Friday, 19 April 2013

Intercede for us, say Wolves fans

Wolves fans in Warwickshire have been asking if I can to do anything to ensure that Charlton do not add to their relegation worries tomorrow. I have nothing against Wolves. When I started to watch Charlton, they were one of the sides whose visits I dreaded, as they always seemed to beat us. Indeed, in my first season as a Charlton supporter (1953/4) they won the title and the following year they came second, while Charlton started to fade. I have no wish to see them go down to League 1, but it is a fate that other former Premier League clubs have faced: Manchester City at one time and Coventry City more recently. Yeovil away is not where one wants to be.

Wolves have been through some very difficult times since then, but revived through the efforts and money of Jack Hayward. I had them as one of my promotion picks this season, which was probably quite lazy as the recent record of relegated sides going straight back up is not good, parachute payments notwithstanding. Wolves were arguably foolish to get rid of Mick McCarthy and even more foolish in subsequent appointments.

There is a crazy scenario in which we could still finish 22nd, but clearly we are motivated to finish as high up the league as we can. A Black Country perspective on the game is offered here, although I don't recognise the Charlton blogger quoted: Wolves

Manager Dean Saunders reflects here in a very interesting way about the pressures he is under and how he is coping: Saunders

This season Wolves have won more games away (seven) than Charlton have won at home (six). What Wolves don't usually do away is draw, only two all season, the lowest number in the division alongside 'Boro. At home they have won the same number of matches as us and drawn seven.

Results in the second tier since 1997 are: 1997/98 Charlton 1 Wolves 0; 1999/00 Charlton 2 Wolves 0; 2007/08 Charlton 2 Wolves 3; 2008/09 Charlton 1 Wolves 3

Odds (Coral) are: Charlton 13/10, Draw 12/5, Wolves 2/1

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