Feel the noise! Wolves fans loudest in Premier League so far
Wolves made plenty of noise as they won the admiration of pundits and managers on their way back to the Premier League – and now it seems their fans are loudest of all.
The team’s supporters have sent out a message to the rest of the league when they arrive in Wolverhampton – come feel the noise.
Wolves fans have been named as the noisiest in the Premier League, according to new statistics released by an American expert.
And that won’t be difficult to believe for anyone who was inside a raucous Molineux on Saturday as they proved more than a match for champions Manchester City.
The feel-good factor surrounding the club has transferred to the stands, with fans helping to make Molineux an intimidating place to visit – as City’s superstars found out.
Molineux may not be the biggest ground in the league, but the fans have more than made up for that, with their din putting them top of the league in terms of noise levels.
The average noise created inside the ground so far this season has hit 85 decibels – just below a Boeing 737 at 90 decibels, while a live rock concert is around 110 decibels.
That put Wolves ahead of Manchester City, Chelsea and Fulham on 82 and Crystal Palace – who have a notoriously vocal fanbase – and Everton on 81.
Heavyweights Liverpool, Manchester United, Arsenal and Tottenham complete the top 10.
The findings, by an American statistician, put Wolves ahead of the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal, despite both being able to house at least double the amount of fans.
Record crowds for the rebuilt Molineux of more than 31,000 have packed in for the opening two Premier League games of this season.
The theme which has accompanied Wolves’ rapid rise over the last 12 months – Nuno had a Dream – roared out from all four stands towards the end of Saturday’s match as proud fans celebrated holding last season’s runaway leaders.
Both the manager and players have remarked on the difference playing in front of a partisan crowd can make.
Albert Bates, from the Official Supporters’ Club, said: “It’s incredible and I didn’t expect anything different. I think it has taken our owners a bit by surprise.”
His wife Muriel, who has been watching Wolves since 1944, said: “I was there when there was the old Molineux roar and when it roared it roared. My mother knew when they scored and she lived half-a-mile away.
“And it’s nearly getting back towards that level.”
Wolves fan and E&S reporter Jamie Brassington said: “I’ve been a supporter for many years and this is the loudest I’ve ever known it.
“The level of support inside Molineux has been incredible.
"Wolves fans have had to endure some tough times over recent years but there is a feeling there could be many good times ahead.”
After the match, boss Nuno Espirito Santo heaped praise on the fans. “Our fans are special and we appreciate it.
“Since the game against Everton, the way the fans have received the team is unbelievable.
"This is what gives the boys the confidence to compete. The home factor in the Premier League is especially important.”