Wolves haven’t been to Wembley since 1988 cup defeat should hurt


In the aftermath of Wolves 2-0 League Cup defeat to Newcastle United on Tuesday my Twitter timeline read the same thing over and over .

‘I’m not that bothered we lost because we won on Saturday’, ‘3 points are more important’ ‘it was a good run out for the other players’.

While I admire Wolves fans for looking on the bright side for once, let’s be honest it’s another wasted opportunity to see our club at Wembley.

Perhaps I’m missing something.

Those comments were befitting a club who frequent Wembley’s arch but for a club like Wolverhampton Wanderers who have not walked out at the national stadium since a Sherpa Van Trophy win in 1988 (we still sell retro shirts to commemorate that achievement by the way) cup competitions should be something we look to embrace.

Wolves are now the only club in the West Midlands yet to play at the new Wembley, each of our local rivals have took to the famous turf but yet we wait

For years Wolves fans have bemoaned a lukewarm attitude to cup competitions and if you look at our record in the last couple of decades it is totally understandable.

In fact Wolves have progressed beyond round 4 of the League Cup or FA Cup just three times in the last 20 years – the highlight the Semi Final in 1998.

While our aim has been to firstly get to the Premier League and then to establish ourselves there, surely getting to a Wembley final also has to be a realist achievement.

Wolves are currently competing in an era where Swansea City, Birmingham City, Bradford City, Millwall, Wigan Athletic, Tranmere Rovers (now non-league), Oldham Athletic and Luton Town have all played in major domestic cup finals since our Sherpa Van Trophy success.

Dare I list other unlikely sides since we last won the league cup in 1980?!

Of course people will look at the impressive 2-0 win against the Toon Army in the league and say in affect ‘that was the real quiz’. But truth be told any Wolves fan who shrugged their shoulders at defeat on Tuesday has no foundation to complain at the club’s lack of progress in the cup.

Newcastle away (especially having played them a few days before) was always going to be a tricky tie but perhaps more disappointing is a creeping culture in our support of apathy for Wembley glory.

As a club we are proud of history and the trophies we’ve won along the way, what fan wouldn’t want to add to that?

Furthermore what fan is fine with defeat?!

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