Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2019 – 2020 group picture. Photo: 90min.com
If you are a long time fan of soccer, then you would have heard of the Wolves. Priding itself as one of the founding teams for the league that you know of today, it still remains as one of the very few teams that are constantly producing and showcasing talents and fruitful results. Although as of today , they might be faring as well as other teams like Manchester City, Manchester United , Liverpool and Chelsea that are more famous among the millennials of today, they still hold a significant place within the history of football among the older generation of audiences.
Origin of the Wolves
Picture of the Wolves in 1893 . Photo: alamy.com
The Wolves of today actually started off as another alias, St. Luke back in the days. The team was founded by John Baynton and John Brodie in 1877, after a group of pupils at St Luke’s Church School in Blakenhall had been conferred with a football by their own headmaster, Harry Barcroft.It wasn’t until two years later when they merged with the local cricket and foot club, The Blakenhall Wanderers to become the Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
From there, the club went ahead and moved to a site located on Dudley Road which was actually right opposite of the Fighting Cocks Inn in 1881. The Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. then
became the twelve founders of the English Football league in 1888 and then fared nicely in the
debut season, landing them a nice spot at third place. Apart from that, they made it their first ever Football Association (FA) Cup but ultimately lost 3-0 to Preston North End.
Records Over The Years
Only during the 1950s did Wolverhampton Wanderers rejoice in the success and their fruits of labour. Under the supervision of Billy Wright, the club got their hands on their very first league
championship title in the 1953 – 1954 title. Two further titles, more specifically during the 1957-1958 season and 1958-1959 season was won by the club, as the Wolves triumphed over Manchester United, only to be respected as the premier team in English Football at that moment of time. Back in 1953, Wolverhampton Wanderers made the call to install floodlights at their homeground stadium,Molineux, which started a revolutionary trend of competitive footballs across the globe. They were then known for both the club’s domestic success and the
staging the “floodlit friendlies”, where the Wolves will go head to head against other top club sides from all around the world.
Within the history of the floodlit friendlies, the national media proclaim the Wolves as the Champions of the world, after their victory over the Hungarian national team that actually trashed England twice before.From there, it came the creation of the European Cup which was rebranded later as the UEFA Champions League that we know of today by Gabriel Hanot, editor of L’Équipe
The Night when the Wolves changed the history of Football with “Floodlit Friendlies”
From then on, Wolverhampton Wanderers went on to have their ups and down, sometimes just missing the championship title by a hair. It was not that bad until 1979 when the multi-million pound project of rebuilding the Moulinex happened. With such a big scale project came high expectation that the efforts will pay itself off and they will recuperate the losses in no time. However, that was not true when the deteriorating attendance in the early 1980s, partially due to the recession in local economies kicked in and put forth difficulties for the club to pay off the loans.
Then came former player, Derek Dougan, where he saved the club from liquidation through
a purchase by an organisation headed by 2 Saudi brothers, Mahmud and Mohammad Bhatti of
Allied Properties. The sequence of events brought forth the immediate promotion back to First Division under the training regime of Graham Hawkins but the failure to invest sufficiently on the Bhattis part caused the team to suffer several relegations to a point where the club was one step away from being wound up.
But in 1986, a deal presented itself in terms of the Wolverhampton City Council purchasing the stadium and the surrounding land. Thus, the outstanding debts were able to be cleared off in return for planning permission to develop the land across the stadium. From there the 1986 – 1987 season presented the Wolves with their first ever campaign in the Fourth Division, where under the leadership of manager, Graham Turner and astounding performance by Steve Bull of 306 goals, the team made its way to the finals but were ultimately denied promotion by Aldershot. With that, the team fought through and ended up winning the 1988 Football League Trophy Final at Wembley.
Present Day of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C.
Fosun International – Post Acquisition of the Wolves. Photo: theathletic.com
On 21 July 2016, the Chinese Investment Group, Fosun International bought possession to the club’s initial parent company from Steve Morgan and even his own company, the Bridgemere Group for an unannounced pricing. With that, ex-CEO, Jez Moxey stepped down his position and tons of groundbreaking reformation occurred within the players like for example, the termination of Kenny Jackett’s contract. Upon the conclusion of the season, former football club Porot boss Nuno Espirito Santo was appointed head coach. However, that ended up as positive when under Nuno’s new regime, the Wolves went on to clinch the 2017-2018 Championship title, returning
to the Premier League after 6 years of absence.
With that , Wolverhampton Wanderers placed 7th upon their first returning season to the Premier League. This position too earned them a rightful place in the Europa League, along with their first European campaign ever since 1981. They proceeded to win 5-3 against Torino and finished as runners-up in the groups.In conclusion, Wolverhampton Wanderers may just be an old school team that might be not popular among the current day millennials, but they are still indeed a team that is fighting hard and showcasing results after results, white potentially creating big upsets in the soccer industry.