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Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton is an old-fashioned club, but recently they turned into big spenders, stormed the Championship, got promoted, and even made the Europa League a couple times.

LOCATION: Wolverhampton, which is officially a city of 250,000 people plus a metropolitan borough, but really is part of the great sprawling mass that is Birmingham

CONTACT: wolves.co.uk, 0371 222 2220, #WWFC

NICKNAMES: Wolves—even though their name includes Wanderers. Who knows why?

History

Wolves go all the way back to 1877, making them one of the oldest clubs around. They were one of 12 founder members of the Football League in 1888, and in fact played in the first-ever Football League game against Aston Villa. They won the FA Cup in 1893, but they soon faded from prominence. It was in the 1950s that they hit their glory days….

Rivalries

By far the biggest rival is West Bromwich Albion, just 12 miles away in another…suburb or whatever…of Birmingham. This is known as the Black Country derby after the region’s famous pollution during the Industrial Revolution. They have played more than 160 times, and in 2008, a national survey of football fans said Wolves–WBA was the fiercest…

Women's Team

Wolves Women, as they are known, play in the Women’s National League Northern Premier Division, tier three. Home games are played at the Castlecroft

Songs

Before each game and after each goal, you’ll hear a song you’ll recognize, even if you don’t know the name. It’s “Hi Ho Silver Lining” by Jeff Beck. There’s a moment when Beck sings, “Hi ho silver lining!” But that’s when the music stops and the whole crowd raises their arms and yells, “Hi ho Wolverhampton!” Sheffield Wednesday does this as well,…

Stadium

The Molineux is a 31,700-seater that somehow seems bigger. It is also, like the team’s kits, of a striking color. Should you refer to it as yellow or orange, you will be politely but firmly corrected; it is “old gold.” Do not say orange in Wolverhampton! Its most prominent stand is actually behind a goal; the Stan Cullis Stand, named for a former…

Going to a Game at Wolverhampton

GETTING THERE: One of the reasons games at Wolverhampton are so much fun is how easy it all is. The stadium is about a 15-minute walk from the Wolverhampton rail station, which is about 20 minutes out from Birmingham New Street. You could even get there in two hours from Euston station in London. PUBS: Another reason to enjoy a game at The…

Wolverhampton Wanderers Tickets

With demand so high—they sell out every home game—what they do for foreigners is have you buy a membership, then for each game hold a lottery of foreign members. If there were two of you, you would both need to win the lottery. If they have this arrangement again, your best bet will be a Cup game or a midweek game against a smaller opponent.

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