Writer: Stuart H
Date:Friday August 17 2007
Wolves v Sheff Wed have a long history, the first time these 2 teams met was way back in 1889 this came in the 3rd round of the FA Cup. Wolves played at home and ran out 3-0 winners thanks to brace from Wykes and a single strike from Fletcher.
Over the following years, these 2 teams have met over 100 times in all competitions.
The first ever league meeting came at home on the 11th March 1893, Wolves ran out 2-0 winners with goals from Butcher and Wood. A month later and Wolves completed a double with a 1-0 win. The following season and it was another double for Wolves. 3-1 at home and 4-1 away. In October 1894 Wolves made it 6 straight wins with a 2-0 home win. A month later and Sheff Wed finally secured their first win with a 3-1 win. This result sparked an amazing run for Wolves. The next 20 league games in Sheffield, Wolves failed to win any. 16 defeats and 4 draws between 1894 and 1935, 11 of the defeats were in a row. At home though it was a different story, over the 20 games played at home Wolves won 12 and lost just 3.
Back in 1906 Wolves reached the FA Cup Final but were defeated 3-1 by the Owls. Another miserable stat follows as Wolves played 6 Cup games in Sheffield after this and won none of them.
April 1921 saw Wolves suffer their heaviest defeat away at Sheffield Wednesday, a 5-0 thumping. 42 years later and this score was repeated.
In 1933 Wolves recorded their biggest win over Sheffield Wednesday, a resounding 6-2 triumph. Goals from Phillips (2) Beattie, Baraclough, Hartill and Lowton secured the points for Wolves.
Wolves finally broke the 20 game winless streak in 1937, thanks to a 3-1 win with goals from Galley (2) and Clayton and then a 3-2 win on the next league visit, Slater, Smith and Swinbourne the scorers. Normal service on the travels was soon restored as the next 11 games saw Wolves return home winless, 6 times coming home nothing. It was in 1968 that this run was ended with goals from Dougan and Knowles giving Wolves a 2-0 win. This result sparked a change in fortune for Wolves. The next 8 games at Hillsborough saw Wolves undefeated these games were spread over 38 year period. In February 2003 WOlves recorded their biggest win at Hillsborough with a 4-0 win. Adam Proudlock hit 2 goals and Kenny Miller and Dean Sturridge added the others.
Christmas 2005 and it was another win, Darren Anderton and Kenny Miller bagging the goals in a 2-0 away win.
The last visit to Hillsborough came just last season in March. Michael McIndoe scored his first goal for the club and Andy Keogh hit a last minute goal to level the game at 2-2.
Overall Wolves record away to Sheff Wed is poor but recent history sits in Wolves favour.
Here are the stats from Wolverhampton Wanderers versus Sheffield Wednesday
Wolves v Sheff Wed (Away Games - League)
P - 44
W - 9
D - 13
L - 22
F - 49
A - 83
Wolves v Sheff Wed (Away Games - All Comps)
P - 51
W - 9
D - 15
L - 27
F - 52
A - 92
Wolves v Sheff Wed (All League Games)
P - 88
W - 35
D - 25
L - 28
F - 123
A - 125
Wolves v Sheff Wed (All Comps)
P - 102
W - 37
D - 30
L - 35
F - 136
A - 141
Wolves top goalscorers v Sheff Wed (All Comps)
Murray - 7
Wood - 7
Swinbourne - 7
Beats - 5
Hartill - 4
Bull - 3
Wooldridge - 3
Biggest Win (All Comps)
6-2 (H 28/10/1933)
Biggest Win Away (All Comps)
Biggest Defeat Away (All Comps)
0-5 (11/04/1921 & 23/11/1963)
Date:Friday August 17 2007
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