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Why do you go to watch the Wolves?

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  1. Dewsburywolf

    Dewsburywolf Just doesn't shut up

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    Following on from various debates about who goes to games, whether they moan & groan on here but get 100% behind the boys at matches etc. etc. I'm interested to know why folks do it. Is it through habit? (been going for years & it's just something I just do) is it through a genuine passion for the game (football's in the blood) or do you go to "let off steam" at 11 men running around a field. Personally speaking I regard it as a bit of a pressure release after spending the week in a pretty stressful job. I did once state this at a work's stress relief course where the tutor actually asked everyone in the room "how do you relieve your particular stresses? Various responese included pottering in the garden/allotment, taking the dog for a walk, going to the theatre but I honestly couldn't really think of anything (didn't have a cat/dog to kick) & the guy actually made a comment "didn't you say earlier that you were a Wolverhampton Wanderers fan? Well there you are then I'd guess your stress buster is yelling at 11 blokes running around in gold & black every weekend"

    Over to you guys & girls
     
  2. wolvesultra

    wolvesultra Just doesn't shut up

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    I go to support Wolves, something thats passed on throughout family and friends (I've got more friends who support Wolves than any other, its not that I actively don't make friends with other supporters just that going to Wolves games and the social aspect around it is one of the biggest constants throughout my life so it results that way) and was basically ingrained in my from childhood....I don't remember choosing to support Wolves I just did.

    I did used to go also through a passion for the game itself but as that slowly implodes (in my view) i'd say that part is dying off for me.

    Theres certainly a sense of duty and habit involved too though, its no where near as fun as it used to be but I'm Wolves its just what we do.

    I let off steam more having rants on here if I'm honest believe it or not I'm quite happy go lucky/postive and supportive at the match.
     
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  3. Sheriff Woody

    Sheriff Woody Just doesn't shut up

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    I go because it's something me and my Dad did together, it was our father and son time. When he died just over 2 years ago I thought twice about whether to go without him (even though through illness he hadn't made it to Molineux for a good few months) but as odd as it may sound I felt like he was there with me............. Probably tutting as per usual.

    Having said all that, this season after 24 years as a season ticket holder will be my last for a while. My wife and I are expecting our 2nd child in September (fingers crossed for a boy this time) and it's time for me to do my Daddy duties until they are old enough to be dragged along with me!
     
  4. Essex Wolf

    Essex Wolf Just doesn't shut up

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    It's in the family.
     
  5. Mr Wolf

    Mr Wolf Just doesn't shut up

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    What else are you going to do with your Dad/Grandad & mates, go bowling or laser quest. $$$$ Off. Weekends are for playing & watching sport.
     
  6. SingYourHeartsOut

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    Ironically I would say I am very much in the camp of going to the match to let off a bit of steam, quite how this works when the games usually causes me more stress I don't know. Maybe I am a masochist in denial?
     
  7. Tring Wolf

    Tring Wolf MolMix Poster of the Season Winner 2011-2012 and r

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    Very similar for me. I travelled all over the country with my Dad for a number of years (even home games are a near 300-mile round trip) so it was great for me to be able to return the favour and buy him his season ticket for our first two Premier League seasons. We only ever really went to watch the game so it was always about Father and Son time than anything else from a social aspect.

    I now have two young children of my own (4 and 1) so gave up my season ticket because I want to spend my weekends with them. My wife is relatively understanding so I still get to see 6-8 games a year and hopefully I'll be able to bring my children along in a few years time (although to be honest, the thought of them being in the car for 5 hours isn't too appealing).

    The only issue is that the boy is now claiming he isn't a Wolves supporter and that he only likes Watford (our local team) and Arsenal (who his best friends support) so who knows if I'll ever get back to Molineux as often as I used to.
     
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  8. Tom S

    Tom S Senior Member

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    I love watching football, I love Wolves because my Dad does and I love the whole experience the going to a match. The drink before the game (especially when you find a gem near an away ground), sticking a bet on, the pork baps / balti pies, talking about what we've done right / wrong and then analysing whether we are going to make it or not.
     
  9. Alienwolf

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    I've been lucky enough to convince my son (now 15) that Wolves is the only team he could follow. My dad did the same for me and for that we will both have to answer for our sins to a greater power. My old man would have been 76 today & I would love to have the opportunity to hear him moaning & whinging about our team just one more time - my son would say I only need to listen to myself. Football takes so much criticism from all areas of the media for the social damage it causes but for me it has been the glue that has managed to bind my family through 3 generations. Looking forward to tonight & a nice uncomfortable win.


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  10. FLEET WOLF

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    You need to have words with your lad Tring!
     
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    If I were you I would donate him to social services.
     
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    Brought up as a Wolves fan by my Dad and Granddad. Had my season ticket at the age of 10 and now approaching 20 the three of us still go to every home game together which is something I have always really enjoyed and am proud to say!

    When I tell people Wolves is my life, I don't mean in the conventional sense. I mean that supporting this club dictates what I am doing during the week and at weekends, My taste in music, my taste in clothes, and in general my mood!

    Awaydays are one of the main loves of mine. Going to places you've never been, meeting new people that become true friends, the train journeys, getting royally $$$$$$!
     
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  13. WednesburyWolf

    WednesburyWolf Has a lot to say

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    I'm a sadist.

    It's also in the family and the blood (The team not sadism)
     
  14. Tring Wolf

    Tring Wolf MolMix Poster of the Season Winner 2011-2012 and r

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    It's getting perilously close...

    I'm trying everything. Wolves kits every birthday, teaching him Wolves songs, sneakily showing him Wolves goals along with his bedtime story (don't tell Mrs. Tring), but unfortunately at the moment, the power of his friends (supported by my in-laws) is far greater.

    I'm hoping that he'll see the error of his ways with age...
     
  15. WV1Wolf

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    I've been asked this question many times over the years by friends, family members, the ex wife and now my current girlfriend. After 27/28yrs as a season ticket holder I can honestly say that I look forward to every game like it was my first.

    I remember the first game, Northampton at home. The build up of excitement during the week knowing that I was going to my first game on the following Saturday was unreal. Walking up to the ground, dilapidated and half falling down it was but this was my Wembley. Seeing the players warm up and the crowd filling the two sides of the ground that were open at the time ramped up the excitement. Hearing the South Bank chant Bullys name for the first time was unreal.

    From that moment on I was hooked, not only for the match days but everything that stood for being a wolves fan.

    As well as the above I go to the games to get away from the Mrs and to have a pint with my Dad who also attends the games with me.
     
  16. FLEET WOLF

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    He may change his mind when we beat Watford in the play off final!
     
  17. KenilworthWolf

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    Despite 'it's in the blood' being a bit of a cliche, it's actually the most appropriate term for supporting Wolves for me. No matter what, I can't wait to see Wolves play at Molineux every week (I'm a student and simply cannot afford away games).

    I think a rather appropriate and funny comparison is to alcohol. It can provide you with the best of times and worst of times - it's addicting and acts as a release from the stresses of life. There's always room for another pint of Wolves.
     
  18. Tring Wolf

    Tring Wolf MolMix Poster of the Season Winner 2011-2012 and r

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    Seriously Fleet....for me that would be the sweetest result I could ever possibly have supporting Wolves....
     
  19. Big Saft Kid

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    I started going with my Dad when I was 6 and he was 29; I am now 66 and he has just had his 90th birthday. He hasn't gone much at all since the mid-70s (just moaned about how poor the teams have been!), and his last game was one I took him to about 6 years ago. I too have been off and on, as there was a long period when I was working mainly outside the UK, between September 1969 (last game Peter Knowles's' last game for Wolves, a 3-3 draw with Forest) and 1987, and there were some seasons during that period (1970-71 for instance) when I never went to Molineux once as I was literally never in the country. But old habits die hard. I haven't lived in the Wolverhampton area since I was 18, but I've been hooked since I was 6. From 6 to 18 I only missed a home match because of illness, and saw plenty of away games too. Once I began living in the UK again, I have had season tickets off and on, even though it's always been at least a 200 mile round trip every home game. It's a drug, and even if I can't go, I sit there in front of my PC, constantly refreshing the Mix for news of the game. I'll be doing that tonight, but I'm glad to say I'll be at the game on Friday against Derby.

    I'd say supporting Wolves has been one of the few real 'constants' in my life (marriages haven't been!) and that's all to do with early connections -- running up the steps at the back of the old South Bank on the first day of a new season as they opened the turnstiles and standing there looking down at the perfect green pitch in the sunshine... swaying in a crowed of 50 thousand plus at a mid-week floodlit cup replay on a snow-bound pitch... memories that are still as vivid as the real thing was 60 years ago. That's what supporting Wolves is for me. Connections.
     
  20. Edgmond Wolf

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

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    I go to drink pink champagne but that's just cos I is upper class ;)
     
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    Cus I hate shopping, so what else is there to do on a saturday afternoon :)
     
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    Its in the blood! Started going in the late 70's before sky when Saturdays afternoons were for football and occasional night games, the excitement of seeing a mass of people walking to the ground
    Travelling to away grounds on trains without seats, and being treated like cattle or criminals by the police didn't put me off.
    The elation of winning, or the sinking feeling on a Monday, when you had to face your Albion villa or blues work mates after a defeat! Even though its all changed now its still the football bug - results don't affect me the same way now but still Wolves through and through, still the same excitement at the start of the season when anything is possible.
     
  23. reanswolf

    reanswolf MolMix's Manchester United Cheerleader-in-Chief

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    Most of that is bang on. I'm simply an older, grumpier, more disillusioned version of you:embarassed:
     
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    reanswolf MolMix's Manchester United Cheerleader-in-Chief

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    This.

    I can't divorce myself whatever I try to do. After so many years, part of me has lowered any expectations of being like WBA or Stoke (which on the other hand saddens me deeply), but I try to get the rare moments of pleasure by soaking up and participating in great South bank atmospheres. But that is about it these days.

    The last 30 years of watching under achievement have drained me psychologically, and I'm getting older like everyone is. Reflecting back makes you realise that opportunities missed like this season are devastating in terms of your passion levels.
     
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    reanswolf MolMix's Manchester United Cheerleader-in-Chief

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    I love that last line! Class

    "There's always room for another pint of Wolves".

    So true, despite my own miserable ramblings!
     
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    Love the buzz as i go under the subway. Love football on a Sat 3pm ko, And a few beers chewing the fat afterwards too.
     
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    I became a Wolves supporter through my Dad who started taking me to matches when I was about 10. Love football but useless at playing so watching is the next best thing! 15 years later and we're still going together, so my reasons are:
    1. Quality Father-son time (although I'm the son!) I've moved a distance away with work so if it wasn't for Wolves I'd only go 'home' a couple of times a year.
    2. I actually enjoy watching football in person, much more than on tv.
    3. Release of emotion/stress after a long working week.
     
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    I cut myself once and out came gold and black blood.

    That sums it up for me.
     
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    Incredible the vast number on here who went to Wolves with their Dad, which goes to show how important it is for us to pass the drug on to our sons and daughters?
     
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    Family links, history, dad supported them, I Started following them in the dark Days early 80's when we were in free fall. Living in Cornwall and following wolves has been a subject of $$$$ taking and admiration from many.

    I think the real reason is my grand dad bought me a wolves scarf just before he died, and its one of my precious possessions. I was only 2-3 when he bought it me.
     
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    Edgmond Wolf MolMix Poster of the Season Runner Up 2011-2012

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    My Dad hated football, I loved it with a passion.

    Got on the bus and went to Wolvo on my own as an eight year old.....been going ever since

    I blooded my lads at the age of six....
     
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    Dad took me when I was 6, been hooked ever since
    My 8 year old lad has been a home and away season ticket holder since he was 5 and is also well and truly hooked. Love it
     
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    I suppose that's the trouble with watching Wolves for too long - self harming :D
     
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    Too much ale got me to the golden palace.Hated football growing up,as i was an athlete all i ever wanted to do was run.Dad was a farmer who never had much spare time although he did go to the wolves when he had the chance.Had a bet with my mate that i would start going with him to the match,under the influence in 1969.my first match was peter knowles last game.wolves 3 forest 3.loved the cow shed and i was hooked,Bin ever since and will keep going untill its physically impossible.love the pre match tipple with a great set of supporters.in the george wallace.long may it continue.
     
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    My dad used to go with my grandad and he took me to my first game in the 91 season and I've been hooked since! As you know he passed away very recently and I haven't yet been to a game since this, it will certainly make my days at the wolves more special hopefully remembering the past 24 years of going with him. Up the wolves :)
     
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    NewarkWolf Just doesn't shut up

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    Oh and meeting up with the old boy, having some food and a pint before walking down to the ground was a great way to start the day off. So if any of you see a 6 foot 4 inch very handsome yet balding man walking round wolvo before a game looking slightly lost at what to do can you offer for me to join you for a beer? :) haha.
     
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    Used to be just me my son and his neighbor, who I $$$$ you not is the absolute spit of the neighbour out of Friday night dinner - both in his simple ways and looks, always puts a different spin on the day! My son brings his mate along now though, his dad and two other chaps we all know from the pub so there is a group of 7 of us now. Meet early doors about 9 in the local wethers, cheeky one in our favorite local which opens at 11 - then jump in a taxi for £6 return each, can't complain, what else can you hope for on a Saturday :)
     
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    Does said guy know you or something? :wavey:
     
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    WalsallWolf Just doesn't shut up

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    Ok, I read the thread title wrong! Thought it said who not why :D
     

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