Football Time Line
1857 Sheffield Football Club formed-Oldest Football Club in world,
1863 Football Association formed in London with 12 clubs.
1867. Sheffield Football Association formed.
1872. First FA Cup Final (The English Cup) played for at Kennington Oval. Wanderers bt Royal Engineers. 2-1
1875 Birmingham District and Counties Football Association formed with 10 clubs. Charles Crump of Stafford Road Works FC Wolverhampton elected first President. John Campbell Ord appointed first Secretary.
1875-76. Tipton beat Aston Villa 3-0 in first BCFA Senior Cup Final.
1877. Blakenhall St Lukes FC formed playing at the Windmill Field.
Walsall Swifts formed.
1876-77- BCFA Senior Cup final Wednesbury Old Athletic beat Stafford Rd (W'ton) 3-2.
1877-78. First Staffordshire Senior Cup Final Stoke beat Talke Rangers 1-0.
1878, West Bromwich Strollers formed believed by employees of Salters Spring Works.
1878-79 BCFA Senior Cup final Wednesbury Old Athletic beat Stafford Road 3-2.
1879. Blakenhall St Lokes amalgamate with Wanderers Cricket Club to form Wolverhampton Wanderers FC prior to 1879-80 season.Games played at John Harper field.Walsall Town formed.
1881, West Bromwich Strollers become West Bromwich Albion.
1880-81.BCFA Senior Cup final Walsall Swifts bt Aston Villa 1-0.
1883. Charles Crump Referees FA Cup final Blackburn Rovers 2v1 Old etonians at Kennington Oval.
1983-84. Wolves first season in FA Cup. Beat Long Eaton Rangers4-1 in First Round at home on Oct 27th 1883, Lose in Second Round 2-4 away to Wednesbury Old Athletic (one of the top clubs in area). Wolves win their first ever Trophy beating Hadley of Wellington,Shropshire 11-0 in the Final of the Wrekin Cup.
1884-85. Walsall Town beat Wolves 2-1 at Stoke in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
1885. Professionalism Legalised.Walsall Swifts and Walsall Town amalgamate to form Walsall Town Swifts.
1885-86.BCFA Senior Cup final WBA bt Walsall Swifts 1-0. Walsall Senior Cup Final sees Walsall Town beat Wolves 2-1.
1887-88. Inaugural BCFA Junior Cup Final between Birmingham area teams Victoria who beat Unity Gas 2-0. Wolves wi 2-1 at WBA in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
1888. William McGregor a scots born shoemaker who had a shop near Villa Park
instrumental in getting the prominent professional clubs together. Following a meeting in Manchester in April the Football League was founded.
1888-89 Football League first season 12 teams enter Wolves,WBA, Aston Villa, Stoke, Derby, Notts Forest from the industrial Midlands.
Preston North End, Bolton Wanderers,Everton,Burnley,Accrington and Blackburn Rovers from the industrial towns of Lancashire.
Wolves first league game is home to Aston Villa 1-1, on Saturday 8th Sept 1888 in front of 2,500. The Referee is Charles Crump from guess?? Wolverhampton.
Wolves beaten by Aston Villa 2-0 in Lord Mayor of Birmingham Charity Cup Final.
1888-89.Preston are inaugural Football League Champions never losing and winniong the FA Cup as well, Villa runners up and Wolves third. WBA finish sixth.
1889. Birmingham & District League founded (now West Midlands (Regional) league).
1889-90. Aston Villa beat Wolves 2-1 in Final of Lord Mayor of Birmingham Charity Cup. Promotion/relegation introduced.(No 2nd Division yet).
1890-91.Aston Villa beat Wolves3-0 (again) in Final of Lord Mayor of Birmingham Charity Cup. Goal nets and the penalty kick introduced.
1891-92.BCFA Senior Cup final Wolverhampton Wanderers bt WBA 5-2. Wolves beat Small Heath 2-1 in Final of Lord Mayor of Birmingham Charity Cup .
1892-93 Football League Division Two founded. Small Heath (now Birmingham City) Champions. Walsall Town Swifts wooden spoonist.BCFA Senior Cup final Wolverhampton Wanderers bt Aston Villa 3-0.
1892 Birmingham & District Junior League founded (became Birmingham Combination in 1908).
1893-84 Aston Villa Div One Champions .BCFA Senior Cup final Wolverhampton Wanderers draw 3-3 with WBA joint holders. Aston Villa beat Wolves 2-1 in Staffs Senior Cup Final. Aston Villa beat Wolves 3-1 in Final of Lord Mayor of Birmingham Charity Cup. Willenhall Pickwicks beat Lozells 4-1 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1895. Walsall are just FC after dropping Town Swifts from name.
1894-95. BCFA Senior Cup final WBA bt Aston Villa 1-0 after a drawn game. Burton Wanderers beat Wolves 2-0 in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
1895-96 Aston Villa Div One Champions. WBA bottom (not relegated). Bilston United beat Lozells 2-1 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1896-97.Aston Villa Div One Champions BCFA Senior Cup final Walsall bt Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1. Wolves beat Stoke 2-0 in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
1897-98.BCFA Senior Cup final Walsall bt Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1. Darlaston beat Hoobrook Olympic 4-2 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1898-99 Aston Villa Div One Champions
1899-1900 Aston Villa Div One Champions. WBA relegated to DivTwo. Bloxwich Strollers beat Bournville 2-1 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1900-01. Wolves beat Stoke 3-1 in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
1901-02 WBA Div Two Champions.
1902-03. Wolves beat WBA 3-2 in Final of Lord Mayor of Birmingham Charity Cup.
1903 Wolverhampton & District Amateur League founded.
1903-04 Wolves and Stoke Share Staffs Senior Cup after two 2-2 draws.
1904-05. Small Heath (now Birmingham) beat Wolves 4-0 in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
1905. Alf Common transferred from Sunderland to Middlesbrough. First £1000 fee.
1905-06 Wolves relegated to Div Two.
1909-10 Aston Villa Div One Champions.
1910. Wolverhampton Referees Association founded.
1910-11 WBA Div Two Champions.
1911 Wolverhampton & District Works Amateur Football League founded.
1911-12. BCFA Senior Cup Final Aston Villa beat Willenhall Pickwicks 2-1.
1915-18. World War One, Football League cancelled
1919-20. Resumption of League football with WBA Div One Champions. Both Divisions increased from 20 clubs to 22.
1920-21. Division Three formed with 22 Clubs. Except for Grimsby Town all are south of Birmingham, Crystal Palace first Div Three Champions.
1921-22. Further expansion of Football League with Division Three split into two sections of North and south. Walsall are elected into the North section finishing eighth. Wolves beat Walsall 2-1 in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
1922-23. Wolves bottom of Div Two relegated to Div three North.' BCFA Senior Cup Final Coventry City bt Bilston United 2-1 at Highfield Rd. In Staffs Senior Cup Final Walsall beat Wolves 3-2 at Fellows Park.
1923. First Wembley FA Cup Final (the white horse final)
1923-24. Wolves Div Three Champions. BCFA Senior Cup final Wolverhampton wanderers bt Aston Villa 2-1 at Molineux.
1924-25.Offside law amended.
1925. Informal meetings started with a view to start a Charity Football Competition to raise funds for Wolverhampton and District Blind Institute then situated next to the Molineux. Present JW Hunt and BE Hunt from Chillington Tools, Arthur Oakley and Jack Howley of Wolves, Malcolm Graham and Bill Small of the Express and Star, Arthur David and Harry Healey of Wolverhampton Referees Assn, Alderman A G Jeffs former Mayor of Wolverhampton amd from Wolverhampton and District Blind Institute ACV Thompson and C.Tyidesley'
1925.December death of John William Hunt founder of Chillington Tools at his Wolverhampton home.
1926. Thurs 16th September. Inaugural committee meeting of JW Hunt Cup at Wolverhampton’s Molineux Hotel.
1926-27. First JW Hunt Cup Final played at Molineux Ground, Wolverhampton.
Short Heath United beat Cannon in front of a 1000 plus crowd.
1926-27. WBA relegated to Div Two.
1927. Worcester Combination founded.(Midland Comb).
1927-28. JW Hunt Cup Official TG Bryan referees FA Cup Final Blackburn v Huddersfield.
1928. first £10000 transfer. David jack (Bolton to Arsenal).
1929-30. Aston Villa beat Wolves 5-1 in Final of Lord Mayor of Birmingham Charity Cup. Tarmac beat Piggotts 2-1 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1930-31. WBA promoted Div Two Runners Up.1931-32. Wolves Div Two Champions.
Wolverhampton & District Works Lg win BCFA Campbell Orr Inter League Shield for first time beating Birmingham Youth & Old Boys AFA 3-1 in Final.Tarmac beat Exhall Colliery 4-2 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1931-32. JW Hunt Cup Official Bert Caseley Senior Linesman on FA Cup Final Newcastle 2v1 Aresenal at Wembley. WBA beat Wolves 3-2 in Staffs Senior Cup Final. Aston Villa beat Wolves 2-1 in Final of Lord Mayor of Birmingham Charity Cup. Tarmac beat Smethwick Highfield 2-1 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1932-33. FA Cup Rd 3 Walsall beat mighty Arsenal 1-0 at Fellows Park.
1934-35. Wolves beat Stoke City 6-2 at Molineux in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
Wolverhampton & District Works Lg win BCFA Campbell Orr Inter League Shield again beating the BY&OB AFA 4-2. Walsall Wood beat Adfie Brothers 4-3 aet Tarmac beat Pigotts 2-1 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1935-36.Div 3 south. Easter Monday and Luton play reserve wing half Joe Payne at centre forward at home to Bristol Rovers. gamble pays off as Payne scores TEN goals.BCFA Senior Cup final Hednesford Town bt Burton Town 2-1 at Burton,
Wolves beat Stafford Rangers 2-1 at Molineux in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
1936-37. Wolves beat Birmingham City 4-1 at Molineux in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
1937-38. Wolves Division One Runners Up. WBA 21/22 relegated to Div Two. Wolves beat WBA 5-3 at Molineux in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
1938. Rewriting of FA Laws of football.
1938-39. Wolves again Div One Runners up and also beaten FA Cup Finalist v Portsmouth. Wolverhampton & District Amateur Lg win Campell Orr Int Lg shield for first time beating Cradley Heath & Dist Lg 1-0.
1939. Numbering of players introduced in Football League.
1939-46. World War Two, Football League cancelled. The first weeks fixtures played on August 26th and Wolves lost 1-2 at Blackpool on Saturday 2nd September 1939, but that was it until Sat 31st August 1946.
Public congregations were banned for a few months, But then football started to be played for entertainment. Their were regional leagues and cup competitions well as internationals for the pros through out the war.
Local football was played including Sunday football. The JW Hunt Cup was played for through out the conflict.
1941-42. War League Cup Final. Wolves play Sunderland over two legs. The first leg at Roker Park is a 2-2 draw and Wolves win second leg at Molineux in front of 43,038 4-1 to win 6-3 on aggregate, Jack Rowley a local lad who played later for Man Utd and England guested for Wolves scoring two goals.
1946-47. Resumption of League Football. Liverpool Champions with 57 pts. Man Utd second 56pts and Wolves third 56pts. JW Hunt Cup official Harry Bryan runs line in FA Cup Final Burnley v Charlton. Tommy Lawson transferred from Chelsea to Notts County in first £20,000 deal. Oxley beat Gaskell and Chambers 4-1 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1947. Tommy Lawton transfers from Chelsea to Notts County in first £20,000 fee.
1948-49. Wolves beat Leicester City in FA Cup final at Wembley. WBA Div Two runners up. Walsall Trinity beat Castle Rovers 2-1 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1949-50.Wolves draw 1-1 with Portsmouth at Highbury in FA Charity Shield. Wolves beat Walsall 1-0 at Molineux in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
W'ton & District Amateur Lg beat Midland Templars Lg 7-0 in final of Campell Orr Shield. Walsall Trinity beat Ogley Hay 2-1 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1950-51. WBA beat Wolves 1-0 at Hawthorns in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
1951-52. Walsall finish bottom of Div Three South, but re-elected. (first of fourconsecutive seasons they get re-elected).Wolves beat Stoke City 9-0 at Molineux in Staffs Senior Cup Final.White ball first used.
1953-54. Wolves are Champions with WBA Runners up. WBA also win FA Cup at Wembley with 3-2 win over Preston North End.Goodyears beat Paget Rangers 3-2 aet to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1954-55. Wolves Runners Up Div One. Wolves draw 4-4 with WBA at Molineux to share FA Charity Shield in front of 45,035.
1955-56.22nd Feb 1956. First Football Lg floodlit match Div One Portsmouth v Newcastle Utd. Birmingham City beaten by Man City in FA Cup Final at Wembley.
1956-57. Aston Villa beat Man Utd in FA Cup Final at Wembley. W'ton & Distict Works Lg beat Birmingham & Dist Amateur Lg 2-1 in final of Campell Orr Shield.
1957-58. Wolves are Champions of Div One.
1958. Wolverhampton & District Sunday Amateur League founded
1958-59. Wolves are Champions of Div One. Bolton at home beat Wolves 4-1 in FA Charity Shield.
1959-60. Wolves are Div One Runners Up. Burnley win final game to pip Wanderers by one point. Wolves beat Blackburn Rovers in FA Cup Final at Wembley. Wolves at home beat Notts Forest 3-1 to win FA Charity Shield.
Division Four is formed by amalgamating top and bottom halves of North and South Sections.Walsall win first ever senior honour as inaugural Div Four Champions.
1960-61. Walsall are Div Three Runners-up. Football League Cup introduced. Aston Villa beat Rotherham 3-2 aet on aggregate. Wolves draw 2-2 at Burnley to share FA Charity Shield.
First £100,000 transfer Dennis Law Huddersfield to Man City.
Maximum wage removed.
1961-62. W'ton & Dist Amateur Lg beat Handsworth & Dist 7-2 in final of Campell Orr Shield.
1962-63. Walsall 21/22 relegated to Div Three. Tottenham Hotspur win European Cup Winners Cup to become first British club to win a Euro competition. Birmingham beat Aston Villa 3-1 on agg in League Cup Final.
1964-65. Wolves relegated finishing one place above Birmingham City.
1965-66. England beat West Germany 4-2 aet to win FIFA World Cup Final.WBA beat West Ham 5-3 on aggregate in League Cup Final. JW Hunt Cup Official JK Taylor referees FA Cup Final Everton v Sheff Wednesday.
1966-67.Substitue allowed (one). Wolves are Runners-up in Div Two behind Champions Coventry City by one point. First Wembley League Cup Final. WBA lose 2-3 to QPR after leading 2-0 at half time,Wolves beat Tamworth 3-2 on aggregat in Staffs Senior Cup Final.
W'ton & Dist Works Lg draw with Birmingham & Dist Works Lg 1-1 in final of Campell Orr Shield. Trophy shared.
1967-68, Man Utd first English club to win European Cup beating Benfica 4-1 aet.
WBA win FA Cup beating Everton 1-0. Bilston Town reach first round of FA Cup but lose at home to Div 4 Halifax Town 1-3.
1968-69. JW Hunt Official Bill Castle Senior Linesman League Cup Final at Wembley Swindon 3v1 Arsenal. BCFA Senior Cup final Tamworth bt Bilston 6-3 on aggregate. Whitmore YCOB beat Nuneaton Co-op Sports 4-1 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1969-70. Man City beat WBA 2-1 in League Cup Final.
1970-71. JW Hunt Cup official JK Taylor referees European Cup Final at Wembley Ajax v Panathinaikos. Kingswinford United beat Knowle 1-0 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1971-72. Wolves beaten by Tottenham Hotspur over two legged UEFA Cup Final.
1972-73.WBA bottom club to Div Two. Darlaston beat AP Leamington 2-1 to win Birmingham Senior Cup Final at Walsall. Bilston Town win 2-0 at Barnstaple Town ib First Round of FA Cup. In the Second Rd they draw 1-1 at Southern League Barnet but lose 0-1 in replay at Queen Street.
1973-74. Wolves beat Man City 2-1 in League Cup Final. Man Utd finish 21/22 and relegated!! 3up 3 down introduced. JW Hunt Cup official JK Taylor Referees FIFA World Cup Final West Germany v Holland. W'ton & Dist Amateur Lg beat Coventry& North Warwickshire Lg 3-0 in Final of Campbell Orr Inter League Shield at Sutton Coldfield. BCFA Senior Cup Final Highgate United bt Darlaston 3-2 at Moor Green.
1974-75. Man Utd Division Two Champions. JW Hunt Official GW Holt linesman in FA Cup Final Fulham v West Ham.W'ton & Dist Works Lg beat B'ham & Dist AFA 4-2
in Final of Campbell Orr Inter League Shield at Ray Hall Lane.Wolverhampton & District Sunday Lg win the BCFA WL Harrison Sunday Inter League Shield for the first time beating Rugby &District Lg 4-0 at Ray Hall Lane.
1975-76. Wolves 20/22 relegated to Div Two. WBA 3/22 in Div Two promoted.
1976-77. Wolves Div Two Champions. Goal difference replaces goal average when clubs equal placed. Walsall Sportsco beat Stockinford AAA 1-0 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1978-79. Walsall relegated to Div Four 22/24.
1979-80. Wolves beat Notts Forest 1-0 in League Cup Final. Walsall runners up promoted to Div Three.Northpark United beat Chrysler Sports 1-0 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
First million pound transfer between British clubs Trevor Francis Birmingham city to Notts Forest.
1980-81. Aston Villa League champion, Willenhall Town reach FA Vase Final but lose 2-3 to Wickham Town from the Wearside League at Wembley.
1981-82. Willenhall Town reach the Round 1 of the FA Cup losing at home to Crewe Alexander..
1981-82, Aston Villa European Champions. Wolves 21/22 relegated to Div Two. Three points a win introduced. JW Hunt Cup President Alex Hamil Senior Linesman for FA Cup Final Tottenham v QPR and replay, both at Wembley.
Walsall Sportsco beat Triumph Athletic 2-0 in replay to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1982-83. Wolves promoted to Div One as runners up to QPR.
1983-84. Wolves 22/22 relegated to Div Two.Halesowen beat Dudley Town 1-0 in BCFA Senior Cup Final at Molineux.
1984-85. Wolves 22/22 relegated to Div Three.Aston Villa beat Wednesield Social 3-1 in BCFA Senior Cup Final at Villa Park.
1985-86. Dismal for West Mids. Wolves 23/24 Relegated to Div Four. Birmingham 21/22 and WBA 22/22 relegated to Div Two.
Dudley Town beat Willenhall Town 4-2 in BCFA Senior Cup Final. Springvale Tranco beat Sphinx 6-1 to win BCFA Junior Cup Final.
1986/87. Play offs introduced. A reborn Wolves finish fourth in Div Four, Reach PO final but lose over two legs to Aldershot who finished sixth 1-2. The consolation is in front of a big crowd at Molineux Wolves beat Burton Albion 2-1 in BCFA Senior Cup Final
1987-88. Wolves Div Four Champions.Also beat Burnley at Wembley in Sherpa Van Trophy Final. Walsall promoted to Div Two via play offs. Wolves as a founder member of the Football League pl;ay in a FL centenary competition at Wembley, but are beaten by Everton 3-2 on pens(1-1) in second phase. Tipton Town beat Brewood 3-1 in first BCFA Saturday Challenge Vase Final. Wolverhampton Electricity beat Glascote Swifts 2-0 in first BCFA Sunday Challenge Vase Final.
1988-89. Wolves Div Three Champions. Walsall bottom of Div Two and with Birmigham relegated.
Marston Sports beat Slade Celtic 4-3 on pens in BCFA Senior Sunday Challenge Cup Final. Aero Lucas beat Wellesbourne 3-0 in BCFA Saturday Challenge Vase Final. Wolverhampton Electricity beat Golden Eagle 3-1 in BCFA Sunday Challenge Vase Final
1989-90. Walsall 24/24 relegated to Div Four.Marstons Sports beat Olympic Star 3-0 BCFA Senior Sunday Challenge Cup Final
1990-91. WBA relegated to Div Three.Darlaston beat Chelmesley Town 3-2 in BCFA Saturday Challenge Vase Final.
1991-92. Final season of the Football League as we knew it. Leeds United are Champions. David Platt transfers from Aston Villa to Bari (Italy) for £5,500,000.
Marstons Sports beat Brookvale 2-1 BCFA Senior Sunday Challenge Cup Final.
Darlaston beat Gornal Athletic 1-0 after 1-1 draw in BCFA Saturday Challenge Vase Final.
1992-93. Birth of the Premiership. Man Utd first Champions. WBA promoted from Div Two (formerly Div Three) via play offs.
1993-94. Wolverhampton United beat Handrahan Timbers 3-2 in BCFA Saturday Challenge Vase Final.
1994-95. Walsall runners up Div Three promoted to Div Two.
1995-96. Aston Villa win League Cup beating Leeds 3-0.
1996. Wolverhampton Combination Founded. Amalgamation of Wolverhampton Amateur Football League and Wolverhampton Works Football League.
1998-99. Walsall runners up in Div Two promoted to Div One.
1999. JW Hunt Cup official JK Taylor inducted into FIFA Hall of Fame in Barcelona.
1999-2000. Walsall 22/24 relegated to Div Two. Aston Villa lose 0-1 to Chelsea in FA Cup final.
2000-01. Walsall promoted to Div One after beating Reading in play off final at Cardiff’s Millennium stadium.
2001-02. WBA promoted to Premiership as Div One runners up. Wolverhampton United beat lose 2-6 aet to Grosvenor Park in BCFA Saturday Challenge Vase Final. Darlaston CA beat Princes End Rangers 1-0 in BCFA Sunday Challenge Vase Final
2002-03. Wolves win promotion to Premiership beating Sheff Utd 3-0 at Cardiff.
Ebstree beat Mackadown Lane Sports 3-0 BCFA Senior Sunday Challenge Cup Final. Tipton Town beat Rugby Town 2-1 to win first BCFA Midweek Floodlit Cup Final.
2003-04. Wolves relegated to Div One finishing bottom. WBA as runners up in Div One promoted, Walsall 22/24 relegated to Div Two. Ebstree beat Austin Ex Apprentices 4-3 on pens in BCFA Senior Sunday Challenge Cup Final. Sankey Vending beat Csae Star 3-1 in BCFA Sunday Challenge Vase Final.
2004/05. Div One renamed Championship, Div Two becomes Div One and Div Three is now Div Two.
2005/06. WBA 19/20 relegated to Championship. Walsall bottom of Div One relegated. Willenhall Town beat Stourbridge 1-0 in BCFA Senior Cup Final. Parkfield Leisure beat Christ the King 2-0 in BCFA Saturday Challenge Vase Final. Darlaston CA beat Hundred Acre 2-1 in BCFA Sunday Challenge Vase Final.
2006-07. Walsall Champions of Div Two. Ounsdale Albion beat Moseley Mariners 2-1 aet in BCFA Senior Sunday Challenge Cup Final.
2007/08. WBA Champions of the Championship. AFC Wulfrunians beat Stockingford 3-1 in BCFA Saturday Challenge Vase Final.
2008-09. Wolves Champions of the Championship and WBA relegated from Premiership.
2009/2010. WBA Championship runners up promoted to Premiership. Aston Villa beaten 1-2 by Man Utd in League Cup Final.
2010. Wolverhampton Referees Association celebrated its Centenary and is inducted into the Wolverhampton City Sporting Hall of Fame.
2010-11. Tipton Town reach Rd 1 FA Cup but lose away to Carlisle Utd 0-6.
Birmingham beat Arsenal 1-0 in League Cup Final. Birmingham finish 18/20 in Premier League and relegated.