Capital One Cup 2nd Round
Tuesday 24th August 2015
Kick Off 7.45 pm
Telephone: 0871 222 2220
Club Colours: Old Gold and Black
Nickname: The Wolves
Key Personnel: Current Head Coach at Wolves is Kenny Jackett (Don’t forget your “Kenny” has been football supporter slang for years!) Jackett spent his whole playing career at Watford (he also made over 30 appearances for Wales) until knee injuries forced him to retire into coaching alongside Graham Taylor. His first taste of managing was in 1996 when Taylor briefly took on the role of Director of Football at Vicarage Road. Kenny has also managed at Swansea City and Millwall before joining Wolves in May 2013.
Brief Directions by Road: For the most straightforward route, these directions are supplied by WWFC. M6 to its Junction 10 taking the A454 signposted Wolverhampton. Stay on the A454 into Wolverhampton until you reach the intersection with the ring road. Here turn right. As you approach the 2nd set of traffic lights you will see clear signs for football parking. Turning left at this intersection will take you to the town centre where there are numerous pay and display areas and a 20 minute walk to the ground.
Car Parking: Fans can park in the official car parks in Whitmore Hill or Redhill Street for £5. My spies tell me getting away after a game is a “nightmare” so parking away from the stadium is advised.
Directions by Train: The station is a short 15 minute walk away from Molineux but trains back south after the game are limited please check carefully times and availability.
Eating and Drinking Locally: Bars around Molineux will generally take away fans in small numbers. There are also very good bar facilities once inside the ground. Food outlets around the stadium are shall we say numerous!
Ground Description: An impressive stadium and one that will develop even further in the next few years – it is of Premiership quality. The Stan Cullis Stand behind one goal is huge and can be seen quite clearly from miles around. To its right and left are the Steve Bull and Billy Wright stands, Both two tiered with hospitality boxes running along the middle. At the other end of the pitch is the Jack Hayward Stand. This stand replaced the incredible old South Bank Terrace and in its heyday could hold 30,000 standing. I have stood there back in the 1970s and its appearance made Molineux look quite massive.
Admission Prices: Adults: £10, Seniors / Under 21’s / Under 17’s: £8, Juniors Under 12: £5
Bees fans will be housed in the Steve Bull (Lower) Stand.
Previous Meetings and Memories: Our only previous visit was in August 1998 (was it really 17 years ago?). After securing a brilliant 2-1 lead at Underhill in the first leg of the League Cup tie thanks to goals from Darren Currie and Scott McGleish we were squashed 5-0 thanks to a Steve Bull hatrick and a brace from an 18-year-old Robbie Keane in front of over 15,000 fans! The Bees line up that evening for those who like to reminisce was – Harrison, Stockley, Goodhind, Ford, Basham, Onwere, Simpson, Currie, Doolan, Devine and McGleish. Subs Harle, Manuel, Charley Wilson and Rust. We wore a pale blue kit that evening as Wolves had nicked our club colours a few years earlier.
Celebrity Watch: Autograph books at the ready – Edward Elgar the most prominent of English composers was a regular visitor to Molineux, while the most famous of Women’s cricketers Baroness Rachel Heyhoe Flint was born here. So too was ex-Barnet defensive coach Don Howe. Olympians Denise Lewis and Tessa Sanderson hail from these parts as well. The greatest Glam Rock band Slade plied their trade here too in the 1970s. Our Graham Stack is a celebrity in Wolverhampton having made four appearance on loan for them in 2007.