Under-23 preview | Wolves vs Stoke

Wolves under-23s find themselves just 90 minutes away from promotion into the top-flight of youth football as they face a play-off final against Stoke City at Molineux on Monday evening.

After their penalty heroics in the semi-final last week, supporters can give their backing to Wolves under-23s once again tonight as James Collins’ side look to return to Premier League 2 Division 1 after a two-year absence.

Season ticket holders and members can get free entry into Molineux for the 7pm kick-off, while for non-season ticket holders, tickets cost £4 for adults, £2 for over-65s and under-21s, and it’s free for under-17s. Tickets sales close at 5pm this evening.


The under-23s can cap off an outstanding second half of their PL2 season, losing just one Division 2 match in their last 13 outings, which saw the development team rocket up the table to finish their regular season campaign in second place.

With home matches in the play-offs guaranteed, they used it to their advantage last week, with the fans helping them to a penalty shootout win over Norwich City to book their place in the final.

With Stoke having overcome Nottingham Forest in the other semi-final, the two meet once again at Molineux this evening, with their latest clash coming just a few weeks after the sides played out a 2-2 draw in front of hundreds of supporters at the golden palace.

But it will be another difficult task for Wolves, who have already suffered defeat in one final this season having lost out in the Premier League Cup, as Stoke come into the game in good form after just two defeats in their last 11 outings, including last week’s semi-final victory over Forest.

After falling out in the play-off semi-finals last season, both Wolves and Stoke have already gone one better this time out, but there is only one place in Division 1 remaining for next season, and supporters can do their best to help Collins’ boys to be that team by booking their place in the stands.


Parking will also be available for spectators on a first come/first served basis in the Stan Cullis and Waterloo Road car parks.

Supporters can watch all the action from Molineux live this evening, as the match is streamed online via wolves.co.uk, the Wolves App and the Wolves YouTube channel.

The live Wolves TV match stream, beginning at 6.55am, can be found here, or click here to watch on YouTube, while supporters can also catch download the Wolves App now on iOS here and on Android here.


Monday, 7pm





1(p)-1 vs Norwich City (H)

2-2(p) vs West Bromwich Albion (A) PLC

3-2 vs Middlesbrough (H) PLC


2-0 vs Nottingham Forest (H)

2-1 vs West Bromwich Albion (A)

2-2 vs Wolves (A)


Speaking about what he expects from the Potters this evening, under-23 head coach James Collins said: “They’re a good side. I think they finished second last season and they missed out in the play-offs like us. This season they finished similar, coming third, and they’re a good side at this level.

“They’re well organised, talented and not the Stoke that you think of, it’s not all crash, bang, wallop, they play some really good football and they’ve deserved to get to this stage. It’ll be a really tough game, and we had a really tough game with them here the other night when we went two down, got it back to a 2-2 draw, and we could’ve nicked it at the end.

“But I’m sure they’ll be disappointed that they didn’t hang on to a 2-0 lead, so it’ll be a really close and tight game, something we’re all looking forward to, and hopefully we’ll come out on the right side of the result.”