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Wolves vs Villa: Relive Molineux's top 10 attendances

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published: | Last Updated:

Wolves broke a modern Molineux record when 30,239 watched them beat Villa 2-0 on Saturday.

Bumper Molineux crowds

It was the highest attendance seen in WV1 since the stadium was rebuilt thanks to Sir Jack Hayward's millions in 1993.

The figure was also the biggest since 1981 when 40,524 watched an FA Cup sixth round replay win over Middlesbrough.

Of course these numbers are still some way short of getting anywhere near Wolves' all-time record home attendance stands at 61,305, set in 1939 for a fifth round FA Cup tie against Liverpool which Major Frank Buckley's team won 3-1.

With Nuno's barmy army buzzing with excitement over the table-topping team's promotion prospects that modern-day record could be broken again this season – particularly with managing director Laurie Dalrymple recently talking of potentially reopening the temporary Graham Hughes stand, situated in between the South Bank and Billy Wright stands.

Here we take a look at the top 10 attendances in the past 24 years – and pinpoint a few games this season which might make the list.

Top 10 crowds since Molineux was rebuilt in 1993

1) 30,239 v Aston Villa, October 2017

Wolves 2-0 Villa

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A fabulous evening at Molineux which saw Wolves climb to the top of the Championship table for the first time since 2009 with a 2-0 victory. Diogo Jota (pictured) and Leo Bonatini scored the goals.

2) 30,193 v Chelsea (FA Cup), February 2017

Wolves 0-2 Chelsea

After beating Stoke City and Liverpool on their way to the fifth round of the FA Cup hopes were high of another giant killing but Chelsea proved too strong and ran out 2-0 winners with Pedro and Diega Costa dumping Paul Lambert's team out of the competition.

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3) 30,110 v Rotherham, April 2014

Wolves 6-4 Rotherham (© AMA SPORTS PHOTO AGENCY)

A crazy, bonkers, scarcely believable game of football. Wolves were 3-1 up at half time and on 80 minutes the score was still only 3-2. In the next 17 minutes there were five goals and three pitch invasions as Wolves celebrated having won promotion from League One a week earlier in unforgettable fashion. Nouha Dicko (3), David Edwards, Sam Ricketts and Kevin McDonald (pictured) scored Wolves' goals.

4) 29,829 v Carlisle, May 2014

Wolves 3-0 Carlisle

Kenny Jackett's side lifted the League One trophy in front of a packed house. Unbeknownst to many the game very nearly didn't go ahead after a police blunder led to a fake 'bomb' being left inside the stadium. But thankfully it did and goals from Sam Ricketts, Michael Jacobs and Nouha Dicko saw Wolves win 3-0 and reach 103 points – a league record.

5) 29,692 v Middlesbrough, August 2017

Wolves 1-0 Middlesbrough (© AMA SPORTS PHOTO AGENCY)

A bumper opening-day crowd at the start of this season watched new boss Nuno Espirito Santo get off to the perfect start with a 1-0 win thanks to Leo Bonatini's debut winner.

6) 29,396 v Manchester United, January 2004

Wolves 1-0 Man United 2004 - Kenny Miller

A famous Saturday afternoon at Molineux as rock bottom Wolves downed Sir Alex Ferguson's table-topping Manchester United – Ronaldo, Van Nistelrooy, Keane, Scholes et al – thanks to Kenny Miller's second half winner.

7) 29,395 Everton 2-1, May 2004

Wolves 2-1 Everton

Since the rebuild in 1993 Molineux's capacity had been 28,500 but the addition of a temporary stand for the 2003/04 Premier League season added around 800 extra seats and the ground was regularly sold out, including for this 2-1 win over Everton in which the previously goal-shy Henri Camara scored one and Carl Cort the other. It wasn't enough to save Wolves' relegation from being all-but confirmed, however, thanks to an inferior goal difference.

8) 29,392 Arsenal, February 2004

Wolves 1-3 Arsenal

Arsene Wenger's invincibles were given a scare when Romanian striker Vio Ganea (pictured) cancelled out Dennis Bergkamp's opener. However Arsenal's class told with Thierry Henry and Kolo Toure sealing a 3-1 win.

9) 29,389 Spurs, May 2004

Wolves 0-2 Spurs

The curtain came down on Wolves' one-season Premier League stay under Dave Jones with a 2-0 defeat on the final day of the campaign. Former Wolves youngster Robbie Keane and Jermain Defoe were on target before Paul Ince was sent off for two bookings. It was also the final game of Denis Irwin's career (pictured).

10) 29,386 Villa 2004

Wolves 0-4 Villa

Wolves endured a few hidings in this doomed campaign and Villa inflicted a 4-0 thrashing with goals from Thomas Hitzlsperger, Olaf Mellberg and Juan Pablo Angel (2).

Games this season which could make the list

1) Leeds, November 22

The Yorkshire club will undoubtedly sell out their away allocation although the fact this is on a Wednesday night means it may fall short of a sell out.

2) Ipswich, December 23

Mick McCarthy's Tractor Boys are in the promotion mix so far and the pre-Christmas home fixture always guarantees a bumper attendance.

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3) Birmingham, April 14

A big local derby and Wolves will hope it's a crucial game for their promotion hopes too.

4) Sheffield Wednesday, April 28

The Owls travel in big numbers anyway but with this being Wolves' last home game of the season it could – could – be a Molineux party. You never know.

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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