Wolverhampton Wanderers on Saturday 30th July 2016 at 15:00
Address: Molineux, Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton, WV1 4QR
Telephone: 0871 222 2220
Web Site: www.wolves.co.uk
What’s It Like?
Although Molineux is an old stadium, it has been completed re-build over the decades into a modern sporting arena that could easily pass as being recently built. Around 1,600 away fans can go behind the goal in the Stan Cullis Stand.
The atmosphere at the stadium is excellent and there’s always a lot of banter between both sets of fans as they’re so close to each other. The usual pies, burgers and hot dogs can be bought in the stadium. It’s best to keep colours covered near the ground and in the city centre.
Wolverhampton – near the birthplace of Lenny Henry (Dudley); you may think that is the end of what Wolverhampton offers, but there’s much more. Art galleries, museums, music venues, theatres, and sporting activities can be enjoyed. With any city, there’s always load of shops, places to eat and drink as well as parks and open spaces
Wolves Museum at the stadium gives the history of the city’s football club and the science behind the modern game. There are some pieces of rare memorabilia and artefacts that tell the Wolves story as well as videos from different eras.
You can also test your Wolves knowledge and find out if you are fit enough for the first team by having a go on the interactive games. The museum is open Friday 12pm – 5pm, Saturday 11am – 4.30pm and Sunday 11am – 3.30pm. On match days last entry is 90 minutes before KO, closing 30 minutes before KO. Admission is £7, £4.50 for concessions and £18 for family ticket (2 adults and 2 juniors). Museum & tour tickets are £12, £8 for concession and a family ticket is £35.
You can take a pre-booked 2 hour tour of the Banks’s Brewery (WV1 4JT), learning about the brewing process from mashing to fermentation. You finish off your visit with three free half pints of cask ale. You can also take Banks’s home with you from the Brewery Shop choosing from cask conditioned, bottled, canned beers, and gifts.
Tours (minimum 6 people) are £8.50 and £5 for kids and on Wednesdays & Fridays 11am, 2pm and 6.30pm. Saturdays at noon. Phone (01902) 329653.
Monmore Green Stadium has dog races every Saturday, having 12 races each night. Entry at £6, children at £2 and under 5s free.
There is plenty to keep everyone entertained in Wolverhampton, so an overnight stay might be worthwhile.
Pubs and Grub
The downside of a visit to Molineux is the lack of away friendly pubs. There are a number of pubs around the ground, but they don’t let away fans in. The ground is just 10 minutes walk away from the city centre with loads of pubs. Unfortunately, most too are for home fans only, with many pubs having bouncers asking to see your match ticket for the home sections before getting in.
It was Walkabout, but now now called ‘The Stonehouse’ (WV1 3BJ) on Queen Street is the pub for away fans with bouncers checking that you are away fans. There’s a small bar called the Bluebrick inside the Premier Inn hotel, near the railway station, where away fans drink.
If coming by train, leave the station, turn right and you’ll see a walkway under the station. At the bottom of the walkway turn left and after a short walk you’ll see the Bluebrick on the right. Alcohol is served in the stadium.
Parking & Train
The city centre car parks are handy, but are busy with shoppers so you’ll get stuck in long queues getting in and out. Better to park in the car parks away from Molineux and walking 10 minutes; and you’ll get back on the motorway quicker after the game.
There is some street parking on a small industrial estate near Wolverhampton Railway Station. It is near Kennedy Road (off Culwell Street). It’s then a ten minute walk to Molineux.’
The ground is a 15 minute walk from the station in the centre of the city. Leave the station and go straight on towards the town centre and as you reach the inner ring road turn RIGHT. Just follow the ring road as it continues in a circular pattern around to the left. Eventually you’ll see the ground.
For the Travelling Jacks making the trip – Be Loud, Be Proud and Be Positive!