Biggest Wolves gate since 1981

Jubilant Wolves fans were packing out Molineux in the biggest crowd for 33 years this afternoon as Kenny Jackett’s men closed in on the League 1 title.

Wolverhampton Wanderers' Molineux ground

The club announced just after 1pm that all the home sections had been sold out, leaving just a few hundred empty seats in the visiting end for the match with Rotherham.

More than 30,000 tickets had been snapped up before kick-off with the final attendance likely to be just under 31,000.

It was the largest crowd at the stadium since 1981. Molineux’s last 30,000-plus gate was for the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Middlesbrough in March 1981, when 40,524 attended.

Today’s match is a record capacity since the stadium was redeveloped in the early 1990s.

Rotherham are also playing their part in bringing more than 2,000 travelling fans.

Andy Sahota, from Punjabi Wolves Supporters, said: “The support this year has been amazing, home and away.

“To get 30,000 fans at home is unbelievable. We felt let down at the end of last season, but the fans have pulled together and are like one big family.

“The atmosphere has been amazing, it hasn’t been like this for the last five years.”

The team can’t win the league today, but could clinch the title on Easter Monday when they travel to Leyton Orient.

The bumper turnout comes on the back of a campaign to get more than 30,000 fans to today’s game, and comes after a social media drive which saw a record-breaking 8,943 fans travel to Milton Keynes to watch the team’s 1-0 victory against MK Dons.

Wolves spokesman Matt Grayson said: “We have had great support and this is greatly appreciated by everyone.”

Until today the record crowd since the redevelopment of the ground was in 2004 when 29,396 turned out to watch Kenny Miller help the team to a famous one-nil victory against Manchester United.

The highest attendance this season until today was 28,598 against Leyton Orient on December 29. When Molineux’s rebuild was completed in 1993, the capacity was set at 28,500 but the uncovered seating in the south west corner added around 900 on.

The capacity increased to its current limit when the new 7,700-seater Stan Cullis Stand opened last season.

However the 900 seats in the south west corner have not been opened since Wolves were relegated from the Premier League.

Comments for: "Biggest Wolves gate since 1981"

Euro Wolf

Well done again Wolves fans!

Come on Steve Morgan, build that new stand and start this summer.

1wolves

What a match.

Did anybody hear the fat lady singing.

Wingy

I did 1wolves, but enough about my ex-wife !

baza

I hope this proves to Morgan & Moxey that if we have a good team the fans will be there to back them .

Great result again but what happened to our wonderful defence. COME ON ME BABBIES

WV1.Dylanwolf

Disgraceful behaviour by the fans.

No doubt the two pitch invasions will result in a heavy fine for the club. Maybe all those people who ended up going on the pitch could contribute £50 each towards it?

If you did go on the pitch then you are a disgrace. The referee might easily have abandoned the game and the FL force the game to be replayed behind closed doors.

And If people go on the pitch then the players safety can not be guaranteed. So, when we win the league will we get to cheer tham doing a victory lap of honour around the pitch parading the cup in front of each stand?

Or will we just see a thick throng of apes cavorting about taking selfies and mobbing the players.

charlie17

After a really enjoyable game the stupid few "supporters" spoiled the finale by running onto the pitch. No doubt the Football League will take action and it could be that the next home game will be played behind closed door or perhaps they will shut the South Bank for a game. The Wolves management must be able to identify the few that started the pitch invasion and they should take next years season tickets off them and make them buy a ticket for each game but not in that area.

nik.hare1

record crowds home and away, also noticed that the pitch invasion started from the same corner of the south bank,from where the (fans) came from against burnley and proceeded to attack our own stewards and advertising hoardings and dug outs.

so something needs to be done.

was in the north bank for the boro cup replay won 3-1, richards,eves, and supersub norman bell, what a night, in front of 40,000. utw.

derbyshirewolf

Not enough of a punishment charlie17. A total ban is required for all those identified. Why should the reputation of our club be besmirched by these "supporters"?---------- What was particularly upsetting was the sight of so many middle aged clowns cavorting their beer bellies on the pitch. I'm not fattest, but I am prejudiced against alcohol fuelled apologies for human beings.

derbyshirewolf

Sorry-----should read "fattist", not "fattest".

paul

Its just a shame we are talking about the wrong topic, don"t give them any comments and they might just go away, best game in years, and get a few bob on Rotherham to win the playoffs,

derbyshirewolf

I have to say that I do want Rotherham to be promoted along with us.Apart from the fact that they were the best team we have played this season (scored seven goals against us for one point!), they also have a really smart and atmospheric new stadium. If they can shore up that leaky defence, they'll go up.

MK.wolf

Out of darkness cometh the MORONS!