Sunday, September 23, 2012

2nd win and another clean sheet!

Oh yes...yes, yes, yes! Could we finally be on the road to success?
3rd win and a 2nd clean sheet on the trot and now lying 8th with only
3 points between us and the leaders immaterial of today's games.

Well done Wolves, well don Ebanks-Blake, Sigurdarson and Ikeme (for
the clean sheet) and of course the rest of the team. This is where
it's impossible for me to comment on their play as living in Gibraltar
and us being in the Championship means I don't get to see the
match...can only follow what's happening on twitter and blogs.

I can hope though and with some great football and a little bit of
luck we might just be back on the TV every weekend in the come you Wolves, for all your overseas supporters,
lets get back up there!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

A clean sheet

Finally a clean sheet and a win too! 

So much sport has been on since I last posted, the Olympics, the Paralympics and a win for Andy Murray, now that's saying something....well done Andy! Team GB did any Brit proud in both the Olympics and Paralympics and to watch the passion, desire and want to win in these sportsmen and women was truly impressive. One that really stuck in my mind was Kate Walsh and her determination to continue, and then win the ladies hockey with a broken jaw!  You have to admit this does call into question the strength of many a footballer when they go down after tripping over their own feet! 

Having said that, Wolves are finally managing to do something right, two wins and a clean sheet is starting to look good. I do like Stale's signing of Zubar, Nouble and Boukari and without a doubt Sako can he strike a ball or what, seems to be a good one, they all seem to want to win and work hard. With a little luck, as Stale said in his last interview, maybe it's our turn to have some, we could a few more wins in and the league?!

A win today against Peterborough could see us move right up the table and really give the opportunity to challenge for top spot come the end of the season. It is usually these games, the ones against the bottom team that hadn't won a game yet, that comes back to haunt us end of season. Normally I would say Peterborough haven't won yet but knowing our luck they will today, but yet today I feel that we could keep our game up and win...we always seem to play so much better against strong teams and then lose it all against the lesser teams, but not today, no not today.

Finally I must just say thank you to Terry Connor, what a position to find yourself in come end of a season. An impossible task...frankly very unfair to take a coach make him manager because you, the board didn't actually have anyone ready to step in, and then end his career at Wolves because he didn't manage to turn the team around! Laughable almost if it wasn't for the seriousness of a man losing his job!

Here's hoping we can make a 'run' of our success and win our third game...COME ON YOU WOLVES!

My prediction...Peterborough 1 Wolves 3 (hopeful?)

Saturday, June 30, 2012

And the signings continue

It looks as if we are going for an all out strike force this season or there's going to be an exit of our current strikers which would be a shame! One thing's for sure, at least the squad is being revived and players will be fighting to get on the pitch, that has to be good news, hasn't it?

For further news on who's joined recently see here

I, for one, am looking forward to the start of the season, hopefully one where we win most of our games rather than wallow at the bottom of league and always upset after the game. I know this is a bitter pill to swallow seeing that we are not in the Premiership and of course fighting to remain at the top is always better but at least changes have been made, new signings on cards, and a new season ahead.

It's adopt, adapt and improve (as the RT slogan goes) time and with some hard work we hopefully will be back in the Premiership all that much stronger and wiser!


England out but Gibraltar favourites to win Shield!

Gibraltar recently beat the Isle of Man and are now favourites to win the Internatiional Shield.

For more see

BBC report here

Local report here

Monday, June 18, 2012

A couple of Thanks You's

I just wanted to thank, (and apologise for not being able to meet), David who contacted me as he was visiting the Rock, and as a London Wolves fan, was hoping to meet up. Unfortunately his visit was over the long Jubilee Weekend which made it impossible for me.

I am hoping that with time this site will get more of the local Wolves fans talking so that we will meet up to watch a few games and perhaps, in the future, be able to meet the odd few visiting fans for a beer or two.

My other thanks must go to Paul who as Supporter Liaison Officer at Wolves has contacted me to offer support to local fans. Locals take note!

Local Football - Portsmouth, Notts County, Isle of Man & Channel Islands,

The local football scene looks to be busy this year with four big games schedules over the coming months, time to get out there and buy the latest Gib strip!

From the information I have (and therefore not written in stone so please check with the National Teams Website before making any plans to get to any of the games) the fixtures are as follows:

June 28 - Gib v Isle of Man
June 30 - Gib v Channel Islands
July 20 - Gib v Portsmouth
July 30 - Gib v Notts County

If you are interested in being kept updated on all things football in Gibraltar its worth visiting Football Gibraltar, a great blog maintained by Daniel who constantly updates it with match reports and general footballing news.

Fixtures list out now!

We are still in the Euro with England hopefully getting through by Tuesday night and the new season is upon us, starting on the 18th August, with the fixtures list released this morning

As an overseas fan being relegated to the Championship League is hard due to the lack of coverage, however, looking through the league itself I do have a number of mates supporting other clubs which will make it interesting for me and provide for some discussion time over a pint! These include Leeds, Brighton and Bristol. 

So it makes the first and last game very interesting although I do hope that we are securely promoted before we play Brighton in May.


Sunday, June 3, 2012

And so it begins...Euro 2012 that is!

Seeing as my son is doing his GCSE's and all I do now is think in 'grades' I will compare Roy's performance to my sons!

Practice is over, Roy Hodgson has passed his mock exams with A's but now will be tested fully.

I think Roy should be given A's as he has won both games and kept clean sheets although he could have got A*s had he beaten them 2 or 3 nil. Let's face facts neither team beaten play at France or Sweden's level!

These are far tougher teams with far better attacking abilities who will break through any defence at some point during any game so 1 goal may not be enough.

I am personally of the opinion that our biggest problem is the depth of the squad. Let's face facts every team will have injuries, the main difference is that most of the other bigger teams have strength and experience further down the squad.

My prediction is L L W just scraping through to make it, as is often the case with England!

Then who know, one thing is for sure we will need A* performances!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

And so we face the final curtain...

So today is it, our last Premiership game, our last performance, no encore!

Back to the Championship next season, back to following Wolves via news articles, write ups, and tweets (this is a new one for me as the last time we were in the Championship League I didn't have Twitter!)

As an overseas fan one of the hardest things to relegation is not being able to watch any matches. Whilst we have been in the Premiership almost every match is televised and by tuning in to some very odd TV stations we, the overseas supporters, were able to watch almost every match. Now it'll have to be late night highlights! It'll be highlights knowing the score and due to time differences, it'll be very late, known, highlights!

So this makes relegation all the more sour. Of course it's not as bad as some clubs and their difficulties, Rangers for one and Portsmouth who are still unsure if they will be around much longer!

On that note should they still be around in the summer they are scheduled to play against GFA, that is the Gibraltar Football Association, yes, Portsmouth are scheduled to fly down to Gibraltar and play the Gibraltar national side!

On the up side we do have a confirmed new manager coming in, with respect to TC I think this really needed to be looked at and whilst I don't know much about our new gaffer we did really need someone to
come in and take control. I am really pleased to hear that TC is likely to stay on after all he has given a lot to Wolves and I bet has a lot more to offer.

Again on the up side we have a new stand which looks amazing and more importantly no serious financial difficulties, surely a big thank you is owed to Steve Morgan and Jez for that!

Also on the up side WE ARE THE WOLVES and I feel confident that next season will result in more wins than losses (makes for a better season) and more excitement as we go for the title and in doing so get promoted to the Premiership once again!

So to end our season a win would be great, one last success in the Premiership before we bow out, reflect and rebuild, and come storming back into the Premiership come end of next season!


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

As the sun sets on the season our best players are off!

Oh well, we haven’t even got to the end of the season and most of our best players are off already, or rather, looking closely at their options...I realise we don’t stand a chance really but to already be looking at where they will be next season means the footy comes second, doesn’t it?

I can totally understand each individuals desire to remain in top flight football but when its being thought about whilst there’s still a few games to play and a very slim (almost non-existent I know) chance that we could stay up, yes I know we have to win every game and rely on others to lose so it’s certainly not likely...BUT it’s still possible!

What a season...start with flying colours, 7 points in three games...mid table here we come! Then it all went wrong and looking at us now is comical!

Struggle most of the season, kick out our manager without actually having a replacement well after the transfer window (sorry but doing this was ridiculous. I agreed with MM leaving but only if we did have a replacement with experience), now needing a Manager like MM to get us back up when we go down and to top it off lose our only defender (as in Hennessey to injury) for the last few games that we must win...hahahahahahaha its a comedy!

And now our best are all busy reading and I said in my last post Hennessey, Doyle, Fletcher and Jarvis are all sure to go, followed closely by the likes of Stevie Hunt!

Oh well next season we will hopefully be winning games, close to the top and watching some of the young talent coming through, (who we will then sell off), so it should make for better viewing all round.


Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Wolves v Arsenal

Oh well...Mr Footie didn’t give a prediction for our last game as he thought in not doing so we might have had a chance!

If only our actions could change a matches result!

Well tonight it’s another big one, a top team wanting to stay in the top 3 and looking for the kill. If they score first a lot more will follow, I reckon our only hope is that we, Wolves, score first and then don’t concede in the next few minutes that follow (or almost concede as per our last match). If we do this and then keep our heads up and go all out for the second who knows, we might just win.

Obviously to manage that we would need to score another before they start getting theirs in...seeing as we can’t keep a clean sheet! I am not blaming Hennessey at all, I honestly believe he will be one who will be leaving us end of season when, in all likelihood we go down. In fact I think we have lost many a game by margins that could easily be doubled if it wasn’t for Hennessey, it’s our defence which I think should be questioned.

And on that note (as in players leaving) I wonder who else will be jumping ship...Jarvis, Fletcher? Obviously Doyle is already checking out his options with the rumours going round that both Southampton and Reading are interested!

The irony of all of this is the fact that the ideal manager to get us up to the Premiership (should we go down of course) could be someone like, erm....let me think...oh yes...Mick McCarthy! Oh the irony of football!

So whilst I have no prediction from Mr Footie for tonight’s game I will perhaps unrealistically predict a win to Wolves...Wolves 3 – 2 Arsenal! (hahahahahahhaha)

A hopeful (perhaps dreaming) Wolf!


Friday, March 30, 2012

Wolves v Bolton

So here we are, as we start to watch the sun set on what was our best start ever in the Premiership, at the very bottom, 4 points away from safety and with some hard (well being last means all games are going to be hard) games ahead of us.

Bolton next...what can we say...any chance...HA!

Having said that when I travelled up to Molineux to watch us play Manchester United I was so impressed by our fans, their singing, tongue in cheek lyrics and ability to laugh (let’s face it what else can we do) was overwhelming, it was a great to be there even losing 5-0. At least it looks like this was a lost game against the Champions, so not too bad.

I personally need to keep the faith and therefore am going for a Wolves win again! I am going to say we will get 2 in whilst Bolton will only mange the one. I will go further, Bolton will get the first one by the 40th minute but we will come back to score two, 1st by Fletcher and second from a corner resulting in Carl Henry (who hopefully will be there) smashing it into the back of the net! So my predication Wolves 2 – 1 Bolton

Mr Footie’s prediction is short and sweet this week...(either he’s tiring from being creative or his track record is quietening him down, either way he’s in our favour this week...

I’ll keep it simple this weekend.

This is 9 pointer!! Wolves have to win and will win 2-1. Prediction Wolves 2 – 1 Bolton

I base this purely on the fact that Wolves need is greater

I have just realised that we have agreed on the score and whilst I would normally change mine to accommodate his I do believe (and hope) that on this occasion we are right and therefore will leave it!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Norwich v Wolves

Well it’s all going from bad to worse, there seems to be no hope of survival now! 12 goals against us in the last 3 games is not just a bad run but the end of realistically believing that we will pick up any points against the likes of  Norwich, Sunderland, Swansea, Everton, let alone the other two big boys still to play, Man C and Arsenal! I guess we could hopefully get a point against Wigan come last game but then what relevance will that have.

That’s my moaning over!

So what about the Norwich game...well realistically I can’t see us winning but I can’t help hoping, dreaming, wishing that the boys will pull it off and not only get us a point but go as far as scoring 3. They can do it so until the lady sings at sunset I can only but shout COME ON YOU WOLVES! My hopeful prediction is Norwich 1 – 2 Wolves (Jarvis and Fletcher to score).

Here’s Mr Footie’s prediction:

Well for the first time I picked the right result last Sunday (hardly a surprise). The manner of Wolves surrender without a wimper did shock me. Don’t think it would have happened on Big Mick’s watch?

Morgan needed to take decisive action after the Blackburn game but didn’t and TC looks set to remain in charge for the remainder of the season. This is a decision which in my view, all but seals Wolves fate. A real man motivator is what’s needed to lift a flagging team and TC does not appear to be that man.

Norwich have been in decent form this season and I can see them running out 3-1 winners this weekend.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Wolves v Man U (and I'm there!)

This is my annual trek to Molineux...some say why travel 1604 miles to watch us get thrashed, well if I am to be truthfully honest, why not, why not go and see the BIG ONE - Premiership leaders v 2nd from bottom by 1 point. 

Lets be honest, if we continue like this we are not likely to win a game so I might as well go to a top flight game where I get to see the potential Premiership Champions play my team, that's got to better than watching a Blackburn beat us 2-0 at home! 

And then if you think about it, our record shows, that we tend to perform better against the top 6 than the remaining 13, so who knows, could this be the one, the one win that we all talk about when we are watching us play in the Championship League next season. 

Apologies, that's really quite negative and frankly we can still make it, we can pull it off, without help from anyone else, we can survive, we just need to believe and this could be the one that counts, the one that starts our survival run for the rest of the season.

So to the predictions, here's Mr Footies (hopefully he will be as wrong as he always has been, and by that I mean wrong in our favour!):

I am 0 out of 3 so far since these predictions began. In fact I was more accurate with my prediction for my own team!

The major surprise ahead of this weekend’s fixture is that TC is still in charge. The papers last Sunday were full of “Sacked after 3 games” headlines!! Thankfully, rumours about Gary Megson replacing him were just that!!!

Given the way the respective teams are playing this looks a nailed on away win and now that they have their noses in front in the title race, I don’t see United taking the foot off the gas in this game.

Wolves 0-3 United.

Great, that's a great (not) prediction but its a lot better than Mr Man U who today predicted, after a brief conversation, that the score would be:

Wolves 1-4 United

I suppose they are quite similar, after all they are both a win by 3 goals only difference is giving us a consolidation goal. He was quite sure that we would get one!

Well here's mine...The shocker of the season, talk of a third manager coming in, a Chairman who has faced the crowds (and frankly I personally think its not right to hit him as a scouser mafia, lets be honest he's invested in the development of the stadium, spent, apparently only less than the top 6 teams in the Premiership, and from what I have read has also pumped in some serious monies into the community in Wolverhampton. If that's right then Steve Morgan is doing a reasonable job, he's only got it wrong now by not having a real replacement for MM but then again would we survive with MM still there?), and then go on to beat Manchester Untied! 

Yes I said it BEAT MAN U! Rooney will get a goal and probably two so I will go for: 

Wolves 3-2 United


PS Keep an eye out for the one fan holding up the Gibraltar Flag (and take pity for him if he's travelled the 1604 miles only to see them lose and maybe lose big time, but hey that's what make a fan)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Wolves v Blackburn

To be fair to Mr Football Expert, I am posting his ‘prediction’ after the match so can’t lose when I say that it will be 2-0 to Blackburn! Having said that, had I posted this before the match I would have gone for a 1-0 win to Wolves as it is, or rather was, one of the games we HAD to win...what with Man U next week (I will there for that one) we desperately needed the win.

So here’s Mr Footies prediction... 
Wolves must atone for Sunday’s shocking result in a crunch relegation “6 pointer” with Blackburn this weekend. Today’s news regarding Roger Johnson hardly installs confidence that the squad are in the right frame of mind. Blackburn and their chicken farming owners deserve relegation, as does the awful Steve Kean, however they seem to be picking up points here and there to remain in with a shout of staying up. As Mark Lawrenson would say, this will be a game to be watched “from behind the sofa” ie very little quality on show. I have to sit on the fence and go for a 1-1 which would help Rovers more than Wolves.

By that way he also predicted his own teams score with...Brighton 3-0 Pompey (almost got that one right!)

This really is not looking good and frankly a Wolves fan who was there sent me this photo (coming soon) which I think needs no explanation, after all getting rid of MM made sense as long as you had a replacement lined up for him, otherwise why...WHY?!?

Friday, March 2, 2012

Fulham v Wolves

Once again I have been challenged by he who dared call himself Gibraltar's Football Expert but then went on to lose as I got closer to the real score...Gibwolves 1 - Footy Guesser 0!
So here's this weeks prediction:

Footy Guesser;
A difficult one to call on Sunday but I am going to go for Wolves to remain unbeaten under TC by grabbing a draw at Fulham. Fulham tend to be strong at home and I can see Clint Dempsey firing them into the lead only to be pegged back as Jarvis floats the perfect cross onto the head of Fletcher/Doyle!! (1-1)

As with any game in the premiership it's not easy to call, even the bottom of the table can pull it off against the top on occasion so it's never easy!
However, I think Wolves will want to prove themselves again and show real support for TC. So often have they come from behind that I honestly think they will score first this weekend. Its turn around time for the team! Unfortunately I don't think they will manage to keep a clean sheet which will result in fast aggressive game and therefore 1 or 2 more goals. I can't imagine this ending in a draw and so will go with Wolves to win 3-2. A real turn around by the team that so many thought would not survive! COME ON YOU WOLVES!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Match Prediction - Gib Wolves v Guest Expert

I have accepted a challenge by one of my Footy mates where he challenges me in predicting our next result. As you have probably guessed he is not a Wolves fan so will probably favour the opposition most of the time. However to be fair to him he is quite realistic and frankly where we are now I think only the really optimistic Wolves fan believes we are going to beat Newcastle!

He has asked that I refer to him as Gibraltar’s Football Expert but I do think that’s a bit much, he could certainly be ONE of Gibraltar’s Football Expert’s or a Football Expert in Gibraltar but to believe he is Gibraltar’s Football Expert is a bit much so I will have to think something up for future predictions, but until then here is his for this weekend...

Newcastle will be desperate to erase the memory of their recent thrashing by Spurs. Sadly I can see Wolves feeling a backlash tomorrow as their defence struggles to cope with Demba Ba and Cisse. The customary goal for Fletcher is merely a consolation. Newcastle United 3-1 Wolves.

I (optimistically) believe Wolves will win this one. They are recovering from the worst two weeks of football in a long time having been thrashed by their neighbours, losing their manager, admitting that they (the players) are also at fault, unable to appoint anyone new and having to promote Terry Connor who has been there for years now to manager in order to finish off the season...if there has ever been a reason to prove yourself, this has to be it and bear in mind that Wolves often play best against the top tier teams so my prediction Newcastle 2-3 Wolves (loads of attacking play, Fletcher 2, Jarvis 1).

Oh and to add a bit of irony to the whole thing, the last time Wolves beat Newcastle away was on the 7th February 1959...Mick McCarthy’s Birthday!

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Its Done - Terry Connor - Wolves New Manager

Well at least it’s all done and dusted now! I guess they achieved what they said they would, that is to say have a manager in place by our next game against Newcastle, they have certainly achieved that. See BBC News

What we all need to do now is get behind Terry and hope that he can step up to the mark – hope that the players also pull their weight and get on with playing good football!


No one wants the Job!

Well I have to say I was one that thought something needed to change, something had to happen at the Club which would act as a catalyst to get us up and running again, winning games and earning those points to stay up without the constant fear of relegation!

A lot has been said about Mick McCarthy being good for the Club and I certainly agree with this, in his years he has taken us up to the Premiership and managed to keep us there. The only issue is, can he keep us there, only just! It seems he just hasn’t got what it takes to get the team up to mid table, which after all is what we should expect after a few seasons, isn’t it? As far as I am aware he’s had reasonable funds to buy players, in fact I think Wolves are kind of mid-table in the monies spent league but yet we are in the relegation zone in the league proper.

If that’s correct then surely we should be getting more for our buck. 
Taking the above into consideration and having given Mick enough time to prove his worth as a Premiership Manager, (certainly a fantastic Championship Manager and no doubt we will see him in the Premiership once again when he successfully steers a Championship team through promotion), it is time for a change, the problem now is who and here I think Steve Morgan’s plan has gone horribly wrong, no one seems to want the job!

I am not sure I understand why Steve and Alan Curbishley can’t agree. I say Alan Curbishley as it is quite obvious that this was the man that Steve had in mind. Surely it’s a win-win situation for any Manager.

The way I see it and think it should be done is...come and manage a Premiership side which is in the relegation zone for a few games, keep them up and you’re a hero (oh and let’s put a great big bonus for managing that) fail and they go down, where they were headed anyway and you can walk away and carry on looking for a Premiership job. I just feel that I would snap that up, keep this team up and be a hero in a position to now negotiate great terms for a new contract with them, not survive and walk away having spent a few weeks back in the game earning good money and not losing any face as no one can possibly say you failed, surely that’s a win-win situation!

A mate of mine just sent me these two links...
Caretaker manager Terry Connor is set to get the Wolves job for the rest of the season after former Rangers boss Walter Smith turned down an approach from the Molineux club.

However, the club are considering whether to target former manager Dave Jones.

Both of these stories I find quite amusing, I mean to fire MM without actually having someone ready to step in I find ridiculous after all I would certainly rather have MM there fighting the cause than no manager at all, I mean I think he had to go but only if you had someone for the job otherwise let Mick stay, he’s a fighter and would have done his all to keep us up, to get rid of him and appoint no one makes no sense!

The second link well.....I almost feel like letting Steve Morgan know that there’s another great Manager out there who frankly does have fight in him, is great at Championship level and I know he’s out of a job at the moment...his name...MICK McCARTHY, maybe you could approach him too!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Been away!

Well since I last wrote a on here a lot has happened! If we go back to the start of the season we were flying, I think we had 7 point in our first four matches, looking at travelling to Molineux with a few local fans to watch our team ‘perform’ and hoping that this year wouldn’t be the same as last year...on the edge of our seats come end of season hoping that some other team might do us a favour!

Well we are certainly heading towards needing a favour or two, I haven’t heard from any of the other local fans in relation to getting up there (although I am hoping to be there for the Man U game!), and I am already on the edge of my seat!

Mick has been great for the Club. He has achieved something that no one has managed before, he got us up (as did Dave Jones) and kept us up for two seasons (unlike Dave Jones). I was happy to hear Jez Moxey praise Mick and what he has done for the Club and look forward to seeing him managing another Club soon. I think they, the Board, have also taken action at the right time, I agree in not chopping and changing at a moment’s notice’s and think it is vital to allow a team and Manager to sort it out. However, I also think that if it isn’t working then something needs to be fixed and right or wrong, its generally the Manager who draws the short straw! What can a board do? Offer more money...well yes but that’s if they have it, change the majority of the gotta be kidding, so the only real choice is the Manager!

What I am not sure about is whether Mick is actually a good Premier League Manager, he’s certainly a fantastic Championship Division Manager and should he end up there again will no doubt be fighting for the top of the league very soon, will probably get them up to the Premiership in 2 or 3 seasons but will then struggle, probably?

So where to now? Who are we going to get in this 2 week window before our next match against Newcastle...I know of a free Italian! Ahahahahaha, we will just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, COME ON YOU WOLVES!