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Wolverhampton Wanderers FC

Molineux

Capacity: 31,700 (all seated)
Address:
Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR
Main Telephone No: 0871 222 2220
Main Fax No: 01902 687 006

Ticket Office: 0871 222 1877
Ticket Office Fax No: 01902 687 003
Team Nickname: Wolves
Year Ground Opened: 1889
Undersoil Heating: Yes
Pitch Size: 116 x 74 yards
Shirt Sponsors: Whathouse
Kit Manufacturers: Puma
Home Kit Colours: Gold & Black
Away Kit Colours: White With Black Trim
Official Web Site:
www.wolves.co.uk
Unofficial Web Sites:
Molineux Mix Message Board
Wolf Message Board
Molineux Way (Football Network)


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Contents
What's Molineux Like?
Rear Of Stan Cullis Stand (photo)
Future Ground Developments
Steve Bull And Stan Cullis Stands (photo)
What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
Billy Wright Stand (photo)
Where To Drink?
Looking Towards The Jack Harris Stand (photo)
How To Get There And Where To Park
By Train
A Closer Look At The Stan Cullis Stand (photo)
Local Rivals
Admission Prices
Programme
Ground Layout
Fixtures 2014-2015
Disabled Facilities
Record & Average Attendance
Club Museum
Fans Ground Reviews
Hotel Accommodation
View From The Steve Bull Lower Tier (Video)
Molineux Location Map
Old Molineux


What's Molineux Like?

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 Jack Harris 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 Jack Harris 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. T
he 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).

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Rear Of Stan Cullis Stand

Future Ground Developments

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-bu
ilding of the Billy Wright Stand and could possibly see the final capacity being in the region of 50,000.

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Steve Bull And Stan Cullis Stands

Steve Bull
                    and Stan Cullis Stands

What Is It Like For Visiting Supporters?
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).

Billy Wright Stand

Billy Wright
                    Stand

Where To Drink?
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 Walkabout bar in the city centre (on Queen Street) seems to be now 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.'

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).

Looking Towards The Jack Harris Stand


How To Get There And Where To Park

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. The Civic Hall car park, normally remains open for night matches and costs 2.70 for three 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'.

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.

Map showing the location of the Molineux football ground (at the bottom of this page).

Post Code for SAT NAV: WV1 4QR

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

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By Train

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.

Remember if travelling by train then you can save on the cost of fares by booking in advance. Visit the the trainline website to see how much you can normally save. Click on the trainline logo below:

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A Closer Look At The Stan Cullis Stand

Stan Cullis
                    Stand

Local Rivals

West Bromwich Albion, Birmingham City & Aston Villa.

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Admission Prices

Home Fans:
Billy Wright Stand (Upper Tier): Adults 29, Over 65's/Under 21's* 18,
Under 17's 15, Under 12's** 12
Billy Wright (Lower Tier):
Adults 24, Over 65's/Under 21's* 15, Under 17's 8, Under 12's** 5
Steve Bull Stand (Upper Tier):

Adults 27, Over 65's/Under 21's* 15, Under 17's 12, Under 12's** 10
Stan Cullis Stand:
Adults 23, Over 65's/Under 21's 14, Under 17's 11, Under 12's** 8
Jack Harris Stand:
Adults 23, Over 65's/Under 21's 14, Under 17's 11, Under 12's** 8

Away Fans:
Stan Cullis
Stand: Adults 23, Over 65's/Under 21's 14, Under 17's 11, Under 12's** 8
Steve Bull Stand (Lower Tier):
Adults 24, 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).

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Programme

Official Programme 3

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Ground Layout


 Layout of Molineux

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Fixtures 2014-2015

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

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Disabled Facilities
For details of disabled facilities and club contact at the ground please visit the relevant page on the
Level Playing Field website.

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Record & Average Attendance
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:
2013-2014: 20,879 (League One)
2012-2013: 21,773 (Championship League)
2011-2012: 25,672 (Premier League)

Club Museum

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



Beat the Goalie!
Fans Reviews Of Molineux

Paul Willott (Preston North End) 11/1/14
Jack Rumbold (Leyton Orient) 29/12/13
Dan McCalla (MK Dons) 14/12/13
Ronan Howard (Swindon Town) 14/9/13
Karl Robinson (Walsall) 3/9/13
Scott Leonard (Barnsley) 21/8/12
Tom Croft (Blackburn Rovers) 10/3/12

Harry Williamson (Chelsea) 2/1/12
Alan McKeown (Chelsea) 2/1/12
John Smith (Fulham) 21/8/11

Kurt Jacob (West Bromwich Albion) 8/5/11
Dean Williamson (Blackpool) 26/2/11
Carl Seward (Liverpool) 22/1/11
Luke Burton (Chelsea) 5/1/11
Chris Parkinson (Manchester City) 30/10/10
Jamie Straw (Notts County) 21/9/10

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Hotel Accommodation
If you require hotel accommodation in the area then first try a hotel booking service provided by Late Rooms. They offer all types of accommodation to suit all tastes and pockets from; Budget Hotels, Traditional Bed & Breakfast establishments to Five Star Hotels and Serviced Apartments. Plus their booking system is straightforward and easy to use. Yes this site will earn a small commission if you book through them, but it will go to help with the running costs of keeping the Guide going. The Hotels listing also includes details of how far away the accommodation is located from the Molineux football ground.

Access their Wolverhampton Hotels and Guest Houses page.

Remember that you can use the above link or panel below to book any other hotels that you may need for business or leisure, either in the UK or abroad.


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View From The Steve Bull Lower Tier


Special thanks to Haydn Gleed for providing the video above.

Map showing the location of Molineux, Railway Station And Listed Pubs


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Old Molineux

To see a photo of the South Bank Terrace (now the Jack Harris Stand) shortly prior to its redevelopment in 1993 then visit the Old Grounds & Stands Section of the Guide.

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Last Updated: 14 September 2014