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The 2009/10 season heralded the return of Wolverhampton Wanderers to the highest echelon of English football – the Premier League. They proved their detractors wrong by holding their own and deservedly see a second consecutive season of Premier League football at Molineux. You can be there to watch the Wolves hunt down the rest of the pack thanks to live online football accessed through our members area right here on Live Sports Network. Whether playing at Molineux or away from their ground for the past 120 years, catch all the live football action from the comfort of your own chair on free-football.tv.
Wolverhampton Wanderers were formed way back in 1877 when they were called St Luke’s FC but merged with the local cricket and football club – known as the Wanderers – to become the club known today. Founder members of the Premier League and the first club side to win all four domestic league titles in England, Wolves have also won the FA Cup and League Cup, and competed in the series of friendly games during the 1950’s against the likes of Moscow Spartak and Real Madrid that ultimately resulted in the ear of European competitions like the European Cup (now the Champions League).
The more recent history has not been as successful and whilst a sole strike from Andy Gray secured the League Cup once again in 1980 since then Wolves have played in all four divisions although 1988 and 1989 saw successive promotions from the fourth and third divisions respectively. The early 1990’s saw the start of Sir Jack Hayward’s involvement in the club, building a new Molineux and investing in a squad with the intention of securing and maintaining a Premiership position. This was eventually achieved in 2003 but lasted only a single season. Since then, three further managers have attempted to take Wolves back up but only the current incumbent, Mick McCarthy, succeeded when the club took the Championship title at the end of the 2008/9 campaign. Sir Jack ended his ownership of Wolves in 2007 by selling the club for £10 to Steve Morgan on the back of a pledge to invest £30M. The subsequent return to the big time was reward for the commitment to the club shown by both individuals.
Wolves start their second Premier League season with a similar squad to that which began their first. Deadline day loan signing Marcus Bent will bolster a forward line that will need to be firing on all cylinders to cope with the ‘difficult’ second season that seems to rapidly becoming a thing of the past for recently promoted clubs.
USA international Marcus Hahnemann and understudy, Welsh international Wayne Hennessey, a product of the club’s youth system, will once again play vital roles with boss Mick McCarthy praying for fitness on both counts. Matt Murray has sadly announced his retirement at only 29 after failing to overcome a ruptured patella.
The experienced Jody Craddock and Ronald Zubar offer stability in defence whilst his former Stadium Of Light team-mate Greg Halford along with Cameroonian George Elokobi join newboy Marcus Bent (on loan) in McCarthy’s initial 25-man squad.
Serbian star Nenad Milijas can offer goal-scoring potential from midfield and with attacking options from midfield and up-front including Matt Karvis, Stephen Hunt, Kevin Doyle and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, Wolves will hope for a decent scoring return this time around.
Surviving their first season back in the Premier League was comparatively easier than most at Molineux may have initially thought. The confidence that this brought could make Wolves an even stronger outfit during 2010/11 and the fears of relegation last year could be replaced by hopes of consolidation in comfortable mid-table this time.
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Wolves have a long history in the English leagues and many fans consider that they have a right to be in the big-time once again. However, those who follow Wolves closely will know that the next nine months will be no easy ride and reputations count for nothing in the Premier League. If you are unable to get to a live match, you can always follow Wolves live online. Watch Wolves live via online football streaming on free-football.tv courtesy of Live Sports Network
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