From Brentford to Al-Wakrah; Wolves to the Wankdorf

19 Nov

New stadia seem all the rage these days.

Hardly a season goes past without a team leaving its traditional home to move to a new ground. Indeed, as Brentford prepare for Saturday’s League One clash against Wolves, there is probably as much interest in matters ‘off field’ as those on the pitch. Hounslow Council Planning Committee is, of course, due to discuss our proposed new stadium on December 5th.

I may be biased but I think the Lionel Road plans are great. Primarily because they feature a design that actually seems to have, and say this in hushed tones…. some character. Contrast the exciting schematics to the usual five seconds thought that most modern architects put in, the net result of which is an identikit bowl (see: Derby, Leicester and Middlesborough for starters).

Moreso, it won’t – as things currently stand – have a sponsored name. These are very much in vogue and range from airlines to food-processors as is the case, respectively, with Arsenal’s Emirates or Wolves and their Moulinex ground.

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15 Responses to “From Brentford to Al-Wakrah; Wolves to the Wankdorf”

  1. Paul November 19, 2013 at 8:52 am #

    Molineux is not named after a food processor, it is the name of the gardens upon which the first Wolves team played and which subsequently became their home ground. if you are to make disparaging remarks at least get your facts right rather than display your ignorance to all. If it was tongue in cheek then show a little respect to one of the leagues founding clubs, and the club currently sitting at the top of the table.

  2. David lewis November 19, 2013 at 9:00 am #

    You don’t really think that MOLINEUX is a sponsored name do you. That shows a real lack of understanding of football history. No, you must have been joking!

  3. Tom S November 19, 2013 at 9:01 am #

    I’m sure you will get a lot of these:
    Molineux has been Wolves home since 1889
    Moulinex has only existed since 1937

    Otherwise I agree on identikit stadiums and hopefully Brentford’s new ground will have a bit of character. The Galpharm in Huddersfield and Brighton’s AMEX (sponsored by American Express) are examples of new grounds which look and feel a lot more original

  4. Keiran November 19, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Wolves ground isn’t a sponsored name, it has always been molineux.The Molineux name originates from Benjamin Molineux, a successful local merchant (and a distant relative of the now extinct Earls of Sefton) who, in 1744, purchased land on which he built Molineux House (later converted to the Molineux Hotel) and on which the stadium would eventually be built.

    Poor article.

  5. Phil November 19, 2013 at 9:17 am #

    This is a joke blog …. surely? Moulinex ‘food processor’ ground. Have you really just googled an incorrect spelling and assumed it was named after a small French electrical firm…. its Molineux, now you can ‘research’ (google) its real origin…

  6. Kovan November 19, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    It’s Molineuxx, not Moulinex, and the Wolves ground was named after a notable local businessman who owned the land in the mid 1800s. It was named as Molineux Grounds in 1860, well before anyone had ever heard of food-processing.

  7. Kay November 19, 2013 at 10:33 am #

    1. Learn to spell MOLINEUX.
    2. Do your research about where the name came from.
    3. If that comment is an attempt to be funny, I’d spend time looking for new material.

  8. Brian laws bus ride November 19, 2013 at 10:39 am #

    Dude,you really nneed to check facts before spurting all over the internet..
    Have a look at the real name for the wolves ground.


  9. HUGEWolf November 19, 2013 at 10:52 am #

    Wolves play at ‘Molineux’ not ‘Moulinex’ and the stadium is so named because it is built on the former estate of the Molineux family. This has been the case since the late 1800s! I hate blogs that are poorly researched!

  10. Graham Warner November 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm #

    Look mate, nice article, and it may have been said tongue-in-cheek, but Molineux isn’t named after a food mixer

    • nickbruzon November 20, 2013 at 5:50 am #

      Thanks – and I do realise although (tbh) didn’t expect quite this level of response ! Football clearly alive and kicking at all levels. Have looked to ‘clarify’…

  11. Killabee November 19, 2013 at 12:26 pm #

    ‘Wolves and their Moulinex ground’

    You are joking aren’t you ? Or are you such a ‘plastic’ that you don’t even realise that Wolves have NEVER sponsored the name of their stadium and that they have played at the same location for well over a century.

  12. Justin November 20, 2013 at 8:43 am #

    Comedy nights must do a roaring trade in the Black Country.

  13. Justin November 21, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Wolves seem to have the right blend of youth and experience this season. They like to mix it up on the pitch and should do well as long as they don’t chop and change the squad too much. Sharp front men should easily slice through L1 defences and signing someone with a good motor in the middle should solve the midfield woes.

    • Michael Griffiths November 21, 2013 at 11:02 pm #

      Nice ! Humour seems on short supply!!

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