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Wolves' FA Cup run: Pubs see financial boost as Manchester United come to town

By Liam Keen | Wolverhampton | Wolves | Published:

Wolves' FA Cup run has not only been good news for the fans and players - as pubs in the city have seen a spike in sales.

Watering holes across the city are hoping the boys in old gold and black can triumph over Manchester United on Saturday and bring more money into the local economy.

The consensus between landlords is that the further Wolves go, the better they do.

Nigel Moore, general manager at the Hogshead, is looking ahead to Saturday's game where it's business as usual at the pumps.

He said: "They're pretty excited, I think they believe they can win it, I want them to do well too.

"The Saturday games are king for us, the money we have been taking is ridiculous, and the FA Cup only helps the sales.

L-R: Manager Nigel Moore with Sam Dewhirst and Tania Wright

"There's a lot of excitement with the FA Cup and the pubs always do well."

Manager of the Goose on Lichfield Street, Sarah Lathwood, has had her loyalties split in the lead up to the crunch FA Cup clash with her family backing the Red Devils.

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The 30-year-old was born and bred in Manchester and comes from a Manchester United-supporting family, before moving to Wolverhampton four-years-ago.

Despite the clash, she says she's backing the pack to bring it home for the city.

She said: "All my family are United and I was brought up that way, but having lived over here and with a boyfriend who's a big Wolves fan, I'm more Wolves now - especially when it helps my work.

"It's brilliant when Wolves do well, the fans all come out and spend money and enjoy themselves.

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"When they were promoted it was crazy, we were rammed and people were up at the windows when the bus parade went past.

L-R: Manager Nigel Moore with Sam Dewhirst and Tania Wright

"From 12pm on Saturday we're already fully booked up for tables, the Six Nations is on first and then Wolves in the evening, we'll be rammed and it helps us make money, it's perfect."

Nuno's side have seen a meteoric rise since he took the helm two years ago after winning the Championship in style and then challenging for Europe in their first year back in the top flight.

As the side has soared so has the city, with one pub being able to offer more jobs as a result of sales.

General manager of The George Wallis on Victoria Street, Owen Lowther, said: "It's a massive game and it's fantastic where we are - I think we have a good chance of going through.

"It's a massive deal when Wolves do well, we do better as a result.

"More fans coming in means more money, which means I can hire more staff, and everyone's happy, it benefits the local economy.

"The fact Wolves are fighting in the top half of the Premier League, looking at Europe and still in the FA Cup, it's a boost for the whole city."

L-R: Manager Nigel Moore with Sam Dewhirst and Tania Wright

As the pub's fill up over the FA Cup weekend, police in the city are aiming to keep the city safe during the huge clash at Molineux.

Inspector Andy Bridgewater, from the force’s football unit, said: "An FA Cup quarter final between Wolves and Manchester United is a match I am sure all supporters are eagerly anticipating.

"We are used to policing big games in the West Midlands and we want fans to come along and enjoy the occasion in a safe environment.

"We will have adequate resources in place to assist supporters and deal with any issues should they arise on the day."

Liam Keen

By Liam Keen
Reporter - @LiamKeen_Star

Trainee reporter at the Express & Star, primarily covering Wolverhampton. Got a story? Get in touch on 01902 319688.

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