from bottles or cans. There is also a reasonable amount of hot food - pies, pasties, burgers and chips including a few veggie friendly options - expect to pay between 3.00 and 4.50.

Local Pubs :

George Wallis: This pub used to be known as the Litten Tree and is situated right in the middle of the city centre. Find them on the west side of the Mander Shopping Centre. They do BT Sport and Sky Sports live coverage. Expect one fixed beer in Enville White, and three changing beers. There is lunchtime and evening food served around a very typical mainstream pub chain style menu of burgers, grills, pastas or lighter stuff like sub-sandwiches. Opening hours are 9.00a.m. until 11.00p.m. although expect the early hours to be for breakfasts. On weekends they extend that until 1.00a.m. whilst on Sundays they open at 11.00a.m.
George Wallis, 11-15 Victoria Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 3NP. Tel: 01902 426892. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Great Western: As the name suggests, this is a railway pub, situated just east of the main railway station. It has admitted away supporters in the past. They serve five different forms of Holdens real ale, plus guests. They also serve food although their website doesn't offer any clues of what that might be - one website suggests that it is lunchtimes only which may cause a problem for a midweek match. There is plenty of old railway memorabilia scattered around the pub. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. until 11.00p.m except for Sundays which is half an hour earlier for closing.
Great Western, Corn Hill, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV10 0DG. Tel: 01902 351090. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Hogshead: Situated on the north side of the city centre, close to the University of Wolverhampton. They have a pool table, plus big screens showing sports and music videos. There are ten changing real ales of no fixed type, and three changing ciders, along with a number of keg beers. Food is available both lunchtime and evenings. Expect pizzas, burgers, salads and various other options that you'll find on most pub menus. Opening hours are 10.00a.m. until midnight with extensions for Friday and Saturday.
Hogshead, 186 Stafford Street, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1NA. Tel: 01902 717955. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Lych Gate Tavern: Situated in the city centre, on the north side of the Mander Shopping Centre. Although it's a very old building, it was offices until it was converted into a pub in 2012. Expect three beers from Black Country Ales along with six guest beers and a real cider. They only do rolls at lunchtime, and that's it. Don't expect TV screens or jukeboxes - they concentrate purely on the beer. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. until 11.00p.m.
Lych Gate Tavern, 44 Queen Square, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 1TX. Tel: 01902 399516. Email: mailtoinfo@lychgatetavern.co.uk. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Stile Inn: A Victorian back street corner pub situated about five minutes walk from the ground. It's location means that it will be packed with home fans, but on the other hand it seems to be hidden well enough that we can't find any evidence of it blocking away fans from turning up. You'll find it in the back streets to the north west of the ground. An unusual feature is that it specialises in Polish food for its menu. Expect three beers from Banks's brewery and one Marstons guest. Opening hours are 11.00a.m. until 11.00p.m.
Stile Inn, 3 Harrow Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV1 4PB. Tel: 01902-425336. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.


The corner of the Sir Jack Hayward Stand as you head down towards the Steve Bull Stand
The corner of the Sir Jack Hayward Stand as you head down towards the Steve Bull Stand
Photo © 2017 Ciderspace.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

Try not to refer to them as Brummies, as this would be a slightly sensitive subject. This is known as the Black Country, and the area covering places like Walsall and Dudley like to see themselves as separate from their nearby city. The name is slightly disputed but appears to come from the area's coal mining and heavy industry that dominated that plain north-west of Birmingham.

Top-Tip :

Nip around to the front of the stadium on the Waterloo Road side, and you can get yourself a touristy photo with a statue of Wolves legend Billy Wright. If you've got even more time to spare, there is a Wolves Museum on the north side of the stadium, with a History zone, a Club zone, a Hall of Fame and an interactive Games zone, along with a cinema show relating to Sports Science. They allow admission up to 90 minutes before kick-off, at which point presumably things are either too busy or the tour would take too long.

The Billy Wright statue which is situated outside the main entrance in Waterloo Road
The Billy Wright statue which is situated outside the main entrance in Waterloo Road
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Wolverhampton Wanderers : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.


Other Points Of Interest

Rock Gods Noddy Holder (Slade) and Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin) are supporters of the club. If they start up the home crowd's chants, there's a fair chance we might get out-sung.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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