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Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers

Nickname Wolves
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Stadium Molineux

St Lukes was founded in 1877 after a schoolmaster at St Lukes School, Blakenhall presented a group of pupils with a football. Two years later they merged with Wanderers Football and Cricket Club and became known as Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolves were founder members of the Football League in 1888 and were beaten in the
FA Cup Final by Preston North End. In 1889 they moved to their present stadium, Moulinex.

Wolves have won the League 3 times, FA Cup 4 times and the League Cup twice. The most recent major trophy was the League Cup in 1980. In 1989 they became the second club to win the title of all four divisions.

The 1950's were glory years for the club. They won the league for the first time in their history in 1954 and again in 1958 and 1959. In 1960 they won the FA Cup and finished second in the league by only one point. However, they went into decline shortly after and were relegated for the first time in more than 30 years in 1964.

The mid-eighties were dark years for the club. 3 successive relegations in 1984, 5 and 6 saw them in the basement division. The Club were saved from financial extinction (and bankruptcy for the second time) and Graham Turner was appointed manger. The club narrowly missed promotion in their first season in Division Four before winning the title in 1988. A year later they achieved promotion again by clinching the Third Division Title. By this time the Legendary Steve Bull was playing. In the successful Division Four campaign he scored an incredible 52 goals and followed this with 53 the following season. 'Bully' went on to make 561 appearances for the club and scored 306 goals (this included 18 hatricks). He was selected for England whilst playing in third tier football and now has a stand at Molineux named after him.

In 1990 lifelong fan Sir Jack Hayward bought the club and gave them a financial injection. In the mid to late 90's Wolves kept narrowly failing to achieve automatic promotion and losing in the play-offs. Then, in the 2002/3 season they finally gained promotion. After finishing fifth in the league they went on to beat Sheffield United 3-0 in the play-off final and end the 19 year exile. With his dream finally realised, Sir Jack handed his responsibilities to his son Rick.

Wolves failed to win a single away game and were relegated after only one season among footballs elite.

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