List of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. records and statistics

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Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club is an English football club based in Wolverhampton. The club was founded as St Luke's in 1877, soon becoming Wolverhampton Wanderers, before being a founder member of the Football League in 1888.[1] Since that time, the club have been played in all four professional divisions of the English football pyramid, and been champions of all these levels.[2] They have also been involved in European football, having been one of the first English clubs to enter the European Cup, as well as reaching the final of the first staging of the UEFA Cup.[3]

This list encompasses all honours won by Wolverhampton Wanderers and records set by the club, their managers and their players. The player records section includes details of the club's leading goalscorers and those who have made most appearances in first-team competitions, as well as transfer fee records paid and received by the club. A list of streaks recording all elements of the game (wins, losses, clean sheets, etc.) is also presented.

Honours[edit]

In the all-time league table since the league's inception in 1888, Wolves sit in the all-time top five, behind only Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and the first-ever English league champions Preston North End in terms of all time league position.[4]

Cumulatively, they are the ninth most successful club in domestic English football history, behind Manchester City, with thirteen major trophy wins (see here).

Uniquely, they are the only club to have won titles in five different Football League divisions,[2] and, in 1988, became the first team to have been champions of all four professional leagues in English football; although this feat has since been matched by Burnley (in 1992) and Preston (in 1996). They remain the only club to have won all the main domestic cup competitions (FA Cup, League Cup and Football League Trophy) currently contested in English football.[5]

League[edit]

First Division/Premier League

Second Division/Championship

Third Division/League One

Fourth Division

Cup[edit]

UEFA Cup

FA Cup

Football League Cup

FA Charity Shield

Football League Trophy

Texaco Cup

  • Winners: 1971

Minor honours[edit]

Football League War Cup

FA Youth Cup

United Soccer Association

NASL International Cup

The Central League

  • Winners 1931–32, 1950–51, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1957–58, 1958–59

Birmingham Senior Cup

  • Winners 1891–92, 1892–93, 1893–94, 1899–1900, 1901–02, 1923–24, 1986–87
  • Runners-up 1888–89, 1896–97, 1897–98, 1903–04, 1906–07, 1908–09, 1912–13, 1998–99, 2003–04

Birmingham Football Combination

  • Winners 1934–35

Birmingham & District League

  • Winners 1892–93, 1897–98, 1898–99, 1900–01, 1953–54, 1957–58, 1958–59

Worcestershire Football Combination

  • Winners 1957–58

Staffordshire Senior Cup

  • Winners 1887–88, 1893–94, 1966–67
  • Runners Up 1884–85

Walsall Senior Cup

  • Runners Up 1885–86

Wrekin Cup

  • Winners 1884 (First ever Trophy)

Gothia World Youth Cup

  • Winners 2009

Players[edit]

Appearances[edit]

Most appearances[1]

Note: Competitive first-team games only; substitute appearances are included in total.

Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Other[C] Total
1 England Derek Parkin 1968–1982 501 46 35 27 609
2 England Kenny Hibbitt 1968–1984 466 47 36 25 574
3 England Steve Bull 1986–1999 474 20 33 34 561
4 England Billy Wright 1939–1959 490 48 00 03 541
5 England Ron Flowers 1952–1967 467 31 00 14 512
6 England John McAlle 1967–1981 406 44 27 31 508
7 England Peter Broadbent 1951–1965 452 31 00 14 497
8 England Geoff Palmer 1971–1984 416 38 33 08 495
9 England Jimmy Mullen 1937–1960 445 38 00 03 486
9 England John Richards 1969–1983 385 44 33 24 486

Goalscorers[edit]

Highest goalscorers[1]

Note: Goals scored in competitive first-team games only

Name Years League FA Cup League Cup Europe Other[C] Total
1 England Steve Bull 1986–1999 250 07 18 00 31 306
2 England John Richards 1969–1983 144 24 18 04 04 194
3 England Billy Hartill 1928–1935 162 08 00 00 00 170
4 England Johnny Hancocks 1946–1957 157 08 00 00 02 167
5 England Jimmy Murray 1955–1963 155 07 00 02 02 166
6 England Peter Broadbent 1951–1965 127 10 00 07 01 145
7 England Harry Wood 1887–1898 110 16 00 00 00 126
8 England Dennis Westcott 1937–1948 105 19 00 00 00 124
9 Northern Ireland Derek Dougan 1967–1975 095 04 07 12 05 123
10 England Roy Swinbourne 1945–1957 107 05 00 00 02 114

Internationals[edit]

Award winners[edit]

Football Writers' Footballer of the Year

Transfers[edit]

Progression of record fee paid[6]
Date Player Bought from Fee
September 1963 England Ray Crawford Ipswich Town £55,000
February 1968 England Derek Parkin Huddersfield Town £80,000
July 1972 England Steve Kindon Burnley £100,000
September 1977 England Paul Bradshaw Blackburn Rovers £150,000
September 1979 Scotland Andy Gray Aston Villa £1,469,000
March 1995 England Dean Richards Bradford City £1,850,000
September 1999 Nigeria Ade Akinbiyi Bristol City £3,500,000
June 2009 Republic of Ireland Kevin Doyle Reading £6,500,000
June 2010 Scotland Steven Fletcher Burnley £6,500,000

Managers[edit]

Team records[edit]

Matches[edit]

Firsts[1]
  • First known match: St Luke's 0–8 Stafford Road, 13 January 1877
  • First FA Cup match: Wolves 4–1 Long Eaton Rangers, 1st round, 27 October 1883
  • First Football League match: Wolves 1–1 Aston Villa, 8 September 1888
  • First match at Molineux: Wolves 1–0 Aston Villa, friendly, 2 September 1889
  • First European match: Wolves 2–2 Schalke, European Cup 2nd round 1st leg, 12 November 1958
  • First League Cup match: Wolves 2–1 Mansfield Town, 2nd round, 13 September 1966
Record wins[10]
  • Record win: 14–0 vs Crosswell's Brewery, FA Cup 2nd round, 13 November 1886
  • Record League win: 10–1 vs Leicester City, Division 1 ; 15 April 1938
  • Record FA Cup win: 14–0 vs Crosswell's Brewery, FA Cup 2nd round, 13 November 1886
  • Record League Cup win: 6–1 vs Shrewsbury Town, 2nd round 1st leg, 24 September 1991
  • Record European win: 5–0 vs Austria Vienna, European Cup Winners' Cup quarter-final 2nd leg, 30 November 1960
  • Record home win (league): 10–1 vs Leicester City, Division 1, 15 April 1938
  • Record home win (cup): 14–0 vs Crosswell's Brewery, FA Cup 2nd round, 13 November 1886
  • Record away win (league): 9–1 vs Cardiff City, Division 1, 3 September 1955
  • Record away win (cup): 5–0 vs Grimsby Town, FA Cup semi-final, 25 March 1939 (neutral venue)
Record defeats[10]
  • Record defeat: 1–10 vs Newton Heath, Division 1, 15 October 1892
  • Record League defeat: 1–10 vs Newton Heath, Division 1, 15 October 1892
  • Record FA Cup defeat: 0–6 vs Rotherham United, 1st round, 16 November 1985
  • Record League Cup defeat: 0–6 vs Chelsea, 3rd round, 25 September 2012
  • Record European defeat: 0–4 vs Barcelona, European Cup 2nd round first leg, 10 February 1960
  • Record home defeat (league): 0–8 vs West Bromwich Albion, Division 1, 27 December 1897
  • Record home defeat (cup): 3–6 vs Derby County, FA Cup 3rd round, 14 January 1933
  • Record away defeat (league): 1–10 vs Newton Heath, Division 1, 15 October 1892
  • Record away defeat (cup): 0–6 vs Rotherham United, FA Cup 1st round, 16 November 1985; and vs Chelsea; League Cup 3rd round, 25 September 2012
Streaks[10]

Note: Applies to League games only

  • Longest unbeaten run: 21 games (January – August 2005)
  • Longest unbeaten run in home games: 27 games (March 1923 – September 1924)
  • Longest unbeaten run in away games: 11 games (September 1953 – January 1954)
  • Longest winning run: 9 games (January – March 2014)
  • Longest winning run in home games: 14 games (March – December 1953)
  • Longest winning run in away games: 5 games (during 1938, 1962, 1980, 2001, 2013)
  • Longest winless run: 19 games (December 1984 – April 1985)
  • Longest winless run in home games: 13 games (November 1984 – May 1985)
  • Longest winless run in away games: 32 games (March 1922 – October 1923)
  • Longest scoring run: 41 games (December 1958 – December 1959)
  • Longest scoreless run: 7 games (February – March 1985)
  • Longest run of clean sheets: 8 games (August – October 1982)
  • Longest run without a clean sheet: 30 games (September 2011 – April 2012)

Goals[edit]

  • Most league goals scored in a season: 115 (Division 2; 1931–32)
  • Fewest league goals scored in a season: 27 (Division 1; 1983–84)
  • Most league goals conceded in a season: 99 (Division 1; 1905–06)
  • Fewest league goals conceded in a season: 27 (Division 3; 1923–24)
  • Most goals scored in a game (league): 10 (vs Leicester City, Division 1, 15 April 1938)
  • Most goals scored in a game (cup): 14 (vs Crosswell's Brewery, FA Cup 2nd round, 13 November 1886)

Points[edit]

  • Most points in a season:[1]
    • Two points for a win: 64 (Division 1, 1957–58)
    • Three points for a win: 103 (League One, 2013–14)
  • Fewest points in a season:[1]
    • Two points for a win: 21 (Division 1, 1895–96)
    • Three points for a win: 25 (Premier League, 2011–12)

Attendances[edit]

  • Highest home attendance: 61,315 vs Liverpool, FA Cup 4th Round, 11 February 1939[1]
  • Highest league attendance: 58,661 vs West Bromwich Albion, Division 1, 15 October 1949[1]
  • Highest average league attendance: 45,346 (1949–50 season)[1]

Season-by-season performance[edit]

Miscellaneous feats[edit]

  • Wolves were awarded, and scored from, the Football League's first ever penalty kick on 14 September 1891.[11]
  • Wolves were the first (and as of 2014 only) English league team to pass the 100-goal mark for four seasons in succession, in the 1957–58, 1958–59, 1959–60 and 1960-61 seasons.
  • In 2005 Wolves became the first team to have scored 7,000 league goals[12] and currently trail only Manchester United in terms of total league goals (as of the end of the 2012–13 season).[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w Matthews, Tony (2008). Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-632-3. 
  2. ^ a b "Wolves: The only team to have won it all". The Guardian. 9 August 2001. 
  3. ^ "Wolverhampton Wanderers". Football Club History Database. 
  4. ^ a b "England — Professional Football All-Time Tables". RSSSF. 
  5. ^ "Wolves completed the set when they won the (then) Sherpa Van Trophy in 1988. Apart from four FA Cups (1893, 1908, 1949, 1960), three First Division championships (1953–54, 1957–58, 1958–59) and two League Cups (1974, 1980), the Wolves set also includes the Charity Shield (beating Forest in 1959), the FA Youth Cup (1958) and the Anglo-Scottish Cup (1971). Having also won the Second Division (1931–32, 1976–77), the Third Division (1988–89), the Third Division North (1923–24) and the Fourth Division (1987–88)", only the renamed Championship remained and was duly completed (2008–09). Bryant, Tom; Roopanarine, Les; Chesterton, George; "KNOWLEDGE ARCHIVE" Guardian.co.uk, 3 October 2007
  6. ^ a b c d e f g Matthews, Tony (2001). The Wolves Who's Who. West Midlands: Britespot. ISBN 1-904103-01-4. 
  7. ^ "Wolves make Doyle record signing". BBC Sport. 30 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Burnley striker Steven Fletcher makes Wolves switch". BBC Sport. 3 June 2010. 
  9. ^ "Steven Fletcher: Sunderland complete £14m deal for Wolves striker". BBC Sport. 24 August 2012. 
  10. ^ a b c "Wolverhampton Wanderers : Records". Statto. 
  11. ^ "Happened on this day - 14 September". BBC News. 14 September 2002. 
  12. ^ "Club Records". Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. 15 September 2010.