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john connelly 300x500With us knowing we will be playing Premier League football next season, we also know that two of our games will be against Wolverhampton Wanderers who clinched promotion over the weekend.

They did so on Saturday when Neal Maupay scored a stoppage time equaliser to earn Brentford a draw at Fulham, thus leaving Fulham no long able to catch Wolves. Yesterday, they beat Birmingham 2-0 to move within one point of lifting the title.

They last won promotion to the Premier League in 2009, winning the title and going up with Birmingham and us. They stayed for three seasons, and in that 2009/10 season took six points from us with a 2-0 win at Molineux followed by a 2-1 victory at Turf Moor. Stephen Ward played in both games while Chris Iwelumo was involved at Molineux and David Jones played the full game at the Turf when Sam Vokes was an unused substitute.

We’ve played them four times since, winning both Championship games in 2012/13, the first of them being Sean Dyche’s first game in charge of Burnley, and drawing both in the 2015/16 season, but we have to go back some way to find our last top flight victory against them, particularly at home.

Burnley won 2-0 at Molineux in September 1973 as we kicked off our return to the old First Division with wins in each of our first three games. Frank Casper, who was in superb form at the time, opened the scoring with Geoff Nulty adding the second.

At home, however, they had the upper hand for some time. Including that 2009/10 game, Wolves have won five and drawn four of their last nine top flight visits to Turf Moor; our last win coming in November 1963 when a late goal from John Connelly (pictured) gave us a 1-0 victory.

Sean Dyche’s team have been very successful at ending unwanted records so next season, hopefully, it will be our turn to get the upper hand on Wolves.

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