The 2001-02 season was the season all Wolves fans had been waiting for - the season that might finally chronicle the return to the top league in England for the first time since May 1984. Above all, it would have been Wolves' promotion to the FA Barclaycard Premiership for the first time in the illustrious history of the club.
David Jones, with seven months at the club under his belt, set about putting a side together capable of achieving the top flight status that had been denied Wolves for some eighteen years. New captain Paul Butler added steel to the defence, and twenty-one goal Dean Sturridge, a bargain at less that half a million pounds, both played their part in a fantastic season that will be remembered for many years. Player of the season Alex Rae perhaps did most in the side to personify the new Wolves' spirit that, but for a poor run of luck in the final few weeks, would have guaranteed automatic promotion.
There was much to celebrate in the season, particularly in the early months, and despite an agonising finish that sometimes resembled slow torture for the Wolves' faithful, there was a real belief that returned to the club. A belief in success and a belief in commitment, all with foundations in the fans' new conviction that their Black Country Warriors would soon be back in the top flight, ready to return to the glory of their former days and cut a new story of footballing achievements in the twenty-first century.