Wolverhampton Wanderers FC was founded in 1877 as St Luke's Football Club, and became one of the founding members of the Football League. The Origins of Wolverhampton Wanderers tells the story of the formative years of Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, with particular reference to the lives and actions of the principal founders of the club: John Brant Brodie, John Baynton, and Jack Addenbrooke. This is the story of quite ordinary young men from the backstreets of Wolverhampton who created something truly extraordinary, famous and enduring - the Wolves! The early years were dramatic and often turbulent, and the fledgling club nearly foundered on more than one occasion, but thanks to the efforts of the founders and supporters, it came through and survived. The Origins of Wolverhampton Wanderers deals with events and people well outside living memory, showing an appreciation of their contribution to the history and development of this famous old club, and it does much to add to our knowledge of the history of Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Patrick Quirke is the author of The Major: The Life and Times of Frank Buckley (Tempus: 2006).He taught history for thirty years before retiring, but has always had a keen interest in historical research. He has worked in the club archives and is currently a stadium tour guide. He also works as an Education Facilitator at the Red House Cone Glass Museum in Stourbridge. It should be possible to sell the book at Molineux (stadium and new museum), local museums and Waterstones.