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Why do we Always Kick-off Towards the South Bank?

Discussion in 'Molineux Mix Archive' started by crocos, Dec 19, 2008.

  1. crocos

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    As it says on the tin really - we always seem to choose to attack the South Bank first half and the North Bank second half*.

    Anyone know why this is? Tradition?

    You'd think it might be better to be attacking the louder end of Molineux in the second half maybe?

    * This is based on only a 20-25% attendance of home games so correct me if I'm wrong. But it seems to have been the case for years now?
     
  2. Dewsburywolf

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    My mate posed the same question which was answered by Jez in the Derby programme. Something along the lines of the North Bank being the traditional Home support akin to the Kop at Anfield. Can't fully remember the whole response but that was the giste of it.
     
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    Dewsbury is correct. Historically the North Bank was considered to be the "home end". There is the additional fact of the clock being on the top of the Stan Cullis stand which means that the players are able to view the time when in the second half of games.
     
  5. SmokeyGB

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    Just us in the Southbank willing them down to the North bank to give them something to cheer :D
     
  6. northnorfolkwolf

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    Those older ones here (who were teenagers in the 60s) will well remember standing, jam-packed on the old North Bank and shouting the house down all through the game - fantastic memories! Always remember the Red Cross girl would walk accross in front of the NB just before ko and get a barrage of good- natured insults sung at her - she loved it! In those days the SB housed the away support - remember one ManU game when they filled the SB and moved en masse over the pitch to us in the NB. The line of police held otherwise it would have been a slaughter! Those were the days, gone forever - football's just like going to the ballet by comparison nowadays.
     
  7. wolvesman

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    My long held perception from the 1960's onwards is that we have scored more often in front of the NB than the SB. Are there any statos with figures to prove or disprove this thought?
     
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    That is not an unsuprising fact though. 95% of the games I have been to see us attacking the SB first half but more goals (in football in general) get scored in the second half, therefore it is naturally the case that more goals have been scored in front of the NB.
     
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  9. wolvesman

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    Interesting stuff. I wonder, if we assume we will loose or win the toss in equal numbers why the opposition, who will after all these years know our preference, not always try and put us to a perceived disadvantage. Most games, away fans are of course now accommodated along the length of the pitch. Some figures from somewhere would be interesting.
     
  10. Northorforkwolf has it right. The old north bank was fanrastic.real support , all match long. passion, and many scary moments back in the day. Today is b s compared to those times. The "Cow Shed" was special!!
     
  11. Hereford Wolf

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    We always stood in the North Bank.
    It was scary. It was exciting.
    Man U fans stood outside trying to force their way in - I was 15 and cacking myself.
    I'm not saying it was good but there was a lot to talk about after the game!
    The North Bank has always been the Wolves end...when they went to the other side, I hated it - it wasn't right.
    Although I could only get into the South Bank on the Leeds 2-1 defeat Derby winning the League night....my feet never left the ground!

    The only time I was as scared was at Wolves Leeds Semi at Maine Road.....I look back now and my Dad (who took me and my sister...early teens)..must have wondered what he had done....it was bad......
     
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    The North Bank IS the home end.
     
  13. Law's Bus

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    Absolutely. It's not so much the case any more, but the South Bank isn't even all Wolves fans whenever they split the stand.
     
  14. itsonlyagame

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    You mean as opposed to actually having to move their heads in order to do so!! :D
     
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    I remember it well --happy days :)
     
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    Why can't they see it in the first half? Keeper excluded, unless he fancies a wander out of his box.
     
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    I have been going since I was eight, yeh that means through the sixties and whilst the North Bank has always been the 'home' end and used to be noisy lets be honest and say we only hear the North Bank if we are on the telly!!

    I have always stood in the South Bank, and 'in those days' it did hold the away support but it also housed the home support too. I know cos I stood there!

    I was at the Man Utd match refered to... stood in the South Bank and to be honest it is one match that was not very pleasant. The fighting in and out of the match was sickening. Thank god for the 'Ballet' that we have these days, at least I am able to take my sons without the fear for them.

    Finally, South Bank IS the eleventh man, I would be delighted to hear the other stands just like at Pompey but until then lets stop knocking the one stand that actually sings for the team
     
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    Obviously they can turn around and look at it, but I think the idea is that its alot easier to do so if your playing towards it.
     
  19. Wulfhere

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    It was a fantastic and unique atmosphere in the North Bank, the wooden floor boards and the wooden paneling at the back were used by the supporters to create a rumble like a long roll of thunder. Still makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up. It was great when we were chasing the game, the crowd used the chant give it to waggy and when he got the ball the place used to erupt as he took on the full back. Happy days. We can kick up a good atmosphere today but nothing like the seething sweaty masses in the old North Bank.

    I remember United trying to run across the pitch, the Wolves counter attacked from the North Bank and there were hundreds on the pitch going toe to toe with police dogs and all sorts. The police line did not hold the Wolves forced United back into the South Bank. I was young and foolish in those days and was one of the people on the pitch. I remember the North Bank taunting the Red Army with run run run run United.

    After that ramble I should have said it was always tradition for Wolves to attack the North Bank in the second half from those days. The oppossition used the change into brown shorts at half time.


    I also remember when Dougan got sent off against Everton, carnage ensued as the North tried to invade the pitch to lynch Keith Walker the ref. Made the front pages of the NOW and was described as a riot. Hundreds arrested and injured probably more Wolves arrested that day that in the whole of last season.

    I can remember United getting in the North Bank on another occasion, I can also remember Leeds, Stoke, Chelsea, West Ham, West Brom getting the North Bank at times and the ensuing fighting. Chelsea ran accross the pitch and got into the North Bank, I think it was earlier in the season to the United game and Wolves were taken by surprise, United were the top lads so they had to try and emmulate Chelsea but the Wolves were waiting for them. Everyone in the North Bank knew what United were going to do and the counter attack was planned at the back of the North bank and led by the Temple Street Mafia.

    Hard for people who were not there to imagine the scale of some of this trouble but the best times were always supporting the Wolves from the North Bank when we were taking the game to the oppossition, fantastic, part of my mis-spent youth and great memories.
     
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    I remember an incident in the early 70's, we were right at the back of the North Bank and we scored so as usual everyone was stamping their feet and banging the back of the cow shed, and one of the panels fell off onto the carpark, it was quite scary at the time.
     
  21. northnorfolkwolf

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    Great memories lads! I think being younger half the enjoyment of football back then was the fear factor. It all added to the excitement of the match-day experience. It is great the parents can take their young kids to games in safety nowadays but half the fun has gone out of it for me - it's just too sterile.
    Oh, and standing at games is a million times better than sitting!!!
     
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    And don`t forget the unique smell under the North Bank whilst drinking a pint.
     

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