Wolves ay he! US fan Chris' joy at trip to join Wolf pack

Having followed Wolves since 2003, Chris Wood travelled 3,700 miles for his first game.

Chris with fellow USA Wolves fan Steve Koenig outside Molineux.
Chris with fellow USA Wolves fan Steve Koenig outside Molineux.

And thankfully for this American wolf, the boys in old gold and black didn’t disappoint.

Chris, from Columbus in Ohio, made the trip to the Black Country to see his team record a 2-0 win over Southampton at Molineux.

It was the 33-year-old’s first ever trip to the United Kingdom and goals from the returning Ivan Cavaleiro and wing-back Jonathan Castro Otto made it a triumphant return for Chris who is returning to Ohio on Wednesday October 3.

Chris said: “The game was brilliant, I’ve lost my voice sitting in the North Bank.

“I thought the fireworks were brilliant. I watched the first game against Everton and thought the atmosphere was amazing but the TV doesn’t do it justice, it’s much better in person.

“I predicted 2-0 and thought we deserved it, we were good for the first 15 and last 15 but the bit in the middle wasn’t great, it was looking like a 0-0.”

The dedicated Wolves fan has been following the team since 2003 when he watched Wolves win the play-off final 3-0 against Sheffield United, securing promotion to the Premier League.

He only caught the second-half of that game, missing all the goals, but did see Matt Murray’s penalty save.

He said: “I had never seen a penalty save before and it caught my attention, that sealed the deal. I was hooked from then and remember watching Wolves take on Manchester United the next season and saw Kenny Miller get the 1-0 win.”

Since then, he has created a Wolves USA group on Facebook that has surpassed 1,600 members, and at the game he managed to meet up with a member of his social media group, Steve Koenig from Virginia.

Chris said: “The EPL is huge in America but now I don’t need to follow everything on Twitter, I can watch the games at home on the TV or come to Molineux whenever I can. The last two years have been the best I’ve seen Wolves play, the improvement is massive.

“I always stuck by the team even when we had the dark days with the two relegations. I work in retail and try to work around the Wolves games to watch them at home but the plan is to try and come back before the end of the season but if not I’ll definitely be back next season.

“I’ve said before we’ll get into the top 10 and I’ll stick by that.”

“Anywhere from 10th - 8th position is perfect for this season.”

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