Wolves fan SAM HOLMES has won £100 in our competition for your stories of the season. Here's his take on a year to remember
On the 20th April, 2013,we travelled to South East London, more in hope than expectation, to face Charlton Athletic, knowing that only a win would be good enough.
We didn’t win and it wasn’t good enough. A year (and a day) on, we travelled to Leyton Orient, little over seven miles away but poles apart in every sense; a different division but a different mentality. The win epitomised a brilliant season and was a contrast to the despair of 2012-13.
Travelling back from Worcester nearly every weekend for the three years I have been at university, the last two for away matches as well as home games, it has not been an easy (or cheap) ride with Wolves. But I kept going and, with my friend Adam, Wolves’ biggest fan, we have seen crushing lows followed by ecstatic highs in a short space of time.
Kenny Jackett has turned an ailing and utterly fragmented team into his champions of League One in less than a year; an amazing feat.
His man management, trimming of the squad using the loan market, signings and match day tactics cannot be faulted and long may it continue. The players he has brought in have adopted his footballing philosophy and the future certainly looks bright at Molineux.
Most of all, this season, as well as the memorable games of football, has produced lifelong friends.
The sociable side to the operation at Wolves has been evident more than ever this season with like-minded people congregating each week to share in a united interest; the love of a team from Wolverhampton who wear gold and black.
I have made friendships from football that otherwise would not have been formed. For that, Wolves, I thank you.