Writer: Stuart H
Date:Friday August 24 2007
Despite not playing each other for nearly 18 years in the league, Wolves and Blackpool have met 90 times.
The first ever meeting came in September 1906. A home game for Wolves and a 1-1 draw, later that season Wolves triumphed 2-1 in Blackpool.
Fixtures between the teams came thick and fast over the following years and Wolves hold a decent record at home. The first 10 games saw them win 6, draw 2 and lose 2. The first win came in 1908, a goal from Lloyd getting the points. It was in 1911 that Blackpool claimed their first Molineux win, a 3-0 triumph and they repeated that scoreline in 1920. A year later (1912) and Wolves recorded a 4-0 win, goals from Halligan (2) and Needham (2) securing the points. February 1922 saw that score repeated, Hargreaves (2) Baugh and Richards scoring. Almost a year later and Blackpool won a 7 goal thriller, 2 Fazackerley goals and a strike from Caddick were not enough for the home team.
Between 1927 and 1932 Wolves played host to Blackpool on 4 occasions and Blackpool won the lot, including a 5-1 victory in 1951. The other results saw the away team claim 4-2, 2-1 and 3-2 wins.
Once the league had resumed after World War II, Wolves won 4 of the next 6 games at Molineux v Blackpool. Two 3-0 wins came in that period, the first in 1949, goals from Hancocks, Mullen and Pye securing the win. The 2nd came in 1951, this time a hat trick from Whitfield made it a happy home game for Wolves. Blackpool then bounced back a year later to win 5-2 in an early season tie in September 1952. The following season Wolves returned to winning ways, a Swinbourne hat trick and a Hancocks goal gave them a 4-1 win.
Wolves and Blackpool games were providing plenty of goals, Blackpool came out on top in a 5 goal game in Janaury 1956 and in December of the same year Wolves gained another 4-1 win, Wilshaw hit 3 and Hooper the other. Whilst home wins were coming along nicley, away from home it was a different story. Between 1955 and 1962 7 games were played and Blackpool won 6 of them and the other was a draw. In October 1962 saw Blackpool demolish Wolves 7-2.
Games between the team started to become less and less after 1964, in fact just 8 games since since then have been played, in the league, between the 2 teams. The final 4 homes games have seen Wolves claim wins in all of them. December 1970 and an own goal from Allcock handed Wolves a 1-0 win. It was in March of 1977 the next time Blackpool came to Molineux and Steve Daley and Kenny Hibbit bagged the goals in a 2-1 win. 1986 saw Dean Edwards score in a 1-0 win and then Blackpool's last league trip to Molineux came on the 25th October 1988, Andy Mutch scored twice as Wolves won 2-1.
The last ever league game came in Blackpool in April 1989, Steve Bull and Nigel Vaughan scored in a 2-0 victory.
The record books show that Wolves have been dominant over Blackpool at Molineux. Will this continue this Saturday? Lets hope so
Here is a break down of Wolves v Blackpool
Wolves v Blackpool at home (League)
P - 45
W - 26
D - 9
L - 10
F - 86
A - 55
Wolves v Blackpool at home (All Comps)
P - 47
W - 26
D - 10
L - 11
F - 87
A - 56
Wolves v Blackpool (League)
P - 90
W - 41
D - 17
L - 32
F - 147
A - 140
Wolves v Blackpool (All Comps)
P - 95
W - 42
D - 19
L - 34
F - 150
A - 144
Top Goalscorers (All Comps)
Murray - 8
Swinbourne - 7
Phillipson - 7
Hancocks - 6
Halligan - 5
Biggest Win (All Comps)
4-0 (H 15/03/1912 & 25/02/1992)
Biggest Defeat (Home)
Biggest Defeat (All Comps)
2-7 (A 20/01/1962)
Date:Friday August 24 2007
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