Wolverhampton Wanderers

Molineux

Capacity: 31,700 (all seated)
Address: Waterloo Rd, Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR
Telephone: 0871 222 2220
Fax: 01902 687 006
Ticket Office: 0871 222 1877
Pitch Size: 116 x 74 yards
Club Nickname: Wolves
Year Ground Opened: 1889
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Shirt Sponsors: silverbug
Kit Manufacturer: Puma
Home Kit: Gold and Black
Away Kit: Blue With White Trim

External View
External View
Stan Cullis Stand
Stan Cullis Stand
Billy Wright Stand
Billy Wright Stand
Looking Towards The Jack Harris Stand
Looking Towards The Jack Harris Stand
Steve Bull Stand
Steve Bull Stand
Jack Harris Stand
Jack Harris Stand
Billy Wright Statue
Billy Wright Statue
Stan Cullis Statue
Stan Cullis Statue
Stan Cullis Stand External View
Stan Cullis Stand External View

The ground is dominated by the new Stan Cullis Stand at one end of the stadium. This impressive looking structure towers over the rest of Molineux and the roof steelwork can be seen from miles around on the Wolverhampton sky line. The stand is two tiered, with a larger lower tier, with the upper tier having a large windshield on one side. The stand extends partly around one corner towards the Steve Bull Stand and some seats in the upper tier in that corner, will have a restricted view of the playing area, due to the roof of the Steve Bull Stand being directly in the line of sight. It is hoped that at some point the Steve Bull Stand will be replaced by a similar structure and will extend around to meet the new Stan Cullis Stand. 

Both sides of the stadium are two tiered covered stands, that have a row of executive boxes situated along the middle. They are unusual in being oval in shape, meaning that those sitting on the half way line are furthest away from the playing action. The oldest of these is the Steve Bull Stand, which was opened in 1979, whilst opposite is the Billy Wright Stand which was opened in 1993. This stand is the Main Stand at Molineux, which contains the Directors area, team dugouts in front and a television gantry below its roof. At one end is the Sir Jack Hayward Stand, which was also opened in 1993, four months after the Billy Wright Stand. This is a large single tiered stand, part of which is given to away supporters. Situated in the corner between the Sir Jack Hayward and Billy Wright stands, is a temporary stand that has a capacity of 900 seats. The seats are green coloured which makes it look a little out of place to the rest of the stadium. This is affectionately known as the 'Gene Kelly' stand (or officially known as the Wolves Community Trust). That is because this area is open to the elements so you could end up 'singing in the rain'. There are a couple of video screens in two of the corners, but unfortunately these are no longer in operation. 

What particularly impresses me about Molineux, is that quality shows, getting the feeling that little expense has been spared in its construction. This is perhaps best summed up by the two statues that sit outside the ground. The impressive statue of Billy Wright is probably the finest football statue located at any ground in Britain. It sits outside the main entrance to the club offices. In 2003 the same designer, James Butler produced another statue, this time of former player and manager Stan Cullis. The Stan Cullis Statue is located outside the entrance to the Club Museum (see below). 

The Club have received planning permission to re-develop the Steve Bull (East) stand, which will further increase capacity to around 36,000. The demolition and re-building of this stand was planned to commence at the end of the 2011/2012, but the Club have now put this on hold.  The Club have further announced that if demand requires it and the necessary finances are in place, then as a phase three part of the project an additional tier can be added to the Jack Harris (South) Stand, raising the capacity to 38,000. Any further expansion would involve the re-building of the Billy Wright Stand and could possibly see the final capacity being in the region of 50,000.

Away fans are normally housed on one side of the new Stan Cullis Stand, where around 1,600 fans can be accommodated. Fans are housed in both the upper and lower tiers, although tickets for the upper sections are sold first. For games where there is a larger away following, then the away fans are not given an 'end' as such, but are instead housed in the lower tier of the Steve Bull Stand along the side of the pitch. Up to 2,750 away supporters can be housed in this area. Fans in this stand are sat quite far back from the playing area, which gives the illusion that the pitch is larger than at most other grounds. 

David London a visiting Crystal Palace fan adds; 'Views are excellent from the front of the Stan Cullis Stand away section, although if you are at the top then it's all a bits distant. It's a lot of stairs up to the upper tier and when you get to the top puffing and blowing a friendly steward tells you that you should have asked to use the lift!'

The facilities are fine, including the catering, serving a range of pies including; Steak, Rogan Josh, Potato & Meat, Vegetable, Cheese & Onion (all £3), Cornish Pasty (£3), Sausage Rolls (£3) Hot Dogs (£3.50), 1/4 pound Burgers Or Cheeseburgers (£3.50), Chicken Burgers (£4.50), Baked Potatoes (£3), Chicken Wraps (£3) and Chips (£2.50).

Musical delights at the ground include just before kick off, 'Hi, Ho, Silver Lining' with the crowd singing 'Hi, Ho, Wolverhampton!' On one visit I got talking to a couple of Wolves fans on the train up to Wolverhampton and they suggested going for a drink in the city centre before the game which I did. I had quite an enjoyable time and they even took me right up to the away supporters entrance, shook my hand and wished me luck! very hospitable. I personally did not experience any problems on my visits, but I have received a number of reports of others that have not been so lucky. It is strongly advised that colours are kept covered around the ground and city centre (and that goes for your cars too).

Well it may be a great stadium, with good atmosphere, but the main drawback with a visit to Molineux is the lack of away friendly pubs for visiting supporters to drink in. Now there are a number of pubs situated around the ground, but they do not admit away fans, which to a certain extent I can understand. But what is a real shame is that unlike many new stadiums that are located out of town with not much in the way of drinking holes located around, Molineux is only a 10 minute walk away from the city centre where there are plenty of pubs to be found. However by far the greater majority of these are for home supporters only on matchdays (even the Wetherspoons has bouncers on the door demanding to see your match ticket for one of the home sections before being allowed entry).

Tom Rice a visiting Aston Villa supporter informs me; 'The Stonehouse bar in the city centre (on Queen Street) seems to be the designated pub for away fans to drink in. The bouncers on the door, checked to make sure that we were Villa fans before entering.' The bar which is family friendly normally opens at 1pm on Saturday afternoons.

I have also been advised that there is a small bar called the Bluebrick inside the Premier Inn hotel, located near to the railway station, which is being frequented by away fans. If arriving by train then as you leave the station entrance, turn right and you will see a walkway going down under the station. At the bottom of the walkway turn left and after a short walk you will see the Bluebrick over on your right. Also some away supporters have also been frequenting the George Wallis in Victoria Street and the Lady Wulfrun in Lichfield Street.

Alcohol is available inside the stadium this includes Carling (Pint £3.70), Banks's Bitter (Can 440ml £3.40), Aston Manor Cider (Bottle 500ml £3.70), Magners Cider (Bottle 330ml £4), Guinness (Can 520ml £4), plus wine and spirits (£4).

From The South

Leave the M6 at Junction 10 and take the A454 towards Wolverhampton. Continue to follow the A454 right into Wolverhampton (be wary of speed cameras on the A454). On reaching the traffic island that intersects with the ring road, turn right. As you approach the 2nd set of lights look for the signs for football parking. The ground is over the 2nd set of lights on the right. Alternatively if you turn left into the city centre you may find a space in one of the many council run 'pay & display' car parks (see Car Parking below). 

From The North

Leave the M6 at Junction 12 and take the A5 towards Telford and then turn onto the A449 towards Wolverhampton. On reaching the traffic island that intersects with the ring road, turn right. Then as South.

Car Parking

Just off the ring road near Molineux is the Civic Hall car park, normally remains open for night matches and costs £2.70 for three hours or £4.20 for four hours or £3 for evenings. Terry a visiting Chelsea fan adds; 'Although the city centre car parks are handy, the area is busy with shoppers so you may like we did get stuck in long queues to get into one. I'd recommend parking in the car parks that you see further away from Molineux and taking the 10/15 minute walk; it also means you are back on the motorway quicker after the game'. There is also some limited parking available at the stadium itself at a cost of £8 per car.

Post Code for SAT NAV: WV1 4QR 

Thanks to Paul Judd, an exiled Wolves fan, in Milton Keynes, for providing the directions.

Wolverhampton railway station is around a 15 minute walk away from Molineux. From the main station entrance proceed straight on towards the city centre and as you reach the inner ring road turn right. Just follow the ring road as it continues in a circular pattern around to the left. Eventually you will see the Molineux on the right.

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Home Fans

Billy Wright Stand (Upper Tier): Adults £30, Over 65's/Under 21's* £18, Under 17's £15, Under 12's** £12
Billy Wright (Family Lower Tier): Adults £25, Over 65's/Under 21's* £15, Under 17's £8, Under 12's** £5
Steve Bull Stand (Upper Tier):  Adults £28, Over 65's/Under 21's* £15, Under 17's £12, Under 12's** £10
Stan Cullis Stand: Adults £24, Over 65's/Under 21's £14, Under 17's £11, Under 12's** £8  
Sir Jack Hayward Stand: Adults £24, Over 65's/Under 21's £14, Under 17's £11, Under 12's** £8 

Away Fans

Stan Cullis Stand: Adults £24, Over 65's/Under 21's £14, Under 17's £11, Under 12's** £8
Steve Bull Stand (Lower Tier): Adults £25, Over 65's/Under 21's £15, Under 17's £8, Under 12's** £5

* Under 21's must first become Club members to qualify for this reduced ticket price.

** When accompanied by a paying Adult (includes Over 65's and Under 21's). 

Wolverhampton Wanderers fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City & Aston Villa.

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Official Programme £3

The Club have their own museum, which is open Fridays (12-5pm), Saturdays (11am-4.30pm) & Sundays (11am-3.30pm). Opened in 2012, the museum is full of interesting content even to the non-Wolves fan. It also contains a small cinema and a great interactive football game whereby you can take or score penalties against computerised characters of former Wolves players.

Beat the Goalkeeper Game:

Beat the goalie game

The museum costs £7 for adults and £4.50 concessions, with family tickets available priced £18. See the Wolves Museum website for more details.

Record Attendance
61,305 v Liverpool FA Cup 5th Round, February 11th, 1939.

Modern All Seated Attendance Record
30,110 v Rotherham United League One, April 18th, 2014.

Average Attendance
2014-2015: 22,419 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 20,879 (League One)
2012-2013: 21,773 (Championship League)

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Wolverhampton Wanderers v Preston North End
League One
Saturday, January 11th 2014, 3pm
Paul Willott (Preston North End fan)

There are few grounds for me quite as redolent of footballing glory than Molineux, so I was very keen to pay another visit to this hallowed turf. Furthermore, with the season well advanced and both clubs very firmly established in the thick of the promotion push, the contest on offer of 3rd versus 4th in the table was extremely mouth-watering.

Having recently returned from the world of being single, it was an added bonus to have my missus happily join me on this excursion having decided that she quite likes the world of following my home-town club. Hence we drove up from the south without incident and opted to ditch the car in one of the town centre multi-storey car-parks.  

Finding the ground itself I have never found easy as it seems to nestle in a hollow beneath and just outside the ring road. I entertained my partner with stories of decades past when pre-google maps one simply used to drive to a town and look for the floodlight pylons which caught me out as in my experience you had to nearly trip over the floodlights before you found the ground in Wolverhampton.......fortunately with past experience to rely upon and a few minutes with maps on the internet the night before we had no such problems on this trip.

We ambled down through the underpass towards the ground and started to soak up the atmosphere of the big clash between two of the oldest clubs in the land ahead of us, wandering around the ground as we did so to see the statue of Billy Wright. I was further impressed to see the stand bearing the name of this great player adorned with several huge picture banners of some halcyon moments of the heyday of this famous old club and I noticed similarly that my partner was equally impressed.

Since my previous visit , the Stan Cullis Stand has been rebuilt which in some ways for me slightly offsets the balance and appearance of the ground. It used to have a very symmetrical and smart appearance, but there can be no argument that the new structure is indeed impressive, and I note that had the club not suffered two successive relegations then the rebuilding of other stands in a similar theme would have perhaps continued.  I was also interested to note the subtle differences in construction evident on the Steve Bull and Billy Wright stands. To the casual observer, they may appear identical, but one closer inspection one clearly bears the hallmarks of 70s style construction, whereas the other (the Billy Wright stand ) is clearly from a more recent epoch of construction techniques.

Molineux is awash outside with burger vans and stalls to choose from, so we happily stuffed our faces before entering the ground. Due to the high demand for tickets for this eagerly anticipated clash, with some 3,500 away supporters tickets having sold out, some were put in the Steve Bull stand lower tier, but we were the lucky ones able to enjoy the relative comfort of the new seats in a section of the new Stan Cullis stand.

Perhaps not surprisingly the atmosphere was absolutely crackling long before kick-off, as an expectant away crowd fancied another 3 points, having only lost once on our travels thus far in the league. Equally the home fans were just as keen to raise the roof to urge their boys on to win a crucial show-down against promotion rivals. Despite a heavy presence of both stewards and police, there was no silly nonsense from either quarter and the whole afternoon was a safe and enjoyable one, if noisy and atmospheric.

I was certainly one of those cautiously optimistic that Preston would fare quite well, coming off a long unbeaten run, especially with Wolves having seemed to have lost a bit of momentum, but as the match got underway, the early pace was set by the home team. In truth, Preston never got into any sort of rhythm, passing and tackling seemed a trifle difficult and I sensed an air of disorganisation in the back line for the first time this season. There could be no complaints really. Although Preston did get the ball in the back of the net it was ruled offside, and it was very much against the run of play, and wolves took a deserved 1-0 lead in at the break.

A second goal never seemed too far away, and it duly came for Wolves with a very well worked move in the second half, and thats the way it stayed. Hence the sun went down over a happy Molineux as 3,500 disappointed Preston fans headed for the exits at the final whistle. 

Had I enjoyed the day? Well on the one hand not only was I disappointed to lose, it was doubly disappointing to be seemingly so clearly second best for most of the afternoon. However, it was undeniably a great occasion to savour, and I was doubly delighted to experience it with my partner for her to taste what "big matches" are all about at famous old grounds.  

Furthermore, with a ski-lesson for her to look forward to later at Milton Keynes at 8pm, and some general ski-slope time for me in anticipation of our first holiday together a few weeks hence, there was something else to look forward to very soon . . . . . and as I explained . . . . there's always next Saturday . . . .  

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Leyton Orient
League One
Sunday, December 29th 2013, 3pm
Jack Rumbold (Leyton Orient fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Mainly because this was billed as the top football league fixture of the weekend, with Wolves placed 3rd and finding ourselves sitting at the top of the league - a very strange feeling for an Orient fan! We always aim to go to new grounds and a rare opportunity to visit a ground the size of Molineux could not be missed. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

From London we took the direct train to Birmingham Snow Hill and subsequently a Metro tram to Wolverhampton which was a very unique experience and a nice addition to the journey. The ground itself was a short walk through the town centre from the tram station. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

On hearing advice about a lack of away friendly pubs near the ground we chose to have a few drinks in Birmingham before catching the tram. This proved to be the right choice as many pubs around the ground were indeed closed to away fans, however food was not an issue due to the many outlets around the stadium. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The ground certainly looks impressive as you exit the subway as it is situated at the bottom of a hill. Once inside, I was surprised that the ground felt smaller than the impression given off by TV, nevertheless the new Stand Cullis stand looks impressive with two large tiers despite the fact it somewhat comically stops abruptly as it rounds the corner. We were housed in the entire lower tier of the Steve Bull Stand which gave a very low angled view of the pitch even at the back row. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game itself got off to the worst possible start from an Orient point of view, with Wolves going ahead with the first attack of the game inside sixty seconds. Admittedly we were very fortunate to then hang on until half time only 1-0 down and the trend continued into the second half with Wolves looking by far the better team and Jake Larkins in goal in only his second professional game making a number of smart saves. The game then turned with our first shot on target and arguably first meaningful attack on 70 minutes with Mathieu Baudry finishing an inch perfect cross to make it 1-1. Given the importance of the game its safe to say a goal has not quite been celebrated that madly for a long time. The match finished 1-1 with Orient by far the more satisfied with the result, given the injuries we incurred and the significant financial difference between the teams.

The atmosphere within the ground was excellent in the early stages, with a near 30,000 sell out for the first time in Wolves season. The atmosphere from ourselves was slightly broken up by the fact we were along the bottom on the side of the pitch but there was good banter between fans. It is also worth mentioning that I haven't heard a stadium as loud for a very long time. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Getting away from the ground was easy enough, although there were a very snark comments from home fans on the way back to the station and the presence of police was reassuring, however this may be down to frustration of the home fans from the actual game than something deeper. Despite this, many fans were happy to chat and this made for a relatively pleasant journey home. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Overall, it was a privilege to visit Molineux and its days such as this that rarely come around for lower league fans and one that was made significantly better by the battling second half performance and current league position - why the game was not broadcast on SKY was beyond most people at the game. I would highly recommend a trip to Molineux despite problems with local pubs, and would recommend taking the tram from Birmingham to change the day up. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers v MK Dons
League One
Saturday, December 14th 2013, 3pm
Dan McCalla (MK Dons fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

To be honest, I wasn’t really looking forward to the Dons’ first trip to Molineux as much as most other fans I know were. As someone who goes to every away game, I much prefer the trips when you can have a relaxed, fun day out and have a good-natured chat with the home fans in the pubs before and after. Everything I’d heard about trips to Wolves from various people in the run-up to the game suggested this wasn’t going to be the case, but I was more than happy to be proved wrong by the end of the day!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

The journey up was a simple 80-minute direct train from Milton Keynes Central, at the bargain price of £7 return (or £4.60 if, like me, you had a railcard). After our usual breakfast at Wetherspoons, a group of 12 of us grabbed the train at 11:15am and arrived in Wolverhampton around 12:40pm.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We’d been advised by West Midlands Police the day before the game via Twitter that the Walkabout on Queen Street, a couple of hundred metres from the train station, was the only bar open to away fans. Although no-one in our group was wearing colours, we decided to play it safe and headed there after getting off the train. We reached the Walkabout to find bouncers on the door checking tickets to ensure they were for the away section, and once we’d entered the service was good and the drinks not too expensive. We stayed until around 2:15pm before the 10- to 12-minute walk to Molineux.
 
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Both outside and in, I was very impressed by Molineux. It has been extensively redeveloped over the years and has pulled off a trick that many other grounds haven’t; offering decent modern facilities while keeping traditional old-style character (and yes, I am aware of the irony of an MK Dons fan saying that!). The only slight criticism is that all four stands look quite different and imbalanced as the ground has been redeveloped in stages; although the new Stan Cullis Stand at one end is impressive to say the least, it really does dwarf the rest of the stadium.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

We entered Molineux at 2:30pm to find ourselves on a reasonably spacious concourse (we’d been given part of the lower tier of the Steve Bull Stand despite only taking around 750 fans) to watch the final stages of Manchester City ripping the entrails out of Arsenal. I enjoyed another drink there, although the prices of £3.50 for a can of Banks’s Bitter or £4 for a bottle of Carling were extortionate. After finishing my bitter, I made my way up the stairs to join the other fans already making some noise in the stand.
 
The stewards tried to enforce allocated seating on everyone, but this quickly unravelled before kick-off. Considering we’re hardly the most disruptive set of fans around, the stewarding was quite heavy in the early stages in terms of trying to get around 200 Dons fans to sit down when around 4,000 Wolves fans were able to stand without challenge in the end to our left. A couple of families behind me were unable to see, but I managed to arrange for everyone around me to move back a row so that the family could take the seats in front of us and watch the game seated. After that, and a friendly chat with one of the chief stewards, we were left alone to stand for the rest of the game.
 
Given that we’d lost seven away games in a row, expectations of Dons success at Molineux were low. But after weathering an early storm, we gradually took control of the game, with Stephen Gleeson and Darren Potter dominating midfield. After half an hour, a superbly timed pass from Samir Carruthers put Patrick Bamford through on goal, and the Chelsea loanee slotted in for his 14th goal of the season. Delirium from the Dons fans, and frustrated silence from the fans in gold.
 
We expected a Wolves backlash in the second half, especially with the struggling Leigh Griffiths being taken off at half-time, but our control continued. It only took five minutes after half-time for us to double our lead, with a peach of a 25-yard strike from Ben Reeves that Wolves ‘keeper Carl Ikeme had no chance of keeping out. 2-0 up away at Wolves and the ‘Jingle Bells’ songs soon got going! Wolves correctly had a goal disallowed for offside with around 20 minutes to go, at which point significant numbers of home fans were already heading for the exits. I don’t want to criticise the Wolves fans, as they’ve suffered a tough couple of years with successive relegations, but it really was surprising to see how empty Molineux was by the end of the game.
 
My nerves were jangling towards the end, seeing as we'd suffered heartbreak away from home so many times before, but the final whistle went and the Dons party really could begin. Our players seemed to be celebrating just as hard as we were, and after a bad run of form during which he’d come under a lot of pressure, you could tell that manager Karl Robinson was particularly proud of the win.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We left the ground happy, but decided against any songs outside as we felt there was no need to antagonise any Wolves fans unnecessarily. I stopped to buy a badge for £3 as a memento of the day (I recommend the van at the bottom of the steps as he sells some match-specific badges with both teams’ badges on – ideal to remember a win!). We then walked along the Ring Road and back to the train station with enough time to buy a couple of cans out of the Sainsbury’s nearby. We all piled onto the train at 5:45 and were back in MK for 7pm after a happy, song-filled ride home.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

We don’t win away very often, so it was very much a day to savour – for me, it was not far off that incredible day last season when we put four past QPR at Loftus Road in the FA Cup. We had no problems with the Wolves fans at all, although it’s impossible for me to say if this would have been different if we’d been wearing colours. But Molineux was a good, impressive stadium to visit and I’ll certainly look forward to my next visit to Wolverhampton much more than I did this one. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Swindon Town
League One
Saturday, September 14th 2013, 3pm
Ronan Howard (Swindon Town fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I had never been to Molineux before and it definitely looks one of the better grounds in the league.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Went by train, direct journey and walkable from the train station, perfect.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
Spent a couple of hours in the Walkabout pub – as others have noted this is literally the only pub available to away fans pre-match. Can’t say that there was a particularly friendly or unfriendly atmosphere around the town but I get the impression if we were a visiting West Midlands club this situation could have been  a lot different.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
Very impressive, but also very confusing in terms of trying to find the entrance – we were sat in the lower tier of the Steve Bull stand to which entrance seemed to be accessed on two sides. Stewards very helpful though so not too much of a delay getting in. However I have never seen so many police at a ground outside of a derby setting – spoke to a couple of officers beforehand expressing my surprise, to be told that “I think we’re more worried about them than you.” There had apparently been crowd trouble recently and with a derby against Walsall the following week, the police were on their toes. Not intimidating as such but set a tone. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..
 
Absolutely staggered we didn’t get anything from the game – Wolves managed to get themselves in front through an absolute fluke of a cross, followed by some poor defending which allowed Kevin Doyle to head home just before half time.
 
What followed in the second half was some great Swindon play and dominance on occasion which paid dividends on the 82nd minute to give us some hope when Dany N’Guessan pulled one back. However it was short lived, as Wolves sealed it at the death, only for an even later consolation with a stunning strike from Ryan Mason for Swindon fully 30 yards out leaving the travelling faithful scratching our heads as to how we hadn’t at least got a point. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
Pubs seemed to be friendly enough to visiting fans after the game and had time for a couple before getting a train back with no problems

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Great stadium, fantastic atmosphere from the home fans, very good game of football – gutted we got nothing from the game, and would’ve been a better day out in some ways if the centre of Wolverhampton didn’t seem to go on lockdown when a match is on. Would definitely return however.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Walsall
Johnstone's Paint Trophy 1st Round
Tuesday, September 3rd 2013, 7.45pm
Karl Robinson (Walsall fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

The most local derby that Walsall will get now is the now league one rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers. However as it's my first away day with Walsall it's also interesting to visit another stadium albeit a local one.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

I caught the local metro from Wednesbury to Wolverhampton and then had a short walk to the ground through Wolverhampton City Centre. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Stopped off at McDonalds pre match however bumped into a fellow Walsall fan and we had a drink in the Goose (which was a home fans only pub) and then headed to Walkabout which was designated for the away fans to drink in.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I've got to admit while the ground itself is pretty decent looking both in size and just looking at how the stands are, the only thing that annoyed me was the fact that the stands were so away from the pitch.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The match got off to a poor start for Walsall with Wolves taking the lead through Liam McAlinden and looking a strong force down the left wing, however going into the half time Walsall looked a bit of a better side. Having head to the toilets during this time the one thing that made me laugh was the entrance and exit much similar to that of Wembley stadium (even though with Wembley there are no doors so no one pays attention to theirs). 

Going into the second half Walsall were quick off the mark and took the match to Wolves through an Ashley Hemmings goal which was a wonderful goal from the ex-Wolves player, however after four or five corners somehow the referee decided to award a penalty to Wolves which even confused the home fans in the Stan Cullis Stand but they were happy to see Sako put the ball in the back of the net. Walsall then fought back to 2-2 through a Troy Hewitt goal after Matt Doherty had slipped up a header. The match then went to penalties which Wolves won 4-2. 

Overall it was a good showing of will and determination by Walsall to level the score twice and for the second year on the bounce Walsall have lost out in the JPT on penalties. Both sets of fans were very vocal, especially the Saddlers who had a funny moment that when the Wolves stated they hated the baggies, the Saddlers responded with their in the prem and they don't care. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

There were police in presence after the game, directing the Walsall fans the way they wanted them to go however somehow both sets of fans met slightly at a junction which was silly by the fact that it seemed something was likely to happen. I continued straight on past this and got to the metro fine which was full of true fans of both Wolves and Walsall.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

As it was my first away day I couldn't have picked a better game to go to than a local derby and hopefully this will see me head to a few more away days with the Saddlers in the future.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Barnsley
Championship League 
Tuesday August 21st 2012, 7.45pm
Scott Leonard (Barnsley fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

As it was my 17th birthday the day before and we like to go to an away match. In addition we had played very well against Middlesbrough 3 days before so this should be a good game against one of the promotion favourites. Also the stand we were sat in was the new Stan Cullis stand which would be great to see a brand new stand.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

As we do with the away games my dad drove to the game. For the first two thirds of the journey there was little traffic until the M6 which meant an half hour delay but we had set off In plenty of time anyway so no real issues. We used a sat nav so we didn’t have a problem in finding the ground. After looking for some parking we found parking being offered at a private car park about 10 minutes away from the away end for £5 although there was a very steep ramp down to it and it wasn’t lit at the end of the game.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Having already eaten at a McDonalds on our travels we had no need to go for food so we went straight to the ground but we did pass quite a few burger vans on the way to the away end. We walked around the ground in colours and had no problems with any Wolves fans.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The turnstiles only opened 45 minutes before the start of the game but the initial thoughts on the stand was that it looked very new and modern. If you have to sit right in the end few rows then your view may be blocked by the roof from one of the other stands and as some Barnsley fans were singing ’24 quid and I can’t see’ as the upper tier is quite high up. There was also plenty of leg room which was a rarity for me being 6 foot. The other 3 stands looked OK.

View from the new away section:

 Molineux view from the away section

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The game started off badly for Barnsley with Stephen Ward scoring after only 6 minutes after a mistake from the Barnsley goalkeeper. We stayed in the game until the 60th minute when Ebanks-Blake scored a goal which appeared to be well offside. David Edwards then scored 10 minutes later which finished the game at 3-0 although we did get a goal back through Tomasz Cywka but it was far too late. The atmosphere was similar to most grounds with the away fans making most of the noise and the home fans largely quiet. Hardly noticed the stewards and police although some Barnsley fans began singing ‘There’s only one sexy copper’! My Dad had a pie which was expensive at £3 but he said it was nice. My brother also had a portion of chips for £2.50 which were very expensive for how few there were. The toilets were OK and modern.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We walked back to the car and managed to be out of the main traffic within 20 minutes and we were back home in Barnsley by 11:50pm.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

The day out was great apart from the result. The new stand had very modern facilities and I would highly recommend a visit to Molineux.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Blackburn Rovers
Premier League 
Saturday March 10th 2012, 3pm
Tom Croft (Blackburn Rovers fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Well as our season wasn't going too well, we were slightly apprehensive about visiting Wolves. Despite this their form was poor at the time and having just sacked manager Mick McCarthy, we felt this was a game that we should get three points from. Also Rovers had put on free travel so tickets sold out in a snap, so a great atmosphere was definite. 

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking? 

We took advantage of the free travel so the journey was fairly simple although we were stopped about 10 minutes away from the ground and given a rather large police escort which may have been due to the fact we had roughly 15 coaches. We parked in a car park about 5 minutes away from the ground and followed the crowd to the ground. 

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly? 

We decided against going to the pub beforehand as we were told it was a rather long walk and there was no guarantee that children were admitted (we had a number of minors with us). We just got a programme and went straight into the ground where we had a beer. Home fans seemed okay although it did "kick off" at the end of the match with what seemed to be a small number of fans from both sides trying to reach each other. 

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground? 

At first seeing the ground it didn't look overly impressive although when we were in the stand it did look pretty decent. The home end (opposite to where we were) only had the lower tier at the time as the upper was being built but I'd imagine that once that stand was complete it would be a very impressive stadium. One odd thing was that whereas most stands are straight the stand to our right kind of curved round the pitch being that those sat in the middle were further away from the pitch from those at the ends of the stand. 

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc.. 

The game got off to a slow start with  both sides creating a few half chances but with Rovers getting slightly more of the play until close to half time Junior Hoilett rocketed in a half volley from a part clearance to make it 1-0 to us going into half time. The second half was a different story though. It seemed as though the goal had given us a lot of confidence and we came out and really put Wolves to the test and managed to break them down for a second time with a 20 yard shot from Hoilett making it 2-0 to us. After this it never seemed like Wolves would get back into it even though they did create the odd opportunity they couldn't score and the game finished 2-0 to Rovers. 

The atmosphere was outstanding from the Rovers fans for the full 90minutes. It was obvious that the free travel had encouraged all fans to get behind the lads. There wasn't a great atmosphere from the Wolves fans apart from a section of them close to the away fans who did continue to try to get things going. Stewards were friendly enough. Had a bottle of Kingstone Press Cider (£3.20) and a Steak and Ale pie (£3) before the game and must say the pie was probably the best I have ever had at a football ground so well done to Wolves there! The concourse was large and toilets clean enough.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

As we took a lot of coaches getting away did take a while but once we got about 20 minutes away from the ground we were well on our way home. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

Overall this was one of my best away days of the season. Great weather, great result, decent food/drink, a nice stadium and awesome atmosphere. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea
Premier League 
Monday January 2nd 2012, 3pm
Harry Williamson (Chelsea fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?

This would be my first away game north of the London area. With Wolverhampton being easy to get to by train and reasonably priced match tickets it was an easy choice to make to go to this one. I had heard that the Wolves fans could be shall we say 'not very welcoming' but I did not encounter any problems on my visit. 

With Chelsea losing 1-3 at home to Aston Villa just 48 hours earlier, I was not ruling out a repeat of last year's scoreline when Wolves beat us 1-0 at Molineux.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

It was a simple trip up from London Euston to Wolverhampton followed by a little walk along a ring road to the ground. From the train station you can make out the new large cantilever stand which is currently under construction as part of a large scale redevelopment of Molineux. As you walk along the ring road the ground becomes easily visible.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I decided to go straight to the ground with only 30 minutes to spare before kick off. I had no interaction with the home fans although they seemed nice enough. There is an ASDA store located behind the new stand.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

The first thing you notice is the new single large stand, as it is taller than all of the others. This is currently under construction with only the bottom of the two tiers open but it looks like it will be very smart once completed. The away fans were located in the Steve Bull stand and were given the whole of the lower tier. Upon entering the ground, I noticed that the concourse is quite dark and dingy and unusually it seems to have a bit of a slope to it. The toilet and refreshment areas are adequate though.

Inside the seating area there is ample leg room although the stand curves away from the pitch slightly, meaning that some seats seem to have been crammed in slightly. I was in row M which was the back row because the last 2 were netted off. At first I was slightly concerned that there were Wolves fans directly above us but there were no problems and both sets of fans engaged in some friendly banter. Behind the seats in the lower tier are some rather small looking executive boxes. All of the stands are fairly similar in design (apart from the new one of course) so Molineux has quite a smart look to it although it will look even better once it has been redeveloped.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, facilities etc..

The first half was scrappy with several bookings in a spicy affair which helped to create a terrific atmosphere. Lampard was lucky not to see red for a late tackle early on and both sides had good chances in the first half. In the second half Chelsea upped their game and were rewarded when Ramires turned and fired into the top corner. However, Wolves came back and Stephen Ward scored from close range to equalise for the home side after Jose Bosingwa's defensive frailties were highlighted once again. Within 7 minutes though, Chelsea regained the lead. Frank Lampard tucked home Ashley Cole's cross from 6 yards on 88 minutes. Chelsea held on and Wolves were unfortunate not to snatch a point when Petr Cech pulled off a super save in the second minute of added time.

The stewards were very relaxed and friendly. The only action they had to take was to kindly ask a middle aged man to stop standing on a seat which was fair enough.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

It was straight out the ground upon the final whistle with a brisk walk back to the train station and onto the train back to Euston in no time. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Very enjoyable day out and good value for money. I had no problems with the home supporters despite hearing bad things. A great away day and a great football match. I will certainly be returning next year if possible.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea
Premier League
Monday January 2nd 2012, 3pm
Alan McKeown (Chelsea fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

I have been to Molineux on a few occasions before. Being a Chelsea fan originally from London and now living in the Midlands it's nice to go to a local ground instead of travelling to London for a change.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Although I have previously visited Molineux, I had always travelled by train. So this was to be my first time driving to the ground, but this was straightforward as it was clearly signposted as you came off the M6. There was a car park bang opposite the away end of the ground and it cost £3 which was very reasonable.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I never got to do much before the game because we got there about 10 minutes before kick off due to the traffic coming into Wolverhampton City centre which I did not account for, word of advice if driving, you need to leave an hour earlier to avoid getting stuck in matchday traffic.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Molineux is a nice ground, clean and tidy. As an added bonus it's got an Asda right opposite the ground, to if you fancy something reasonably priced to eat, you may want to get something there before the game, rather than pay the inflated prices inside the stadium.
 
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc? - 

The first half of the game was a scrappy affair, both teams got stuck in and at some points it threatened to boil over. Lampard should have been given a straight red for a tackle on Adam Hammill but was only given a yellow, Chelsea took the lead deservedly on the hour mark, a neat finish from Ramires, Chelsea missed a host of chances after the goal, Wolves had very little chances in the game but equalised with 5 minutes to go, courtesy of the Chelsea defence going to sleep yet again in the last 10 minutes and allowing Steven Fletcher to cross for Stephen Ward to score. Just when it looked like it was going to end in a draw, Chelsea broke down the left in the 89th Minute. Torres released Ashley Cole down the left, Cole floated in a peach of a ball into the six yard box, who was there Frank Lampard to slide the ball home. 2-1 to Chelsea! Overall I think Chelsea deserved the points. 

It was a good atmosphere, loads of banter between both sets of fans, stewards were fine, Chelsea fans were well behaved which helps, food is very expensive inside the ground, toilets were fine and fairly clean.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

Getting away from the ground was a nightmare, got out of the car park no problem, but was stuck in traffic coming out of Wolverhampton city centre for 40 minutes, which I guess if your driving you cannot avoid getting held up in the matchday traffic leaving after the game.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

My overall thoughts of the day, I really enjoyed it, fairly good atmosphere, obviously the ground and the facilities helped the day as well, we got our tickets for £40 which is what they charged Chelsea last season, which is pretty much a standard price for this level of fotball now in the Premiership!

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Fulham
Premier League
Fulham, Premier League 
Sunday August 21st 2011, 2pm
John Smith (Fulham fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

I was looking forward to this game as it was our first away game of the season and there’s generally a few Fulham fans that go to this fixture resulting in a good atmosphere. Also, it’s only a two hour journey as oppose to the marathon up to Newcastle/Sunderland.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?:

We got the train from London Euston to Wolverhampton and went into the city centre, following the swarms of gold shirts!

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We went to a KFC outlet before entering the ground which was situated in the city centre (a 5 minute walk from Molineux), there didn’t seem to be many away pubs around as all the pubs were decorated in Wolves flags. We had no real interaction with the locals.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground? 

The stadium looks nice and the gold paintwork makes it stand out from a distance. The away section is half of a standard single tier stand in the Jack Harris Stand. The home end (Stan Cullis) is being renovated so wasn’t open at the time.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..: 

The game itself was poor from a Fulham point of view, from start to finish we were totally outplayed (2-0 to Wolves), if we took our chances it may have been different but with out Zamora we don’t have a clinical finisher. The home fans created a good atmosphere but the Fulham boys weren’t quite on that level, the stewards were good. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game: 

Getting away was fine, took about 3 minutes.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

Good day out regardless of the scoreline, nice stadium, good fans (apart from 2 nutters that got themselves kicked out) and a relatively nice city!

Wolverhampton Wanderers v West Bromwich Albion
Premier League 
Sunday May 8th 2011, 12noon
Kurt Jacob (West Bromwich Albion fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):
 
A local derby where we could effectively relegate our local rivals! Unfortunately it did not materialise.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?
 
We travelled by coach but due to our status of local rivals, we were greeted to four-letter chants, two fingered salutes and a young man mooning at us! We arrived about 45 minutes before kick off at a coach park about 5-10 minute walk from the ground and due to the hostility WBA receive, we received a police escort into the stadium. There were taunts by both sets of fans to each other over the police divide. We sat in the Steve Bull Lower (formally the John Ireland stand) which runs down the touchline however I am informed for clubs with a lower following they are situated in part of the Jack Harris (South Bank) stand behind the goal to our left.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?
 
All bars in the city centre and surrounding area were closed due to the intensity of the match.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?
 
Once inside the ground, the concourse is like an old subway and is very dark and dingy. Due to the nature of the match no alcohol was on sale. We then took our seat in the JL8 section, about level with the edge of the penalty area at the South Bank end. I was concerned to learn that Wolves fans were situated directly above us in the Steve Bull Upper as I felt that things may be thrown at us from that area.
 
The stadium itself is quite unique with it’s extremely bright orange look. Both stands behind the goals are large single tier stands and the two other stands are curved two-tier stands allowing for a very good view of the pitch even though you are quite far back from the pitch. In the far-left corner there was a temporary stand. The opposite two-tier stand houses the players tunnel and benches.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..
 
For two bottles of Coca-Cola, two hotdogs and a packet of crisps it cost approximately £11. The banter in the stadium was mainly good fun however there were one or two idiots on both sides of the divide behaving inappropriately.
 
Before kick off there was a rendition of ‘Hi Ho Silver Lining’ in which the home fans sing ‘Hi Ho Wolverhampton’. The away fans sang their version which unfortunately can not be repeated for this review!
 
The first half was a disaster from our point of view, conceding two sloppy goals from corners scored by Steven Fletcher and Adlene Guediora. It was a must win game for Wolves to help them avoid Premier League relegation however we were already safe after Roy Hodgson had masterminded a fantastic end of season run.
 
At half time there was some entertainment with fans shooting at the goal and more friendly banter between the fans.
 
Within three minutes of the restart it was more disaster for the Baggies after a defensive error by Abdoulaye Meite let Steven Fletcher in to score a third. As the Wolves fans above us cheered, one threw the contents of a drinks bottle over us which prompted no reaction by the club stewards, even though earlier in the game a West Brom fan was warned for sticking fingers up to opposition fans. Minutes later, Albion won a penalty which Peter Odemwingie converted. Jerome Thomas hit the crossbar and another couple of chances went begging as Wolves deservedly won 3-1.
 
Another major gripe was that Wolves fans had, like the reverse fixture, smuggled a flare into the stadium. It took stewards five minutes to get the situation under control, once again prompting my accusation of the club not taking the crowd trouble situation seriously. Thankfully it was not thrown.
 
On a lighter note, there was some taunting and great banter by the majority of the the genuine supporters of both clubs with some Wolves fans doing the ‘Poznan’ which was painful as a Baggie to watch.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:
 
When leaving the stadium, the police had an extremely successful and effective set up directing visiting supporters up a road away from home supporters and the stadium and that must be commended. Some fans did confront each other and a couple of arrests were made. All genuine away fans were given plenty of protection and time by the police to clear the area.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:
 
Poor game from our point of view and an extremely disappointing result. The club need to look at its stewarding and the position of away fans. I am not pinning all of the blame on Wolves as there was some poor behaviour by our fans but the poor organisation and reaction of the stewards just adds fuel to the fire. I am not condoning the behaviour of some supporters of either side but putting away supporters underneath home fans in a two-tier stand in a derby voted the most fierce in Britain, above the Old Firm, is just idiotic.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Blackpool
Premier League 
Saturday, February 26th 2011, 3pm
Dean Williamson (Blackpool fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

This was my first visit to Molineux and after hearing some great reviews of the ground and atmosphere I was expecting this to be a special day out.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

We took the train from Manchester with a friend, were both Blackpool exiles, and as I'd travelled this route but never alighted in Wolverhampton I half knew what to expect. The ground itself is a 5 minute walk from the train station and is heavily sign posted making it easy to find.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We went in the nearest pub to the ground 'The Great Western' which is generally for home fans but if you get in there early enough, like we did, the landlord will welcome you with open arms. There was no trouble before the game but this was, in retrospect, an ominous sign as events took a nasty tone during and after the game.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

As you walk along the dual carriageway to the stadium there is a lot of burger vans and not much sign of stadia anywhere until you reach the University where the ground appears suddenly and looks like your looking into a valley. It is an impressive stadium with four separate stands all brightly adorned with Wolves' colours. All held up by large steel structures that give the stadium character unlike a lot of Premier League grounds. The stadium itself is really easy to access with minimal queues but there is a stop and search policy rigidly enforced by the security staff. The away end of the ground, in the Steve Bull stand, is evenly spaced and your view of the pitch is excellent wherever your sat. The only restrictions are made by the stewards who form a line between the home and away supporters. There are two large screens on either side of the ground but both these were switched off during my visit.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

This was probably the worst performance from Blackpool this season with very little to cheer about from the away fans after going one nil down within the first few minutes. The rest of the game panned out completely in favour of Wolves who had a chance to open the flood gates and improve their goal difference considerably. How we lasted until half time only goal down is beyond me. This wasn't helped by our start striker DJ Campbell who exemplified the frustration of the Blackpool fans by pushing Wolves centre half Richard Stearman in the face and being shown the red card. The second half was all Wolves and they ran out 4-0 winners.  There was some very sad news during the game as Dr Peter Lake, a Blackpool supporter, went into cardiac arrest and unfortunately passed our away after the match. Our thoughts are with him and his family. 

The atmosphere was buoyed by Wolves biggest home crowd of the season (29,000) however the homes fans nearest to the away end vented a lot of abuse towards the Blackpool fans and threw coins and other objects towards us after the second goal went in. On complaint of this towards the stewards no motion was made to eject any of the Wolves fans. During half time I was very impressed with the speed of service from the refreshments kiosks. However this may have been down to the expensive cost and lack of food on offer. I paid £6.80 for a pie and a pint but you could have paid £7.00 for a hot dog and pint. Generally though this is quite standard at most Premier League grounds. The toilets were also very clean. 

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

We had an easy journey away from the ground and even stopped in a city centre pub for a quick pint before the train. A few stories did materialise after the game that some Blackpool fans were set upon by Wolves fans. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A terrible day out given the scoreline but a must for anyone trying to 'do the 92'. I would strongly advise keeping colours hidden when visiting Molineux.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool
Premier League 
Saturday, January 22nd 2011, 12.45pm
Carl Seward (Liverpool fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

Its another away ground ticked off the list! Not too far away from Liverpool but far enough to be a bit different.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Very easy, straight down the M6, off the motorway then onto a nice free park and ride, located about 1 mile north of the city centre on the A449. Nice easy walk to the ground with the Wolves fans.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I was flying solo that day so got a maccy`s on the way down and went straight into the ground. Pubs around the ground look pretty nice but didn't fancy chancing it and having to put on a Black Country accent!

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Looks a nice ground from the outside, very colourful and fits in well with the surrounding area. The only criticism I would have of the away end is that the fans are spread out along the length of the pitch which makes it very difficult to get any atmosphere going (possibly a clever ploy by Wolves). Inside the ground looks good, very traditional but with enough modern facilities and plenty of leg room. They could do with removing the giant TV screens in the corners as they look like lookout posts from the 'Bridge on the River Kwai!'

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

Well we won 3 - nil so the game itself was great, much better than Liverpool have played for a long time, although Wolves are a dangerous team and the result could have been different if they had been able to take their chances. The stewards were very friendly and despite the note that I received with my ticket stating `no standing is allowed at Molineux` we stood all through the game and not a thing was said. The home fans make plenty of noise, much more than I have noticed at other grounds, although most of it was to give stick to our keeper whenever he got near the ball.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Again, very easy. Fifteen minute stroll back up the main road and back into the car and home, very little traffic. I would recommend all drivers use the free park and ride at the Science Park on the A449, especially if they are coming from the North as it makes getting away after the game so much easier than having to go through the city centre.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Very enjoyable. I had read that Wolves fans could be easily narked but the ones I was walking along with were very friendly and knowledgable. If the away end could be more bunched up rather than in a thin strip then this would be a perfect away trip.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea
Premier League
Wednesday, January 5th 2011, 7.45pm
Luke Burton (Chelsea fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be):

I was looking forward to the fixture. But as for the ground I was not too excited about visited Molineux, but expected a big performance from Chelsea. Despite our form having been awful over the past 2 months, we were playing the team at the bottom of the league, so I was expecting a good result.
 
2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Went by train. Nice and easy from the train station which is located just down the road from the ground, a short walk around 5 minutes away, so this was no trouble at all.
 
3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

We went straight into the ground as we didn't have much time left til kick off when we arrived. I have heard things about Wolves fans in the past and they are supposed to be an unpredictable lot, but everything was fine and we walked into the ground without any bother.
 
4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

My first thoughts of the ground was the shape of it is unusual. The away stand curves to a degree where if you are sitting on the half way line you are furthest away from the pitch. The ground itself seemed quite basic , single tiered stands North and South, two tiered stands on both sides. The away fans were seated in the lower tier of the Steve Bull Stand, which offered a good view.
 
5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game was awful, a Chelsea own goal within five minutes of the kick off and Wolves find themselves one up, who other than Steven Hunt claiming it (Mr Popular with us Chelsea fans!). As the game went on in the first half we showed nothing at all to Wolves, who from the start came out to give it a good go. Half time arrived and I purchased a bottle of Carling for £3.60 and a burger for £4.00, so quite pricey for what it was. Nevertheless the burger hit the spot and the Carling washed it down nicely, back to the game and I was hoping for a BIG change, the only thing I can criticize about the atmosphere at Molineux was only one stand was making a real noise throughout the game , while the Chelsea boys gave it as good as we could, there was a real anxiety amongst fearing another dismal performance. Final whistle, one nil to Wolves and lets just say most of the Chelsea boys didn't hang around to clap the lads, we went straight out the ground with our depressed faces wondering how long this bad run would continue.
 
6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Just as getting to the ground, getting out was the same , a nice little 5 minute walk back to the train station with no bother.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

Glad I went because no matter what the score I'll always follow Chelsea, score wise not a good night though. Credit where credits due though, Wolves gave us a tough game but we are not 100% and things must change.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester City
Premier League
Saturday, October 30th 2010, 3pm
Chris Parkinson (Manchester City fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground?

Have wanted to go to Molineux for some time - no idea why - just one of those clubs!

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Very easy to find the ground from the railway station that we used (train from Manchester direct to Wolverhampton)

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

I did some research on pubs having been slightly put off by some reviews of those in town centre. As I like real ale I wanted to find a decent fan friendly boozer. I chose the Great Western on Corn Hill which is very very close to the station. 

Out of the Railway station main entrance , turn immediately right to find the underpass going underneath the station. At the end of the underpass, turn right down a path and keep going until you hit the Great Western.

Lovely pub, lovely beer, good pub grub (especially the pork rolls!). Very efficient bar staff and kitchen staff. Pub was packed with Wolves fans, but didn't seem overpacked. Very friendly atmosphere. I don't wear colours to away games so do not know what it would be like if you did. Although some of the reviews of pub I read suggested away fans were welcome. A really good pub which I'm looking forwards to visiting again.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

Away end or side as it actually is was the bottom tier of Steve Bull stand. All very functional and tidy

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

Forget about the game please! Wolves fans were in full voice...good atmosphere. No problems with stewards whatsoever which is a nice change from some grounds (Sunderland are disappointingly bad). Beer was in cans or bottles, which was fine. Bitter was Banks in cans. Bar staff were good and friendly.

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Easy to get away from ground - station was inevitably packed to get back to Manchester. Next time I may go into centre for a meal to see a bit more of what Wolverhampton is like.

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out: 

Good day out (apart from the performance and result from a City perspective).

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Notts County
Carling Cup Round 3
Wednesday, September 21st 2010, 7.45pm
Jamie Straw (Notts County fan)

1. Why you were looking forward to going to the ground (or not as the case may be): 

This was a fixture I was looking forward to since the draw, as cup competitions often throw up the opportunity to tick another ground off the list as was the case with Plymouth and Watford away in previous rounds. Notts had a few decent players in Lee Hughes, Ben Davies and a hard hitting midfield and having held our own in the cups last year with Wigan unable to beat us in 2 matches I fancied this to be a decent match with a decent sized travelling support.

2. How easy was your journey/finding the ground/car parking?

Travelled by unofficial coach which dropped us by the away exit easy enough. The driver stated he would be there after the match.

3. What you did before the game pub/chippy.... home fans friendly?

Went to a pub before the match with a mixture of home and away fans but I never really felt comfortable in there, as there was a bit of an 'atmosphere' between the two sets of supporters. After the pub I went into the club shop to pick up a Wolves club badge (I get one for each club visited) and then went into the stadium.

4. What you thought on seeing the ground, first impressions of away end then other sides of the ground?

I really like Molineux, it is a proper football stadium with four individual stands.  Both of the sides are two tiered and unusually curve around the pitch. We were located in the bottom tier of the Steve Bull stand which gave a great view. The ground is soon to be developed according to the locals and I hope the ground does not become another soulless arena.

5. Comment on the game itself, atmosphere, stewards, pies, toilets etc..

The game was a cracker with Notts leading for much of it and really giving Wolves a game. But a dubious penalty award and having a man sent off changed the game in Wolves favour, with it finishing 4-2 after extra time to the Premier League side. The stewards were friendly enough and even engaged in some banter with the fans with one in particular resembling Lee Hughes who was getting constant abuse throughout the match, laughing when the fans were singing "Are you Hughesy in disguise?" after his substitution. The catering was on the pricey side with £7.50 getting you a pie and a beer!

6. Comment on getting away from the ground after the game:

Unfortunately this is what the game will always be remembered for. Flares were thrown onto the pitch following Notts scoring and visiting coaches were attacked after the game, with one fan requiring hospital treatment. I would advise anyone travelling to exercise extreme caution after a game here. 

7. Summary of overall thoughts of the day out:

A potentially great day out with a real exciting cup tie played at pace for 90 minutes in a quality ground with a good atmosphere, ruined by mindless thugs after the match. 

Updated 23rd July 2015

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