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The Black Country derby is most commonly the local derby between the English association football teams West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers[1], who are located eleven miles apart in the Black Country region of the West Midlands.

Black Country derby
LocaleBlack Country
TeamsWalsall
West Bromwich Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers
First meeting2 January 1886
FA Cup
Albion 3–1 Wolves
Latest meeting8 March 2014
League One
Walsall 0–3 Wolves
StadiumsThe Hawthorns (Albion)
Molineux (Wolves)
Bescot Stadium (Walsall)
Statistics
Meetings total160 (Albion–Wolves)
16 (Walsall–Wolves)
14 (Walsall–Albion)
Largest victoryWolves 0–8 Albion
First Division
27 December 1893

Black Country derbies are also contested between either of these teams and neighbours Walsall, though such matches are less common as a result of the teams' relative league positionings. Albion and Wolves have played 160 games against each other[2] and only 14 and 16 competitive matches respectively against Walsall.[3][4] The three clubs are all currently in different divisions in the English Football League System, with Wolves in the Premier League after winning promotion in 2018, West Bromwich Albion in the EFL Championship after relegation in the same season and Walsall in EFL League Two after relegation in 2019.

A 2008 football pools survey of 6,000 supporters across the country ranked West Bromwich Albion versus Wolverhampton Wanderers as the fiercest rivalry in English football.[1][5]

Contents

HistoryEdit

Early historyEdit

Locations of the teams within the West Midlands county

The earliest Black Country derbies were contested prior to the formation of the Football League. The first ever derby took place on 20 January 1883, when Albion won 4–2 in the third round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.[6] Wolves and Albion's first two 'official' meetings came in the FA Cup in 1886 and 1887[2], with Albion recording victories on both occasions and going on to reach the final in both years. The first of Walsall's fixtures against Wolves and Albion were also in the FA Cup, in 1889 and 1900 respectively.[3][4]

With both West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers being founder members of the Football League in 1888, the Black Country derby between these two teams is one of the oldest in the world in league football. The fixture was contested in each of the first 13 league seasons from 1888 to 1901.[2] Attendances in these early fixtures were modest, but that was the case across much of the country as football gradually grew in popularity at the turn of the century. By the 1906–07 season, the fixtures began to regularly attract crowds above 20,000 and a more intense rivalry emerged.

Post-war zenithEdit

The Albion–Wolves derby reached its peak in the 1950s when both sides challenged for honours at the top of English football, with each in the First Division from 1949 to 1965. Wolves enjoyed league and cup domination for a good deal of the 1950s; finishing in the top 3 on nine occasions, winning the title three times and FA Cup twice in this period. Whilst Albion were also a strong side, renowned for their attacking flair, also challenging near the top of the league and won the FA Cup in 1954.

It was the 1953–54 season in which the sides finished as the top 2 clubs in the country for the first and only time. Wolves won the league title, finishing four points ahead of the Baggies, despite Albion topping the table for the majority of the season. Wolves' league win coupled with Albion's cup win meant they contested the Charity Shield in 1954 – the only time the two teams have met in the final of any competition. The game finished 4–4 in front of a Molineux crowd of 45,035.

Throughout the rest of the century both sides met frequently, with a six-year period in the 1980s the longest gap without a meeting between the two Black Country rivals.[2] Walsall's continued existence in the lower divisions meant they avoided any league meetings with either of their neighbours for decade after decade. However, in the 1980s they met Wolves for one season in 1985–86[3] and Albion for one season in 1988–89.[4]

When the Premier League was formed in 1992 both Albion and Wolves were outside the top division but they continued to meet in the 'new' First Division throughout the 1990s. The rivalry remained intense and due to police concerns and televised games, the fixture has not been staged at the traditional English kick-off time of 3pm on a Saturday since 1996. Hooliganism in the fixtures was a big problem in the 1960s and the frictions between fanbases causes regular restrictions on local pubs on match days.[7]

Modern meetingsEdit

Following Walsall's unlikely promotion to the First Division in 1999[8], the 1999–2000 season represented the first time all three sides had ever been in the same division. Walsall took the bragging rights with a double over Albion and an away win at Molineux, while Albion and Wolves shared the spoils in both league fixtures. Albion and Walsall were in a battle with each other to avoid relegation and ultimately it was the Saddlers who faced the drop, putting an end to the three-way Black Country derbies after only one season.

A year later Walsall earned an immediate return to the First Division[9] and once again all three sides occupied the same level in the 2001–02 season. This time around it was Albion and Wolves who were in direct competition in the league, with both sides going for promotion. Both fixtures against each other were in the first half of the season, with a 1–1 draw at the Hawthorns[10] and a 1–0 victory for Albion at Molineux.[11] By 6 March 2002, after 38 games of the season, Wolves were ten points ahead of Albion[12] but gained only 9 more points compared to Albion's 22 in the last eight matches[13] and the Baggies clinched automatic promotion in second place on the final day of the season.[14] Wolves were subsequently beaten in the play-offs by Norwich.[15]

The Baggies were relegated from the Premier League after only one season and saw Wolves take their place in the top flight.[16] To rub even more salt into the wounds, a Paul Merson-inspired Walsall side thumped them 4–1 on the opening day of the 2003–04 season.[17] But it was Albion who had the last laugh, as they were promoted once again and Walsall's stint in the second tier came to an end as they dropped into League One.[18]

After a five-year break without a derby between Albion and Wolves the 2006–07 season saw the teams meet a record five times. Albion won the first meeting 3–0 at the Hawthorns before Wolves won the return fixture 1–0 at Molineux.[2] The clubs also met in the FA Cup third round, with Albion triumphing 3–0 at Molineux – a major riot followed in the city centre as hundreds of fans clashed.[19] At the end of the season the clubs finished level on points and met in the Championship play-offs.[20] Both legs were won by Albion, sending them through to the final 4–2 on aggregate. However, they lost 1–0 in the final to Derby at Wembley.[21]

In the 2010–11 season the two sides met for the first time in the Premier League, marking the first top flight derby in nearly 27 years.[2] The first league meeting at the Hawthorns ended 1–1 with Jamie O'Hara giving Wolves a first-half lead before an injury time equaliser from Albion's Carlos Vela earned the Baggies a point.[22] In the return fixture at Molineux, Wolves claimed the bragging rights with a 3–1 win. The victory was particularly crucial in helping Wolves escape relegation.[23]

The latest meetings between Albion and Wolves were in the 2011–12 season when both clubs, again, competed in the top flight. Albion claimed a league double over their bitter rivals for the first time since 1997–98.[2] A 2–0 win at the Hawthorns[24] was followed by a 5–1 demolition of Wolves away at Molineux where Peter Odemwingie grabbed a hat-trick.[25] Wolves manager Mick McCarthy was sacked the next day and Wolves were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.[26]

Wolves' demise continued and they found themselves relegated again the following season, meeting up with Walsall in League One in 2013–14. The two Black Country rivals met twice in the league and once in the Football League Trophy.[3] The most recent derby being a 3–0 victory for Wolves at Bescot Stadium on 8 March 2014.[27]

List of derbiesEdit

Albion–WolvesEdit

# Season Date Competition Stadium Home Team Result Away Team Attendance H2H
1 1885–86 2 January 1886 FA Cup Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
3–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 5,196
+1
2 1887–88 26 November 1887 FA Cup Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
2–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 7,429
+2
3 1888–89 15 December 1888 Division 1 Dudley Road Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–1
West Bromwich Albion 8,600
+1
4 5 January 1889 Division 1 Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
1–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4,000
0
5 1889–90 19 October 1889 Division 1 Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
1–4
Wolverhampton Wanderers 5,550
+1
6 28 December 1889 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–1
West Bromwich Albion 8,500
+1
7 1890–91 13 December 1890 Division 1 Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
0–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4,300
+2
8 3 January 1891 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
4–0
West Bromwich Albion 9,300
+3
9 1891–92 19 September 1891 Division 1 Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
4–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 10,000
+2
10 28 December 1891 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–1
West Bromwich Albion 7,200
+3
11 1892–93 17 September 1892 Division 1 Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
2–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 4,000
+2
12 27 December 1892 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–1
West Bromwich Albion 8,000
+2
13 1893–94 7 October 1893 Division 1 Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
0–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 10,000
+2
14 27 December 1893 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–8
West Bromwich Albion 8,000
+1
15 1894–95 8 September 1894 Division 1 Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
5–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 5,100
0
16 27 December 1894 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
3–1
West Bromwich Albion 6,500
+1
17 2 March 1895 FA Cup Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 20,977
0
18 1895–96 30 November 1895 Division 1 Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
2–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 3,000
+1
19 7 March 1896 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–2
West Bromwich Albion 8,114
+2
20 1896–97 17 October 1896 Division 1 Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 6,000
+3
21 28 December 1896 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
6–1
West Bromwich Albion 11,561
+2
22 1897–98 23 October 1897 Division 1 Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
2–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 11,750
+2
23 28 December 1897 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–1
West Bromwich Albion 8,100
+2
24 1898–99 15 October 1898 Division 1 Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
1–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 6,457
+1
25 27 December 1898 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
5–1
West Bromwich Albion 12,052
0
26 1899–00 4 November 1899 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–0
West Bromwich Albion 10,089
+1
27 10 March 1900 Division 1 Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
3–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 6,680
0
28 1900–01 1 September 1900 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–0
West Bromwich Albion 12,000
0
29 29 December 1900 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 18,188
+1
30 1902–03 4 October 1902 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–2
West Bromwich Albion 14,072
0
31 31 January 1903 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 26,081
0
32 1903–04 7 December 1903 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–0
West Bromwich Albion 12,431
+1
33 5 March 1904 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 6,338
+2
34 1906–07 29 September 1906 Division 2 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–3
West Bromwich Albion 25,000
+1
35 1 April 1907 Division 2 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 28,000
+1
36 1907–08 2 September 1907 Division 2 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–2
West Bromwich Albion 24,000
0
37 5 October 1907 Division 2 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 30,026
+1
38 1908–09 7 September 1908 Division 2 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
0–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 30,600
0
39 3 October 1908 Division 2 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–1
West Bromwich Albion 20,000
+1
40 1909–10 16 October 1909 Division 2 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
3–1
West Bromwich Albion 24,000
0
41 25 December 1909 Division 2 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
0–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 24,899
+1
42 1910–11 12 November 1910 Division 2 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–3
West Bromwich Albion 18,500
0
43 18 March 1911 Division 2 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 26,303
+1
44 1923–24 23 February 1924 FA Cup The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 55,849
+1
45 27 February 1924 FA Cup Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–2
West Bromwich Albion 40,083
+2
46 1927–28 8 October 1927 Division 2 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
4–1
West Bromwich Albion 40,
+1
47 18 February 1928 Division 2 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
4–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 37,342
+2
48 1928–29 10 November 1928 Division 2 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
0–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 24,902
+1
49 23 March 1929 Division 2 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–1
West Bromwich Albion 24,340
+2
50 1929–30 31 August 1929 Division 2 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–4
West Bromwich Albion 25,961
+3
51 28 December 1929 Division 2 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
7–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 20,311
+4
52 1930–31 11 October 1930 Division 2 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 40,065
+5
53 18 February 1931 Division 2 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–4
West Bromwich Albion 36,054
+6
54 28 February 1931 FA Cup The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 52,385
+6
55 4 March 1931 FA Cup Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–2
West Bromwich Albion 46,860
+7
56 1932–33 8 October 1932 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
4–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 31,068
+8
57 18 February 1933 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
3–3
West Bromwich Albion 34,534
+8
58 1933–34 7 October 1933 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–0
West Bromwich Albion 37,308
+8
59 17 February 1934 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 24,892
+9
60 1934–35 13 October 1934 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
3–2
West Bromwich Albion 35,386
+8
61 23 February 1935 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
5–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 31,494
+9
62 1935–36 26 October 1935 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 43,406
+10
63 14 March 1936 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–0
West Bromwich Albion 34,790
+9
64 1936–37 17 October 1936 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 33,962
+10
65 14 April 1937 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
5–2
West Bromwich Albion 28,486
+9
66 1937–38 27 December 1937 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 55,444
+9
67 2 May 1938 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–1
West Bromwich Albion 43,639
+8
68 1948–49 26 February 1949 FA Cup Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–0
West Bromwich Albion 55,684
+7
69 1949–50 15 October 1949 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–1
West Bromwich Albion 56,661
+7
70 4 March 1950 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 60,945
+7
71 1950–51 2 December 1950 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
3–1
West Bromwich Albion 45,087
+6
72 21 April 1951 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
3–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 38,933
+7
73 1951–52 14 April 1952 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 36,429
+8
74 15 April 1952 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–4
West Bromwich Albion 48,940
+9
75 1952–53 18 October 1952 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 54,480
+10
76 7 March 1953 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–0
West Bromwich Albion 48,375
+9
77 1953–54 14 November 1953 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–0
West Bromwich Albion 56,590
+8
78 3 April 1954 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
0–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 58,884
+7
79 1954–55 29 September 1954 Charity Shield Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
4–4
West Bromwich Albion 45,035
+7
80 23 October 1954 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
4–0
West Bromwich Albion 55,374
+6
81 16 March 1955 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 28,573
+7
82 1955–56 20 August 1955 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 50,306
+7
83 17 December 1955 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
3–2
West Bromwich Albion 31,068
+6
84 7 January 1956 FA Cup Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–2
West Bromwich Albion 55,564
+7
85 1956–57 6 October 1956 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 34,379
+7
86 15 April 1957 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
5–2
West Bromwich Albion 27,942
+6
87 1957–58 16 November 1957 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–1
West Bromwich Albion 55,618
+6
88 29 March 1958 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
0–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 56,904
+5
89 1958–59 1 November 1958 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 55,498
+6
90 21 March 1959 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
5–2
West Bromwich Albion 44,240
+5
91 1959–60 5 December 1959 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
0–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 48,739
+4
92 27 February 1960 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
3–1
West Bromwich Albion 49,791
+3
93 1960–61 28 January 1961 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
4–2
West Bromwich Albion 31,385
+2
94 3 April 1961 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 34,108
+3
95 1961–62 26 December 1961 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 24,778
+3
96 27 January 1962 FA Cup Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–2
West Bromwich Albion 46,411
+4
97 28 March 1962 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–5
West Bromwich Albion 20,558
+5
98 1962–63 16 March 1963 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
7–0
West Bromwich Albion 22,618
+4
99 3 April 1963 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 15,517
+4
100 1963–64 2 October 1963 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–0
West Bromwich Albion 37,338
+4
101 29 February 1964 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
3–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 19,839
+4
102 1964–65 10 October 1964 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
5–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 23,006
+5
103 15 March 1965 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
3–2
West Bromwich Albion 26,722
+4
104 1967–68 23 August 1967 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
3–3
West Bromwich Albion 52,438
+4
105 30 August 1967 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
4–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 44,573
+5
106 1968–69 21 September 1968 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
0–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 23,006
+5
107 12 April 1969 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–1
West Bromwich Albion 26,722
+6
108 1969–70 1 November 1969 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–0
West Bromwich Albion 39,832
+5
109 28 February 1970 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
3–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 37,819
+4
110 1970–71 7 November 1970 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–1
West Bromwich Albion 39,300
+3
111 20 March 1971 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–4
Wolverhampton Wanderers 36,754
+2
112 1971–72 27 November 1971 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 37,696
+1
113 15 April 1972 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–1
West Bromwich Albion 30,319
+2
114 1972–73 21 October 1972 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 31,121
+3
115 20 March 1973 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–0
West Bromwich Albion 33,520
+2
116 1977–78 17 September 1977 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 31,359
+2
117 14 March 1978 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–1
West Bromwich Albion 29,757
+2
118 1978–79 16 December 1978 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–3
West Bromwich Albion 29,117
+3
119 21 April 1979 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 32,395
+3
120 1979–80 24 November 1979 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–0
West Bromwich Albion 32,564
+3
121 19 April 1980 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
0–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 30,843
+3
122 1980–81 23 August 1980 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 26,324
+3
123 31 January 1981 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–0
West Bromwich Albion 29,764
+2
124 1981–82 5 December 1981 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
3–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 23,329
+3
125 1 May 1982 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–2
West Bromwich Albion 19,813
+4
126 1983–84 26 November 1983 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 18,914
+3
127 28 April 1984 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–0
West Bromwich Albion 13,208
+3
128 1989–90 15 October 1989 Division 2 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 21,316
+3
129 20 March 1990 Division 2 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–1
West Bromwich Albion 24,475
+2
130 1990–91 29 December 1990 Division 2 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 28,310
+2
131 6 April 1991 Division 2 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–2
West Bromwich Albion 22,982
+2
132 1993–94 5 September 1993 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
3–2
Wolverhampton Wanderers 26,615
+3
133 26 February 1994 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–2
West Bromwich Albion 28,039
+4
134 1994–95 28 August 1994 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–0
West Bromwich Albion 27,764
+3
135 15 March 1995 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 20,661
+4
136 1995–96 20 August 1995 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–1
West Bromwich Albion 26,329
+4
137 13 January 1996 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
0–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 21,658
+4
138 1996–97 15 September 1996 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–4
Wolverhampton Wanderers 21,791
+3
139 12 January 1997 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–0
West Bromwich Albion 27,336
+2
140 1997–98 24 August 1997 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 22,511
+3
141 31 January 1998 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–1
West Bromwich Albion 28,244
+4
142 1998–99 29 November 1998 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 22,682
+5
143 25 April 1999 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–1
West Bromwich Albion 27,038
+5
144 1999–00 3 October 1999 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–1
West Bromwich Albion 25,500
+5
145 31 October 1999 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 21,097
+5
146 2000–01 17 October 2000 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 21,492
+6
147 18 March 2001 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
3–1
West Bromwich Albion 25,069
+5
148 2001–02 25 October 2001 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 26,143
+5
149 2 December 2001 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–1
West Bromwich Albion 27,515
+6
150 2006–07 22 October 2006 Championship The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
3–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 26,606
+7
151 28 January 2007 FA Cup Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–3
West Bromwich Albion 28,016
+8
152 11 March 2007 Championship Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–0
West Bromwich Albion 28,107
+7
153 13 May 2007 Championship Playoffs Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–3
West Bromwich Albion 27,750
+8
154 16 May 2007 Championship Playoffs The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 27,415
+9
155 2007–08 25 November 2007 Championship The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
0–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 27,493
+9
156 15 April 2008 Championship Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–1
West Bromwich Albion 27,883
+10
157 2010–11 20 February 2011 Premier League The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 26,170
+10
158 8 May 2011 Premier League Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
3–1
West Bromwich Albion 28,510
+9
159 2011–12 16 October 2011 Premier League The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–0
Wolverhampton Wanderers 24,872
+10
160 12 February 2012 Premier League Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–5
West Bromwich Albion 27,131
+11

StatisticsEdit

Competition Meetings Albion wins Draws Wolves wins
League 146 54 40 52
Play-Offs 2 2 0 0
FA Cup 11 8 2 1
Charity Shield 1 0 1 0
Total 160 64 43 53

ManagersEdit

Years Pld Albion manager Albion wins Draw Wolves wins Wolves manager
1886–90 6 n/a 2 1 3   Jack Addenbrooke
1890–92 4   Louis Ford 1 0 3
1892–94 4   Henry Jackson 2 2 0
1894–95 3   Edward Stephenson 2 0 1
1895–96 2   Clement Keys 2 0 0
1896–02 10   Frank Heaven 2 3 5
1902–22 14   Fred Everiss 7 2 5
1922–24 2 1 1 0   George Jobey
1927–44 22 12 4 6   Frank Buckley
1948–52 7   Jack Smith 3 2 2   Stan Cullis
1952–53 1   Jesse Carver 0 1 0
1953–59 15   Vic Buckingham 3 4 8
1959–61 4   Gordon Clark 1 0 3
1961–63 4   Archie Macaulay 2 1 1
1963–64 3   Jimmy Hagan 1 2 0
1964–65 2 1 0 1   Andy Beattie
1967–68 3   Alan Ashman 1 2 0   Ronnie Allen
1968–71 5 1 1 3   Bill McGarry
1971–75 4   Don Howe 2 0 2
1977 1   Ronnie Allen 0 1 0   Sammy Chung
1978 1   Ron Atkinson 0 1 0
1978–81 6 1 4 1   John Barnwell
1981–82 1   Ronnie Allen 1 0 0
1982 1 1 0 0   Ian Greaves
1982–84 1   Ron Wylie 0 0 1   Graham Hawkins
1984 1   Johnny Giles 0 1 0
1988–91 3   Brian Talbot 0 1 2   Graham Turner
1991–92 1   Bobby Gould 0 1 0
1993–94 2   Keith Burkinshaw 2 0 0
1994 1 0 0 1   Graham Taylor
1994–95 2   Alan Buckley 1 1 0
1995–97 3 0 1 2   Mark McGhee
1997 1   Ray Harford 1 0 0
1997–98 2   Denis Smith 2 0 0
1998–99 1 0 1 0   Colin Lee
1999–00 2   Brian Little 0 2 0
2000 1   Gary Megson 1 0 0
2001–04 3 1 1 1   Dave Jones
2006–09 7   Tony Mowbray 5 1 1   Mick McCarthy
2011–12 4   Roy Hodgson 2 1 1

Walsall–WolvesEdit

Season Date Competition Stadium Home Team Result Away Team Attendance
1888–89 16 February 1889 FA Cup Dudley Road Wolverhampton Wanderers
6–1
Walsall Town Swifts 4,000
1923–24 22 December 1923 Division 3N Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–0
Walsall 16,000
7 April 1924 Division 3N Fellows Park Walsall
2–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 12,281
1985–86 20 August 1985 League Cup Fellows Park Walsall
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 11,330
3 September 1985 League Cup Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–1
Walsall 11,310
19 October 1985 Division 3 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–0
Walsall 7,522
9 February 1986 Division 3 Fellows Park Walsall
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 10,480
1999–00 28 August 1999 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
1–2
Walsall 24,439
29 January 2000 Division 1 Bescot Stadium Walsall
1–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 9,422
2001–02 21 September 2001 Division 1 Bescot Stadium Walsall
0–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 8,327
26 February 2002 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
3–0
Walsall 27,043
2002–03 14 August 2002 Division 1 Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
3–1
Walsall 27,904
11 January 2003 Division 1 Bescot Stadium Walsall
0–1
Wolverhampton Wanderers 11,037
2013–14 3 September 2013 FL Trophy Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
2–2
(4–2p)
Walsall 13,481
17 September 2013 League One Molineux Wolverhampton Wanderers
0–1
Walsall 22,240
8 March 2014 League One Bescot Stadium Walsall
0–3
Wolverhampton Wanderers 10,139

StatisticsEdit

Competition Meetings Walsall wins Draws Wolves wins
League 12 3 4 5
FA Cup 1 0 0 1
League Cup 2 1 1 0
FL Trophy 1 0 1 0
Total 16 4 6 6

ManagersEdit

Years Pld Walsall manager Walsall wins Draw Wolves wins Wolves manager
1889 1   H. Smallwood 0 0 1   Jack Addenbrooke
1923–24 2   Joe Burchell 1 1 0   George Jobey
1985 3   Alan Buckley 1 2 0   Bill McGarry
1986 1 0 1 0   Sammy Chapman
1999–00 2   Ray Graydon 1 1 0   Colin Lee
2001 1 0 0 1   Dave Jones
2002–03 3   Colin Lee 0 0 3
2013–14 3   Dean Smith 1 1 1   Kenny Jackett

Walsall–AlbionEdit

Season Date Competition Stadium Home Team Result Away Team Attendance
1899–00 27 January 1900 FA Cup Fellows Park Walsall Town Swifts
1–1
West Bromwich Albion 9,106
1 February 1900 FA Cup Stoney Lane West Bromwich Albion
6–1
Walsall Town Swifts 4,892
1965–66 22 September 1965 League Cup The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
3–1
Walsall 41,188
1987–88 19 August 1987 League Cup The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–3
Walsall 9,605
25 August 1987 League Cup Fellows Park Walsall
0–0
West Bromwich Albion 8,965
1988–89 17 September 1988 Division 2 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
0–0
Walsall 13,977
1 April 1989 Division 2 Fellows Park Walsall
0–0
West Bromwich Albion 9,520
1992–93 4 January 1993 FL Trophy The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
4–0
Walsall 6,702
1999–00 16 October 1999 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
0–1
Walsall 19,562
22 April 2000 Division 1 Bescot Stadium Walsall
2–1
West Bromwich Albion 9,161
2001–02 11 August 2001 Division 1 Bescot Stadium Walsall
2–1
West Bromwich Albion 9,181
20 January 2002 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
1–0
Walsall 20,290
2003–04 9 August 2003 Division 1 Bescot Stadium Walsall
4–1
West Bromwich Albion 11,030
9 January 2004 Division 1 The Hawthorns West Bromwich Albion
2–0
Walsall 24,558

StatisticsEdit

Competition Meetings Walsall wins Draws Albion wins
League 8 4 2 2
FA Cup 2 0 1 1
League Cup 3 1 1 1
FL Trophy 1 0 0 1
Total 14 5 4 5

ManagersEdit

Years Pld Walsall manager Walsall wins Draw Albion wins Albion manager
1900 2   Louis Ford 0 1 1   Frank Heaven
1965 1   Ray Shaw 0 0 1   Jimmy Hagan
1987 2   Tommy Coakley 1 1 0   Ron Saunders
1988 1 0 1 0   Ron Atkinson
1989 1   John Barnwell 0 1 0   Brian Talbot
1993 1   Kenny Hibbitt 0 0 1   Ossie Ardiles
1999 1   Ray Graydon 1 0 0   Brian Little
2000–02 3 2 0 1   Gary Megson
2003–04 2   Colin Lee 1 0 1

Crossing the divideEdit

Albion–WolvesEdit

Player West Bromwich Albion career Wolverhampton Wanderers career
Span League
apps
League
goals
Span League
apps
League
goals
  Harry Aston 1879–1885 1885–1886
  Walter Perry 1888–1889
1894
9
1
4
0
1889–1890 8 3
  George Woodhall 1883–1892 44 10 1892–1894 18 1
  Joe Butcher 1895 0 0 1892–1895 65 26
  Jack Chadburn 1900–1903 43 3 1897–1900 11 1
  Ted Pheasant 1904–1910 140 20 1895–1904 159 19
  Sid Corfield 1902–1903 1905–1909 44 3
  Adam Haywood 1905–1907 62 25 1901–1905 107 28
  Dick Betteley 1906–1912 85 0 1901–1906 115 1
  Dickie Baugh Jr. 1924–1929 1918–1924 108 4
  Ray Crawford 1965–1966 14 6 1963–1965 57 39
  David Burnside 1955–1962 127 39 1966–1968 40 5
  Danny Hegan 1969–1970 14 2 1970–1973 53 6
  Bobby Gould 1971–1972 52 18 1970–1971
1975–1977
40
34
18
13
  Paul Bradshaw 1985–1986
1988–1990
8
6
0
0
1977–1984 200 0
  Andy King 1981–1982 25 4 1985 28 10
  Ally Robertson 1969–1986 506 9 1986–1990 107 0
  Andy Thompson 1985–1986 24 1 1986–1997 376 43
  Steve Bull 1985–1986 4 2 1986–1999 474 306
  Clive Whitehead 1981–1987 168 6 1986 2 0
  Andy Gray 1987–1988 35 10 1979–1983 133 38
  Robbie Dennison 1985–1987 16 1 1987–1997 293 40
  Stacey North 1987–1990 98 0 1985 3 0
  John Paskin 1988–1989 25 5 1989–1992 34 3
  Vince Bartram 1991 0 0 1985–1991 5 0
  Tony Lange 1992–1995 48 0 1988–1992 8 0
  Cyrille Regis 1977–1984 241 81 1993–1994 19 2
  Paul Edwards 1994–1996 51 0 1992–1994 46 0
  Jason Roberts 2000–2004 91 25 1997–1998 0 0
  Nigel Quashie 2006–2007 29 1 2009 3 0
  Frank Nouble 2010 3 0 2012–2013 2 0
  Tomasz Kuszczak 2004–2007 31 0 2014–2015 13 0
  Joleon Lescott 2014–2015 36 1 2000–2006 212 13

Played for all threeEdit

Player West Bromwich Albion career Wolverhampton Wanderers career Walsall career
Span League
apps
League
goals
Span League
apps
League
goals
Span League
apps
League
goals
  Peter Eastoe 1982–1985 31 8 1971–1973
1985
6
8
0
0
1984 6 1
  Dave Barnett 1989–1990 0 0 1983–1985 0 0 1990 5 0
  Don Goodman 1987–1991 158 60 1994–1998 125 33 2001–2002 25 3
  Andy Petterson 2000 0 0 2002 0 0 2004 3 0
  Keith Andrews 2012 14 2 1999–2005 65 0 2004 10 2

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