Wolverhampton Wanderers and Molineux:
A club which has played a huge role in English footballing history, most notably as one of the founder members of the Football League, Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club began life as St Luke’s Football Club in 1877, founded by two pupils of St Luke’s Church School in Blakenhall. The team played its first game on 13th January 1877.
Having merged with local cricket and football club The Wanderers to become Wolverhampton Wanderers, the club found a home at Dudley Road in 1881.
Having turned professional, Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club was one of the twelve founder members of the Football League and featured in the first Football League match ever staged, against none other than Aston Villa Football Club.
After a successful inaugural season in the Football League, in which Wolves finished third and were the beaten FA Cup finalists, they moved to Molineux, which has been the club’s home since the summer of 1889.
Nowadays, Molineux is an all-seater stadium with a capacity of 31, 700.
With the ground having been renovated a few years ago, away fans are normally based in one side of the new Stan Cullis Stand, where 1,600 fans can be accommodated. Fans are housed in both the upper and lower tiers, with tickets for the upper sections sold first. For games such as tomorrow night’s friendly where there is a large away following, up to 2,750 away fans are also seated in the lower tier of the Steve Bull Stand along one side of the pitch. Fans in this stand will find themselves at quite a distance from the playing area.
How to get there:
A journey by car to Molineux from Birmingham via the M6 takes approximately 35 minutes, depending on traffic.
For directions, click here.
Use postcode WV1 4QR for sat navs.
Convenient parking is available at the following locations close to the stadium:
Birch Street – WV1 4JW (most convenient for a speedy departure);
Redhill Street – WV1 1NR;
Camp Street – WV1 1AD;
Whitmore Hill – WV1 4RU.
Both London Midland and Crosscountry run very frequent train services between Birmingham New Street and Wolverhampton train station, which is approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Molineux.
Leave the station from the main entrance on Railway Drive. Follow this road as it passes under the A-road and turns into Lichfield Street. Turn right onto Princess Street and go straight across the Hogshead roundabout. Continue until you get to the ring road and cross the road at the traffic lights. Molineux is to the left of the university campus.
Where to drink:
Generally, there is very limited choice for away fans around the ground and many city centre establishments will only admit home fans, although normal rules may be relaxed for pre-season friendlies.
A popular option for away fans is the bar within the Premier Inn behind the train station. Sometimes called The Bluebrick or Table Table, away fans are welcome here.
Another option for away fans is The Stonehouse Bar on Queen Street.
The Litten Tree on Victoria Street is usually popular with away fans too.
The Great Western, behind Wolverhampton train station, is a great, if rather small, pub but away fans wearing colours will generally not be allowed in.
If time is against you, you can head straight to the ground, where you will find the usual fare on sale, along with some local brews.