Wolves – the team
It’s a bloody tough game tomorrow. Wolves are the Championships form team along with the Albion having racked up five wins and one defeat from their last six matches, highlighting what an underrated manager Paul Lambert is at this level – he also turned around Blackburn Rovers’ fortunes last season despite them being a well known basketcase club. This recent run of results is all a far cry from the way that Wolves started the season. Their new Chinese owners did what all good foreign owners do and immediately appointed a big name former international with no experience of managing in England. In this case it was Italian goalkeeping great Walter Zenga, who led them to 19th spot and only four wins in their opening 14 games of the season before he was unceremoniously sacked.
Wolverhampton – the place
Wolverhampton was initially a market town specialising in wool. Ewe’d be wrong to think that would last long as during the Industrial Revolution it developed a reputation for coal mining, steel production, lock making and motorcycles. We are reliably informed that there are a number of good pubs in Wolverhampton. Unfortunately, due to the police’s frankly ridiculous policy that makes the city the only place in the country in which basically every drinking establishment is home fans only and that rule is vigorously enforced, we have no evidence of this. Thankfully, Birmingham is just down the road, has plenty of excellent watering holes and isn’t under martial law every other Saturday.
Wolverhampton – the people
We’ve always liked Wolves fans ever since their performance on the final day of the 2012/13 season at the Amex, when their expensive squad ensured back-to-back relegations into League One. One particular highlight was the players attempting to give their shirts to the crowd after the game and the away support throwing them back. As for famous people from Wolverhampton, runner up of the second season of The Apprentice Ruth Badger shows that the city has its fair share of savy business types. That is only slightly more impressive than Slade (rock group as opposed to shiny bonced former Brighton manager) hailing from Wolverhampton.
A good WeAreBrighton.com memory of Wolves away
Michel Kuipers making THAT double save was pretty impressive. We’ve not registered a win in our last seven visits to Molineux but as far as off the field highlights go, seeing someone thrown out in the penultimate game of 2005/06 for throwing a piece of cheese at a steward is up there with the best. A more middle class ejection from a football stadium you will not see anywhere.
A bad WeAreBrighton.com memory of Wolves away
It’s hard to comprehend given we are within touching distance of the Premier League that it was only two visits ago to Molineux that we drew 1-1, were deep in relegation trouble and there was actually a “Hyypia out” banner in the away end. Not to mention spontaneous arguments that nearly turned nasty breaking out among supporters.
The closest there is to a link is Jed Wallace who the Albion were rumoured to once be interested in signing when he was on-loan at Whitehawk from Portsmouth. His impressive performances for Pompey earned him a move to Wolves although he has struggled since and is now out on loan at Milllllllllllllllllllllll.
One sort-of sensible thing that Wolves Chinese owners did is establish a link with Jorge Mendes, the Portuguese super agent who represents Jose Mourinho, Cristiano Ronaldo and plenty of others. Through that, they’ve managed to sign Helder Costa who has hit 10 goals from midfield. Welsh midfielder David Edwards has also hit double figures in this campaign.
Five of our last six visits have ended in draws. The draw is a best priced 12/5.
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