Lifelong Wolves fan dreams of Wembley after missing out on 1960 final

By Liam Keen | Wolverhampton | Wolves | Published:

A lifelong Wolves fan is dreaming of Wembley after missing out on a ticket the last time the club won the FA Cup, almost 60 years ago.

Lifelong Wolves fan Muriel Bates

Muriel Bates was just 16 when Wolves last won the cup and missed out on seeing her club lift the trophy when her number was not pulled out of a hat.

Now she’s hoping the team can beat Manchester United in the crunch quarter final clash at Molineux and she will have her chance again.

A Norman Deeley double and an own goal saw the boys in old gold and black triumph 3-0 over Blackburn Rovers in front of almost 99,000 spectators when Wolves last won the cup in 1960.

Muriel had been to every FA Cup clash that season, seeing Wolves defeat Newcastle United, Charlton Athletic, Luton Town, Leicester City and Aston Villa, before lifting the trophy – where she missed out.

Pulled out of a hat

The 76-year-old, who is a member of the official supporters’ club and has been following the club since 1944, said: “I was a season ticket holder and in those days you got FA Cup final tickets by having your number pulled out of a hat, and I wasn’t one of the lucky ones.

“Disappointed wasn’t the word, it broke my heart missing that game, we were a top team then. I went to work that day to take my mind off not being at Wembley, I was heartbroken. I went to all the FA games that season and then missed the final.”

Muriel went to every FA Cup match apart from the final in 1960


Wolves have only played at the ‘new’ Wembley once since it was rebuilt in 2007, when Nuno’s side pulled off an incredible 1-3 win over Spurs earlier this season – but the club have never been to the stadium for a cup competition.

"Now, Muriel is hoping the team can overcome the challenge of Manchester United in front of a packed Molineux, and secure a place at Wembley for the semi-finals.

She added: “It’s very difficult to miss this game, as a season ticket holder there was no chance.

“I think we’ll beat them if we play like we did against Chelsea.


“I know they are a good team but we can beat them, we need to close them down and keep Lukaku, Rashford and Pogba quiet, if we do that we can win.

“We can play very well on our day, we’ll do it 2-0 I say, but we need to turn up and play with confidence.

“I never thought I would see the day we had the chance to do it again in my lifetime, it means so much, I want to see Wolves win it at Wembley.

"I want it so bad, and we deserve it the way we have played, the manager, players and fans are all together as one.”

Nuno’s men will play in front of a sold-out Molineux and the BBC cameras on Saturday night.

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Sports Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Sports journalist at the Express & Star, primarily covering Walsall FC and grassroots sport across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319456.

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