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Wolverhampton Wanderers are a professional football club located in the West Midlands, England. One of the founding members of the Football League, Wolverhampton Wanderers currently play in England’s second tier, the Championship.
The history of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club begins in 1877. John Baynton and John Brodie, who attended St Luke’s Church School, formed the club as St. Lukes. St. Lukes then merged with the football and cricket club The Wanderers, and this merged side adopted the name Wolverhampton Wanderers in 1879.
The first proper football stadium Wolves played at was Dudley Road. The club started playing at this venue in 1881.
Wolves then became professional, and were one of the founder members of the Football League in 1888. They took part in the first ever Football League match, against Aston Villa. Their first Football League season saw the club finish third, and this season saw Wolves reach their first ever FA Cup Final in Wolverhampton Wanderers history.
The following season, Wolves moved to Molineux, still the home of Wolverhampton Wanderers today.
Wolves’ first silverware came in 1893. The club beat Everton in the final, winning the match 1-0. Another FA Cup arrived in 1908, but between these two cup victories the club were relegated to the Second Division.
Wolves couldn’t sustain any realistic promotion pushes, and in 1923 the club were relegated to the Third Division North. They bounced back immediately, though, winning the Third Division North title in the process.
A Second Division title followed eight years later, and the club were back in the First Division. Wolves started to challenge for trophies on a regular basis, finishing runners up in the First Division on two occasions and reaching another FA Cup Final.
In 1939, the Football League schedule was suspended for the entirety of the Second World War. Once football resumed. Wolves continued to fight for trophies and in the 1946/1947 season they came close to picking up a First Division title. On the last day of the season, Wolves faced Liverpool in a ‘winner takes all’ clash. Liverpool won the match 2-1, giving them the title and Wolves second place.
Stan Cullis left the club at the end of this season, but returned as manager a year later. Cullis led Wolves to another FA Cup success in his first season in charge and the following season Wolves almost won the First Division title again, but goal average went against them.
The 1950’s was the most successful decade in Wolverhampton Wanderers history. The 1953/1954 season saw Wolves win their first ever First Division title, and won this twice further in the 1957/1958 and 1958/1959 campaigns.
Wolves are said to have been instrumental in the foundation of the European Cup. Wolves had held various friendlies against some of Europe’s best sides, and this inspired Gabriel Hanot to create the European Cup. Wolves would later go on to be one of the first English teams to play in what’s become Europe’s most prestigious club competition.
After a successful 1950’s, the club hoped the following decade would be just as rewarding. It certainly appeared like it would be when at the start of the 1960’s when Wolves won their fourth FA Cup, but subsequently Wolves began to fall away. In the 1964/1965 season, Wolves were relegated for the first time in 30 years.
In 1967, the club regained their First Division status with a second place finish sealing promotion. Success again followed. Wolves appeared in the UEFA Cup final in the 1971/1972 season, and in two years later the club won their first ever League Cup.
However, relegation soon loomed, and in 1976 Wolves were demoted to the Second Division. They won the Second Division title in their first season though, and immediately bounced back.
The club won a second League Cup in 1980, beating Nottingham Forest, European Champions at the time, 1-0.
However, around this time serious financial difficulties began to hit the club. Molineux was rebuilt at the cost of millions and this led to Wolves nearly going out of business. The club went into receivership in 1982, followed by relegation in the same season.
Derek Dougan, the former Wolves player, led a consortium that bought the club and saved its existence. Mahmud and Mohammad Bhatti had financed the deal, and wolves regained their place back in the top tier. However, investment in the playing staff wasn’t forthcoming, and Wolves suffered three consecutive demotions.
In 1986, the club were back in receivership. Wolverhampton City Council bought Molineux and the surrounding land and a deal was done with a local property developer where he would pay off the club’s debts if he received planning permission to build on the land surrounding the stadium.
Wolves reached the play-offs in their first season in the Fourth Division, but missed out on promotion after being beaten by Aldershot. The club did achieve consecutive promotions, though, in the final two years of the 1980’s.
In 1990, Jack Hayward bought the club. His first task was to fund the redevelopment of the Wolves stadium. Once this was completed in 1993, Hayward then invested heavily again, this time in the playing squad. However, whilst the club did make pushes for promotion, they were twice beaten in the semi finals of the play-offs.
The club had to wait until 2003 to finally achieve a Premier League place. They also ended their play-off hoodoo, beating Sheffield United in the play-off final. The club’s Premier League status didn’t last long though, relegation was the result of their first season back in the top flight for 19 years.
In 2007, Steve Morgan bought the club. Two seasons later, Wolves were back in the Premier League after winning the Championship title. However, the club struggles in the top flight and two seasons later, relegation inevitably hit the club.
Another relegation followed and the club found itself back in the third tier of English football. Kenny Jackett arrived as manager, and in his first season won the League One title with a record points total of 103. Since the 2014/2015 season, the club have remained in the Championship.
Fosun International bought the club from Steve Morgan in the summer of 2016, and the new owners immediately terminated the contract of Kenny Jackett and appointed Walter Zenga as the new Wolverhampton Wanderers manager.
In Wolves’ early years of existence, a Wolverhampton Wanderers football badge was only used for major events, like FA Cup finals. When Wolves made their cup final appearances, the Wolverhampton Wanderers FC crest featured the coat of arms of Wolverhampton City Council.
A new Wolverhampton Wanderers badge was created and used in the 1960’s. This consisted of an image of a leaping wolf, which then became three wolves in the 1970’s. Since 1979, the Wolverhampton Wanderers crest has featured a wolf head, which has undergone slight alterations since its introduction. Since 2002, the Wolves badge features a wolf head on an orange background inside a black hexagon shape.
Wolverhampton Wanderers colours are famous for being black and gold, representing the Wolverhampton motto ‘out of darkness cometh light’. However, it wasn’t until 1892 that gold and black became the standard Wolves kit colours.
When the club was first formed, the team wore blue and white hooped shirts with dark blue shorts and dark blue socks. Between 1883 and 1886, the club wore blue and white striped shirts with black shorts and black socks. The following season, the blue stripes were swapped for red stripes, and for the 1891/1892 season the club wore an orange shirt with white shorts and dark blue socks.
Black and gold were introduced in the 1892/1893 season. The club played in diagonal half gold half black shirts with black shorts and black socks. Various styles of shirts have been worn, for example black and gold stripes featured until the 1925/1926 season when an all gold top with a black trim was introduced. At this time, the colour of the shorts changed from black to white.
Black shorts were reintroduced in 1930, and aside from a short period in the 1960’s where gold shorts were worn, this shorts colour has lasted to this day. Sock colour has also changed, with the club alternating between all black, all gold or a mixture of the two.
Whilst styles of the Wolverhampton Wanderers shirt have changed, the colours have always stayed black and gold since its introduction in 1892.
The Wolves home kit for the 2016/2017 season features gold and black shirts, black shorts and gold socks.
The current Wolverhampton Wanderers stadium is Molineux. The club moved into Molineux when it opened in 1899.
Since it was built, the Wolves stadium has undergone a number of expensive renovations. The current Wolverhampton Wanderers stadium layout consists of four main stands - the Billy Wright Stand, the Sir Jack Hayward Stand, the Stan Cullis Stand and the Steve Bull Stand.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers stadium capacity stands at 31,700, making it one of the largest stadiums in the Championship.
Whilst the majority of Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters hail from the city of Wolverhampton and its surrounding areas, there are many branches of the Wolverhampton Wanderers supporters club found across the country and various other countries across the world. The club have a large Scandinavian fanbase, in particular in Sweden, where the first ever English football match to be shown live there featured Wolves.
Wolves supporters have a strong and fierce rivalry with West Bromwich Albion. When these two meet, this fixture is known as the Black Country derby. Wolves fans also enjoy a rivalry with Aston Villa and Birmingham City, and to a lesser extent Walsall.
One of the most famous Wolves supporters songs is ‘Hi Ho Wolverhampton’, based on the 1967 song ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining’.
The club do maintain strong links with its supporters, with fans invited to meetings on a regular basis.
The current Wolverhampton Wanderers Owners are the Fosun group, who bought the club in the summer of 2016 from Steve Morgan.
Morgan had bought the club in 2007, in a deal that cost him £10 for the club but he had to invest £30 million into Wolves. Morgan had taken over the club after purchasing Wolves from Jack Hayward.
Hayward, who was a Wolves supporter, had bought the club in 1990. He saved the club from liquidation and invested over £50 million in his tenure.
The club had entered serious financial difficulties even before the Bhatti brothers had purchased it, the state of the club’s finances had led them into being declared bankrupt on two occasions. The Bhatti brothers was rescued from liquidation when they bought it in 1982, but financial problems continued with winding up orders being issued a number of times before Jack Hayward purchased Wolves.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Stats begin with the club’s all time leading appearance maker. Derek Parkin holds that distinction, making 609 appearances for Wolves between 1968 and 1982.
Parkin is the only Wolves player to have made over 600 Wolves club appearances, but five others have made over 500. These are Kenny Hibbert (574); Steve Bull (561); Billy Wright (541); Ron Flowers (512); and John McAlle (508).
The club’s leading goalscorer of all time is Steve Bull. Bull scored an incredible 306 goals in his Wolves career, dating from 1986 to 1999. Bull also holds the record for most goals scored in a season in all competitions, scoring 52 goals in the 1987/1988 campaign.
Wolves’ record transfer signing is Ivan Cavaleiro. Cavaleiro cost the club £7 million, a fee paid to Monaco in 2016. The highest transfer fee Wolves have ever received is £14 million, a fee paid by Sunderland for Steven Fletcher in 2012.
The highest attendance at Molineux was 61,315. This number of spectators watched Wolves play Liverpool in the FA Cup in 1939.
Wolves were awarded the first penalty kick in Football League history in 1891, which they duly scored from.
Wolves are also the only team to score over 100 goals in four consecutive seasons, from 1957 to 1961.
Wolves also hold another goalscoring record, they became the first club to score 7,000 league goals in 2005.
The club’s record victory came in 1886, when they beat Crosswell’s Bakery 14-0 in the FA Cup. Wolves’ record defeat came in 1892, when Newton Heath beat them in the First Division 10-1.
Wolverhampton Wanderers players past and present have included some of the most famous names in English football. Notable ex Wolves players include Billy Wright and Bill Slater, who won the Football Writers’ Footballer of the Year award in 1952 and 1960 respectively; Steve Bull, Andy Gray, Emlyn Hughes, Paul Ince, Denis Irwin, Joleon Lescott and Robbie Keane.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers Hall of Fame includes 21 former players. These are Mike Bailey, Peter Broadbent, Steve Bull, Stan Cullis, Derek Dougan, Malcolm Finlayson, Ron Flowers, Johnny Hancocks, Billy Harrison, Kenny Hibbitt, Jackery Jones, John McAlle, Jimmy Mullen, Andy Mutch, Derek Parkin, John Richards, Bill Slater, Roy Swimbourne, Dave Wagstaff, Bert Williams and Billy Wright.
The current Wolverhampton Wanderers manager is Walter Zenga. Zenga took the Wolves manager’s job in 2016, replacing Kenny Jackett, and became the sixth Wolves manager in four years.
Jack Addenbrooke is Wolves’ longest serving manager, taking control of 1,125 games between 1885 and 1922. He is also one of the most successful Wolves managers, winning two FA Cups and reaching three more FA Cup Finals.
Stan Cullis is the most successful manager in the Wolves manager history books. Cullis led his club to three First Division titles and two FA Cups during his reign that lasted from 1948 to 1964.
Ted Vizard has the highest win percentage of all Wolves managers. Vizard managed the club from 1944 to 1948, winning 87 of his 178 games in charge, giving him a win percentage of 48.9%.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers honours list is extensive. It consists of three top tier titles (1953/1954, 1957/1958, 1958/1959); four FA Cup wins (1893, 1908, 1949, 1960); and two League Cup wins (1974, 1980). The club also finished runners up in the top tier on five occasions, FA Cup runners up on four occasions and were runners up in the UEFA Cup in 1972.
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