Two years later, they merged with local cricket and football club The Wanderers, to form Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The club was initially given the use of two fields – James Harper’s Field and Red House Park – both off Lower Villiers Street in Blakenhall. From there, they moved to a site on the Dudley Road opposite the Fighting Cocks Inn in 1881. The club then became one of the twelve founders of the English Football League in 1888 and finished the inaugural season in a creditable third place, as well as reaching their first-ever FA Cup Final, losing 3–0 to the first “Double” winners, Preston North End.
The 2008–09 season saw the club’s strongest start since 1949–50, as an opening day draw preceded a run of seven consecutive wins. Fired by the goals of Ebanks-Blake and new signing Chris Iwelumo, the club hit the top of the table for the first time in years by the end of August and never left the automatic promotion spots after. The second run of seven consecutive wins tightened their grip on the lead by Christmas.
Despite a dismal start to 2009, the equally faltering form of their rivals allowed Wolves to retain the top spot. March saw a return to form with 13 points from a possible 15, strengthening their position at the top of the table that they had led since October. Promotion to the Premier League was finally confirmed on 18 April 2009 with a 1–0 win over Queens Park Rangers. The following week, Wolves clinched their first divisional title since the 1988–89 season.
Wolves was one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888. The club in 2019 – 2020 is enjoying its 65th season of top flight football; Wolves’s longest continuous period in the top tier was 26 consecutive seasons in the 33 years between 1932 and 1965 (n.b. there was no league football between 1939 and 1946 due to World War II). In the 1950s, Wolves were English League champions three times (1953 – 1954, 1957 – 1958 and 1958 – 1959), under the management of Stan Cullis. Wolves have also finished League runners-up on five occasions, most recently in 1959 – 1960.
Wolverhampton, West Midlands
1879 – Present / Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club
1877 – 1879 / St Luke’s Football Club
Wolves, The Wanderers
Wolverhampton Wanderers, is quite a mouthful, so it’s only natural that their name would be shortened to Wolves, but their nickname is “The Wanderers.” The team got their name after merging a local cricket and football club known as the Blakenhall Wanderers, blending the two clubs and names to create Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Premier League / 3
1959, 1958, 1954
FA Cup / 4
1960, 1949, 1908, 1893
Premier League – FA Cup Double / 0
1889 – Present / Molineux Stadium
1881 – 1889 / Dudley Road
1879 – 1881 / John Harper’s Field
1877 – 1879 / Windmill Field
2016 – Present / Fosun International
*Blue is this team’s history