Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, commonly referred to as Wolves, is an English professional football club based in the city of Wolverhampton in the West Midlands. Originally known as St Luke's F.C., the club was formed in 1877 and has played at its home ground, Molineux Stadium, since 1889. The team won the 2017–18 EFL Championship and will compete in the Premier League in 2018–19 for the first time since the 2011–12 season.
Wolves were one of the founding members of the Football League in 1888 and, apart from six seasons, the team has always played in one of the top two tiers of English football. Wolves spent 33 years in the top division from 1932 to 1965, their longest span at that level. Their longest period below the top level was 26 years from 1906 to 1932. They have been champions of England three times, all during the 1950s under the management of Stan Cullis, and have been runners-up five times. They have won the FA Cup four times, most recently in 1960, and been runners-up four times. They have won the Football League Cup twice (in 1974 and 1980).
In the 1950s, Wolves was one of the first clubs to install floodlighting and, by taking part in televised "floodlit friendlies" against leading overseas teams, played an instrumental role in the creation of the European Cup. In European competition, the team reached the quarter-final stage of the 1959–60 European Cup, the semi-final stage of the 1960–61 European Cup Winners' Cup and were runners-up in the inaugural UEFA Cup Final in 1972.
The club originally used the St Luke's school colours of red and white. These were soon superseded by Wolves' traditional gold shirts and black shorts. The original club badge was the Wolverhampton city coat of arms. From the 1960s, the club has adopted badges which somehow depict one or more wolves. Wolves have long-standing rivalries with other West Midlands clubs but the main one has always been with West Bromwich Albion, eleven miles distant, against whom Wolves contest the Black Country Derby.
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