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Wolves hope history repeats

last updated Wednesday 10th December 2014, 7:32 PM


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Wolverhampton Wanderers will hope history repeats itself when they travel to Fulham in the FA Cup third round.

The two clubs have met no fewer than 81 times, but their tie at Craven Cottage on the first weekend of January will be only their second in the football world's oldest competition.

Wolves were 1-0 winners at Fulham in that solitary FA Cup encounter way back on February 19, 1921, thanks to an Arthur Potts goal.

The boys in gold and black won by the same scoreline when they took on the Cottagers on their own patch on August 20.

It was a far cry from their previous visit to Fulham in March 2012 when Wolves were thumped 5-0 at the start of a seven-game losing streak that signalled the end of their Premier League dream.

Wolves edge the historical head-to-head with 32 wins to Fulham's 21.

There have been some big wins over the years with Fulham romping to a 7-0 home success in the Second Division in February 1928.

Promotions, relegations and the outbreak of the Second World War meant Wolves had to wait 21 years to exact revenge.

They ran out 4-2 victors on their next visit to Craven Cottage in a Division One clash on August 20, 1949.

But Wolves really made amends for their aberration in 1928 by destroying Fulham 9-0 in a top-flight contest on September 16, 1959.

The battering equalled Wolves' biggest ever league win - a 10-1 triumph over Leicester City on April 15, 1938.

There have been three 5-0 wins, two for Fulham, and four four-goal victories, three for Wolves, in post-war meetings.

Wolves have enjoyed great success in the FA Cup down the years having won it four times and finishing runners-up on four occasions.

Their last success however was in 1960 and Wolves will be hoping to improve on a dreadful recent record in the competition.

Wolves have only managed to reach the fifth round once in the last ten seasons.

Back in 2008 they knocked out Cambridge United 2-1 and then won 4-1 at Watford before bowing out at Cardiff City courtesy of a 2-0 defeat.

Just by entering in the third round, as reward for being in the top two tiers of English football, Wolves have already eclipsed their brief stint in last season's instalment.

They were knocked out in the first round by fellow League One side Oldham Athletic after a 2-1 defeat at Molineux.

Wolves also fell at the first hurdle the previous season when they were victims of a third round giant-killing losing 1-0 at non-league Luton Town.




















Source Paul Suart at Birmingham Mail

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