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