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New Molineux rail seating almost ready

By Richard Guttridge | Wolves | Published:

It's the South Bank but not as you know it.

Molineux is almost ready for kick-off with the installation of new special rail seats nearing completion.

Wolves fans have been given a taste of what's to come at the ground, which has been given a fresh look ahead of the new season.

The most eye-catching addition is the new rail seating on the South Bank, officially known as the Sir Jack Hayward Stand.

New pictures inside Molineux show most of the new seats are in place, with Wolves returning to action early this year due to their qualification for the Europa League.

Wolves are the first Premier League club to introduce rail seating, in another sign of how far they have come in a few short years.

It's a move that has raised eyebrows in the football world, particularly as safe standing is currently not permitted, and is likely to attract admiring glances from other clubs.

Wolves are keen to be seen as trendsetters and say it is a "progressive" and "innovative" change. It is also likely to add to the growing clamour for standing to be re-introduced at the top level of English football.

The majority of fans have stood for years on the South Bank, which some say makes a mockery of the current rules, while away supporters routinely stand in what is seen as an addition to the atmosphere and spectacle.

Wolves kick-off the 2019/20 season on Thursday with the visit of Northern Irish outfit Crusaders marking the start of the club's first European campaign for nearly 40 years.

Excitement levels among fans are at their highest for years with the game expected to be close to a sell-out.

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.

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