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Please Stay Off The Pitch


11:02 2nd May 2014

Club keen for players to thank fans

Fans are being told that they must stay off the pitch at the end of Saturday’s final game of the season with Carlisle – to ensure the presentation of the Sky Bet League One trophy can go ahead as planned.

At the end of the game, Head Coach Kenny Jackett and his staff and players are set to crown a superb title-winning season by lifting the League One trophy and then embarking on a lap of honour to thank fans for their fantastic support.

But if there is any repeat of the scenes when a small minority of fans repeatedly invaded the pitch towards the end and at full time of the last home game with Rotherham, then the trophy presentation will not take place.

Wolves having, as requested, submitted their defence are waiting to see what action will be taken by the FA following those repeated pitch incursions. A further investigation, and bigger problem for the cub, would undoubtedly follow in the event of any similar encroachment tomorrow.

After such a fabulous season the Club need supporters to remain in the stands to allow the presentation to proceed and to enable everyone to celebrate with, and receive the thanks of, the players.

“We will come off the pitch pretty quickly at full time to be able to then come back on,” said Jackett.

“Hopefully that will be respected and will give the players the chance to come out to the crowd rather than the crowd to come into the players - we would certainly prefer it that way around.

“We really do want the opportunity to thank the crowd properly because they have played such a major part in our success.

“The link between the players and the crowd has been great this year and it is something we want to continue because we will need to carry on bouncing off each other to get the success that we want.”

CEO Jez Moxey has also echoed Jackett’s words in his programme notes for tomorrow’s game.

“I would urge supporters to stay off the pitch at full time as any encroachment will mean that the presentation will not take place which would be a huge disappointment to everyone at the end of such a fantastic campaign,” says Jez.

“We know we are speaking to a small minority – and that indeed the well-behaved majority have also made their feelings known – but we cannot afford even the slightest repeat of what happened towards the end of the Rotherham match which brought an unsavoury end to such a fabulous game of football. 


“So please remain in your seats after full time so that everyone can share in the celebration together with the players lifting the trophy and then embarking on a lap of honour. 

“They deserve it for their achievements this season, but you, the supporters, also deserve the opportunity to both show and receive that appreciation for your own efforts over the last nine months.”

Fans are also urged to ensure they arrive at Molineux in plenty of time ahead of the 3pm kick off.

Another near capacity crowd is expected and so it may take longer than usual to access the stadium before the game.

With it being the final weekend of the season, and especially with Carlisle still battling away to avoid relegation, there will not be any delay to the kick-off unless in the most exceptional of circumstances, to be fair to all teams and protect the integrity of the league.

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