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Why all England should be supporting Wolves

Discussion in 'Molineux Mix Archive' started by AmericanWolf, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. AmericanWolf

    AmericanWolf Guest

    Nothing that hasn't been said already, and a bit long, but thought it was worth a post.

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    Why all England should be supporting Wolves

    Wolves now top the Championship table by seven points, have been sitting top for what seems like months, and yet we are still being roundly criticized by almost everyone else in the division as a poor footballing side, as a team that doesn't deserve a promotion place, as a bunch of over-performers who will be found out soon enough.

    After a tricky 1-0 win away against a gritty Doncaster team that played with commitment and determination, Doncaster manager Sean O'Driscoll, himself a life-long Wolves fan, called Wolves a team that doesn't "put fear into you."

    After a 1-1 draw to then-second placed Birmingham, Blues front-man Cameron Jerome claimed that his side were the "Manchester United and Chelsea" of the Championship, belittling Wolves' title ambitions as a side-show.

    After a 3-1 trouncing at Bramall Lane by a rampant Wolves side that in 90 minutes came only a goal shy of doubling Sheffield United's season home goals against tally, Blades defender Matthew Kilgallon was quoted as saying, "If they are top and 10 points in front, we've nothing to fear."

    Every one of our league opponents shows a startling lack of respect for us, and Premiership sides look at us only in the context of attempts to poach some of our stars (hands off, by the way, we're not selling).

    When teams in the Championship start this well, they're always treated with a degree of respect. Why are we different?

    The truth is, we are what everyone has said they've been waiting for, for years now. How many times have you heard it? English kids don't get their chance any more. If they're not in the squad by 18, aspirants are written-off. Too many foreigners of dubious quality being brought in over the heads of talented homegrown youngsters with potential. Teams concentrate on the next game instead of the next decade. Managers are hired and fired too quickly. Nobody, except maybe Arsenal, tries to play attractive football any more.

    The litany of complaints along these lines have certainly been around for as long as I can remember. Furthermore, every team in England issues, with great regularity, the now perfunctory declarations, like clockwork, that they consider investment in academies and youth sides vital to the future of their clubs. That they look forward to bringing the next generation of stars up through the ranks. Etc.

    The reason Wolves are coming in for the abuse that we've been dealt this season is because unlike almost every side in our league or the one above it, we've actually done it. We've built a team of kids made up of our youth system graduates and the young cast-offs of a whole bunch of other clubs, we kept faith with a manager who failed to deliver badly in a season where he was expected to, and, barring injuries, we play some of the best attacking football you'll see outside of the Premiership.

    Our best starting XI have an average age of 23. Yes, 23. And that’s even over-inflated by the presence of relatively geriatric Chris Iwelumo. In it are six players from England, two from Ireland and Wales each, and one Scotsman. With the exception of injured left-back George Elokobi, who hails from Cameroon but who got his start playing non-league football in England at the age of 16, and substitute goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, who is registered as a Nigerian, but who was born in England and who graduated from the Wolves Academy, Wolves don't have a single player not from the UK and Ireland.

    Who are these wonder-kids who are romping their way through the world's sixth biggest football league? You may recognize some of them. They were the ones who weren't good enough for you. Exhibit A: Michael Kightly. Released by Tottenham, then released by lowly Southend. We found him playing at non-league Grays Athletic. Bought him for an initial fee of 25 thousand pounds. The kid who was just not good enough for Southend is now a regular in the England U21 set-up. Whether with us or with someone else, he'll be in the Premiership soon enough.

    Sylvan Ebanks-Blake is next. Man U trainee. Wasn't seen as a having the potential to play at the highest level. Loaned off to feeder club Royal Antwerp, and then sold for a fraction of what he’s worth today. Well, having won last year's Championship golden boot with 23 goals, and now in second place in the Championship top scorer table with 14, SEB is another who’s forced his way into Stu Pearce's plans for the U21 squad.

    Matthew Jarvis, Wolves' underrated but deadly utility winger? Rejected by Millwall. Captain Karl Henry? Wasn't good enough for Stoke. David Jones? Another one who slipped through the cracks at Old Trafford. Andy Keogh? Dropped by Leeds. Neill Collins? Roy Keane didn't see it, pawned off by Sunderland. Wayne Hennessey? Our 21-year old full Welsh international keeper, now rated at six million pounds and attracting the attention of Arsenal, Everton, and seemingly the rest of the Premiership? Man City had first dibs at him, before cutting him from their youth system as surplus to requirements. He was picked up by Wolves, progressed through our academy, and, while on loan to Stockport, set a Football League record for consecutive clean sheets.

    And the rest of our squad, the ones who never had the joy of being cast off as not good enough? We found them from lower leagues. Lower English leagues. Our team isn't populated by old and tired ex-Premiership journeymen, or foreigners looking at us as a stepping stone. No, we have the likes of Sam Vokes, picked up from Bournemouth, Richard Stearman from Leicester, George Elokobi from Colchester, Kevin Foley from Luton.

    Our manager? The much-maligned Mick McCarthy, who was fired by Sunderland after an admittedly dire season in the Premiership, but a season that he was forced to fight through with a fraction of the finances of any other team in the league. Last season there were calls for Mick’s head from much of the Wolves faithful. We’d made the playoffs the previous season, we’d strengthened in the summer, but things just hadn’t come together. Injuries to Jarvis and Kightly had left us short of width, we lacked the killer instinct up front. We finished lower than we had the season before, not even making the playoffs in a season for which we’d been tipped to go up in one of the top two places. Any other team in the league would have sacked the manager. Wolves aren’t any other team. When Jez Moxey and Steve Morgan said that they wanted a manager to build around for the long-term, they actually, surprisingly meant it. In fact, they mean most of the things they say. How strange.

    And that’s why all the other teams laugh at us, and belittle us, and insist that we’re not a threat. Because we’re not like them. Because we’ve done what they claimed to have wanted to do, but either couldn’t do or weren’t patient enough to do. Our wage bill is pitifully small, but our players are happy. Nobody recognizes our players’ names, but they seem to top the Actim Index week in and week out. We haven’t spent big, but we keep getting better and better. Debt? Nope, we have millions in the bank waiting to be invested in the club. Foreign owner? Not unless you really hate Liverpool. Boring long-balls? When our team is fit, we play a fast-paced double wing 4-4-2, just like English teams are supposed to. 51 goals in 24 games tells the story, with 24 of those coming in away games. We don’t pack the midfield just because we’re not playing in front of our fans. Oh, and only two draws this whole season. We go for the jugular. Win, or die trying might as well be our motto. We represent, even stuck in the second tier, the best of the English game – what football is supposed to be, but what it hasn’t been for years.

    We are Wolves, and we are not like you.
     
  2. purplepault69

    purplepault69 Just doesn't shut up

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  3. Exactly, Amen. Are you Billy Graham?
     
  4. Shergar

    Shergar Guest

    Hallelujah! Bring on the Blades.
     
  5. Edgmond Wolf

    Edgmond Wolf MolMix Poster of the Season Runner Up 2011-2012

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    Is that another way of saying "w'em a big club" but more eloquently?
     
  6. Ulver

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    Or not like the big clubs? :confused:
     
  7. Nice one AW beautifuly written Dickens himself couldnt have written it better
     
  8. AmericanWolf

    AmericanWolf Guest

    No, almost exactly the opposite in fact.
     
  9. Adrian_Monk

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    Should have been entitled 'mick mccarthys' dynastic paradigm'
     
  10. -MTW-

    -MTW- Has a lot to say

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    Fantastic. Brought a tear to my eye.

    Merry Christmas.
     
  11. IrchyWolf

    IrchyWolf Just doesn't shut up

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    That's a beaut! Going to print it off and stick it up over my headboard. It nails down everything that feels good about supporting the club at the moment.
     
  12. N1GHTFALL

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    top top post,

    AMEN
     
  13. Bjorn Star

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    I'm emailing that to my fellow Wolves fans and maybe even a Reading one ;) Brilliant. Merry Christmas all!
     
  14. It's Mixu Paatelainen

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    I think I've got a lump in my throat, fantastic.
     
  15. Of course all England should support us, after all it's the decent English thing to do! We were the greatest, long before ****ing Manure and even more ****ing Liverpool.

    Stan Cullis, Sir William Ambrose Wright, three championships,two FA Cups, two League Cups, Texaco Trophy ( well ok, that's going a bit overboard! ) and all due to us English..........except for a few South Africans, Scotsmen and er probably a few more imports!
     
  16. A wanderer from Bristol

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  17. Japan Wulf

    Japan Wulf Has a lot to say

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    Is there a prize for post of the year? "The Golden Keyboard" perhaps?

    Great post, AW.
     
  18. kennyB

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    Somewhat OTT I feel. Not everyone hates us or shows disrespect, just a few $$$$$$s. And we have had several large slices of luck this season although I must say I think our team spirit is second to none and that has carried us through some sticky patches.
     
  19. Devil's Slide Wolf

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    definitely OTT but a good read. The one thing that's becoming an annoyingly consistent theme is the perceived and imagined sleights from other clubs and fans.
     
  20. Tarcisio Mifsud

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    Very Well done American Wolf. Even the history of our Club should be given huge respect. Being the pioneers of European Football. The third club in England to have installed floodlighting way back to the early 50s. Have provided England with several big players, Billy Wright, Ron Flowers, etc. With top teams with achievements over the years.

    Our colours should be given respect and we deserve to be in the premiership. Come on boys get us where we belong.
     
  21. AmericanWolf

    AmericanWolf Guest

    I don't disagree, but that's not my point. What I'm saying is that on our current form, we're getting less respect than we deserve, and the reason for that is that our club is doing something fundamentally different.

    Thanks for all the comments, positive and negative. I started getting ticked off when Cameron Jerome ran his mouth. Figured I'd rant for a bit. Glad nobody minded too much. And sorry for the grammatical mistakes. Should have given the thing a read-through before posting.

    Merry Christmas.
     
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  22. Kaiser Wolf

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    Best post of the year a true supporter who speaks from the heart but has a a clear perception and a wise mind. Get's my vote for the Jez Moxey award for supporter of the year. Merry Christmas to all !
     
  23. Ulver

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    I thought that went to the supporter who spent the most in the club shop?
     
  24. jonesey85

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    This post has hit the nail on the head. I think we are a great model for other clubs to follow. Too many clubs (us included in the past) have been guilty of lazy management and packing their teams with journeymen who have been round the circuit a million times who they know will do an average job. Its an easy thing to do.

    Filling our team with youngsters, quite a few who have had very little if any championship experience is a risky move, but greatness cannot be achieved without the readiness to fall flat on your face.

    Definite feel good factor at the moment. To be honest Id rather we were disrespected as it produces a siege mentality. When everybody in the league is "on your side" and expects you to go up there is added pressure. I think we could see with the celebrations at Donny the positive impact the haters are having on our team spirit. More fool them.
     
  25. fullmoon

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    Lo and Behold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are WOLVES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  26. astraltrader

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    A great post - although I must admit that I didn`t realise we were so "under-rated by our competitors in the Coca-Cola Championship.

    Mind you we were always bound to cop a fair bit of that because firstly, of the 3 leading promotion candidates the other two are perceived as proven Premiership teams who had a poor season and secondly, we on the other hand come with a proven track record of under-achieving and/or bottling it!

    Fine - we know that this campaign the team is made of far sterner stuff, we are playing positive attacking football which to be fair is totally different to the draw-bores we were last season, plus we have a depth of squad that whilst not perfect is the best I can remember for many years.

    All we have to do is complete the second half of the season in the same manner and style that we have the first and it will ram the message home of our footballing abilities right up their collective rear entrances!
     
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  27. BridgnorthWolf Inc

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    AW, you have made the Post Of The Year, with a week or so to spare.

    Fantastic.
     
  28. It's Mixu Paatelainen

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    And the best thing about it is that it will be caught by the Hobknobbers. Then we get a nice laugh at their sense of outrage at the arrogance of wLOLves fans.
     
  29. andy-in-seat-190

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    Great post AW - reminds me of what John Bray wrote on his BBC blog at the end of MM's first season.
     
  30. Denmead Wolf

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    Merry Christmas everyone.

    Great post, agree with everything on it and it backs up all my comments to everyone I speak to about our situation at present. However, the only thiing I would say is "who cares" what people think today. Its what happens come May 2009 thats important. Lets carry on being under everyones radar and let everyone say we are nothing special. It must make Micks team talks so much easier.

    Proof will be in beating "the best squad in the League" today, for the 2nd time in 2 months.

    Thanks again for taking the time to put your thoughts in to such a well constructed post mate
     
  31. wallace

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    couldnt wait to put my wolves shirt on and strut up the high street after reading that! perhaps i should have stopped to put me trousers on as well.
     
  32. HSV Wolf

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    Good read and sentiment sums up why we support what I feel is an iconic club.....

    The colours (what drew me to Wolves despite living deep in $$$$ terrirory as a kid)....no others like it in the game ...especially under lights.

    The name ....No other club known almost purely by the nick name....and what a name it is

    The badge.....Biassed I know but must be one of the most recognised and iconic emblems in the British game....instantly recognisable

    Even the name of the stadium is unique.....Molineux......Has a mystique about it,,, why? what does it stand for......

    Despite what our stripey friends think, Wolves still gain a lot of respect around the country and are still a lot of people's second team, especially in London due to the romance and legend of the 50's



    Think it's about time we reclaimed the Notlob chant "We are the one and only Wanderers"

    Bit of a parrallel with the other West Mids team doing it mainly with British based players...Aston Villa
     
  33. Gratters

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    AW Presumably when you started typing that you had already done your christmas shopping ??

    I don't find everyone hates us on my travels at all, too many people love revelling in the 'no-one likes us tag' which doesn't have a lot of substance - baiting other sides is all par for the course.
     
  34. HICKO

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    Should be set to some appropriate music.....................and read out loud by some actorrrrrrrrr with a melodious baritone voice. Felicitations AM and up the Wolves.:)
     
  35. Dewsburywolf

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    Wasn't there a rumour a few months back that Brian Blessed was a Wolves fan? There aren't many more distinctive voices than BB.
     
  36. Elvis Wolf

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    An EXCELLENT post. Many thanks.
    Makes you proud to support THE MIGHTY WOLVES !!!!
    C'mon me BABBIES !!!!
     
  37. blaenboy

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    Congratulations to American Wolf on the superb post(cannot possibly really be American,writing that well). I find comments about our play mystifying. My first visit to Molineux was in 1960 and have been a fan ever since. Since the mid 1970 s I have been living in Ireland so only get to see the team live about half -a- dozen times a year. The other matches I listen to on Wolves World or watch on Sky, if they are on. Nevertheless,the football I have seen at Molineux in the matches I have attended this year had been of exceptional quality.I venture to say that it has been as good as I can remember for many a long year,with many flashes of real brilliance. McCarthy's contribution to Irish football as manager was very much underrated. Despite his playing reputation,as a manager his ability was shown in the fluent football he had the team playing. On their day Wolves also play wonderfully fluent, quick football that is quite uplifting to see. I think tension is sapping some of that at the moment,but this season I have been privileged to watch football as good as I can ever remember in my long years of watching the Wanderers.Even if it is through the play-offs (which I doubt),we will be in the Premiership next year. Thanks for the great post,AW.
     
  38. Tarcisio Mifsud

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    Regret to write that the respect is not coming also on account of The City of Wolverhampton, This week I was reading the "Readers Digest" of December 2008.

    There was on article "Pants for the Memory" in which model Rachel Johnson was visiting M&S flagship Marble Arch shop. At one stage she stated the following which I am quoting " I can see that at the flagship branch the customer....sorry, I mean she... has a huge choice of good stuff," I say, " But what about Wolverhamption? Could she get the so-called hero pieces there?"

    Oh my God, I thought, do they consider the City of Wolverhampton is the most backward City in England?

    Did I misunderstand something?
     
  39. That isn't a dig at the city TM. She was highlighting that flagship stores tend to carry stock lines you my not find at other locations and just used Wolverhampton within the quote. She could have used Guildford or Taunton, makes no difference.
     

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