Wolves are on the brink of qualifying for the group stages of the Europa League after last night’s 3-2 win away to Torino in the first leg of the play-off round.
If Nuno Espirito Santo’s team avoid defeat to the Serie A side at Molineux next week, they will enter the group stage of the competition just six seasons after playing in the third tier of English football.
Am I the only one who still pinches themselves that Wolves are this good?
— Tim Spiers (@tim_spiers_Star) August 22, 2019
In 2013, Wolves were relegated to League One under the watch of Dean Saunders and their second successive demotion prompted then-owner Steve Morgan to say that the club had “failed our supporters and the city“.
The takeover by the club by Fosun International three years ago brought about significant investment that led to Nuno coming in as manager in 2017 and Wolves being promoted as emphatic winners of the Championship a year later.
In their first campaign back in the Premier League, they finished seventh, a position that was ultimately good enough to secure European football after champions Manchester City won both domestic cups.
These Wolves fans on Twitter gleefully compared where the club are now compared to darker days in the past:
From the old first division to the fourth division. Back up to what we have now. It’s absolute dreamland.
— Andy Greenwood (@andygwolf) August 22, 2019
No… having seen us get battered by the likes of Crewe, I’ll never take this kind of result for granted!
— Graeme Newman (@GrayNDesign) August 22, 2019
Everyday. Can’t believe I’m watching Wolves playing an Italian team in European competition and looking the better team. These are the days my friend #wwfc
— Lee Smith (@Cart78) August 22, 2019
Standing on the old south bank in the 4th division seems a lifetime ago @Wolves
— Nicola (@wan_der_ers) August 22, 2019
I think we are all the same Tim. So grateful that we can call these players our own and that they give 100% What a time to be a fan!!
— Alison Fletcher (@AllyFletcher76) August 22, 2019
No, I ask myself if I’m dreaming every time I see Moutinho in a wolves shirt
— Martin Evo (@martevans_no1) August 22, 2019
No your not Tim !
Taking some getting used to though after all the previous disappointments but it’s there to see…….we are now a very good side who are going to get even better.
Exciting times ahead me thinks !
— David Wollam (@davidwollam) August 22, 2019
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Remember when Lee Evans was the big hope for the future?
— Fezzilla (@MrMussells) August 22, 2019