Wolverhampton Wanderers will ply their trade in the Premier League for a second season after a superb 2009/10 campaign.
Many pudits predicted a swift return to the Championship, but under manager Mick McCarthy, Wolves proved the doubters wrong and ended up in 15th place.
Wolves' first spell in the Premier League came in the 2003/04 season, after they won promotion via the play-offs. A disappointing season ended in relegation, as the Midlands side finished bottom of the table with 33 points.
They won the Championship title in 2009 and have been in the top flight since.CLUB HERITAGE
Initially formed as St Luke's FC in 1877, the club became a founder member of the Football League 11 years later. In 1889, the club moved to their Molineux ground and reached the FA Cup final, losing 3-0 to Preston North End. The first of four FA Cup wins came in 1893, when they beat Everton 1-0.
In 1906, Wolves were relegated to the Second Division, but enjoyed another FA Cup win two years later, this time over favourites Newcastle United. In 1923 the club slipped further down the league system, with relegation to the Third Division (north.).
Success came 12 months later when they won Division Two. In 1932, they were promoted again, returning to the top-flight after a 26 year absence.
When Wolves old-boy Stan Cullis became manager in 1948, he oversaw one of the club's most triumphant periods, with an FA Cup win in 1949 being followed by three First Division titles in the fifties. Another FA Cup success, this time over Blackburn Rovers, came in 1960. After Cullis left the club in 1963, Wolves spent two seasons in the second tier before winning promotion once more.
Under manager Bill McGarry, the club made a UEFA Cup Final appearance against Tottenham Hotspur in 1972 and won the League Cup in 1974. In 1976 Wolves were relegated back to the Second Division, but they bounced back at the first time of asking, promoted as champions in 1977.
The early 1980s saw a League Cup win, a relegation to the Second Division, bankruptcy, and a promotion, followed by three successive relegations which left the club in the Fourth Division.
A change of ownership saw a dramatic improvement in the club's fortunes. The Molineux outfit won promotion from Division Four in 1987/88, which was followed by a second successive promotion a year later.
In 1990, Sir Jack Hayward bought the club and with his investment in the stadium and the team, the club enjoyed more stability, spending much of the 1990s pushing for a place in the Premier League, with several play-off final disappointments along the way.
The dream of Premier League football was eventually realised in 2003, with a play-off final win over Sheffield United at the Millennium Stadium clinching their promotion. Having seen his beloved club hit the big time, Hayward retired six months later.
A single season in the top-flight ended in relegation, with manager Dave Jones being dismissed shortly after. Former England manager Glenn Hoddle enjoyed a two-year spell at the club before Mick McCarthy took over the reins in the summer of 2006.
Then in August 2007, Redrow founder Steve Morgan bought Wolves for £10 plus a commitment to invest £30m into the club. In 2009, Wolves were promoted to the Barclays Premier League after being crowned Championship champions.PREMIER LEAGUE HISTORY
2002/03 - Win promotion to Premier League via play-offs.
2003/04 - Relegated from the top-flight with 33 points.
2008/09 - Crowned champions of the Championship, promoted back to the Premier League.
2009/10 - Secured their Barclays Premier League status
Manager Mick McCarthy
McCarthy won many plaudits for keeping Wolverhampton in the top flight in 2010 following promotion from the Championship the previous season.
The Molineux club finished in 15th place and surprised many by securing Barclays Premier League survival with matches to spare.
McCarthy has managed in the top-flight twice before. He had a short spell at the helm with Sunderland in 2003/04 when the club suffered relegation, before he returned to the top-flight with the Black Cats in 2005/06.
After a playing career with hometown club Barnsley, Manchester City, Celtic and Lyons, central defender McCarthy joined Millwall, initially on loan as a player in 1990.
At the tender age of 32, he was appointed the Lions' manager in 1991. Three years later the club narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League.
In 1996, Barnsley born McCarthy took over as Republic of Ireland manager, the country he represented as a player, leading the team to the 2002 Wold Cup Finals, where they reached the last 16 of the competition. After guiding the side to 13th in the FIFA World Rankings, he resigned from his post in November 2002.
Soon after, he was appointed manager of Sunderland in March 2003, replacing Howard Wilkinson. With the club struggling prior to his arrival, McCarthy was unable to prevent their relegation from the Premier League and their campaign ended with a then record low of 19 points.
However, under McCarthy the Stadium of Light outfit won promotion at the first time of asking, resuming their place in the top-flight in 2005/06. The Black Cats struggled to make the grade in the top-flight once more and McCarthy left the club in March 2006.
After a few months out of the spotlight, he replaced Glenn Hoddle at Wolves in July. In his first season in charge the club was forced to sell many of their first team players. Against the odds, McCarthy led the side to the play-off semi-finals, where they suffered defeat at the hands of eventual winners West Bromwich Albion.
The following season, the club finished seventh, losing out on a play-off place only on goal difference. The 2008/09 season started brightly for Wolves and McCarthy, and rarely did they look out of place at the top of the Championship.
The club won promotion to the Barclays Premier League on 18th April 2009, courtesy of a 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers, with the Championship title being secured the following week. McCarthy was honoured for his achievements, winning the Championship Manager of the Season Award.
And the former Republic of Ireland manager went one better by keeping Wolves in the top flight despite many pundits predicting instant relegation.