Since our Black Country rivals were purchased by the Fosun Group in 2016, the relative fortunes of the clubs have switched, but the latest meeting pre-dates that pivotal event by more than four years.
With the clubs switching divisions in the summer of 2018, they have not shared a league table since the 2011/12 season when Wolves were relegated back to the Championship. The Baggies, of course, helped them on their way completing the league double including the memorable 5-1 victory at Molineux that was enough to see Wolves’ boss, Mick McCarthy sacked.
Peter Odemwingie (pictured) scored a hat-trick in that match, the first Albion player to do so at Molineux since Ronnie Allen in the Charity Shield match in 1954 in the days before the fixture was played at Wembley. That game finished 4-4 with Reg Ryan scoring the Baggies other goal meaning that the trophy was shared.
Wolves, of course, had pipped Albion to the league title the season before with a crucial meeting between the sides going the way of the Wanderers against a Baggies side much depleted as key players Ronnie Allen and Johnny Nicholls were representing England in a World Cup qualifier against Scotland – both scored.
Surprisingly enough, that 5-1 result is not Albion’s record win at Wolves, and not their first 5-1 away victory. They won by the same scoreline in March 1962 when Bobby Robson and Derek Kevan were amongst the scorers while the record win was back in December 1893 when Billy Bassett and Roddie McLeod both scored hat-tricks as Wolves were thumped 8-0 – maybe it should be W0lve8 rather then Wo1ve5?
Wanderers’ record win was in March 1963 when Terry Wharton score a hat-trick for the hosts in a 7-0 win. That match was a replay of a Boxing Day fixture that had been abandoned at half time due to heavy snow with Wolves 2-0 up.
The Baggies have had the upper hand in the most recent meetings losing just three of the last 21 meetings between the sides, all of those at Molineux and just one of them in the Premier League. That was Wolves’ most recent victory when Steven Fletcher scored twice in a 3-1 win in May 2011.
All competitions; most recent game on the right
12 Feb 2012 – Premier League
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 (Fletcher)
West Brom 5 (Odemwingie (3), Olsson, Andrews)
Albion’s Record against Wolverhampton Wanderers
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