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The Clubs: Wolverhampton Wanderers

All-Time Premier League Record

Played Won Drew Lost Scored Conceded Goal Difference Points No of Seasons
152 32 40 80 156 281 -125 136 4

 

Most Premier League Appearances

Player Appearances Total
Matt Jarvis 108
Christophe Berra 96
Karl Henry 94
Stephen Ward 94
Kevin Doyle 93
Jody Craddock 81
Richard Stearman 77
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 76
Kevin Foley 74
Wayne Hennessey 71

 

Most Premier League Goals

Player Goals Total
Steven Fletcher 22
Kevin Doyle 18
Matt Jarvis 15
Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 10
Henri Camara 7
Jody Craddock 7
Stephen Hunt 6
Carl Cort 5
David Edwards 5
Jamie O’Hara 5

 

Biggest Premier League Victories

Match Date Season
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-0 Blackpool 26th February 2011 2010-2011
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Leeds United 28th December 2003 2003-2004
West Ham United 1-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 23rd March 2010 2009-2010
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 West Bromwich Albion 8th May 2011 2010-2011
Sunderland 1-3 Wolverhampton Wanderers 14th May 2011 2010-2011
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Wigan Athletic 6th November 2011 2011-2012
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Middlesbrough 17th April 2004 2003-2004
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Burnley 20th December 2009 2009-2010
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 Fulham 21st August 2011 2011-2012
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4-3 Leicester City 25th October 2003 2003-2004

 

Worst Premier League Defeats

Match Date Season
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-5 Chelsea 20th September 2003 2003-2004
Fulham 5-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 4th March 2012 2011-2012
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-5 Manchester United 18th March 2012 2011-2012
Blackburn Rovers 5-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 16th August 2003 2003-2004
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-5 West Bromwich Albion 12th February 2012 2011-2012
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-4 Charlton Athletic 23rd August 2003 2003-2004
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-4 Aston Villa 14th March 2004 2003-2004
Chelsea 4-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21st November 2009 2009-2010
Tottenham Hotspur 5-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 6th December 2003 2003-2004
Chelsea 5-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 27th March 2004 2003-2004

 

Managers

Manager No of Seasons managed Left the Club
Dave Jones 1 1st November 2004
Mick McCarthy 3 13th February 2012
Terry Connor 1 1st July 2012

 

Highest Home Attendances

Match Date Attendance Figure Season
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Manchester United 17th January 2004 29,396 2003-2004
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 Everton 1st May 2004 29,395 2003-2004
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-3 Arsenal 7th February 2004 29,392 2003-2004
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur 15th May 2004 29,389 2003-2004
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Manchester City 4th October 2003 29,386 2003-2004
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-4 Aston Villa 14th March 2004 29,386 2003-2004
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Liverpool FC 21st January 2004 29,380 2003-2004
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Newcastle United 29th November 2003 29,344 2003-2004
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-5 Chelsea 20th September 2003 29,208 2003-2004
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1 Leeds United 28th December 2003 29,139 2003-2004

 

Intro

Wolverhampton Wanderers made their Premier League debut in 2003 and in their first season, enjoyed one of their finest results as champions Manchester United were defeated 1-0 at Molineux. Despite having experienced title winners Paul Ince and Denis Irwin in their squad, Wolves were relegated at the first attempt. Another three-year spell followed under Mick McCarthy’s guidance at the start of this decade and they will return to the top-flight after a six-year absence in time for the 2018-2019 season.

 

2003-2004

Wolverhampton Wanderers enjoyed their first top-flight campaign in 20 years and their maiden adventure under the offices of the FA Premier League in 2003-2004. It was always likely to be a season of struggle for manager Dave Jones and his players and that’s how it transpired. Wolves managed just seven league victories all campaign. However, they did pull off the biggest surprise of the season, when Kenny Miller’s second half strike defeating reigning champions Manchester United in January. However, they failed to win a single match away from Molineux and despite beating Everton 2-1 on the penultimate weekend of the season; other results elsewhere condemned Wolves to the drop. They finished bottom and seven points adrift of safety.

 

2009-2010

After five years back in the Championship, Wolves returned to the Premier League in-time for the 2009-2010 campaign with former Republic of Ireland boss Mick McCarthy now at the helm. There were nine new arrivals including a club-record fee paid to Reading for Kevin Doyle. They won their first away match in Premier League history at Wigan Athletic and sat 12th after just six games. A terrible run of form did follow which saw the club drop into the bottom three and McCarthy attracted criticism for fielding a weakened side at Old Trafford and was fined £25,000. It was worth the financial penalty as Wolves beat Burnley in their very next match.

March was the turning point in the season. A draw with Aston Villa and crucial victories away at Burnley and West Ham United lifted Wolves comfortably away from danger. Their survival was confirmed on 25th April when Burnley lost at home to Liverpool FC, meaning the Clarets had no hope of catching the Midlands club. Although they scored the fewest goals in the season (32) of any side in the Premier League, 38 points were gained and Wolves finished a respectable 15th.

 

2010-2011

Five new additions were made in the summer to Wolves’ squad, including the arrival of long-time target Stephen Hunt from relegated Hull City and the £6.5 million capture of Steven Fletcher, equalling the club’s transfer record. Wolves went unbeaten through August but after losing in injury-time to Fulham, went on a run of five defeats in their next six games. It was clear that it was going to be another season of battling against the drop.

McCarthy’s side would excel in games where they were not expected to get any points. They achieved their first win at Anfield since 1984, beat reigning champions Chelsea at Molineux and ended Manchester United’s 29-match unbeaten sequence with a 2-1 success in February. In fact, Arsenal were the only side in the top six to beat Wolves twice during the campaign.

With three games left, Wanderers were in the drop zone but then recorded crucial back-to-back 3-1 victories over West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland to ensure they started the final round of games outside the relegation placings. They faced Blackburn Rovers on a nail-biting final day but experienced a dreadful first half, losing 3-0 at the interval. As results at the other grounds progressed, a one-goal defeat would be enough to keep Wolves in the top-flight. In the 87th minute, Stephen Hunt delivered an unstoppable shot that flew into the back of the net. Despite losing on the day, Wolves had avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth.

 

2011-2012

There was a positive start to Wolves’ fourth Premier League campaign and for a few hours in the opening fortnight, they actually sat top of the table after two successive victories over Blackburn Rovers and Fulham. That was to be the high of what turned out to be a thoroughly depressing and disappointing campaign.

Wolves set an unwanted club-record of failing to keep a clean sheet in 30 successive league matches and also won just one of their last 24 games. After a 5-1 home humbling by Black Country rivals West Bromwich Albion, Mick McCarthy was sacked in mid-February. Alan Curbishley was offered the job but declined to take over and it was left to McCarthy’s former assistant, Terry Connor to guide the club through the remainder of the season.

It was disastrous. He failed to win any of his 13 league matches in control and a 2-0 home loss to Manchester City consigned Wolves to relegation three games before the end of a frustrating season.

Amazingly, a second successive relegation followed in the Championship but Wolves have fought back and will return to the top-flight in time for the 2018-2019 season.

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Shock Results: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-0 Manchester United (January 2004)

Goalscorer: Kenny Miller 66

Teams:

Wolverhampton Wanderers: Michael Oakes, Paul Butler, Jody Craddock, Denis Irwin, Richard Naylor, Alex Rae, Paul Ince, Shaun Newton, Mark Kennedy, Steffen Iversen (Ioan Ganea 80), Kenny Miller

Manchester United: Tim Howard, Mikael Silvestre, John O’Shea, Rio Ferdinand (Wes Brown 50), Phil Neville (Diego Forlan 68), Quinton Fortune, Roy Keane, Darren Fletcher (David Bellion 65), Paul Scholes, Cristiano Ronaldo, Ruud van Nistelrooy

Referee: Andy D’Urso, Attendance: 29,396

In January 2004, Manchester United travelled to bottom-placed Wolverhampton Wanderers with two targets. Score plenty of goals and increase their points lead over unbeaten Arsenal. They left Molineux with no goals, no points and lost total momentum in their bid for a ninth Premier League title.

United had drawn 0-0 a week earlier against Newcastle United which had seen Arsenal cut their advantage at the top of the table to just two points. By contrast, Wolves had won just four games all season and looked destined for an instant return to the First Division. However, they ripped up the Premier League formbook with this performance.

The visitors’ made the trip to the Black Country without Ryan Giggs who was missing with a back injury. It would also be Rio Ferdinand’s swansong for the season. He was due to start his eight-month ban after this match for missing a drugs test back in mid-September. The England defender wouldn’t finish the game either. He sustained an early injury after an accidental collision with Kenny Miller and limped off five minutes into the second half.

Predictably, it was Sir Alex Ferguson’s side that produced the best of the opportunities in a scoreless first half. Ruud van Nistelrooy was the major threat but for once, the Dutchman was wasteful infront of goal. He sent a spectacular overhead kick narrowly over the crossbar midway through the first half and then, four minutes before the interval, incredibly heading over the bar when virtually on the goal-line to nod home.

Dave Jones’ side has defended resolutely and came out of their shell in the second half. In the 48th minute, ex-Manchester United star Paul Ince drove a shot from 25 yards that struck the post. 28 minutes later, they produced the unexpected and took the lead. Miller had been a threat all day and when the league leaders’ lost possession carelessly from their own throw-in, the Scot picked up the loose ball. He left Wes Brown trailing in his wake and as he bore down on-goal, kept his composure to slide a cool finish past American shot-stopper Tim Howard.

Ferguson’s side were shell-shocked. They dominated possession but even after falling behind, didn’t carve out enough moments to get back into the match. The closest they came was through substitute David Bellion. He found some space inside the penalty area with 16 minutes left to play but was kept out by Wolves goalkeeper Michael Oakes.

There were scenes of mass celebration inside the ground at full-time. Wolverhampton Wanderers would ultimately be relegated at the end of the season but it was one of those “I was there” moments for the lucky home supporters at Molineux. This was the day where the champions were left stunned.

Shock Results: Derby County 1-0 Newcastle United (September 2007)

Goalscorer: Kenny Miller 39

Teams:

Derby County: Stephen Bywater, Dean Leacock, Andy Griffin, Claude Davis, Tyrone Mears, Stephen Pearson, Matt Oakley, Eddie Lewis (Jay McEveley 87), Gary Teale, Kenny Miller (Benny Feilhaber 80), Steve Howard

Newcastle United: Steve Harper, David Rozenhal, Steven Taylor (Habib Beye 75), Claudio Cacapa, Geremi (Abdoulaye Faye 60), Charles N’Zogbia, Nicky Butt, Alan Smith, James Milner, Shola Ameobi, Michael Owen (Obafemi Martins 55)

Referee: Peter Walton, Attendance: 33,016

Derby County’s promotion to the Premier League for the 2007-2008 season was slightly unexpected and early results suggested this. The Rams’ had already lost 4-0 at Tottenham Hotspur, been beaten 6-0 by Liverpool FC and were due to face a rampant Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium days later. They were already propping up the division but were looking to get their first win of the season against inconsistent Newcastle United.

Newcastle began the evening as favourites to head back to Tyneside with all three points as Sam Allardyce began to settle down into his new management role. His side never really got going though and Derby started well. Roared on by a vocal crowd inside Pride Park, they put together some swift passing moves to start with but were let down by a casual approach inside the visitors’ penalty area. This was totally understandable considering they’d only scored three goals from their first five matches.

Newcastle produced the best moment of the opening 20 minutes. James Milner broke clear after a Derby corner broke down. He found Michael Owen, who rounded goalkeeper Stephen Bywater but made the angle too difficult to try his luck. The England forward held his nerve and crossed the ball instead to defender David Rozenhal, whose effort whistled wide of the post. Owen wouldn’t complete the first half. He went off with a tight groin muscle and as soon as he departed, the Magpies attacking threat diminished.

In truth, the game was largely forgettable. There was plenty of grit and spirit from both sides but the final ball and finish was very poor. However, Derby took their chance six minutes before half-time. Bywater’s clearance was allowed to bounce by Newcastle defenders. Kenny Miller seized his opportunity and struck a dipping effort that flew past Steve Harper and into the net.

Derby could have extended their lead after the interval. Steve Howard had two headed chances but couldn’t find the target with either effort. However, Newcastle’s threat was sporadic and the home side held on for a fantastic and worthy victory. Afterwards, manager Billy Davies said: “I’m delighted with the players and they can take a lot of confidence from this victory.”

Derby failed to win another match in the Premier League all season. Davies was sacked at the end of November and Paul Jewell had no chance whatsoever to rescue the sinking ship. The Rams’ leaked 89 goals; they scored only 20 and amassed a grand total of just 11 points. They remain the worst-ever team to have played in the Premier League.

Newcastle finished just seven points clear of the drop zone in 12th spot but did finish the campaign with fans’ favourite Kevin Keegan back in charge after Allardyce was dismissed in January 2008. This will always remain one of Newcastle’s most embarrassing results. They were the only side in the 2007-2008 Premier League season to be beaten by Derby County.