Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, commonly known as Wolves, is an English professional football club based in the city of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands.
It currently competes in the Premier League, the top tier of English football, as a result of winning the EFL Championship in the 2017–18 season. Wolves was one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888 and, apart from six seasons, has always played in one of the top two tiers of English football.
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The club's traditional colours of gold and black allude to the city council's motto "out of darkness cometh light" with the two colours representing light and darkness respectively. Although the team's original colours upon formation were red and white, adopted from the school colours of St Lukes, for much of their history their home colours have been their distinctive old gold shirts with black shorts.
In the early decades of the club a variety of shirt designs using these colours were created, including stripes and diagonal halves, until the continual usage of a plain shirt design since the 1930s. Before the 1960s a darker shade of gold was used, known as "old gold", which is still often cited in the media as the club's colour.
Like most English teams, their earliest shirts usually only featured a badge on special occasions such as cup finals. The first such badge to be worn on Wolves shirts was the coat of arms of Wolverhampton City Council. In the late 1960s, Wolves introduced their own club badge that appeared on their shirts consisting of a single leaping wolf, which later became three leaping wolves in the mid-1970s. Since 1979 the badge has consisted of a single "wolf head" design; the current badge was last redesigned in 2002.
Wolves' traditional away colours have been all-white, but recent decades have seen a variety of colours used, including black, blue, teal and purple. The current away kit made by Adidas is all-white with 3 black stripes on the shoulders, the outside of the shorts and top of the socks.
Wolves' longest-established and strongest rivalry is with West Bromwich Albion, against whom the club contest the Black Country Derby. The two clubs, separated by eleven miles, have faced each other 159 times; their first competitive clash being an FA Cup tie in 1886.
Wolves also share rivalries with the two Birmingham clubs, Aston Villa and Birmingham City, though they are much farther away than West Bromwich. Wolves have played both Villa and Birmingham numerous times dating back to the 19th century. Wolves' closest geographic rival is actually Walsall but, as they have rarely competed at the same level, it is of less significance. As Wolverhampton historically sat in Staffordshire, a Staffordshire derby between Wolves and Stoke City was once recognised.
With Wolves gaining promotion from the Championship to the Premier League at the end of the 2017–18 season, West Bromwich Albion and Stoke City being relegated from the Premier League the same season, and Aston Villa suffering defeat in the 2017–18 Championship play-off final, Wolves will be the only West Midlands team in the English top flight during the 2018–19 season - the first time that Wolves will be the solo representative of the West Midlands in the top division in 120 seasons stretching back to 1888–89. Wolves’ most 'local' rivals in 2018–19 will be East Midlands side Leicester City, who are based 63 miles away from Molineux.
Stephen George Bull, MBE (born 28 March 1965 in Tipton, Staffordshire) is an English former professional footballer who is best remembered for his 13-year spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He played there from 1986 until his retirement from playing in 1999, and holds the club's goal scoring record with 306 goals, which included 18 hat-tricks for the club. He was capped 13 times for the England team between 1989 and 1990, scoring four goals.
Derek Parkin (born 2 January 1948) is an English former football player who made a record number of appearances for Wolverhampton Wanderers (609). In February 1968, he became at the time the most expensive full-back in Britain when he joined First Division side Wolves for £80,000. He made his club debut on 24 February 1968 against his hometown side Newcastle United. Over 14 years at Molineux, he made a record number of senior appearances – 609, including 501 league games, also a club record. He played 50 or more competitive matches in a season for Wolves no fewer than five times – another record – and in seasons 1968–69 and 1969–70, he took part in every single league and cup match played by the club. His long service saw him receive a testimonial match in 1979 and become one of the initial inductees into the club's Hall of Fame. He appeared in two Wembley Cup Finals, collecting a winner's medal each time as Wolves won the League Cup in both 1974 and 1980, and also earned a Second Division championship medal in 1976–77.
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