2009–10 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. season

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Wolverhampton Wanderers
2009–10 season
Chairman Steve Morgan OBE
Manager Mick McCarthy
Premier League 15th
FA Cup 4th round
League Cup 3rd round
Top goalscorer League: Kevin Doyle (9)
All: Kevin Doyle (9)
Highest home attendance 29,023 (vs Portsmouth,
3 October 2009)
Lowest home attendance 11,416 (vs Swindon,
25 August 2009)
Average home league attendance 28,366
Home colours
Away colours

The 2009–10 season was the 111th season of competitive league football in the history of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. This season saw the club return to the Premier League after a five-year absence. They had won promotion in the previous season as champions of the Football League Championship.

Although this season was the club's 61st at the top level of English football, it was only their second season in the modern Premier League; their only previous Premier League campaign had ended in relegation in 2003–04.

The club avoided relegation, finishing 15th, some eight points clear of the relegation zone. Survival was confirmed with two games to spare, marking the first time they had avoided relegation from the highest level since 1980–81.

Season review[edit]

Kevin Doyle became Wolves' record signing when he joined from Reading.

The summer transfer window saw the arrival of nine new recruits in total (seven permanent, two loans) at a cost of £18.5 million. The most notable new addition was Irish international striker Kevin Doyle, signed for a club record fee of £6.5 million from Championship side Reading.[1] Serbian midfielder Nenad Milijaš was the next most expensive signing, bought to add additional creativity.[2] The summer also saw contract extensions signed by Kevin Foley,[3] Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Jody Craddock[4] and David Edwards.[5] On the field the players resumed training at their Sir Jack Hayward training ground on 29 June 2009,[6] before flying out to Perth, Australia on 4 July for a two-week stay where they stepped up their training and played their first two games of pre-season. Preparations were completed with the only home friendly, a game against La Liga side Real Valladolid.

The season proper began with a 0–2 loss to West Ham United in the club's first Premier League fixture in five years. Wolves immediately bounced back by winning on the road at Wigan despite a long injury list, giving the club their first ever away win in the modern Premier League.

A further victory against Fulham put them 12th after six games, but this was their last victory for almost two months - a run which included a home loss to winless Portsmouth. Despite credible draws against the likes of Everton and Aston Villa, the team fell into the relegation zone with a defence unable to keep clean sheets. Heavy defeats followed against "Big 4" sides Arsenal and Chelsea, before a lacklustre home loss to local rivals Birmingham City put manager McCarthy under increasing pressure.

Stephen Hunt was pursued without success in the January transfer window.

December saw a change of fortune with three wins in four games, including a surprise away success at Tottenham, to help propel the club out of the mire. The month also brought controversy though after manager Mick McCarthy opted to field an entirely new outfield line-up to the one that defeated Spurs when they visited Manchester United three days later.[7][8] The uproar caused by the decision led to the Premier League requesting an official explanation from the club,[9] resulting in a £25,000 suspended fine.[10] 2009 closed with two successive defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City, but enough points to remain above the relegation zone.

The January transfer window saw the club make a club record bid to sign winger Adam Johnson from Middlesbrough,[11] and a long-winded attempt to lure Stephen Hunt from relegation rivals Hull City.[12] Both bids failed, as did late attempts for young defender Nathaniel Clyne[13] and even a loan offer to former starlet Robbie Keane.[11] With no permanent transfers agreed, the club instead brought in two loan signings, both from Belgian club CharleroiAdlène Guedioura and Geoffrey Mujangi Bia.[14][15]

The start to 2010 proved equally frustrating on the field with only two points taken from four games, as well as a convincing FA Cup exit at the hands of financially troubled Championship side Crystal Palace. The rot was stopped with a home win over Tottenham, which meant Wolves had completed their first top flight double since the 1980–81 season. Wolves added a second double over Burnley, before a draw at Aston Villa and then a 3–1 victory at fellow strugglers West Ham finished a series of three away game which yielded seven points from a possible nine, giving their chances of avoiding relegation a strong boost.

The team drew four of their five following games, their only defeat coming in the 95th minute away at title challengers Arsenal. This run of points helped assure their Premier League survival. Survival was mathematically confirmed on 25 April 2010 when Burnley failed to beat Liverpool, thus filling the final relegation spot.[16]

The season was concluded with a 1–3 loss at already-relegated Portsmouth before a final day victory over Sunderland took their points tally to 38, yielding a 15th place finish. This marked their highest position in the English football system since 1979–80. It also meant the club had survived at the top level for the first time in 29 years. Although they finished the division's lowest goalscorers (with 32), a strong defensive resolve meant they had conceded the least of the bottom 8 (56), creating the formula for their survival.

Results[edit]

Pre season[edit]

Wolves took part in their first foreign pre-season tour in five years as they traveled to Perth, Australia to train and play their opening two friendlies against A-League opposition in their first visit to the country since 1972. As had become common in recent years, only their final game was held at their Molineux home. A second "Wolves XI" team largely comprising academy prospects and out of favour senior players also played a series of matches during this period.

"Wolves XI" pre season results (all away): 0–0 vs Kidderminster Harriers (18 July), 1–2 vs Port Vale (22 July), 0–0 vs Hereford United (25 July), 1–0 vs Crewe Alexandra (29 July), 3–1 vs Wrexham (5 August)

Premier League[edit]

A total of 20 teams competed in the Premier League in the 2009–10 season. Each team would play every other team twice, once at their stadium, and once at the opposition's. Three points were awarded to teams for each win, one point per draw, and none for defeats. The provisional fixture list was released on 17 June 2009, but was subject to change in the event of matches being selected for television coverage.[17]

Final table

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
14 Bolton Wanderers 38 10 9 19 42 67 –25 39
15 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 9 11 18 32 56 –24 38
16 Wigan Athletic 38 9 9 20 37 79 –42 36
17 West Ham United 38 8 11 19 47 66 –19 35
18 Burnley 38 8 6 24 42 82 –40 30
19 Hull City 38 6 12 20 34 75 –41 30
20 Portsmouth 38 7 7 24 34 66 –32 19

Note: Portsmouth were deducted nine points for entering administration

Results summary

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
38 9 11 18 32 56 −24 38 5 6 8 13 22 −9 4 5 10 19 34 −15

Source: Statto.com

Results by round

Round 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38
Result L W L D L W L L D D D L L L W W L W L L L D D L W L L L W D W D L D D D L W
Position 16 11 13 12 15 12 16 16 14 16 16 18 19 19 18 17 18 12 15 16 16 17 17 19 15 16 17 17 17 16 15 14 14 14 15 15 15 15

Source: Statto.com

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Players[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Key

      ‡ On loan from another club       * First appearance(s) for the club

Correct as of the season's end. Starting appearances are listed first, followed by substitute appearances in parentheses where applicable.


No. Pos Name P G P G P G P G A yellow card A red card Notes
League FA Cup League Cup Total Discipline
1 GK Wales Hennessey, WayneWayne Hennessey 13 0 3 0 0 0 16 0 0 0
3 DF Cameroon Elokobi, GeorgeGeorge Elokobi 17(5) 0 1(1) 0 2 0 20(6) 0 2 0
4 MF Wales Edwards, DavidDavid Edwards 16(4) 1 0 0 0(1) 0 16(5) 1 3 0
5 DF England Stearman, RichardRichard Stearman 12(4) 1 2 0 0 0 14(4) 1 4 1
6 DF England Craddock, JodyJody Craddock 33 5 2 0 1 0 36 5 1 0
7 MF England Kightly, MichaelMichael Kightly 3(6) 0 0 0 1 0 4(6) 0 3 0
8 MF England Henry, KarlKarl Henry (c) 34 0 3 1 1 0 38 1 6 1
9 FW England Ebanks-Blake, SylvanSylvan Ebanks-Blake 12(11) 2 2(1) 0 1 0 15(12) 2 3 0
10 FW Republic of Ireland Keogh, AndyAndy Keogh 8(5) 1 0 0 0(2) 0 8(7) 1 4 0
11 DF Republic of Ireland Ward, StephenStephen Ward 18(4) 0 1(1) 0 0 0 19(5) 0 2 1
12 MF England Surman, AndrewAndrew Surman 3(4) 0 1 0 1 0 5(4) 0 0 0
13 GK United States Hahnemann, MarcusMarcus Hahnemann 25 0 0 0 2 0 27 0 4 0
14 MF England Jones, DavidDavid Jones 16(4) 1 1(1) 1 2 0 19(5) 2 3 0
15 MF England Halford, GregGreg Halford 12(3) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 12(4) 0 2 0
16 DF Scotland Berra, ChristopheChristophe Berra 32 0 2 0 2 0 36 0 6 0
17 MF England Jarvis, MattMatt Jarvis 30(4) 3 1 1 0(1) 0 31(5) 4 3 0
18 FW Wales Vokes, SamSam Vokes ¤ 0(5) 0 2(1) 0 1 0 3(6) 0 0 0
19 FW Scotland Iwelumo, ChrisChris Iwelumo ¤ 2(13) 0 1(1) 0 0 0 3(14) 0 0 0
20 MF Serbia Milijaš, NenadNenad Milijaš 12(7) 2 2 0 0(1) 0 14(8) 2 2 0
21 DF England Jones, DanielDaniel Jones ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
22 DF England Shackell, JasonJason Shackell ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF Guadeloupe Zubar, RonaldRonald Zubar 23 1 2 1 1 0 26 2 5 0
24 DF England Little, MarkMark Little ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 DF Scotland Collins, NeillNeill Collins ¤ † 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 [nb 1]
25 MF Belgium Mujangi Bia, GeoffreyGeoffrey Mujangi Bia 1(2) 0 1(1) 0 0 0 2(3) 0 0 0
26 DF England Hill, MattMatt Hill ¤ 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 0
27 DF England Mancienne, MichaelMichael Mancienne 22(8) 0 3 0 0 0 25(8) 0 6 0
28 MF England Friend, GeorgeGeorge Friend ¤ 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
29 FW Republic of Ireland Doyle, KevinKevin Doyle 33(1) 9 0(1) 0 1(1) 0 34(3) 9 5 0
30 GK Nigeria Ikeme, CarlCarl Ikeme ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
31 GK England Murray, MattMatt Murray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 DF Republic of Ireland Foley, KevinKevin Foley 23(2) 0 3 0 1 0 27(2) 0 1 0
33 FW Austria Maierhofer, StefanStefan Maierhofer ¤ 1(7) 1 0 0 1 0 2(7) 1 0 1
34 DF England Ward, DarrenDarren Ward ¤ † 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [nb 2]
34 MF Algeria Guedioura, AdlèneAdlène Guedioura 7(7) 1 0 0 0 0 7(7) 1 2 0
35 MF England Bennett, ElliottElliott Bennett 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 [nb 3]
35 MF Ecuador Castillo, SegundoSegundo Castillo 7(1) 0 0 0 1 0 8(1) 0 0 0
36 DF Republic of Ireland Dunleavy, JohnJohn Dunleavy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 MF England Bennett, KyleKyle Bennett 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 MF England Davis, DavidDavid Davis ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 FW England Winnall, SamSam Winnall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 DF England Batth, DannyDanny Batth ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 FW England Hemmings, AshleyAshley Hemmings 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
42 DF England Malone, ScottScott Malone ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
43 FW England Spray, JamesJames Spray 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 MF England Mendez-Laing, NathanielNathaniel Mendez-Laing 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
  1. ^ Collins was initially loaned to Preston North End, and later transferred there permanently.
  2. ^ Ward was initially loaned to Millwall, and later transferred there permanently.
  3. ^ Bennett was transferred to Brighton & Hove Albion.

Awards[edit]

Award Winner[18]
Fans' Player of the Season Jody Craddock
Players' Player of the Season Kevin Doyle
Young Player of the Season Danny Batth
Academy Player of the Season Nathan Rooney
Goal of the Season Nenad Milijaš (vs Bolton, 5 December 2009)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
15 June 2009 Serbia Nenad Milijaš Red Star Belgrade £2.6 million[2]
17 June 2009 United States Marcus Hahnemann Reading Free[19]
30 June 2009 Republic of Ireland Kevin Doyle Reading £6.5 million[1]
1 July 2009 England Andrew Surman Southampton £1.2 million[20]
3 July 2009 England Greg Halford Sunderland £2 million[21]
4 July 2009 Guadeloupe Ronald Zubar Marseille £2.5 million[22]
31 August 2009 Austria Stefan Maierhofer Rapid Vienna £1.8 million[23]

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee
June 2009 England Matt Bailey Released Free[24]
June 2009 England Lewis Gobern Released Free[24]
June 2009 England Alex Melbourne Released Free[24]
1 July 2009 Republic of Ireland Stephen Gleeson Milton Keynes Dons Undisclosed[25]
10 July 2009 Republic of Ireland Darren Potter Sheffield Wednesday Undisclosed[26]
19 August 2009 England Elliott Bennett Brighton & Hove Albion Undisclosed[27]
1 January 2010 England Darren Ward Millwall Undisclosed[28]
5 January 2010 Scotland Neill Collins Preston North End Undisclosed[29]

Loans in[edit]

Start date Player From End date
13 August 2009 England Michael Mancienne Chelsea End of season[30]
31 August 2009 Ecuador Segundo Castillo Red Star Belgrade End of season[31]
21 January 2010 Belgium Geoffrey Mujangi Bia RSC Charleroi End of season[15]
25 January 2010 Algeria Adlène Guedioura RSC Charleroi End of season[14]

Loans out[edit]

Start date Player To End date
11 August 2009 England George Friend Millwall 16 September 2010[32]
15 August 2009 England Jason Shackell Doncaster Rovers End of season[33]
31 August 2009 Scotland Neill Collins Preston North End 4 January 2010[34]
11 September 2009 England Darren Ward Millwall 4 January 2010[35]
17 September 2009 England Danny Batth Colchester United 29 April 2010[36]
18 September 2009 England George Friend Southend United 18 October 2009[37]
24 September 2009 England Daniel Jones Notts County 4 January 2010[38]
5 October 2009 England Mark Little Chesterfield 4 January 2010[39]
19 October 2009 Wales Sam Vokes Leeds United 1 January 2010[40]
22 October 2009 England David Davis Darlington 4 January 2010[41]
28 October 2009 Nigeria Carl Ikeme Charlton Athletic 28 November 2010[42]
30 October 2009 England George Friend Scunthorpe United 13 December 2009[43]
24 November 2009 England Scott Malone Southend United 29 April 2010[44]
26 November 2009 Nigeria Carl Ikeme Sheffield United 26 December 2010[45]
6 January 2010 Nigeria Carl Ikeme Queens Park Rangers 6 April 2010[46]
25 January 2010 England Matt Hill Queens Park Rangers End of season[47]
12 February 2010 Scotland Chris Iwelumo Bristol City 15 March 2010[48]
15 February 2010 England Daniel Jones Bristol Rovers End of season[49]
2 March 2010 England Mark Little Peterborough United End of season[50]
4 March 2010 England George Friend Exeter City End of season[51]
15 March 2010 Austria Stefan Maierhofer Bristol City 11 April 2010[52]

Management and coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Manager Mick McCarthy
Assistant Manager Terry Connor
First Team Fitness and Conditioning Coach Tony Daley
Goalkeeping Coach Pat Mountain
Development Coach, 18-21's Steve Weaver
Academy Manager Kevin Thelwell
Assistant Academy Manager / Under-18's Coach Mick Halsall
Club Doctor Dr Matthew Perry
Head of Medical Department Steve Kemp
Club Physio Alan Peacham

Kit[edit]

The season saw a new home and away kit, both manufactured by Le Coq Sportif. The away kit was notable in featuring red trims, a reference to their original red and white stripes when the club was first formed. Both shirts featured the club's new sponsor, the internet gambling company Sportingbet.com.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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