Tag: Wolverhampton Wanderers

The Quiet Decline Of Wolverhampton Wanderers

They left it late at Molineux last night. Two minutes into stoppage time at the end of the Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers, Bakary Sako swept the ball into the roof of the Watford goal to earn Wolves a point, but this was a match the result of which proved to be more useful to the two clubs’ rivals at the top and foot of the league table than to those on the pitch or in the stands. Watford remain in the hunt for a place in the Premier League, but for the home side this was a result which marked a fifteenth without a win, a run which sees the club entrenched in the relegation places at the bottom of the Championship, and with their rivals all now having an opportunity to leapfrog over them. If Barnsley and Peterborough United, the only clubs now below Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship table, were to win their matches against Bolton Wanderers and Peterborough United this afternoon, the club relegated from the Premier League at the end of last season would sink to its very bottom. What is most unusual about the decline of Wolverhampton Wanderers is that there is no financial crisis going on to accompany the club’s slump. Indeed, Wolves have been financially successful enough over the last two or three years to have remained profitable as a business...

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Match Of The Past: Wolverhampton Wanderers

It’s time for our final Match Of The Past from the Championship, and this evening we feature Wolverhampton Wanderers, and six matches from the years between 1969 and 1988. We kick off with a trip to White Hart Lane to play Tottenham Hotspur, and this is the first of three matches from three consecutive seasons from the early 1970s. The following season sees Wolves at home against Everton on a snow covered Molineux pitch on Boxing Day 1970, and our third match sees them at home in November 1971 against the team that would end the 1971/72 season as the surprise champions of England, Derby County. We then skip forward to the end of the decade for a Second Division match against Bolton Wanderers from May 1977. Having already secured promotion back to the First Division, Wolves travelled to Burnden Park to deny a Bolton side that was itself pushing for a return to the top flight. This was the start of a yo-yo period for the club, and our penultimate match sees Wolves travel to The Hawthorns in November 1983 for a derby match against West Bromwich Albion, having been promoted to the First Division the previous summer but failing to win a single match up to that point that season. Finally, we skip to 1987/88 and the Sherpa Vans Trophy final against Burnley. The club had endured...

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McCarthy Out At Wolves

By all accounts he’s a decent guy, is Mick McCarthy. Unfortunately for him, such personality traits are seldom considered to be of great importance when deciding whether to keep the manager of a football club in his position, and his departure from Molineux after one of Wolverhampton Wanderers’ most embarrasssing results of recent years comes as little surprise. ┬áTime has been up for McCarthy since the club’s owner, Steve Morgan, came into the dressing room after their recent home defeat by Liverpool and gave the players a piece of his mind. He did manage to earn himself a short-lived reprieve as a result of an unexpected win at Queens Park Rangers, but a five-one defeat at home against bitter local rivals proved too much for Morgan to bear. McCarthy had spent a little over five and a half years at the club, which is a lifetime in comparison with the fragile job security that management offers these days. He managed to get to the end of part one of the Wolves quest for the holy grail by keeping them in the Premier League, but the last day of last season was unacceptably close to the wire, and it was clear from the summer that the club expected improvement on last season’s performance. This, Wolves supporters will hardly need reminding, has not been forthcoming. The severity of their defeat yesterday...

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Match Of The Week: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-2 Stoke City

According to the current Premier League orthodoxy, the Vandals are playing the Visigoths at Molineux this afternoon. Wolverhampton Wanderers and Stoke City don’t fit with the marketing profile of the division. These are two clubs that upset people aesthetically. They’re not as glamorous as some would like, and they don’t play football in the way that those that seem to care about this sort of thing are concerned, and neither do they just sit back and accept their inevitable fate. Stoke City have managed an FA Cup final appearance and have held their own in the Europa League so far this season, whilst Wolves survived the cut by the skin of their teeth last season and, despite a dismal run of form during the autumn, have shown signs of life again in recent weeks. With Christmas eight days away, there are empty seats at Molineux this afternoon – even some of the most fanatical of football supporters have families and friends to buy presents for, after all. In addition to this, we have the arguably less forgivable sight of a dozen or so home supporters dressed as Santa Claus. In an era during which stewards and the police seem more than happy to eject people from football grounds for breathing in the wrong direction, would it be too much to ask to also eject those that turn up in...

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Match Of The Week: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Fulham

August is the month in the football calendar for untrammelled optimism, and most pre-season predictions for their team this season were less than flattering, but the supporters of Wolverhampton Wanderers will finish the second weekend of the season with something of a smile on their face as they look at a league table that sees their team in second place on the Premier League table after a comfortable win against Fulham at Molineux this afternoon. After frittering away a position of relative safety to the extent that the team needed a goal three minutes from the end of the season against Blackburn Rovers, Mick McCarthy also seems to have learned the lesson that, in the thirty-eight game Premier League, every minute of every match counts, and the question that he now faces is that of whether his team can confound their pre-season critics and spend a season of mist and mellow fruitfulness in the relative sanctuary of the mid-table of the Premier League. What was, perhaps, most encouraging for Wolves this afternoon was the manner of their victory. They mustered seventeen shots on goal over the course of the ninety minutes, and two goals in five minutes just before half-time were enough to secure a win against a Fulham side which has now failed to score in either of its two matches so far this season. There is no...

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