Black Country derby

The Black Country derby is most commonly the local derby between the English association football teams West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers,[1] who are located eleven miles (18 km) apart in the Black Country region of the West Midlands.

Black Country derby
LocaleBlack Country
TeamsWest Bromwich Albion
Wolverhampton Wanderers
(occasionally Walsall)
First meeting2 January 1886
FA Cup
Albion 3–1 Wolves
Latest meeting3 May 2021
Premier League
Albion 1–1 Wolves
StadiumsThe Hawthorns (Albion)
Molineux Stadium (Wolves)
[occasionally Bescot Stadium (Walsall)]
Meetings total162 (Albion–Wolves)
16 (Walsall–Wolves)
14 (Walsall–Albion)
Most winsAlbion (65)
All-time seriesAlbion: 65
Drawn: 44
Wolves: 53
Largest victoryWolves 0–8 Albion
First Division
27 December 1893

Black Country derbies are also contested between either of these teams and neighbours Walsall, though such matches are less common as a result of the teams' relative league positionings. Albion and Wolves have played 160 games against each other[2] and only 14 and 16 competitive matches respectively against Walsall.[3][4] Wolves are currently in the Premier League, West Brom play in the EFL Championship following their relegation in 2021, while Walsall are currently in EFL League Two after relegation in 2019.

A 2008 football pools survey of 6,000 supporters across the country ranked West Bromwich Albion versus Wolverhampton Wanderers as the fiercest rivalry in English football.[1][5]


Early history

Locations of the teams within the West Midlands county

The earliest Black Country derbies were contested prior to the formation of the Football League. The first ever derby took place on 20 January 1883, when Albion won 4–2 in the third round of the Birmingham Senior Cup.[6] Wolves and Albion's first two 'official' meetings came in the FA Cup in 1886 and 1887,[2] with Albion recording victories on both occasions and going on to reach the final in both years. The first of Walsall's fixtures against Wolves and Albion were also in the FA Cup, in 1889 and 1900 respectively.[3][4]

With both West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers being founder members of the Football League in 1888, the Black Country derby between these two teams is one of the oldest in the world in league football. The fixture was contested in each of the first 13 league seasons from 1888 to 1901.[2] Attendances in these early fixtures were modest, but that was the case across much of the country as football gradually grew in popularity at the turn of the century. By the 1906–07 season, the fixtures began to regularly attract crowds above 20,000 and a more intense rivalry emerged.

Post-war zenith

The Albion–Wolves derby reached its peak in the 1950s when both sides challenged for honours at the top of English football, with each in the First Division from 1949 to 1965. Wolves enjoyed league and cup domination for a good deal of the 1950s; finishing in the top 3 on nine occasions, winning the title three times and FA Cup twice in this period. Albion were also a strong side, renowned for their attacking flair, and also challenged near the top of the league. They won the FA Cup in 1954.

It was the 1953–54 season in which the sides finished as the top 2 clubs in the country for the first and only time. Wolves won the league title, finishing four points ahead of the Baggies, despite Albion topping the table for the majority of the season. Wolves' league win coupled with Albion's cup win meant they contested the Charity Shield in 1954 – the only time the two teams have met in the final of any competition. The game finished 4–4 in front of a Molineux crowd of 45,035.

Throughout the rest of the century both sides met frequently, with a six-year period in the 1980s the longest gap without a meeting between the two Black Country rivals.[2] Walsall's continued existence in the lower divisions meant they avoided any league meetings with either of their neighbours for decade after decade. However, in the 1980s they met Wolves for one season in 1985–86[3] and Albion for one season in 1988–89.[4]

When the Premier League was formed in 1992 both Albion and Wolves were outside the top division but they continued to meet in the 'new' First Division throughout the 1990s. The rivalry remained intense and due to police concerns and televised games, the fixture has not been staged at the traditional English kick-off time of 3pm on a Saturday since 1996. Hooliganism in the fixtures was a big problem in the 1960s and the frictions between fanbases causes regular restrictions on local pubs on match days.[7]

Modern meetings

Following Walsall's unlikely promotion to the First Division in 1999,[8] the 1999–2000 season represented the first time all three sides had ever been in the same division. Walsall took the bragging rights with a double over Albion and an away win at Molineux, while Albion and Wolves shared the spoils in both league fixtures. Albion and Walsall were in a battle with each other to avoid relegation and ultimately it was the Saddlers who faced the drop, putting an end to the three-way Black Country derbies after only one season.

A year later Walsall earned an immediate return to the First Division[9] and once again all three sides occupied the same level in the 2001–02 season. This time around it was Albion and Wolves who were in direct competition in the league, with both sides going for promotion. Both fixtures against each other were in the first half of the season, with a 1–1 draw at the Hawthorns[10] and a 1–0 victory for Albion at Molineux.[11] By 6 March 2002, after 38 games of the season, Wolves were ten points ahead of Albion[12] but gained only 9 more points compared to Albion's 22 in the last eight matches[13] and the Baggies clinched automatic promotion in second place on the final day of the season.[14] Wolves were subsequently beaten in the play-offs by Norwich.[15]

The Baggies were relegated from the Premier League after only one season and saw Wolves take their place in the top flight.[16] To rub even more salt into the wounds, a Paul Merson-inspired Walsall side thumped them 4–1 on the opening day of the 2003–04 season.[17] But it was Albion who had the last laugh, as they were promoted once again and Walsall's stint in the second tier came to an end as they dropped into League One.[18]

After a five-year break without a derby between Albion and Wolves the 2006–07 season saw the teams meet a record five times. Albion won the first meeting 3–0 at the Hawthorns before Wolves won the return fixture 1–0 at Molineux.[2] The clubs also met in the FA Cup fourth round, with Albion triumphing 3–0 at Molineux – a major riot followed in the city centre as hundreds of fans clashed.[19] At the end of the season the clubs finished level on points and met in the Championship play-offs.[20] Both legs were won by Albion, sending them through to the final 4–2 on aggregate. However, they lost 1–0 in the final to Derby at Wembley.[21]

In the 2010–11 season the two sides met for the first time in the Premier League, marking the first top flight derby in nearly 27 years.[2] The first league meeting at the Hawthorns ended 1–1 with Jamie O'Hara giving Wolves a first-half lead before an injury time equaliser from Albion's Carlos Vela earned the Baggies a point.[22] In the return fixture at Molineux, Wolves claimed the bragging rights with a 3–1 win. The victory was particularly crucial in helping Wolves escape relegation.[23]

The latest meetings between Albion and Wolves were in the 2011–12 season when both clubs, again, competed in the top flight. Albion claimed a league double over their bitter rivals for the first time since 1997–98.[2] A 2–0 win at the Hawthorns[24] was followed by a 5–1 demolition of Wolves away at Molineux where Peter Odemwingie grabbed a hat-trick.[25] Wolves manager Mick McCarthy was sacked the next day and Wolves were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the season.[26]

Wolves' demise continued and they found themselves relegated again the following season, meeting up with Walsall in League One in 2013–14. The two Black Country rivals met twice in the league and once in the Football League Trophy.[3] The most recent derby being a 3–0 victory for Wolves at Bescot Stadium on 8 March 2014.[27]

The 2020-21 season saw Wolves and Albion- who had won promotion the season before- clash for the first time in 9 years. Their first meeting at the Molineux on the 16th January 2021 ended in a 3-2 win for Albion, with two penalties from Matheus Pereira and a goal from Semi Ajayi winning the match for WBA.

As of the 2020-21 season, the three clubs are in two different divisions, as Wolves and Albion are in the Premier League and Walsall are in the EFL League Two.

List of derbies


# Season Date Competition Stadium Home Team Result Away Team Attendance H2H
11885–862 January 1886FA CupStoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion3–1Wolverhampton Wanderers5,196+1
21887–8826 November 1887FA CupStoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion2–0Wolverhampton Wanderers7,429+2
31888–8915 December 1888Division 1Dudley RoadWolverhampton Wanderers2–1West Bromwich Albion8,600+1
45 January 1889Division 1Stoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion1–3Wolverhampton Wanderers4,0000
51889–9019 October 1889Division 1Stoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion1–4Wolverhampton Wanderers5,550+1
628 December 1889Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–1West Bromwich Albion8,500+1
71890–9113 December 1890Division 1Stoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion0–1Wolverhampton Wanderers4,300+2
83 January 1891Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers4–0West Bromwich Albion9,300+3
91891–9219 September 1891Division 1Stoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion4–3Wolverhampton Wanderers10,000+2
1028 December 1891Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–1West Bromwich Albion7,200+3
111892–9317 September 1892Division 1Stoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers4,000+2
1227 December 1892Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–1West Bromwich Albion8,000+2
131893–947 October 1893Division 1Stoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion0–0Wolverhampton Wanderers10,000+2
1427 December 1893Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–8West Bromwich Albion8,000+1
151894–958 September 1894Division 1Stoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion5–1Wolverhampton Wanderers5,1000
1627 December 1894Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers3–1West Bromwich Albion6,500+1
172 March 1895FA CupStoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion1–0Wolverhampton Wanderers20,9770
181895–9630 November 1895Division 1Stoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers3,000+1
197 March 1896Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–2West Bromwich Albion8,114+2
201896–9717 October 1896Division 1Stoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion1–0Wolverhampton Wanderers6,000+3
2128 December 1896Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers6–1West Bromwich Albion11,561+2
221897–9823 October 1897Division 1Stoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion2–2Wolverhampton Wanderers11,750+2
2328 December 1897Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–1West Bromwich Albion8,100+2
241898–9915 October 1898Division 1Stoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion1–2Wolverhampton Wanderers6,457+1
2527 December 1898Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers5–1West Bromwich Albion12,0520
261899–004 November 1899Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–0West Bromwich Albion10,089+1
2710 March 1900Division 1Stoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion3–2Wolverhampton Wanderers6,6800
281900–011 September 1900Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–0West Bromwich Albion12,0000
2929 December 1900Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–2Wolverhampton Wanderers18,188+1
301902–034 October 1902Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–2West Bromwich Albion14,0720
3131 January 1903Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–2Wolverhampton Wanderers26,0810
321903–047 December 1903Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–0West Bromwich Albion12,431+1
335 March 1904Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–2Wolverhampton Wanderers6,338+2
341906–0729 September 1906Division 2MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–3West Bromwich Albion25,000+1
351 April 1907Division 2The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers28,000+1
361907–082 September 1907Division 2MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–2West Bromwich Albion24,0000
375 October 1907Division 2The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–0Wolverhampton Wanderers30,026+1
381908–097 September 1908Division 2The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion0–2Wolverhampton Wanderers30,6000
393 October 1908Division 2MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–1West Bromwich Albion20,000+1
401909–1016 October 1909Division 2MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers3–1West Bromwich Albion24,0000
4125 December 1909Division 2The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion0–1Wolverhampton Wanderers24,899+1
421910–1112 November 1910Division 2MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–3West Bromwich Albion18,5000
4318 March 1911Division 2The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers26,303+1
441923–2423 February 1924FA CupThe HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers55,849+1
4527 February 1924FA CupMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–2West Bromwich Albion40,083+2
461927–288 October 1927Division 2MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers4–1West Bromwich Albion40,+1
4718 February 1928Division 2The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion4–0Wolverhampton Wanderers37,342+2
481928–2910 November 1928Division 2The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion0–2Wolverhampton Wanderers24,902+1
4923 March 1929Division 2MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–1West Bromwich Albion24,340+2
501929–3031 August 1929Division 2MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–4West Bromwich Albion25,961+3
5128 December 1929Division 2The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion7–3Wolverhampton Wanderers20,311+4
521930–3111 October 1930Division 2The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers40,065+5
5318 February 1931Division 2MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–4West Bromwich Albion36,054+6
5428 February 1931FA CupThe HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers52,385+6
554 March 1931FA CupMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–2West Bromwich Albion46,860+7
561932–338 October 1932Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion4–1Wolverhampton Wanderers31,068+8
5718 February 1933Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers3–3West Bromwich Albion34,534+8
581933–347 October 1933Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–0West Bromwich Albion37,308+8
5917 February 1934Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–0Wolverhampton Wanderers24,892+9
601934–3513 October 1934Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers3–2West Bromwich Albion35,386+8
6123 February 1935Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion5–2Wolverhampton Wanderers31,494+9
621935–3626 October 1935Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers43,406+10
6314 March 1936Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–0West Bromwich Albion34,790+9
641936–3717 October 1936Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers33,962+10
6514 April 1937Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers5–2West Bromwich Albion28,486+9
661937–3827 December 1937Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–2Wolverhampton Wanderers55,444+9
672 May 1938Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–1West Bromwich Albion43,639+8
681948–4926 February 1949FA CupMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–0West Bromwich Albion55,684+7
691949–5015 October 1949Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–1West Bromwich Albion56,661+7
704 March 1950Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers60,945+7
711950–512 December 1950Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers3–1West Bromwich Albion45,087+6
7221 April 1951Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion3–2Wolverhampton Wanderers38,933+7
731951–5214 April 1952Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers36,429+8
7415 April 1952Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–4West Bromwich Albion48,940+9
751952–5318 October 1952Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers54,480+10
767 March 1953Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–0West Bromwich Albion48,375+9
771953–5414 November 1953Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–0West Bromwich Albion56,590+8
783 April 1954Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion0–1Wolverhampton Wanderers58,884+7
791954–5529 September 1954Charity ShieldMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers4–4West Bromwich Albion45,035+7
8023 October 1954Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers4–0West Bromwich Albion55,374+6
8116 March 1955Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–0Wolverhampton Wanderers28,573+7
821955–5620 August 1955Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers50,306+7
8317 December 1955Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers3–2West Bromwich Albion31,068+6
847 January 1956FA CupMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–2West Bromwich Albion55,564+7
851956–576 October 1956Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers34,379+7
8615 April 1957Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers5–2West Bromwich Albion27,942+6
871957–5816 November 1957Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–1West Bromwich Albion55,618+6
8829 March 1958Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion0–3Wolverhampton Wanderers56,904+5
891958–591 November 1958Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers55,498+6
9021 March 1959Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers5–2West Bromwich Albion44,240+5
911959–605 December 1959Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion0–1Wolverhampton Wanderers48,739+4
9227 February 1960Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers3–1West Bromwich Albion49,791+3
931960–6128 January 1961Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers4–2West Bromwich Albion31,385+2
943 April 1961Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers34,108+3
951961–6226 December 1961Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers24,778+3
9627 January 1962FA CupMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–2West Bromwich Albion46,411+4
9728 March 1962Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–5West Bromwich Albion20,558+5
981962–6316 March 1963Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers7–0West Bromwich Albion22,618+4
993 April 1963Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–2Wolverhampton Wanderers15,517+4
1001963–642 October 1963Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–0West Bromwich Albion37,338+4
10129 February 1964Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion3–1Wolverhampton Wanderers19,839+4
1021964–6510 October 1964Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion5–1Wolverhampton Wanderers23,006+5
10315 March 1965Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers3–2West Bromwich Albion26,722+4
1041967–6823 August 1967Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers3–3West Bromwich Albion52,438+4
10530 August 1967Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion4–1Wolverhampton Wanderers44,573+5
1061968–6921 September 1968Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion0–0Wolverhampton Wanderers23,006+5
10712 April 1969Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–1West Bromwich Albion26,722+6
1081969–701 November 1969Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–0West Bromwich Albion39,832+5
10928 February 1970Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion3–3Wolverhampton Wanderers37,819+4
1101970–717 November 1970Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–1West Bromwich Albion39,300+3
11120 March 1971Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–4Wolverhampton Wanderers36,754+2
1121971–7227 November 1971Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–3Wolverhampton Wanderers37,696+1
11315 April 1972Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–1West Bromwich Albion30,319+2
1141972–7321 October 1972Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–0Wolverhampton Wanderers31,121+3
11520 March 1973Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–0West Bromwich Albion33,520+2
1161977–7817 September 1977Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–2Wolverhampton Wanderers31,359+2
11714 March 1978Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–1West Bromwich Albion29,757+2
1181978–7916 December 1978Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–3West Bromwich Albion29,117+3
11921 April 1979Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers32,395+3
1201979–8024 November 1979Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–0West Bromwich Albion32,564+3
12119 April 1980Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion0–0Wolverhampton Wanderers30,843+3
1221980–8123 August 1980Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers26,324+3
12331 January 1981Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–0West Bromwich Albion29,764+2
1241981–825 December 1981Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion3–0Wolverhampton Wanderers23,329+3
1251 May 1982Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–2West Bromwich Albion19,813+4
1261983–8426 November 1983Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–3Wolverhampton Wanderers18,914+3
12728 April 1984Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–0West Bromwich Albion13,208+3
1281989–9015 October 1989Division 2The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–2Wolverhampton Wanderers21,316+3
12920 March 1990Division 2MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–1West Bromwich Albion24,475+2
1301990–9129 December 1990Division 2The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers28,310+2
1316 April 1991Division 2MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–2West Bromwich Albion22,982+2
1321993–945 September 1993Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion3–2Wolverhampton Wanderers26,615+3
13326 February 1994Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–2West Bromwich Albion28,039+4
1341994–9528 August 1994Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–0West Bromwich Albion27,764+3
13515 March 1995Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–0Wolverhampton Wanderers20,661+4
1361995–9620 August 1995Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–1West Bromwich Albion26,329+4
13713 January 1996Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion0–0Wolverhampton Wanderers21,658+4
1381996–9715 September 1996Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–4Wolverhampton Wanderers21,791+3
13912 January 1997Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–0West Bromwich Albion27,336+2
1401997–9824 August 1997Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–0Wolverhampton Wanderers22,511+3
14131 January 1998Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–1West Bromwich Albion28,244+4
1421998–9929 November 1998Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–0Wolverhampton Wanderers22,682+5
14325 April 1999Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–1West Bromwich Albion27,038+5
1441999–003 October 1999Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–1West Bromwich Albion25,500+5
14531 October 1999Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers21,097+5
1462000–0117 October 2000Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–0Wolverhampton Wanderers21,492+6
14718 March 2001Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers3–1West Bromwich Albion25,069+5
1482001–0225 October 2001Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers26,143+5
1492 December 2001Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–1West Bromwich Albion27,515+6
1502006–0722 October 2006ChampionshipThe HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion3–0Wolverhampton Wanderers26,606+7
15128 January 2007FA CupMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–3West Bromwich Albion28,016+8
15211 March 2007ChampionshipMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–0West Bromwich Albion28,107+7
15313 May 2007Championship PlayoffsMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–3West Bromwich Albion27,750+8
15416 May 2007Championship PlayoffsThe HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–0Wolverhampton Wanderers27,415+9
1552007–0825 November 2007ChampionshipThe HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion0–0Wolverhampton Wanderers27,493+9
15615 April 2008ChampionshipMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–1West Bromwich Albion27,883+10
1572010–1120 February 2011Premier LeagueThe HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers26,170+10
1588 May 2011Premier LeagueMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers3–1West Bromwich Albion28,510+9
1592011–1216 October 2011Premier LeagueThe HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–0Wolverhampton Wanderers24,872+10
16012 February 2012Premier LeagueMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–5West Bromwich Albion27,131+11
1612020–2116 January 2021Premier LeagueMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–3West Bromwich Albion0+12
1623 May 2021Premier LeagueThe HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers0+12
Competition Meetings Albion wins Draws Wolves wins
League 148 55 41 52
Play-Offs 2 2 0 0
FA Cup 11 8 2 1
Charity Shield 1 0 1 0
Total 162 65 44 53
Years Pld Albion manager Albion wins Draw Wolves wins Wolves manager
1886–906n/a213 Jack Addenbrooke
1890–924 Louis Ford103
1892–944 Henry Jackson220
1894–953 Edward Stephenson201
1895–962 Clement Keys200
1896–0210 Frank Heaven235
1902–2214 Fred Everiss725
1922–242110 George Jobey
1927–44221246 Frank Buckley
1948–527 Jack Smith322 Stan Cullis
1952–531 Jesse Carver010
1953–5915 Vic Buckingham348
1959–614 Gordon Clark103
1961–634 Archie Macaulay211
1963–643 Jimmy Hagan120
1964–652101 Andy Beattie
1967–683 Alan Ashman120 Ronnie Allen
1968–715113 Bill McGarry
1971–754 Don Howe202
19771 Ronnie Allen010 Sammy Chung
19781 Ron Atkinson010
1978–816141 John Barnwell
1981–821 Ronnie Allen100
19821100 Ian Greaves
1982–841 Ron Wylie001 Graham Hawkins
19841 Johnny Giles010
1988–913 Brian Talbot012 Graham Turner
1991–921 Bobby Gould010
1993–942 Keith Burkinshaw200
19941001 Graham Taylor
1994–952 Alan Buckley110
1995–973012 Mark McGhee
19971 Ray Harford100
1997–982 Denis Smith200
1998–991010 Colin Lee
1999–002 Brian Little020
20001 Gary Megson100
2001–043111 Dave Jones
2006–097 Tony Mowbray511 Mick McCarthy
2011–124 Roy Hodgson211
2020–212 Sam Allardyce110 Nuno Espírito Santo
Albion Competition Wolves
1 First division titles 3
5 FA Cup 4
1 League Cup 2
7 Aggregate 9


Season Date Competition Stadium Home Team Result Away Team Attendance
1888–8916 February 1889FA CupDudley RoadWolverhampton Wanderers6–1Walsall Town Swifts4,000
1923–2422 December 1923Division 3NMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–0Walsall16,000
7 April 1924Division 3NFellows ParkWalsall2–1Wolverhampton Wanderers12,281
1985–8620 August 1985League CupFellows ParkWalsall1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers11,330
3 September 1985League CupMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–1Walsall11,310
19 October 1985Division 3MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–0Walsall7,522
9 February 1986Division 3Fellows ParkWalsall1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers10,480
1999–0028 August 1999Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers1–2Walsall24,439
29 January 2000Division 1Bescot StadiumWalsall1–1Wolverhampton Wanderers9,422
2001–0221 September 2001Division 1Bescot StadiumWalsall0–3Wolverhampton Wanderers8,327
26 February 2002Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers3–0Walsall27,043
2002–0314 August 2002Division 1MolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers3–1Walsall27,904
11 January 2003Division 1Bescot StadiumWalsall0–1Wolverhampton Wanderers11,037
2013–143 September 2013FL TrophyMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers2–2
17 September 2013League OneMolineuxWolverhampton Wanderers0–1Walsall22,240
8 March 2014League OneBescot StadiumWalsall0–3Wolverhampton Wanderers10,139
Competition Meetings Walsall wins Draws Wolves wins
League 12 3 4 5
FA Cup 1 0 0 1
League Cup 2 1 1 0
FL Trophy 1 0 1 0
Total 16 4 6 6
Years Pld Walsall manager Walsall wins Draw Wolves wins Wolves manager
18891 H. Smallwood001 Jack Addenbrooke
1923–242 Joe Burchell110 George Jobey
19853 Alan Buckley120 Bill McGarry
19861010 Sammy Chapman
1999–002 Ray Graydon110 Colin Lee
20011001 Dave Jones
2002–033 Colin Lee003
2013–143 Dean Smith111 Kenny Jackett
Walsall Competition Wolves
0 First division titles 3
0 FA Cup 4
0 League Cup 2
0 Aggregate 9


Season Date Competition Stadium Home Team Result Away Team Attendance
1899–0027 January 1900FA CupFellows ParkWalsall Town Swifts1–1West Bromwich Albion9,106
1 February 1900FA CupStoney LaneWest Bromwich Albion6–1Walsall Town Swifts4,892
1965–6622 September 1965League CupThe HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion3–1Walsall41,188
1987–8819 August 1987League CupThe HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–3Walsall9,605
25 August 1987League CupFellows ParkWalsall0–0West Bromwich Albion8,965
1988–8917 September 1988Division 2The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion0–0Walsall13,977
1 April 1989Division 2Fellows ParkWalsall0–0West Bromwich Albion9,520
1992–934 January 1993FL TrophyThe HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion4–0Walsall6,702
1999–0016 October 1999Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion0–1Walsall19,562
22 April 2000Division 1Bescot StadiumWalsall2–1West Bromwich Albion9,161
2001–0211 August 2001Division 1Bescot StadiumWalsall2–1West Bromwich Albion9,181
20 January 2002Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion1–0Walsall20,290
2003–049 August 2003Division 1Bescot StadiumWalsall4–1West Bromwich Albion11,030
9 January 2004Division 1The HawthornsWest Bromwich Albion2–0Walsall24,558
Competition Meetings Walsall wins Draws Albion wins
League 8 4 2 2
FA Cup 2 0 1 1
League Cup 3 1 1 1
FL Trophy 1 0 0 1
Total 14 5 4 5
Years Pld Walsall manager Walsall wins Draw Albion wins Albion manager
19002 Louis Ford011 Frank Heaven
19651 Ray Shaw001 Jimmy Hagan
19872 Tommy Coakley110 Ron Saunders
19881010 Ron Atkinson
19891 John Barnwell010 Brian Talbot
19931 Kenny Hibbitt001 Ossie Ardiles
19991 Ray Graydon100 Brian Little
2000–023201 Gary Megson
2003–042 Colin Lee101
Walsall Competition Albion
0 First division titles 1
0 FA Cup 5
0 League Cup 1
0 Aggregate 7

Crossing the divide


Player West Bromwich Albion career Wolverhampton Wanderers career
Span League
Span League
Harry Aston 1879–1885 1885–1886
Walter Perry 1888–1889
1889–1890 8 3
George Woodhall 1883–1892 44 10 1892–1894 18 1
Joe Butcher 1895 0 0 1892–1895 65 26
Jack Chadburn 1900–1903 43 3 1897–1900 11 1
Ted Pheasant 1904–1910 140 20 1895–1904 159 19
Sid Corfield 1902–1903 1905–1909 44 3
Adam Haywood 1905–1907 62 25 1901–1905 107 28
Dick Betteley 1906–1912 85 0 1901–1906 115 1
Dickie Baugh Jr. 1924–1929 1918–1924 108 4
Ray Crawford 1965–1966 14 6 1963–1965 57 39
David Burnside 1955–1962 127 39 1966–1968 40 5
Danny Hegan 1969–1970 14 2 1970–1973 53 6
Bobby Gould 1971–1972 52 18 1970–1971
Paul Bradshaw 1985–1986
1977–1984 200 0
Andy King 1981–1982 25 4 1985 28 10
Ally Robertson 1969–1986 506 9 1986–1990 107 0
Andy Thompson 1985–1986 24 1 1986–1997 376 43
Steve Bull 1985–1986 4 2 1986–1999 474 306
Clive Whitehead 1981–1987 168 6 1986 2 0
Andy Gray 1987–1988 35 10 1979–1983 133 38
Robbie Dennison 1985–1987 16 1 1987–1997 293 40
Stacey North 1987–1990 98 0 1985 3 0
John Paskin 1988–1989 25 5 1989–1992 34 3
Vince Bartram 1991 0 0 1985–1991 5 0
Tony Lange 1992–1995 48 0 1988–1992 8 0
Cyrille Regis 1977–1984 241 81 1993–1994 19 2
Paul Edwards 1994–1996 51 0 1992–1994 46 0
Jason Roberts 2000–2004 91 25 1997–1998 0 0
Nigel Quashie 2006–2007 29 1 2009 3 0
Frank Nouble 2010 3 0 2012–2013 2 0
Tomasz Kuszczak 2004–2007 31 0 2014–2015 13 0
Joleon Lescott 2014–2015 36 1 2000–2006 212 13
Bakary Sako 2018–2019 5 0 2012–2015 118 36

Played for all three

Player West Bromwich Albion career Wolverhampton Wanderers career Walsall career
Span League
Span League
Span League
Peter Eastoe 1982–1985 31 8 1971–1973
1984 6 1
Dave Barnett 1989–1990 0 0 1983–1985 0 0 1990 5 0
Don Goodman 1987–1991 158 60 1994–1998 125 33 2001–2002 25 3
Andy Petterson 2000 0 0 2002 0 0 2004 3 0
Keith Andrews 2012 14 2 1999–2005 65 0 2004 10 2


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