With a capacity of 32,050, Molineux is by no means an underwhelming place to watch football.
It is the one and only stadium in which Wolves have played their home games since they were formed in 1887. The record attendance for a match there is 61,315 – almost double what it can hold now – which came in February 1939.
Interestingly, though, they also hold the record for the highest attendance at Old Trafford – and it came in a match in which Manchester United didn’t even feature. Again in 1939, on March 25th, they made history in their clash versus Grimsby in the FA Cup semi-final.
Nowadays, the Red Devils’ historic arena can hold as many as 74,879 – but the Old Gold and the Mariners surpassed even that in their match over 80 years ago. They managed to fit in 76,962 people into the stadium, and the fans then took in Wolves’ huge 5-0 victory, which meant they reached the final for the sixth time in their history.
That final of the competition was played, as it is now, at Wembley Stadium. They came up against Portsmouth, but they were unable to contain the south-coast side, finishing on the receiving end of a 4-1 defeat.
That match was another historic occasion – it proved to be that last FA Cup final before Great Britain entered into war with Germany.
It would be seven years before domestic English football’s biggest match would take place in a time of peace.