Tag: Wolverhampton Wanderers

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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Match Of The Week: Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-3 Blackburn Rovers

Survival Sunday, then – a name that was bestowed upon the final day of the season because most issues at the top of the table had been already been resolved. The third class passengers of the Premier League, therefore, have been bumped up to first class. Nature abhors a vacuum and the the last day of the Premier League season wouldn’t be the same without a news story. With West Ham United already condemned, there are five clubs playing to avoid the other two relegation places – Birmingham City, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic. Birmingham, Wigan and Blackpool all have difficult away matches this afternoon, but at Molineux, meanwhile, two of the clubs at the centre of the hubbub, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Blackburn Rovers, play each other. For both clubs, their destiny remains in their own hands. Either could lose this afternoon and still stay up. A win for either will guarantee their safety. A draw and the matter is out of either’s hands. As such, it’s a day for the furious contemplation of the league table, for mental arithmatic and for matches going on elsewhere to be as important – if not more so – than what is happening before your very eyes. If only the top of the table was this close at the end of the season. Molineux is tense, but it’s a...

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How Literal Will The Premier League’s Survival Sunday Be?

In an August 2009 Radio 5 Live programme on the Premier League’s financial troubles, Supporters Direct Chief Executive Dave Boyle addressed the issue of the “chasm” between Premier League and Football League finances. “Once upon a time,” he said to a gathering of football people including the then-Birmingham chairman David Gold, who wasn’t ‘sitting comfortably’, “relegation meant you’d not had a good season. Now it seems to be this existential ‘it’s the end of the club, it’s the end of the world as we know it.’” Boyle’s theory was tested to an extent by that season’s relegation of Hull City and Portsmouth. But it was difficult to gauge how much of Hull’s traumas were down to the gap between the leagues, or the gap between owner Russell Bartlett’s financial strategies and sanity. And Portsmouth, of course, was a test of a different set of theories entirely, largely connected with the wisdom of allowing convicted Russian/Israeli gun-runners to try out a Premier League club’s bank account for size. Allegedly. Some of this season’s bottom six might put Boyle’s theory to a more pertinent test. The bottom six has mostly been the three ‘Bs’ – Birmingham City, Blackburn Rovers and Blackpool – nestling uncomfortably on top of the three ‘Ws’ – West Ham United, Wigan Athletic and Wolverhampton Wanderers (the five ‘Ws’, if you have a certain view of the Hammers’...

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

Perhaps the idea of “High Noon” was that of a television executive. If it was, the Premier League supporters could probably be forgiven for throwing a few curses his way for scheduling two matches for midday on a Sunday lunchtime in the middle of a Bank Holiday weekend. The supporters of Birmingham City and Wolverhampton Wanderers haven’t come off as badly from this as those of Newcastle United, who would have needed to leave for Anfield at a time that could be credibly described as “late last night”, but still… midday? These West Midlands derby matches have a reputation for occasionally getting a little rambunctious, but would giving the overwhelming of majority of Birmingham and Wolves supporters that don’t much fancy the idea of thumping anyone an hour to go to the pub be such a crime? Even a kick-off this early is unlikely to mean that nerves won’t be jangling at St Andrews this morning. Birmingham City will be playing in Europe next season thanks to their League Cup win, but they are still in danger of being relegated at the end of this season. They are currently on thirty-eight points with the “normal” threshold of forty looking as if even that might not be enough to keep anybody safe this season. A win today, against a Wolves team whose defence has been rather porous over the last...

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Steve Bull: Happy Birthday To The Tipton Skin

Sometimes, a birthday or anniversary can come along that makes you feel very old, or very young. Confirmation this morning that today is the forty-sixth birthday of the former Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Steve Bull managed both of the above, simultaneously. A lot has changed over the last twenty years, not least of which is a greater appreciation of the finer technical aspects of the game. Even twenty years ago, however, Bull was something of a throwback, the cropped hair and unassuming manner seemed to invoke a bygone era even before the brave new world of the Premier League. The phrase “Boy’s Own” was thrown around a lot when referring to Steve Bull. He was an onomatopoeic player, as blunt as the two vowels that make up his name, and was almost the very last of a generation that is now all but extinct. In addition to this, there was something of the comic book character about his entire career. He didn’t call to mind the clean cut golden boy Roy Race, of course – he was far too gritty to draw such a comparison – but there was something about his demeanour and gait that was more reminiscent of a hero that didn’t even play football, Alf Tupper, Victor magazine’s “Tough Of The Track”, yet these comparisons were as much about his back story as they were about his...

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