Torn Wolves picture from 1887 is second oldest of football club

It is frayed, torn and has spent the past 20 years jammed between a wall and cupboard – but this photograph is priceless to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The picture shows the Wolves team that beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 in 1887 to win the Staffordshire Cup for the first time
The picture shows the Wolves team that beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 in 1887 to win the Staffordshire Cup for the first time

The 127-year-old image is the second oldest in existence of the football club and is now set for a place in the club’s Molineux museum.

It shows the Wolves team that beat West Bromwich Albion 3-1 in 1887 to win the Staffordshire Cup for the first time and both Jack Brodie and Jack Baynton are in the line up.

They were the teenagers who pinned the note to the door of St Luke’s Church in Upper Villiers Street, Blakenhall, that invited people interested in playing football to attend the meeting that started the club eleven years earlier.

Life-long Wolves fan Michael Clark was given the photograph by a friend more than 30 years ago but did not think it had any value because it was torn and badly damaged.

The 62-year-old father of two from Stubby Lane, Wednesfield, explained: “I did not think it was worth anything to anybody but luckily I am a hoarder who does not throw things away.

“I kept it in a cardboard envelope in the kids’ room until they grew up and then stuffed it between a cupboard and the wall. I forgot about it until I stumbled upon it just before Christmas.”

Pat Quirke, a volunteer at the Wolves Museum, who recently wrote a book on the origins of Wolves, said: “The picture is of immense value to the club because of its culture and heritage.

“It is a cracking photograph and the fact that it is damaged adds to its charm.”

Comments for: "Torn Wolves picture from 1887 is second oldest of football club"

Le Match

What a great story and a fantastic find especially in the context of the history of WW. I look forward to seeing it in the museum. Many thanks Michael Clarke your now part of that history.

Walthamstow Wolf

Amazing. Proves that we have always been innovative leaders. Clearly we were the first club to have a filthy rich owner from the middle east - looks to me like the Sheikh of Constantinople proudly clutching the silverware. All of which raises the matter of what happened to all the oil money - the current regime have a lot of questions to answer. Messi, Ronaldo and Bale would be playing for us in a 100,000 seater if things had been properly managed.

Wolves have always given youth a chance, as you can see from the 14 year old striker sat in the front there with the match ball he kept after scoring a hat trick in the final.

Finally, there's the awkward issue of why we are wearing WBA colours. Did we steal their laundry?

crywolf_once2often

I know you are only jesting, but I just wanted to point out that in 1887 we would have been playing in Stoke City's current garb, albeit with black(ish) trousers! There is some uncorroborated suggestion that our very first kit WAS blue/white stripes. pity kodacolor wasn't around in the 19th century.

Great find, great story.

wilbowarrior

There isn't any oil money, the trophy holder is, in fact, a very young Hamid Karzai - currently owner and Chairman of Kabul Rovers.

timothy.sheppard.16

Brings back memories for me, I went to St Lukes school for two terms, one in 1963 and the other in 1966. My grandmother lived in Arthur St just around the corner.

I haven't been back to Wolverhampton since my nan died in 1970 but I still follow Wolves.