Tag: Wolverhampton Wanderers

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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The Twohundredpercent Pre-Season Previews: Wolverhampton Wanderers

Time can be a great healer. A decade ago, Wolverhampton Wanderers continued to labour under the moniker of being “sleeping giants”. It was a nickname that contrasted strongly with what looked at the time like a near-pathological inability to scrap its way into the Premier League and an albatross around the necks of players charged with living up to these expectations. Over the last ten years or so, though, the monkey on the clubs back has started to work itself loose and Wolves feels like a very different club to that of ten years ago. The club finally made the Premier League in 2003, but this was one season stay wsd a brief one illuminated only by a surprise win against Manchester United. Their current stay in the top division, however, is about to start its third consecutive season and, with the club in one of the healthiest positions in which it has found itself for years, the question for Wolves supporters is perhaps that of whether the club now spend a more comfortable season in the Premier League which doesn’t require – as last season did – a late goal at the end of the final match in order to assure survival. Last season was too close for comfort, and it seems impossible to believe that the clubs owner, Steve Morgan hasn’t recognised and acted upon this over...

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