2013–14 Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. season

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Wolverhampton Wanderers
2013–14 season
Chairman Steve Morgan OBE
Head coach Kenny Jackett
League One 1st
(3rd divisional title)
FA Cup 1st round
League Cup 1st round
Football League Trophy 2nd round
Top goalscorer League: Nouha Dicko, Leigh Griffiths & Bakary Sako (12)
All: Leigh Griffiths & Bakary Sako (13)
Highest home attendance 30,110
(vs Rotherham,
18 April 2014)
Lowest home attendance 4,226
(vs Oldham, 19 November 2013)
Average home league attendance 20,878
Home colours
Away colours

The 2013–14 season was the 115th season of competitive league football in the history of English football club Wolverhampton Wanderers. The club competed in League One, the third tier of the English football system for the first time since 1988–89. The previous season had brought relegation for a second successive season.

Former Millwall manager Kenny Jackett was appointed as Wolves' new head coach in the close season,[1] replacing Dean Saunders who was fired after overseeing their relegation.[2]

The team achieved promotion back to the Championship with four games to spare, setting a new club record points tally for a season in the process.[3] Their third title at this level was confirmed on 21 April as the team went on to create a new record points amount for the third tier, reaching 103 points.

Season review[edit]

Sam Ricketts was appointed captain.

After a second consecutive relegation and four different managers during the previous sixteen months, Kenny Jackett, who had resigned from Millwall weeks earlier, was appointed on 31 May 2013 in the newly-titled role of head coach.[1] When pre-season training began on 24 June, Jackett announced that four key first team players – Karl Henry, Stephen Ward, Jamie O’Hara and Roger Johnson – were all now transfer-listed[4] and that he intended to make greater usage of the club's academy players.[5] In addition to the transfer listed players, further key players such as Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Stephen Hunt and Christophe Berra did not have their contracts renewed as the club sought to reduce their salary commitments.[6] Only three new signings were made during the summer transfer window: free signing Sam Ricketts, who became club captain,[7] as well as Kevin McDonald and Scott Golbourne from Sheffield United and Barnsley, respectively.[8][9]

Wolves' first fixture in the third tier since 1989 was a goalless draw at Preston.[10] This was followed by five consecutive league wins to bring the team into the automatic promotion places and earn Jackett a nomination for August's Manager of the Month Award.[11] Despite their unbeaten league run being ended by local rivals Walsall, a run of eleven unbeaten matches brought them to the top of the table by mid-November.

The following seven matches brought only one victory though, and by early January both Leyton Orient and Brentford stood above Wolves with further games in hand.[12] Wolves sought to strength their squad and recruited five players during the January transfer window - two being loan deals of James Henry and Michael Jacobs being made into permanent signings. Strikers Leigh Griffiths and Kevin Doyle (on loan) were both allowed to leave,[13][14] with two former players, Nouha Dicko and Leon Clarke being bought as replacements.[15][16]

Nouha Dicko scored 13 goals in the final four months.

With this new squad, the team recorded a club record nine straight victories - including a 3–0 success at promotion rivals Brentford - to return to the top of the table. Although suffering a final defeat of the campaign at Crawley in mid-March, on 12 April, promotion was secured with a 2–0 win at Crewe Alexandra that ensured the club's exit from League One after a solitary season.[3] After two further wins, they were confirmed as champions after Brentford failed to beat MK Dons hours after Wolves had won at Leyton Orient, who had led the table for much of the early part of the season.[17]

A final day win that relegated Carlisle ensured that Wolves set a new points record for the third tier as they reached 103 points.[18] En route to the title, the team also set numerous new club records, including a new points record (surpassing the 92 points they set when last in the third tier)[19] and a record nine consecutive wins, as well as equalling their previous best run of five consecutive away wins. At the conclusion of the season, Kenny Jackett was joint-winner of the LMA Awards Manager of the Year for League One,[20] having earlier won the monthly award for March 2014.[21]

Results[edit]

Pre season[edit]

League One[edit]

A total of 24 teams competed in League One in the 2013–14 season. Each team played 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 19 June 2013[22] with the exception of the club's opening fixture, which was announced one day earlier having been selected as part of The Football League's 125th anniversary.[23]

Final table
Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 31 10 5 89 31 +58 103
2 Brentford 46 28 10 8 72 43 +29 94
3 Leyton Orient 46 25 11 10 85 45 +40 86
4 Rotherham United 46 24 14 8 86 58 +28 86
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
46 31 10 5 89 31 +58 103 17 4 2 48 15 +33 14 6 3 41 16 +25

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 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46
Result D W W W W W L W W W D W W W D W D W L L D W D D L W W W W W W W W W D L W W W D W W W W D W
Position 14 6 3 1 2 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

Source: Statto.com
Ground: A = Away; H = Home. Result: D = Draw; L = Lose; W = Win; P = Postponed.

FA Cup[edit]

League Cup[edit]

Football League Trophy[edit]

Players[edit]

Statistics[edit]

Key

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

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


No. Pos Name P G P G P G P G P G A yellow card A red card Notes
League FA Cup League Cup Other Total Discipline
1 GK Wales Hennessey, WayneWayne Hennessey ¤† 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 DF Republic of Ireland Doherty, MattMatt Doherty 15(3) 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 17(3) 1 3 0
3 DF Cameroon Elokobi, GeorgeGeorge Elokobi 1(5) 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 4(5) 0 1 0
4 MF Wales Edwards, DavidDavid Edwards 22(8) 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 23(8) 9 0 0
5 DF England Stearman, RichardRichard Stearman 39(1) 2 2 0 0 0 1(1) 0 42(2) 2 4 1
6 DF England Batth, DannyDanny Batth 46 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 50 2 10 0
7 MF England Henry, JamesJames Henry 26(6) 10 1 0 0 0 1 0 28(6) 10 6 0
8 MF England Davis, DavidDavid Davis 12(6) 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 15(6) 0 8 0
9 FW Scotland Griffiths, LeighLeigh Griffiths 18(8) 12 1(1) 1 1 0 1 0 21(9) 13 1 0
9 FW England Clarke, LeonLeon Clarke 4(9) 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4(9) 1 1 0
10 MF France Sako, BakaryBakary Sako 36(4) 12 1 0 0 0 1 1 38(4) 13 5 0
11 MF Scotland McDonald, KevinKevin McDonald 39(2) 5 1 0 0 0 2 0 42(2) 5 8 0
12 MF Republic of Ireland Forde, AnthonyAnthony Forde 0(3) 0 0 0 1 0 0(1) 0 1(4) 0 0 0
13 GK Nigeria Ikeme, CarlCarl Ikeme 41 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 45 0 2 0
14 MF Wales Evans, LeeLee Evans 19(7) 2 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 19(9) 2 5 0
15 FW Iceland Sigurðarson, BjörnBjörn Sigurðarson ¤ 7(11) 2 1 0 0 0 1(1) 0 9(12) 2 2 0
16 FW Wales Cassidy, JakeJake Cassidy ¤ 4(10) 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 8(10) 0 2 0
17 MF Togo Boukari, RazakRazak Boukari ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 DF Wales Ricketts, SamSam Ricketts (c) 42(2) 2 1(1) 0 0 0 0 0 43(3) 2 3 0
19 MF England Price, JackJack Price 20(6) 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 24(6) 0 4 0
20 FW Republic of Ireland McAlinden, LiamLiam McAlinden ¤ 2(5) 1 0 0 0(1) 0 1(1) 1 3(7) 2 0 0
21 MF England Ismail, ZeliZeli Ismail ¤ 5(4) 0 0(1) 0 1 0 0 0 6(5) 0 1 0
22 DF England Reckord, JamieJamie Reckord ¤ 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
22 FW Wales Reid, BradleyBradley Reid ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF England Ebanks-Landell, EthanEthan Ebanks-Landell 4(3) 2 1 0 1 0 1 0 7(3) 2 0 0
25 MF England O'Hara, JamieJamie O'Hara 0(2) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0(2) 0 0 0
26 DF England Golbourne, ScottScott Golbourne 39(1) 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 43(1) 2 1 0
27 MF England Jacobs, MichaelMichael Jacobs 28(2) 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 28(2) 8 1 0
28 MF Mali Doumbia, TongoTongo Doumbia ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
29 FW Republic of Ireland Doyle, KevinKevin Doyle ¤ 16(7) 3 0(1) 0 0(1) 0 0 0 16(9) 3 1 0
31 GK Republic of Ireland McCarey, AaronAaron McCarey ¤ 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 6 0 0 0
32 DF Republic of Ireland Foley, KevinKevin Foley ¤ 0(5) 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2(5) 1 0 0
34 DF Austria Margreitter, GeorgGeorg Margreitter ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 DF England Ihiekwe, MichaelMichael Ihiekwe ¤ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 FW France Dicko, NouhaNouha Dicko 17(2) 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 17(2) 12 2 0
41 GK England Flatt, JonJon Flatt 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
47 MF Portugal Bancessi, EusébioEusébio Bancessi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
50 FW France Keita, IbrahimIbrahim Keita 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Awards[edit]

Award Winner[24]
Fans' Player of the Season Kevin McDonald
Players' Player of the Season Kevin McDonald
Young Player of the Season Jack Price
Academy Player of the Season Declan Weeks
Goal of the Season Michael Jacobs
(vs Brentford, 22 February 2014)

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee
4 July 2013 Wales Sam Ricketts Bolton Wanderers Free[25]
14 August 2013 Scotland Kevin McDonald Sheffield United Undisclosed[8]
30 August 2013 England Scott Golbourne Barnsley Undisclosed[9]
3 January 2014 England James Henry Millwall Undisclosed[26]
8 January 2014 England Michael Jacobs Derby County Undisclosed[27]
13 January 2014 France Nouha Dicko Wigan Athletic Undisclosed[15]
30 January 2014 England Leon Clarke Coventry City Undisclosed[16]
31 January 2014 England Kortney Hause Wycombe Wanderers Undisclosed[28]

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee
June 2013 England Jody Craddock Retired [29]
June 2013 Scotland Christophe Berra Released Free[6]
June 2013 Slovenia Aljaž Cotman Released Free[30]
June 2013 England Sylvan Ebanks-Blake Released Free[6]
June 2013 Northern Ireland Johnny Gorman Released Free[30]
June 2013 Republic of Ireland Stephen Hunt Released Free[6]
June 2013 England Sam Winnall Released Free[30]
24 June 2013 England Adam Hammill Huddersfield Town Undisclosed[31]
3 July 2013 Netherlands Dorus de Vries Nottingham Forest Free[32]
12 July 2013 Iceland Eggert Jónsson Released Free[33]
23 July 2013 England Karl Henry Queens Park Rangers Undisclosed[34]
31 January 2014 Wales Wayne Hennessey Crystal Palace Undisclosed[35]
31 January 2014 Scotland Leigh Griffiths Celtic Undisclosed[13]

Loans in[edit]

Date Player From End Date
1 October 2013 England James Henry Millwall 1 January 2014[36]
11 November 2013 England Michael Jacobs Derby County 4 January 2014[37]

Loans out[edit]

Date Player To End Date
6 August 2013 Mali Tongo Doumbia Valenciennes End of season[38]
16 August 2013 Republic of Ireland Stephen Ward Brighton & Hove Albion End of season[39]
21 August 2013 Wales Wayne Hennessey Yeovil Town 17 November 2013[40]
27 August 2013 Togo Razak Boukari Sochaux End of season[41]
2 September 2013 Austria Georg Margreitter Copenhagen End of season[42]
2 September 2013 England Jamie Reckord Plymouth Argyle 1 January 2014[42]
16 September 2013 England Roger Johnson Sheffield Wednesday 2 January 2014[43]
11 October 2013 Republic of Ireland Liam McAlinden Shrewsbury Town 6 December 2013[44]
28 November 2013 Republic of Ireland Aaron McCarey York City 2 January 2014[45]
6 January 2014 England Roger Johnson West Ham United End of season[46]
8 January 2014 England Zeli Ismail Burton Albion End of season[47]
10 January 2014 England Michael Ihiekwe Cheltenham Town End of season[48]
24 January 2014 Wales Jake Cassidy Tranmere Rovers 27 April 2014[49]
25 January 2014 England Jamie Reckord Swindon Town 28 April 2014[50]
31 January 2014 Republic of Ireland Kevin Doyle Queens Park Rangers End of season[14]
31 January 2014 Iceland Björn Sigurðarson Molde 31 December 2014[51]
27 February 2014 Republic of Ireland Kevin Foley Blackpool 31 March 2014[52]
18 March 2014 England Dominic Iorfa Shrewsbury Town 18 April 2014[53]
27 March 2014 Wales Bradley Reid Wrexham End of season[54]

Management and coaching staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Kenny Jackett
Assistant head Coach Joe Gallen
Development Coach Steve Weaver
First Team Fitness and Conditioning Coach Tony Daley
Goalkeeping Coach Pat Mountain
Head of Football Development and Recruitment Kevin Thelwell
Head of Recruitment Stuart Webber
Assistant Academy Manager / Under-18's Coach Mick Halsall
Club Doctor Dr Matthew Perry
Club Physio Phil Hayward

Kit[edit]

The season brought both new home and away kits manufactured by new supplier PUMA, who had previously worked with Wolves during the 1990s.[55] The new home kit featured the club's traditional gold and black colours, while the away kit was all purple with white trimming.[56] Both shirts featured new sponsor What House?, a property company that had agreed a two-year deal with the football club.[57]

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