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KARL WHITEHOUSE LOOKS AT THE HISTORY OF WOLVES V CRYSTAL PALACE

FIRST MEETINGS

  • Division 2 – The first meeting of the two clubs in Division 2 was on the 19th November 1921 and the game finished 1-0 to Crystal Palace.
  • Division 1 – The first meeting of the two clubs in Division 1 was on the 22nd November 1969 and the game finished 2-1 to Crystal Palace.
  • FA Cup – The first meeting of the two clubs in the FA Cup was in the 1st Round on the 16th January 1909 and the game finished 2-2 and it went to replay. 
  • Premier League – The first meeting of the two clubs in the Premier league was on the 6th October 2018 and this was the first meeting in the top division since January 1981, the game finished in a 1-0 win for Wolves.
  • Championship – The first meeting of the two clubs in the Championship was on the 9th August 2005 and the game finished in a 2-1 win for Wolves.

MOST RECENT MEETINGS

  • Premier League – The most recent game was on the 25th April 2023 the game finished 2-0 to Wolves as this was Wolves 100th win in the premier league and also had won 3 consecutive games in the premier league for a second time which they did the first time in November 2021.
  • FA Cup – The most recent game was in the 3rd Round on the 8th January 2021. this was played behind closed doors due to COVID 19 restrictions, the game finished in 1-0 win for Wolves.

BIGGEST WIN

  • Division 1 – The biggest win between the two clubs was on the 1st March 2003 and the game finished 4-0 win to Wolves.
  • Premier League – The biggest win between the two clubs was on the 20th July 2020, 30th October 2020, 25th April 2023 and the games finished 2-0 win for Wolves.
  • Championship – The biggest win between the two clubs was on the 23rd February 2008 and the game finished 2-0 win for Wolves.
  • FA Cup – The biggest win between the two clubs was on the 8th January 2021 and the game finished in a 1-0 win for Wolves.

BIGGEST DEFEAT

  • Division 2 – The biggest defeats between the two clubs was on the 28th April 1923 and the game finished 5-0 win for Crystal Palace.
  • Division 1 – The biggest defeat between the two clubs was on the 14th September 2002 and the game finished 4-2 win for Crystal Palace.
  • Premier League – The biggest defeat between the two clubs was on the 2nd January 2019,  6th November 2021,  5th March 2022 and the games finished in a 2-0 win for Crystal Palace.
  • Championship – The biggest defeat between the two clubs was on the 12th January 2008 and the game finished 3-0 to Crystal Palace.
  • FA Cup – The biggest defeat between the two clubs was on the 22 March 1995 in a FA Cup Quarter Final Replay after the original game finished 1-1 and this game finished 4-1 to Crystal Palace.

PLAY OFF MEETING

There was another two meetings between the two clubs as they faced each other in the Division 1 play off semi finals which was a 2 legged game. The 1st Leg was played at Selhurst Park on the 10th May 1997, the game finished 3-1 to Crystal Palace and the 2nd Leg was played at Molineux on the 14th May 1997, The game finished 2-1 to Wolves but Wolves lost to Crystal Palace 4-3 on aggregate.

MATCH OF THE DAY

There was a game near the date of the upcoming meeting which was played on the 7th September 1966 the game finished 1-1.

DO YOU REMEMBER

Wolves News History of Wolves v Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 06 October 2018 in the Premier League

Manager Nuno named the same starting 11 for the eighth league game in a row which was a premier league record.

Wolves came into this game in form with a five-game unbeaten league run.

The game for Wolves didn’t start well at all where they lacked the normal control and tempo as you expect from a Nuno side and only had 30% possession.

They did have some breaks in the game but the best chance of the first half came to Raul Jimenez who was played by Diogo Jota who beat the offside trap from 10 yards out in a great position only for Hennessey to make an excellent save to deny Wolves the lead in the game.

Then the same two players Jota and Jimenez linked up again only this time the shot by Jimenez was dragged well wide by 20 yards.

Crystal Palace had their chances in the first half with Jeffrey Schlupp who took a shot after a fumble from Rui Patricio from a corner and he blasted just over the bar from 12 yards and also Luka Milivojevic had a free kick which was easily save by Rui Patricio in the Wolves goal.

This was not a great first half for Wolves with mistakes from the defence giving the ball away too much and there needs to be an improvement in the second half if they are going to get anything out of this game.

Half Time: Crystal Palace 0 Wolves 0

Wolves came out a better side in the second half with more purpose with the game starting to open up more than Ruben Neves had a shot from 20 yards with a half volley just went over the bar.

Then the man of the moment Matt Doherty produced the opening goal of the game when he drove into the right flank playing a one-two with Raul Jimenez and struck the ball low to beat Wayne Hennessey in goal to make it Wolves 1-0 and it was Raul Jimenez third assist in 3 games.

The Palace started to get stronger into the game at regular intervals with Jordan Ayew heading over the bar from a corner and Rui Patricio doing a double save to deny Max Mayer and Jeffrey Schlupp.

With the game coming near to the end Wolves made a change by bringing on Ivan Cavaleiro for Raul Jimenez.

Wolves were looking vulnerable at the back with Palace creating set pieces when Jeffrey Schlupp went close again with Willy Boly producing a block to stop the ball going into the back of the net.

Ivan Cavaleiro almost made the game safe with a 2nd goal for Wolves only for his half volley struck the crossbar.

The final minutes of the game Wolves put their bodies to the line to see out the game and Rui Patricio didn’t have to make a save and final whistle came with Wolves winning the game.

Full Time: Crystal Palace 0 Wolves 1

Crystal Palace Team: Hennessey, Wan-Bissaka, Tomkins, Sakho, Van Aanholt; McArthur (Meyer, 63), Milivojevic, Schlupp (Sorloth, 82); Townsend, Ayew (Kouyate, 72), Zaha. 

Subs: Guaita, Ward, Kelly, Puncheon.

Wolves Team: Patricio; Bennett, Coady (c), Boly; Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Otto; Costa (Saiss, 84), Jimenez (Cavaleiro, 75), Jota. 

Subs: Ruddy, Hause, Gibbs-White, Traore, Bonatini

A LITTLE MORE HISTORY

Crystal Palace v Wolverhampton Wanderers, 27 November 1982 Division 2.

Wolves came into this game with poor form with 2 wins in 7 matches where they had seen the team drop out of the promotion places after a 4-1 defeat to Oldham Athletic on the 13th November.

It was Crystal Palace who opened the scoring when Jim Cannon scored from a header just after 2 minutes of the game and John Burridge didn’t see the ball coming towards the back of the net.

Crystal Palace went on the counterattack and Chris Jones curled a shot into the net making it 2-0.

Wolves in the 7th Minute pull a goal back when Mick Matthews pulled a goal back when he volleyed in a Mel Eves header to make 2-1.

Wayne Clarke got the equaliser to make the game 2-2 when he chipped his shot towards the goalkeeper Paul Barron only for him to catch the ball and then it slipped out of his hands and the ball ended in the back of the net.

Wolves then took the lead when Kenny Hibbitts centre found Andy Gray in the box to head home and put Wolves into a 3-2 lead just before half time.

Half Time: Crystal Palace 2 Wolves 3

Crystal Palace got their equaliser they wanted on 57 minutes when Paul Hinshelwood went on a run straight thru the midfield of Wolves and from 30 yards out into the back of the net to make it 3-3.

But then Wolves went ahead again on 72 minutes when Mike Matthews got his second goal of the game made it 4-3 to Wolves when he headed the ball towards goal from a John Humphrey cross.

The final whistle blew, and it was Wolves who held onto the points and to end Crystal Palace’s unbeaten run at home.

Full Time: Crystal Palace 3 Wolves 4.

Crystal Palace Team:

Paul Barron, Billy Gilbert, Jerry Murphy, Steve Lovell, Jim Cannon, Paul Hinshelwood, David Giles, Henry Hughton, Chris Jones, Kevin Mabbutt, Vince Hilaire.

Substitute: Gavin Nebbeling.

Wolves Team:

John Burridge, John Humphrey, Geoff Palmer, Ken Hibbitt, John Pender, Alan Dodd, Ian Cartwright, Wayne Clarke, Andy Gray, Mel Eves, Mike Matthews.

Substitute: Bobby Coy.

HEAD TO HEAD

Wolves News History of Wolves v Crystal Palace

Premier League

There has been Meetings 10 between the two sides.

Wolves have won 4 games with 3 Home wins and 1 Away Wins.

Crystal Palace have 5 won games with 3 Home wins and 2 Away Wins.

There has been 1 draw between the sides.

Wolves have 9 scored Goals.

Crystal Palace have scored 10 Goals.

Overall Head-to-Head

There have been 74 games in total.

Wolves have won 30 Games.

Crystal Palace have won 25 Games.

There has been 19 Draws.

LAST 6 MATCHES

30th October 2020 Wolves 2 Crystal Palace 0 at Molineux 

30th January 2021 Crystal Palace 1 Wolves 0 at Selhurst Park 

6th November 2021 Crystal Palace 2 Wolves 0 at Selhurst Park 

5th March 2022 Wolves 0 Crystal Palace 2 at Molineux 

18th October 2022 Crystal Palace 2 Wolves 1 at Selhurst Park 

25th April 2023 Wolves 2 Crystal Palace 0 at Molineux 

PLAYING FOR BOTH TEAMS

Jamie Smith Played for Wolves 1994-1997 made 87 appearances and scored 1 goal and Played for Crystal Palace 1997-2004 made 149 appearances and scored 4 goals and is currently Assistant Manager at Sheffield Wednesday.

Kevin Muscat Played for Crystal Palace 1996-1997 made 53 appearances and scored 2 goals and Played for Wolves 1997-2002 made 180 appearances and scored 14 goals.

Dougie Freedman Played for Crystal Palace in two spells 1995-1997 and 2000-2008 made 327 appearances and scored 95 goals and is currently the sporting director of Crystal Palace.

Bakary Sako Played for Wolves 2012-2015 made 118 appearances and scored 36 goals and played for Crystal Palace in two spells 2015-2018 and 2019 made 47 appearances and scored 5 goals.

Rob Edwards Played for Crystal Palace 2003 in a loan spell from Aston Villa made 7 appearances and scored 1 goal and played for Wolves 2004-2008 made 100 appearances and scored 1 goal and also had a spell of Interim manager in 2016 for Wolves and 2018-2019 Manager of U23 Wolves side.

Jermaine Easter Started his career 1999-2001 as trainee at Wolves and played for Crystal Palace 2011-2013 made 55 appearances and scored 8 goals.

Neil Emblen Played for Wolves in two spells 1994-1997 and 1998-2001 made 203 appearances and scored 16 goals and played for Crystal Palace 1997-1998 made 13 appearances.

Marc Edworthy Played for Crystal Palace 1995-1998 made 126 appearances and played for Wolves 2002-2003 made 22 appearances.

Mark Kennedy Played for Wolves 2001-2006 made 167 appearances and scored 12 goals and played for Crystal Palace 2006-2008 made 46 appearances and scored 1 goal.

Simon Osborn Played for Crystal Palace 1988-1994 made 55 appearances and scored 5 goals and played for Wolves 1995-2001 made 162 appearances and scored 11 goals.

Geoff Thomas Played for Crystal Palace 1987-1993 made 195 appearances and scored 26 goals and played for Wolves 1993-1997 made 46 appearances and scored 8 goals.

Eric Young Played for Crystal Palace 1990-1995 made 161 appearances and scored 15 goals and played for Wolves 1995-1997 made 31 appearances and scored 2 goals.

Paul Stewart Played for Crystal Palace in a loan spell from Liverpool 1994 and made 18 appearances and scored 3 goals and played for Wolves also in a loan spell from Liverpool 1994 made 8 appearances and scored 2 goals.

Andy Turner Played for Crystal Palace 1998-1999 made 2 appearances and played for Wolves 1999 and didn’t make a single appearance for the club.

Carlo Nash Played for Crystal Palace 1996-1998 made 21 appearances and played for Wolves 2000-2001 never made a appearance for the club.

Kevin Doyle Played for Wolves 2009-2015 made 164 appearances and scored 30 goals and played for Crystal Palace 2014-2015 in a loan spell made 3 appearances.

Marcus Bent Played for Crystal Palace 1998-1999 made 28 appearances and scored 5 goals and played for Wolves in a loan spell 2010-2011 made 3 appearances.

Steve Claridge Played for Crystal Palace 1988 didn’t make a single appearance for the club and played for Wolves 1998 made 5 appearances.

John Burridge Played for Crystal Palace 1978-1980 made 88 appearances and played for Wolves 1982-1984 made 74 appearances.

Wayne Hennessey Played for Wolves 2006-2014 made 152 appearances and played for Crystal Palace 2014-2021 made 110 appearances.

Stephen Hunt Played for Crystal Palace 1999-2001 made 3 appearances and played for Wolves 2010-2013 made 56 appearances and scored 7 goals.

George Ndah Played for Crystal Palace 1992-1997 made 101 appearances and scored 11 goals and played for Wolves 1999-2006 made 57 appearances and scored 15 goals.

Other players who played for both teams.

Billy Bassett, David Burnside, Charles Cross, Tony Evans, Adam Haywood, John Holsgrove, John Humphrey, Kenneth Hunt, Steffen Iversen, Davy Jordan, Tommy Langley, Mark Lazarus, Gavin Mahon, Alf Somerfield, Ted Thorpe, Alf Tootill, Bobby Woodruff, Terry Wharton, Darren Ward & George Walker.

Played and Managed or Coached Both Clubs

Ronnie Allen Played for Crystal Palace 1961-1966 made 100 appearances and scored 34 goals and managed Wolves 1966-1968.

Gary Goodchild Played for Crystal Palace 1979-1981 made 2 appearances and now is scout for Wolves 2017 to present day.

Bobby Mimms Played for Crystal Palace 1996 made 1 appearance and was goalkeeping coach at Wolves 2001-2008.

Shaun Derry Played for Crystal Palace in three spells 2002-2005, 2007-2008 loan deal and 2008-2010 made in total 226 appearances and scored 3 goals and Joined Wolves August 2023 as first team coach part of the new management setup there.

KARL WHITEHOUSE, Always Wolves Fan TV

ARTICLE BY KARL WHITEHOUSE

I am a Wolves fan been for over 30 years where

I have supported them both home and away games in the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s and now like looking into wolves games the stats behind the games they play in the premier league and also look other stats if asked by someone else in the podcast. I have also done the 92 football league grounds and shortly be doing a ebook about peoples favourite match they went to along with a match report and if possible stats from game.

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