Archives for May 2010

Big Plans

For those of you that haven’t read about this yet, Wolves have unveiled their plans for redeveloping Molineux in order to improve facilities and increase the capacity to 36,000+.

You can read the official notes about this on the Wolves site here:

http://www.wolves.co.uk/page/News/0,,10307~2060349,00.html

Inside the new Molineux

In essence, there are four phases to the build:

Phases 1 & 2

These first two phases, which will hopefully be completed by the start of the 2014/15 campaign (4 years time roughly) will see the Steve Bull and Stan Cullis stands effectively knocked down and replaced with shiny new ones.

I suppose the big news here is that the Stan Cullis becomes a two tier rather than a traditional ‘Kop’ as it were. Work on this stand is top of the agenda and is scheduled to begin at the end of the forthcoming 2010/2011 campaign.

They’re also building a corner stand in between the new Stan Cullis and the Steve Bull, where away supporters will be located. I should imagine this will be music to the ears of people in the South Bank who hate giving up their seats. I for one welcome this, as I’ve always felt the away supporters get far too big a chunk of Molineux, particularly when they fill the lower Steve Bull.

Phase 2, as explained by the club ‘will see the Steve Bull (East) Stand being rebuilt over a two-season period (2012/13 and 2013/14), scheduled to be ready for the start of the 2014/15 season. However, it is hoped a significant number of seats will be released during the 2013/14 season for home supporters. When this is finished the capacity will be 36,000.’

Phase 3

This optional third phase will see the Jack Harris having it’s roof taken off and a second tier added to the stand.

Phase 4

Finally, a complete redevelopment of the Billy Wright, but only if, as it it states on the official release, ‘if additional seats are required’. I’m guessing they won’t be with the ground pushing towards a 40,000 capacity anyway, so if this does happen it surely won’t be for a very long time to come.

I’ll be very interested to learn how the club cope with a reduced capacity whilst this work is taking place. Jez Moxey has alluded to the idea that Season Ticket holders will be looked after first and foremost, so at a guess, I’m thinking less tickets will be given to away supporters and less will be allocated to people who pick and choose their matches. Whatever the plan, I’m sure a significant number won’t be very happy.

So anyway, enough of me rambling on, what do we all think of these plans?

Steven Fletcher to become Wolves record signing?

If you believe this story from the Sky Sports site:

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11699_6174551,00.html

Steven Fletcher is on the brink of becoming a Wolves player for a walloping £7.5 million fee, with Wayne Hennessy and Chris Iwelumo heading out in the opposite direction on loan.

Should this be true, I’d be happy to see the player arrive, as I think the Scotland international is better than what we already have (Doyle aside) and fits nicely into the club’s ethos.

That being said, the fee is a lot more than I would have expected, particularly with two solid players heading to Turf Moor as part of the agreement, albeit on loan.

In the most recent Wolves Blog Poll, 43% of you thought Fletcher was the striker Wolves were most likely to sign, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to everyone if he does sign on the dotted line.

Interestingly, the club denied having an interest in the player a few weeks back, but perhaps that was a ploy to keep other potentially interested parties from sniffing around.

What do we all think?

Boredom

My palms were sweaty, knees weak, arms were heavy.

There was vomit on my sweater when I finally got to the North Bank ticket office to renew my season ticket as well.

It’s bad enough renewing when its 27 degrees and you’ve just walked halfway across town, sweating as you battle to make the deadline to keep the seat you’ve had for the last 12 years.

It’s positively nauseous when your ticket has gone up by £100 quid and you later realise the deadline wasn’t until this Friday anyway. (my fault for not doing the early bird)

What’s even worse than this, is walking away from the North Bank, clutching your ticket receipt, and hoping that you’ll see some bright new stars in the bright new Burrda come August.

You’ve gotta’ have hope, apparently. Without hope life is meaningless.

So I’m currently hoping that this mind numbing time of the year draws to a swift conclusion and we buy some players of genuine repute.

You know that you have plumbed the depths of boredom when you’ve read a ‘Stephen Ward signs new Wolves deal’ story from start to finish, only to read it again two hours later.

Oh well, at least Kevin Doyle is getting married. (That must mean he’s blissfully happy and settled in the West Midlands. He’s obviously not going anywhere.)

As if my little heart couldn’t take any more, I read that we’re off on a pre-season tour to Ireland, before Jez refutes going for some dog shit player that we were never linked to in the first place.

All I’m waiting for now is for Kevin Foley to pipe up with a few words about his Ireland hopes and I will spontaneously combust. Either that or Jody will tell us to be wary of Blackpool.

Times were so tedious that I recently drove past Molineux the other evening, and genuinely convinced myself I’d seen Jelle van Damme walk through reception, despite not knowing what he looks like.

I flicked on Sky Sports News last night and told my wife to be quiet as I saw some footage of Robbie Keane. If she could just pipe down for two minutes, I would hear Georgie Thompson tell us all that he’s in talks with Big Mick. Oh Georgie, talk dirty to me. Please.

Meanwhile, we continue to wait on Stephen Hunt. How about someone asks the straggly haired dwarf to enlighten us on precisely what he’s waiting for. I’ll give him directions to Asda if it helps.

At least the pitch is being dug up. Maybe O’Hara got stuck underneath the big mound of soil on the way to the training ground? Or it was dumped on Kightly’s bad ankle as he jogged around the perimeter?

If you couldn’t guess, it’s bloody boring at the moment. So boring in fact, that I’m contemplating writing a letter to Chris Iwelumo. I just feel like making contact with him.

Right then, I’m going back to read that Stephen Ward interview.