Wolverhampton Wanderers

Founded In
Wolverhampton, England

About Wolverhampton Wanderers

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club was formed in 1877 and become founding members of the inaugural Football League in 1888. The side quickly established themselves a force within English football, finishing third in the league. This status was further established as, prior to the First World War, Wolves won the FA Cup on two occasions.

In 1948, former Wolverhampton Wanderers player Stan Cullis took over as the club's manager, ushering in a new era, in which Wolves helped to revolutionise the sport. In 1953 the club became one of the first to install floodlights on its stadium. Wolves subsequently played in a series of friendly matches, against teams from around the world. This run of games included victories over teams such as Real Madrid, Valencia, Borussia Dortmund and a Budapest Honved side, which included legends like Ferenc Puskas. Wolves restored pride to the English game, with faith in the national team at low point at that time. The media subsequently declared Wolves the world champions and this run of games was hugely instrumental in the eventual creation of the European Cup, which was designed to find the best team in Europe.

The Stan Cullis era at Wolves was also the club's most successful in terms of major honours. In 1949, Wolves beat Leicester City 3-1 to win the FA Cup. In 1953-54, Cullis guided his side to the league title, the first in the club's history. Two further league titles were added in 1957–58 and 1958–59 before another FA Cup in 1960 completed the legenday manager's trophy haul. The last major trophy Wolves won was in 1980 when they defeated Nottingham Forest Football Club 1-0 to take home their 2nd League Cup.

The club's Hall of Fame includes such names as former England captain Billy Wright, Bill Slater and record goal scorer Steve Bull. The club has also housed other noteable players, such as Robbie Keane, Joleon Lescott, Denis Irwin and Paul Ince.

Molineux Stadium has served as the club's home since 1889 and its current capacity stands at 31,700. The record attendance, prior to the implementation of all-seated stands was 61,315. 

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