1. ITV Report

Wolves fan makes model stadium out of matchsticks

Chris Jepson with his matchstick model of the Molineux Photo: PA

A retired accountant has spent more than 500 hours making a scale model of the Molineux stadium from materials such as matchsticks.

Chris Jepson, a life-long Wolverhampton Wanderers fan from Kidderminster, began creating the model of the old ground in October 2016 and managed to finish it in time for their promotion to the Premier League last weekend.

The 71-year-old made the model out of matchsticks and other everyday items Credit: PA

The 71-year-old hopes to display the model at the club's official museum before auctioning it off for a prostate cancer charity.

Mr Jepson said it had always been on his bucket list to once again build the old stadium - which he finally completed using matchsticks, coffee stirrers, rabbit hutch wire and other everyday items.

Despite his work being labelled the "Matchstick Molineux", he has said there is more to the model than that.

Mr Jepson said he was motivated to build the model after having prostate cancer Credit: PA

I always loved the old stadium, there was something about it which was magic to me. Being a long-suffering Wolves fan, it's always been something I've had on my bucket list to do - to build a stadium that looked like it did in the old days.

I made it because I wanted to make it, but I didn't make it for myself. One of the ideas behind it was, once I'd made it, it would finish up in the home of a loving Wolves fan that would appreciate it or perhaps even in the Wolves museum.

– Chris Jepson
Chris Jepson will auction off the stadium to raise money for prostate cancer Credit: PA

Mr Jepson said he was motivated to build the model after having prostate cancer and wanted to "give something back."

The club have expressed an interest in the model being shown in the museum.