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Local auction house to sell original architect’s plans for Wolves’ iconic Molineux stadium

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Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton Saleroom Manager Tom Waldron
outside Molineux with one of the blueprints set to go under
the hammer on Friday 21st June

Cuttlestones’ Wolverhampton Auction Rooms is set to sell yet another piece of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC history on Friday, 21st June in the form of a series of original architects’ plans and drawings for the 1990s redevelopment of the club’s Molineux stadium.


With the team on brink of financial ruin and relegation into the non-leagues during the mid-1980s, Sir Jack Hayward’s 1990 takeover of the club and subsequent investment both on – and off – the pitch spurred Wolves on to successive promotions and eventual stability in what would become the Championship. Pivotal to this success was undoubtedly the re-building of the club’s home stadium, which officially opened in December 1993. 


The lot in question comprises of original drawings, together with printed copies, stamped upon date of receipt and bearing the copyright mark: “Associated Structural Consultants Limited St. John’s Cloisters, St. John’s Square, Wolverhampton, WV2 4BQ”; with the official project name: “Wolverhampton Wanderers F.C. Molineux Redevelopment”. Each technical drawing bears a title and number – for example: “Waterloo Road Stand General Arrangement of T.V. gantry, Drawing no. 263/37591/72”


The sale of the plans is particularly timely, with the Molineux currently in the second stage of a four-phase redevelopment project to raise its capacity to an eventual 50,000; pending full planning permission being granted. Wolverhampton Auction Room Manager Tom Waldron – who just happens to be a lifelong Wolves fan – says:


For any Wolves fan this has to be a fascinating lot. It is symbolic of the fact that the rebuilt Molineux stadium – one of the most advanced in the country when first built – was meant to demonstrate Wolves’ intention to return to the top tiers of English football.


Whilst, unfortunately, Wolves are currently experiencing a difficult period in terms of results on the pitch, it is thanks to the infrastructure of the club – such as its highly developed training facilities and stadium – that it will continue to attract financial investment, ensuring its future survival for years to come. This collection marks a key turning point in the club’s history and we anticipate competitive bidding between collectors keen to add this unique lot to their hoard.”


The plans will sell on Friday, 21st June 2013 as part of Cuttlestones’ Specialist Collectors’ Auction. Viewing will be from 10am – 7pm on Thursday, 20th June and the morning of the sale, with the catalogue available online at www.cuttlestones.co.uk from Friday, 14th June. For those unable to attend on the day of the sale, telephone, commission and live internet bidding options are available. For further information call 01902 421985.

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