Express & Star comment: Wolves are winners whatever the score
The wait is almost over.
While Wolves have been focused on league matters since the fantastic Cup quarter final win over Manchester United last month, fans can be forgiven for having had one eye fixed on Wembley.
Sunday’s clash with Watford is a big moment, not just for Nuno and his team, but for the city of Wolverhampton as a whole.
With the club’s ticket allocation having sold out, the anticipation for Wolves biggest game in years is reaching fever pitch.
As any football fan who has been lucky enough to experience the joy of cheering their team on in a big cup game in the national stadium will attest, there really is nothing like it.
Villa had it a few years ago, with fans packing out Wembley for an against-the-odds semi-final win over Liverpool before Tim Sherwood’s team lost in the final. Baggies have been there for a semi-final defeat to Portsmouth.
Now it is Wolves turn, with 33,000 supporters descending on the capital hoping that the club can reach their first FA Cup final since 1960.
A feelgood factor has taken over the city of late, with the club’s success spearheading a real sense of pride in Wolverhampton.
And as we report, it’s not just people from the city that will be travelling down Wembley Way.
Fans will be coming from far and wide, including Sweden, Australia and the USA, although it should be noted that one fan has a journey of around 100 yards!
For supporters of a certain vintage, the game is rich reward for their loyalty to the club over the years – and there have certainly been plenty of lean times to get through.
Meanwhile for younger fans, it will be a first trip to a major cup game at Wembley.
Even after the glory of last season’s promotion back to the top flight, few would have expected Wolves progress back in the big time to be so rapid.
The boys in gold and black have exceeded all expectations and have wowed critics at home and abroad.
Whatever happens on Sunday, with victories against Manchester United, Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea under their belts, it has already been a season to remember.
Let’s hope Wolves can add another Wembley date to the fixture list.