Wolves Facts Nicknames: Wolves, Wanderers, WWFC Manager: Stale Solbakken Ground: Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR Capacity: 28,525 Founded: 1877 – Wolves were first ...
Nicknames: Wolves, Wanderers, WWFC
Ground: Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, Molineux Stadium, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton WV1 4QR
Founded: 1877 – Wolves were first formed as St Luke’s FC in 1877, two years later amalgamating with Wanderers Cricket Club to become Wolverhampton Wanderers FC.
Getting in touch with Wolverhampton Wanderers
Tel: 01902 655000
Getting to Wolves
Wolves' Molineux stadium is situated in Waterloo Road just outside the city centre and just off the city’s ring road.
On match days parking restrictions are in force in streets surrounding the stadium and residents, visitors and business require a permit to park.
The city's main car parks fill up very quickly, but there are park and ride facilities available.
Free parking is available at:
- Priestfield Metro Stop, Bilston Road - 24hr CCTV Surveillance – use Midland Metro
- Tettenhall Pool, off Stockwell Road / A41 Wergs Road – use bus service 501
- Plascom Road and Corser Street car parks, off A454 Willenhall Road – use bus service 529
If you are coming by train, Wolverhampton railway station is just 5-10 minutes walk away.
Wolves results, table, trophies and tickets
WWFC Titles and Trophies:
- Division One champions: 1953/54, 1957/58, 1958/59
- FA Cup winners: 1893, 1908, 1949, 1960
- Championship champions 2008/2009
- Division Two champions: 1931/32, 1976/77
- Division One Play-off winners: 2003
- Division Three champions: 1988/89
- Division Three North champions: 1923/24
- Division Four champions: 1987/88
- League Cup winners: 1974, 1980
- FA Charity Shield: 1954 (shared with West Brom)
- Sherpa Van Trophy winners: 1988
- Texaco Cup winners: 1971
Wolverhampton Wanderers heroes
With such a long, rich history there are plenty of players jostling to be considered for our Wolves ‘roll of honour’. Here’s our six of the best, in order of appearance:
Wolverhampton Wanderers hero Dennis Westcott
Wolves career: 1937-1948
124 goals in 144 appearances
Signed as a striker in 1937, Dennis Westcott scored on his debut as Wolves beat Grimsby 6-2 in the FA Cup.
In his first full season he scored 22 goals and the following season netted 43 times in 43 appearances, setting a club record which stood for 50 years until it was broken by Steve Bull.
Westcott scored 38 goals in the 1946-47 season, making him the top scorer in the league.
He was released by Wolves in 1948 and went on to play for Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Chesterfield, and Stafford Rangers. He died from leukaemia, aged 43, in 1960.
Wolverhampton Wanderers hero Billy Wright
Wolves career: 1939-1959
16 goals in 541 appearances
Centre half Billy Wright CBE spent his whole career at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He also made 105 appearances for England, captaining them a record 90 times.
He was only 14 when he made his debut for a Wolves B team and made his first team debut aged 15 at Nottingham County.
As club captain Wright led Wolves to the First Division title in 1954, 1958 and 1959 as well as winning the FA Cup in 1949.
He retired as a player in August 1959 having never been cautioned or sent off. Wright then went on to manage England's youth team in 1960, before becoming Arsenal’s manager from 1962-1966.
Billy Wright died from cancer in 1994, aged 70. A statue of him stands outside Molineux and one of the stands is named after him.
Wolverhampton Wanderers hero Peter Broadbent
Wolves career: 1951-1965
145 goals in 497 appearances
Midfielder Peter Broadbent joined Wolves from Brentford and was a part of the team that won the First Division title in 1954, 1958 and 1959 and the FA Cup in 1960.
He was the scorer of Wolves’ first ever goal in European competition, against Schalke in the European Cup in 1958.
Broadbent played seven times for England. After he left Wolves in 1965 he went on to play for Shrewsbury Town, Aston Villa, Stockport County and Bromsgrove Rovers.
Wolverhampton Wanderers hero Derek Dougan
Wolves career: 1967-1976
123 goals in 323 appearances
Derek ‘The Doog’ Dougan was a versatile player who plied his trade in defence, midfield and as a forward.
He made an immediate impression on his home debut against Hull City, when he scored a hat-trick and was part of the Wolves team that clinched promotion to the First Division that season.
He was top scorer in the 1967-68, 1968-69 and 1971-72 seasons and was awarded a League Cup winners medal in 1974.
Dougan won 43 senior caps and scored eight goals for Northern Ireland. He was one of the game’s big personalities and remained a fans’ favourite long after he retired from league football in 1975 to manage non-league Kettering Town.
Derek Dougan died a heart attack at the age of 69 in 2007.
Wolverhampton Wanderers hero John Richards
Wolves career: 1969-1983
194 goals in 486 appearances
Striker John Richards made his debut in the 1970 derby at West Bromwich Albion, a match which ended 3-3.
He would go on to become the club’s leading scorer until Steve Bull surpassed him in 1992.
His best ever seasonal goal haul was in the 1972-73 season when he netted 36 times. He tasted cup glory when he scored the winner against Manchester City in the 1974 League Cup Final and won a second League Cup medal in 1980, against Nottingham Forest.
He holds the club record for the most FA Cup goals, with 24.
Richards left Wolves following a loan spell with Derby County, going on to play for CS Marítimo in Portugal. He won just one England cap, playing against Northern Ireland in May 1973.
Wolverhampton Wanderers hero Steve Bull
Wolves career: 1986-1999
306 goals in 561 appearances
Striker Steve Bull, MBE, known by fans as “Bully” holds Wolverhampton Wanderers’ goalscoring record with more than 300 goals in all competitions.
He joined Wolves from West Brom in 1986, beginning a 13-year career in which he became a true club legend.
Bull remains the club’s all-time leading goalscorer with 306 goals in competitive games, 250 of those in the Football League.
In the 1987–88 season he became Wolves highest goalscorer in a single season with 52 goals. He has also scored a club record of 18 hat-tricks.
Bull was part of the Wolves team that won the Fourth Division championship in 1988 and the Third Division Championship the following season.
While still playing in the Third Division, he was selected for the England team and scored on his debut against Scotland at Hampden Park. He was capped 13 times for the England team between 1989 and 1991, scoring four goals.
After he announced his retirement in 1999 Bull went on to become a player-coach at Hereford United. He was briefly manager of Stafford Rangers of the Blue Square North and has a stand named after him at Molineux.
Famous Wolves fans
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant watching Wolves at Molineux with former Wolverhampton Wanderers player Andy Mutch
Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Trapeze), Robert Plant (Led Zeppelin), Noddy Holder (Slade), Eric Idle (Monty Python), Beverley Knight (singer) Denise Lewis (Olympic gold medalist).
And finally . . .
The Molineux name originates from Benjamin Molineux, a local merchant who built his home on the grounds where Wolverhampton Wanderers' stadium now stands.