FA Cup Fever
59 years is a long time in football.
It’s a long time in any club’s history, none more so than Wolves.
The spoils of the great teams of decades long passed adorn Molineux as a reminder of just how great the club’s history is. A club that in the words of the fans ‘is on the way back’.
Nothing would be more timely to cement that revival and rebirth than a trip to Wembley for the final of the greatest competition in the English footballing calendar.
Not too many Wolves fans will remember Bill Slater leading the team up those famous steps to collect the trophy from the Duchess of Gloucester.
Could it now be the time of Conor Coady to add another lasting image for the history books?
Wolves last won that FA Cup in 1960 when they beat Blackburn Rovers 3-0 at the old Twin Towers of Wembley. In a game where Dave Whelan broke his leg in a tackle with Wolves winger Norman Deeley, ending his promising career.
The truth is that an FA Cup final glory would be a poignant, triumphant and an almost hard-to believe scenario for Wolves supporters.
The magic of the FA Cup means anything can happen, the magic of Nuno’s management means that they will always go about things in a methodical manner, regardless of the opponent.
Wolves are a different beast to the one they have been for decades.
Wolverhampton has been gripped by FA Cup fever, with tickets for the quarter-final clash with Manchester United close to selling out less than 48 hours after going on sale to non-season ticket holders.
Thousands of fans rushed to get their hands on a ticket for one of the most eagerly-anticipated games of the season to see if Wolves can book a place at Wembley. It will be the first time for years that a cup match has sold out to members only – meaning no tickets will be available for general sale.
The game will also be shown to the biggest TV audience of the season. As the match will be live on BBC One around five million people are expected to tune in.
Excitement has been building for the tie following a cup run which has come during what has already been a memorable season for the club. Molineux is sure to be rocking for the tie against the Manchester giants on Saturday night.
Around 2,500 remaining tickets went on sale on Saturday morning after the deadline for season ticket holders to secure their seats passed. By Sunday afternoon only a handful remained in the family section of the ground.
Only supporters who have racked up enough loyalty points during the season were able to purchase a ticket for what will be the final step before Wembley, if Wolves can defeat the Red Devils.
Wolves played Tottenham at Wembley in December but victory would secure the club’s first cup match at the home of football in more than 30 years.
Proud to be Wolves
No one can deny that Nuno definitely has a dream and we are still living that dream, in what is a great club that has some outstanding history and seen so many great Managers throughout the years. We need to be thankful that we have been blessed with Managers such as Nuno Espirito Santo, these Managers along with the players are what as made our club great.
Wolverhampton Wanderers Managers from the founding of Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club in 1877 until the present. The club has been served by 29 different permanently appointed managers, all of them born in the United Kingdom, aside from the short reigns of Norwegian Ståle Solbakken (2012–13), Italian Walter Zenga (2016) and Nuno Espírito Santo (2016-present).
From 1877 to 1922, the team was selected by a committee whose secretary had the same powers and role as a manager has today. There were two secretaries during this period, George Worrall and Jack Addenbrooke, the latter being the longest serving manager in the club’s history. In 1922, the club broke from this tradition and appointed George Jobey as the first full-time manager.
The club’s most successful manager is Stan Cullis, who won three First Division championships, two FA Cups and one FA Charity Shield and was the first to bring European football to the club during his sixteen-year reign from 1948 to 1964. Previously also a notable player for the club, he narrowly missed out on becoming the first manager to win “the Double” in English football history, when Burnley pipped Wolves, already FA Cup winners, to the title by a single point in 1960.
Bill McGarry and John Barnwell are the only managers since Cullis to have won major silverware, both winning the League Cup (in 1974 and 1980, respectively). The former also took the club to the UEFA Cup Final, its best performance in a European campaign.
Graham Turner achieved three trophies in two seasons in the late 1980s, with back-to-back divisional titles (the Third and Fourth Division) and the Football League Trophy. Turner’s success bucked a downward trend for the club in the mid-1980s that saw three different managers preside over three successive relegations.
Dave Jones, Mick McCarthy and Nuno Espírito Santo have all since had promotion successes that took Wolves into the Premier League. Jones won the 2003 First Division play-offs and McCarthy and Espírito Santo both won the EFL Championship (the former in 2008–09 and the latter in 2017–18). Kenny Jackett also recorded a promotion success, winning Football League One as champions with a record points total of 103 in 2013–14.
Team – Together, Everyone, Achieves, More
Nuno – “The philosophy and the identity that we have is one of work ethic. The players work every day – this is what’s most important; teamwork and hard work, because success comes based on that and only that.”
Throughout the season the level of teamwork has been demonstrated time and time again and no more recently than at Stamford Bridge and the key words coming from the post-match press conference were organised, compact and shape. Those qualities were evident in the stats, as Wolves yet again stood up to Chelsea’s questions and repelled them for all but injury time to earn a point.
Every outfield player who started completed a tackle, 14 in Leander Dendoncker’s case – the most on the pitch – an interception and a clearance. It shows the real togetherness in Nuno’s squad, with every player getting stuck in for the cause, which has helped Wolves remain unbeaten in London for the whole 2018/19 Premier League season, with three wins and three draws – the club’s best run since November 1974.
“They truly are one pack”
I don’t think I can recollect at this moment in time when PMA – Positive Mental Attitude as been demonstrated more by any other team in the league and if we don’t go through to the semi’s it will not be for the want of trying, we have a team that is hungry for the win and a Manager who has created an opportunity for all of us to see football at its best and with the fans that we have, how can we ever go wrong!! Win or Lose.
“Wolves Ay We”