Wolves boss Kenny Jackett today welcomed the prospect of Molineux’s first 30,000 crowd for over three decades by declaring his ambition to fill the ground regularly.
Head coach Jackett is thrilled at the thought of the first 30,000 home gate since the FA Cup quarter-final replay against Middlesbrough in March 1981, when 40,524 attended, as fans flock to welcome Wolves for the first home game since clinching promotion from League One with Saturday’s 2-0 win at Crewe.
Jackett urged his record-breaking team to produce a fitting performance to match what is sure to be a carnival occasion against Rotherham tomorrow.
“There’s always a great atmosphere here but you stand there and see it and think it would be fantastic to fill the place every week,” said Jackett.
“Saying it and doing it are two different things, I know that.
“But to be able to fill it, or near fill it, would be a great feeling and a big achievement.
“I would feel proud. It would be great to see Molineux with that type of atmosphere, and it would show we’re doing something right inside the club if you’re getting near to that volume of supporters.
“It’s an exciting challenge and a big responsibility to make sure we reward that support by putting on a good performance and the team can justify it and send those guys home very happy.
“It’s a big challenge but one we’re looking forward to and want to rise to.”
Wolves are guaranteed their biggest gate of the season as ticket sales have surpassed the 28,598 for the 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient on December 29, thanks in part due to fans’ social media campaign #30k2WV1.
The South Bank and Stan Cullis Stands are sold out but some seats remain in the new north-east quadrant normally reserved for away fans.
Promotion-chasing Rotherham, whose fans will occupy the lower tier of the Steve Bull Stand, have around 400 tickets of their 2,542 allocation left.
The uncovered temporary seating, which has been unused since relegation from the Premier League, will remain closed but the BMW adverts covering the Steve Bull Stand upper tier flanks will be removed, leaving a potential capacity of 31,000.
That would be the biggest league crowd at Molineux since February 28, 1981 when 34,693 watched a 1-0 defeat to champions-to-be Villa.
“We’ll be very well backed because there will be a fantastic crowd here which will be great for me personally to see the place buzzing,” added Jackett.