Almost ten years have passed since Wolves last visited the Hawthorns, but Monday will see the 150th league meeting between two local rivals who first met in the Football League more than 130 years ago in December 1888. While Albion had beaten their Black Country Rivals twice in the FA Cup before league football started, it wasn’t until their seventh attempt that the Throstles recorded their first league win over Wolves winning by the odd goal in seven at Stoney Lane in September 1891.
Both sides have had their periods of domination in this fiercely contested rival in the years since then, with its peak in terms of importance coming in the 1950s when Wolves were at their height – they secured a hugely significant league double over the Baggies in the 1953/54 season when they pipped Albion to the first of three league titles they won in that decade.
Overall, Albion have the better record with 65 wins to Wolves 53 helped by a recent record when the Old Gold half of the Black Country have been able to celebrate only three derby victories in 24 years. The Baggies have won 13 and drawn 5 of the 21 meetings since January 1997 and, will all three of the defeats coming at Molineux, it means that Albion haven’t lost a Black Country Derby at the Hawthorns since that fateful day when a the toothless grin of Iwan Roberts was in evidence far too frequently as he scored a hat trick in a 4-2 win in September 1996.
On Monday, Albion are looking to secure successive league doubles over Wolves for the first time since 1931, albeit these would be nine years apart. The famous 5-1 win at Molineux in February 2012 was preceded by a comfortable 2-0 win for Albion at the Hawthorns when Chris Brunt (pictured) scored the opener and Peter Odemwingie added the second.
Between March 1929 and February 1931, Albion won five successive matches against Wolves for the only time (so far) include their record home win in December 1929 when both Joe Carter and Frank Cresswell scored a brace in a remarkable 7-3 victory at the Hawthorns. The Baggies biggest win over Wolves came at Molineux in December 1893 when there were two hat trick heroes, Billy Bassett and Roddie McLeod, in an 8-0 victory.
As for Monday’s visitors, their biggest win at Albion was 4-1 at Stoney Lane back in 1889, while their biggest win at the Hawthorns was 3-0 in March 1958 to end the Baggies’ hopes of a league title that Wolves would go on to win.
All competitions; most recent game on the right
16 Jan 2021 – Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 (Silva, Boly)
West Brom 3 (Pereira (2 pens), Ajayi)
Last meeting at the Hawthorns
16 Oct 2011 – Premier League
West Brom 2 (Brunt, Odemwingie)
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0
Albion’s Record against Wolverhampton Wanderers
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