List of Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. seasons

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Wolves' FA Cup winning team of 1893

Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club is an English professional football club. The club played its first match in 1877 as St Luke's, after being formed by pupils of a school in Blakenhall, Wolverhampton bearing this name. Two years later they merged with the local cricket and football club The Wanderers to become Wolverhampton Wanderers.[1]

After competing in numerous local league and cup competitions during its formative years, the club became a founder member of The Football League, the first professional league in world football, in 1888.[1]

The club has won a total of thirteen "major" trophies, including the League Championship three times, the FA Cup four times, the League Cup twice and the Charity Shield four times. Wolves have also featured in UEFA European competitions during seven seasons; their best performance coming in 1972 when they were runners-up in the inaugural UEFA Cup. They have also had successes in less high profile cup competitions such as the Texaco Cup and the Football League Trophy.[2]

This list details the club's performance at first team level in league and cup competitions and the top scorers for each season since their first entry into the FA Cup in 1883–84.[1]

Seasons[edit]

Season League 00FA Cup00 League Cup 00Other00 Top scorer[B]
00Division00 P W D L F A Pts Pos
1883–84 There was no League football until 1888 2nd Round
1884–85 1st Round
1885–86 4th Round
1886–87 3rd Round
1887–88 3rd Round
1888–89 Football League 22 12 4 6 50 37 28[3] 3rd Runners-up Harry Wood 14
1889–90 22 10 5 7 51 38 25 4th Semi final 18
1890–91 22 12 2 8 39 50 26 4th 3rd Round 12
1891–92 26 11 4 11 59 46 26 6th 3rd Round Will Devey 13
1892–93 Division 1 30 12 4 14 47 68 28 11th Winners Harry Wood 17
1893–94 30 14 3 13 52 63 31 9th 1st Round Joe Butcher 14
1894–95 30 9 7 14 43 63 25 11th 3rd Round Harry Wood 10
1895–96 30 10 1 19 61 65 21 14th Runners-up 17
1896–97 30 11 6 13 45 41 28 10th 2nd Round Billy Beats 10
1897–98 30 14 7 9 57 41 35 3rd 2nd Round 12
1898–99 34 14 7 13 54 48 35 8th 2nd Round Jack Miller 12
1899–00 34 15 9 10 48 37 39 4th 1st Round George Harper 10
1900–01 34 9 13 12 39 55 31 13th 3rd Round Billy Wooldridge 9
1901–02 34 13 6 15 46 57 32 14th 1st Round 13
1902–03 34 14 5 15 48 57 33 11th 1st Round Adam Haywood 11
1903–04 34 14 8 12 44 66 36 8th 2nd Round Billy Wooldridge 19
1904–05 34 11 4 19 47 73 26 14th 2nd Round Billy Wooldridge
Jack Smith
14
1905–06 38 8 7 23 58 99 23 20th 2nd Round Billy Wooldridge 12
1906–07 Division 2 38 17 7 14 66 53 41 6th 1st Round Jack Roberts 14
1907–08 38 15 7 16 50 45 37 9th Winners George Hedley 16
1908–09 38 14 11 13 56 48 39 7th 1st Round Wally Radford 24
1909–10 38 17 6 15 64 63 40 8th 2nd Round Billy Blunt 27
1910–11 38 15 8 15 51 52 38 9th 3rd Round George Hedley
Jack Needham
13
1911–12 38 16 10 12 57 33 42 5th 3rd Round Billy Halligan 24
1912–13 38 14 10 14 56 54 38 10th 2nd Round 17
1913–14 38 18 5 15 51 52 41 9th 2nd Round Sammy Brooks 11
1914–15 38 19 7 12 77 52 45 4th 2nd Round Frank Curtis 25
No competitive football was played between 1915 and 1919 due to the First World War.
1919–20 Division 2 42 10 10 22 55 80 30 19th 2nd Round Dick Richards 12
1920–21 42 16 6 20 49 66 38 15th Runners-up George Edmonds 15
1921–22 42 13 11 18 44 49 37 17th 1st Round 13
1922–23 42 9 9 24 42 77 27 22nd 2nd Round 14
1923–24 Division 3(N) 42 24 15 3 76 27 63 1st 3rd Round Harry Lees 22
1924–25 Division 2 42 20 6 16 55 51 46 6th 1st Round Tom Phillipson 16
1925–26 42 21 7 14 84 60 49 4th 3rd Round 37
1926–27 42 14 7 21 73 75 35 15th Quarter final 33
1927–28 42 13 10 19 63 91 36 16th 4th Round Wilf Chadwick 19
1928–29 42 15 7 20 77 81 37 17th 3rd Round Reg Weaver 18
1929–30 42 16 9 17 77 79 41 9th 3rd Round Billy Hartill 33
1930–31 42 21 5 16 84 67 47 4th Quarter final 30
1931–32 42 24 8 10 115 49 56 1st 4th Round 30
1932–33 Division 1 42 13 9 20 80 96 35 20th 3rd Round 33
1933–34 42 14 12 16 74 86 40 15th 4th Round Charlie Phillips 14
1934–35 42 15 8 19 88 94 38 17th 4th Round Billy Hartill 29
1935–36 42 15 10 17 77 76 40 15th 3rd Round Billy Wrigglesworth 13
1936–37 42 21 5 16 84 67 47 5th Quarter final Gordon Clayton 29
1937–38 42 20 11 11 72 49 51 2nd 4th Round Dennis Westcott 22
1938–39 42 22 11 9 88 39 55 2nd Runners-up 43
1939–40 3 0 2 1 3 4 2 16th[4] n/a n/a
No competitive football was played between 1940 and 1944 due to the Second World War.
1945–46 Division 1 4th Round
1946–47 42 25 6 11 98 56 56 3rd 4th Round Dennis Westcott 39
1947–48 42 19 9 14 83 70 47 5th 4th Round Johnny Hancocks
Jesse Pye
16
1948–49 42 17 12 13 79 66 46 6th Winners Sammy Smyth 22
1949–50 42 20 13 9 76 49 53 2nd 5th Round Charity Shield[5] Jesse Pye 18
1950–51 42 15 8 19 74 61 38 14th Semi final Roy Swinbourne 22
1951–52 42 12 14 16 73 73 38 16th 4th Round Jesse Pye 15
1952–53 42 19 13 10 86 63 51 3rd 3rd Round Roy Swinbourne 21
1953–54 42 25 7 10 96 56 57 1st 3rd Round Dennis Wilshaw 27
1954–55 42 19 10 13 89 70 48 2nd Quarter final Charity Shield[5] Johnny Hancocks 28
1955–56 42 20 9 13 89 65 49 3rd 3rd Round 18
1956–57 42 20 8 14 94 70 48 6th 4th Round Harry Hooper 19
1957–58 42 28 8 6 103 47 64 1st Quarter final Jimmy Murray 32
1958–59 42 28 5 9 110 49 61 1st 4th Round Charity Shield
European Cup R1
Peter Broadbent 22
1959–60 42 24 6 12 106 67 54 2nd Winners Charity Shield
European Cup QF
Jimmy Murray 34
1960–61 42 25 7 10 103 75 57 3rd 3rd Round Charity Shield[5]
ECWC SF
Ted Farmer 28
1961–62 42 13 10 19 73 86 36 18th 4th Round Jimmy Murray 17
1962–63 42 20 10 12 93 65 50 5th 3rd Round Alan Hinton 19
1963–64 42 12 15 15 70 80 39 16th 3rd Round Ray Crawford 26
1964–65 42 13 4 25 59 89 30 21st Quarter final 15
1965–66 Division 2 42 20 10 12 87 61 50 6th 5th Round Peter Knowles 21
1966–67 42 25 8 9 88 48 58 2nd 4th Round 3rd Round Ernie Hunt 21
1967–68 Division 1 42 14 8 20 66 75 36 17th 3rd Round 2nd Round Derek Dougan 17
1968–69 42 10 15 17 41 58 35 16th 4th Round 4th Round 14
1969–70 42 12 16 14 55 57 40 13th 3rd Round 4th Round AIC Group Stage Hugh Curran 23
1970–71 42 22 8 12 64 54 52 4th 4th Round 2nd Round Texaco Cup Bobby Gould 23
1971–72 42 18 11 13 65 57 47 9th 3rd Round 2nd Round UEFA Cup Final Derek Dougan 24
1972–73 42 18 11 13 66 54 47 5th Semi final Semi final Texaco Cup R2 John Richards 36
1973–74 42 13 15 14 49 49 41 12th 3rd Round Winners UEFA Cup R2 18
1974–75 42 14 11 17 57 54 39 12th 3rd Round 2nd Round UEFA Cup R1 Kenny Hibbitt 17
1975–76 42 10 10 22 51 68 30 20th Quarter final 4th Round John Richards 25
1976–77 Division 2 42 22 13 7 84 45 57 1st Quarter final 2nd Round 20
1977–78 Division 1 42 12 12 18 51 64 36 15th 4th Round 2nd Round 13
1978–79 42 13 8 21 44 68 34 18th Semi final 2nd Round 9
1979–80 42 19 9 14 58 47 47 6th 5th Round Winners 18
1980–81 42 13 9 20 43 55 35 18th Semi final 2nd Round UEFA Cup R1 17
1981–82 42 10 10 22 32 63 40[6] 22nd 3rd Round 2nd Round Mel Eves
Andy Gray
7
1982–83 Division 2 42 20 15 7 68 44 75 2nd 4th Round 2nd Round Mel Eves 19
1983–84 Division 1 42 6 11 25 27 80 29 22nd 3rd Round 2nd Round Wayne Clarke 9
1984–85 Division 2 42 8 9 25 37 79 33 22nd 3rd Round 3rd Round Alan Ainscow
Tony Evans
6
1985–86 Division 3 46 11 10 25 57 98 43 23rd 1st Round 1st Round FLT Group Stage Andy King 10
1986–87 Division 4 46 24 7 15 69 50 79 4th 1st Round 1st Round FLT R1 Steve Bull 19
1987–88 46 27 9 10 82 43 90 1st 2nd Round 3rd Round FLT Winners 52
1988–89 Division 3 46 26 14 6 96 49 92 1st 1st Round 1st Round FLT Area Final 50
1989–90 Division 2 46 18 13 15 67 60 67 10th 3rd Round 2nd Round ZDS Cup R1 27
1990–91 46 13 19 14 63 63 58 12th 3rd Round 2nd Round ZDS Cup R2 27
1991–92 46 18 10 18 61 54 64 11th 3rd Round 3rd Round ZDS Cup R1 23
1992–93 Division 1[7] 46 16 13 17 57 56 61 11th 4th Round 2nd Round AIC Preliminaries 19
1993–94 46 17 17 12 60 47 68 8th Quarter final 2nd Round AIC Preliminaries 15
1994–95 46 21 13 12 77 61 76 4th Quarter final 3rd Round AIC Group Stage David Kelly 22
1995–96 46 13 16 17 56 62 55 20th 4th Round Quarter final Don Goodman 20
1996–97 46 22 10 14 68 51 76 3rd 3rd Round 1st Round Steve Bull 23
1997–98 46 18 11 17 57 53 65 9th Semi Final 3rd Round Dougie Freedman 12
1998–99 46 19 16 11 64 43 73 7th 4th Round 2nd Round Robbie Keane 16
1999–00 46 21 11 14 64 48 74 7th 4th Round 1st Round Ade Akinbiyi 16
2000–01 46 14 13 19 45 48 55 12th 4th Round 3rd Round Adam Proudlock 11
2001–02 46 25 11 10 76 43 86 3rd 3rd Round 1st Round Dean Sturridge 21
2002–03 46 20 16 10 81 44 76 5th[8] Quarter final 2nd Round Kenny Miller 24
2003–04 Premier League 38 7 12 19 38 77 33 20th 4th Round 4th Round Alex Rae 8
2004–05 Championship[9] 46 15 21 10 72 59 66 9th 4th Round 2nd Round Kenny Miller 20
2005–06 46 16 19 11 50 42 67 7th 4th Round 2nd Round 12
2006–07 46 22 10 14 61 56 76 5th 4th Round 1st Round Seyi Olofinjana 10
2007–08 46 18 16 12 53 48 70 7th 5th Round 2nd Round Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 12
2008–09 46 27 9 10 80 52 90 1st 4th Round 2nd Round 25
2009–10 Premier League 38 9 11 18 32 56 38 15th 4th Round 3rd Round Kevin Doyle 9
2010–11 38 11 7 20 46 66 40 17th 4th Round 4th Round Steven Fletcher 12
2011–12 38 5 10 23 40 82 25 20th 3rd Round 4th Round 12
2012–13 Championship 46 14 9 23 54 69 51 23rd 3rd Round 3rd Round Sylvan Ebanks-Blake 15

Key[edit]

Champions Runners-up Play-offs Promoted Relegated

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Matthews, Tony (2008). Wolverhampton Wanderers: The Complete Record. Derby: Breedon Books. ISBN 978-1-85983-632-3. 
  2. ^ "England – Professional Football All-Time Tables 1888/89–2011/12". RSSSF. Retrieved June 2012. 
  3. ^ Two points were awarded for a win from the start of the league until 1981.
  4. ^ The 1939–40 season was abandoned in early September and all results annulled.
  5. ^ a b c From 1939 to 1993, in the event of a draw, the Charity Shield would be shared between the two competing teams, with each team having possession of the trophy for six months.
  6. ^ The 1981–82 season saw the introduction of three points for a win.
  7. ^ With the advent of the Premier League as the new top flight, the remaining three Football League division changed titles. Level 2 was now called Division 1, Level 3 was called Division 2 and Level 4 was called Division 3
  8. ^ Promoted as play-off winners
  9. ^ The Football League renamed its three divisions in 2004. Division 1 was now named the Championship, Division 2 as League One, Division 3 as League Two