Football from the Vault: Wolves vs Newcastle (11/02/17) Part 1
This is the first of a 2-parter on the Football from the Vault series. I have been to Wolves away with Newcastle twice so I will be covering both of them here with the 2nd part from 2019 next week.
This was a day that I had been looking forward too for a very long time. I started at the University of Wolverhampton in 2016 so going to Molineux Stadium and standing in the away end with all the Newcastle supporters was going to be a special one.
Not going to lie, a lot of that day was a blur so I will attempt to recollect as best as I can. I remember getting up and starting the day early for this one even though it was a 5.30pm kick off selected for the Sky cameras.
A great thing about this day was Gateshead were on the tele in the early National League game away at Chester. Something that doesn't come around often as the TV cameras tend to always neglect Gateshead. We went to the Royal London pub in Wolverhampton for this game and I made sure that my Newcastle colours were hidden.
Gateshead won the game 2-1 after going 1-0 down. Danny Johnson and Jordan Burrow with the goals for the Heed - now that's a great way for the day to start. After that game finished we met a couple of lads who had got the coach down from Newcastle and went to the Bluebrick by the train station.
The Bluebrick is the only pub in Wolverhampton City Centre that allows away fans in. That's quite annoying because it's a shocking boozer. Literally awful. Also, it's not even that big so when you have 4,000 Geordies coming down where everyone is trying to cram into one pub it can get a bit chaotic.
The line to get in was big enough as it is but once we were inside it was even worse. Literally, I remember buying multiple pints at a time from the bar because we didn't stand much chance at getting back there too often.
Honestly, I don't remember leaving that pub, don't remember getting to the ground and don't remember what time we got to the ground. We did make it though so that's something at least.
We were top of the Championship at the time, we'd been playing well and were well on our way to getting promoted back to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Wolves had beat us earlier in the season 2-0 at St James' Park but I was pretty confident we'd beat them here. They were in the bottom half of the league at the time.
Atmosphere-wise, the away end(s) were rocking. The Newcastle fans had sold out the lower tier of the Steve Bull stand and sold out the quadrant section in the stand behind the goal to the left of the normal away end.
Me and Henry were stood in the Steve Bull stand, about 2 or 3 rows from the front. Not exactly the best view of the pitch but we didn't mind too much. The away end at Molineux has this weird curve-like shape where you end up being quite far back from pitch making the views at the front a bit dodgy.
Newcastle's away end gets a lot of stick for being up in the heavens but Wolves' isn't that great either for the opposite reason.
In terms of the game, there wasn't a whole lot of action. It was a bit tedious a times but we managed to break the deadlock right on halftime. Alexander Mitrovic scored to put us 1-0 up after a free kick was lumped into the box. The ball eventually fell to Mitrovic after a bit of a mix up at the back and he prodded home one of the easiest goals he's ever scored.
Second half again was poor. The best chance definitely fell to Wolves with a Dave Edwards header just missing the target. That's about as exciting as it got in the second 45.
So we held on, a great win on the road against a team who had already beaten us that season. It's crazy now when I'm writing this looking back on the team that Wolves had then. It's changed so much in 4 years and have become a solid Premier League side who have recently competed in the Europa League. They were promoted to the Premier League the following season after we had went up.
One thing that I have been trying to do on this Football from the Vault series is I have been leaving a video at the bottom showing the highlights of the game. Unfortunately, after scrolling through YouTube for a while, I have only been able to find one video where the quality is worse than terrible.
I'll leave the highlight anyway just if anyone wants to squint their eyes through the awful quality and try and make out what happened. Apologies for that.
Part 2 of the Wolves vs Newcastle series from the 2018/19 season will be out next week.
Wolves: Ikeme, Coady, Baath, Stearman, Doherty, Edwards, Price (Evans 45'), Weimann (Marshall 75'), Enobakhare (Bödvarsson 61'), Costa, Dicko
Newcastle: Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 82'), Colback, Shelvey, Gouffran, Diame (Perez 88'), Mitrovic (Atsu 45')
Goals: Mitrovic 44'