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60 years ago today Wolves pipped the Baggies to be champions of England

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

By Steve Gordos

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TODAY is a Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diamond Jubilee.

On April 24, 1954, Wolves became champions of England for the first time in their history.

Stan Cullis's team beat Tottenham 2–0 at Molineux on the last Saturday of the league season to clinch the First Division title after an epic battle with neighbours Albion.

The Black Country rivals had been neck and neck for most of the season but the race was virtually won before the Spurs game. Mathematically, the Baggies could still top the table if they won their final match by a large margin and Wolves lost theirs equally heavily.

Albion, however, lost 3–0 at Portsmouth which meant the title went to their rivals by a four-point margin.

At the final whistle, the fans invaded the pitch and refused to leave until the players made an appearance in the directors' box. Eventually, led by skipper Billy Wright, each player addressed the crowd.

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