Wolverhampton Wanderers also known as Wolves is a professional football club that is based in the West Midlands in England. It was started in 1877 and it currently plays in the Premier League. It plays its home fixtures at Molineux Stadium and it has a number of geographical rivalries with the likes of West Bromwich Albion through the Black Country Derby.
History of Wolverhampton Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers was one of the founders of the Football League back in 1888. The club won its first FA Cup in 1893 and had played in three finals by 1896. It won the FA Cup again in 1908. Over the next few decades, the club was often relegated to the Second Division before gaining promotion once again.
- 1950s: The club had its golden era in the 1950s when it won the First Division title on three occasions.
- 1957: This included going back to back with title wins in the 1957/1958 and 1958/1959 seasons. Stan Cullis was the man at the helm at the time. They were also there or thereabouts during this time, finishing runner-up on a number of occasions.
- 1960: In total, the club has managed to win the FA Cup four times over the years, last doing so in 1960. They have also lost in the final on four occasions. The club has seen success in the League Cup twice, winning this trophy in 1974 and 1980.
- 1953: It was in 1953 that Wolverhampton Wanderers became one of the first clubs in Britain to have floodlights in place. This saw a number of friendlies appearing on television at the stadium against leading teams from other countries in advance of the starting of the European Cup in 1955.
- 1959: Wolverhampton Wanderers’s best finish in the European Cup was a quarter-final appearance in 1959/1960, making it to the semi-final of the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1960/1961 and losing in the 1972 UEFA Cup final to Tottenham Hotspur.
Over the past few decades, the club has been trying to re-establish itself once more as a force in English football. During the 1980s, the club was in serious financial trouble after a rebuild of the stadium put the club in a lot of debt. The club was pulled from entering liquidation at the last second before experiencing issues again the next few years.
By 1986/1987 the club had plummeted all of the ways down to the Fourth Division. The club eventually made its way back and was pushing hard for a number of years to earn a place in the Premier League for the first time.
Return to top-flight
The team finally won promotion in 2003 in the play-off final, meaning that the club was going back to the top division of football for the first time in 19 years. However, they were instantly relegated. They went back up and down again soon after.
They won the 2017/2018 Championship and have been a permanent fixture in the Premier League since, finishing 7th in 2018/2019, achieving the same finish the following season also. The club played in its first European competition for 39 years and got to the quarterfinals of the 2019/2020 Europa League.
Wolverhampton Wanderers support
The club has been playing its game on the Molineux grounds since 1889. The stadium has gone through three major renovations over the years, as well as getting expanded in 2011/2012. The stadium now has a capacity of about 32,000 and there are plans to make some further gradual improvements to the facility in the coming years.
There is a large supporter base for Wolverhampton Wanderers, with supporters clubs around the world. The biggest rivalry for the club is with West Bromwich Albion, called the Black Country Derby. The clubs are eleven miles apart and over the years have competitively played one another on 156 occasions. Other local rivals include Birmingham City and Aston Villa.
Betting on the Wolverhampton Wanderers
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