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Ever Wonder why Wolverhampton Wanderers are known as Wolves?

Joe Prince-Wright explores the history of the town of Wolverhampton and how Wolverhampton Wanderers got its moniker of Wolves.

Our ‘Ever Wonder’ series will run throughout the 2022-23 Premier League season and focuses on key stories behind the history, tradition and culture of all 20 Premier League clubs.

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Wulf from the start

The reason Wolverhampton Wanderers FC are nicknamed Wolves is not because there are packs of them roaming the streets of England’s West Midlands.

But the streets around Molineux were named after a Wulf. Of sorts.

Let’s go back to 985 AD to explain...

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A royal beginning

The then King of the English, Ethelred the Unready, granted lands to Lady Wulfrun by royal charter.

That area then became known as the City Wolverhampton.

Over the years the name of the city was often shortened to Wolves, so having an actual Wolf as their team badge and “Wolves” becoming their official nickname was an obvious choice for their football club.

Lady Wulfrun

Kit and badge showcase the city

Also, the black and gold colors of Wolves’ kit refer to the motto of the City of Wolverhampton: “Out of Darkness Cometh Light” with the black shorts representing darkness and the gold shirts representing light.

A wolf appeared on their club badge for the very first time in the 1960s and since 1979 it has been a single wolf head.

The Wolf gives the team a distinct identity across the world.

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