Tag: Wolverhampton Wanderers

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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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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