How did Taiwanese company Tatung end up sponsoring Wolves in the eighties


It recently came to our attention that Wolverhampton Wanderers were once sponsored by major Taiwanese electronic company Tatung, thanks to the CTFA's Facebook page. 

How did Tatung and Wolves become a partnership

Tatung company has been around a bloody long time, they have been in Taiwan since 1918. However, they did not have a football team until 1963, the team started out as a work team, the same as so many before, and after them. The team did not really achieve any positive results until 1982.

So then, one must wonder, how a small team of amateurs, from the opposite side of the globe, come to be the sponsor of the most famous footy team from the Black Country - Wolverhampton Wanderers, or Wolves for short.

In 1982, Wolves found themselves struggling financially. This is where Tatung stepped in to help them out, the reason Tatung wanted to help out is that at that time, the Tatung UK headquarters were based in Wolverhampton, the same town as the team who shared the name.

The manager of the U.K office at the time said that "based on their sense of community responsibility, they wanted to get involved and help out". That is how the partnership began. The partnership lasted 6 years, until 1986.

Tatung's love of football was born

Back in Taiwan, when Wolves went into bankruptcy, The Tatung team became more professional. With that professionalism came success. From 1982 to 1984 Tatung won the men's Group B National Social Cup. In 1986, the year Wolves finally went bankrupt, Tatung was promoted to Taiwan's Group A National Championship. That year they came runner up, to the other Taiwanese powerhouse - Taipower.

Since those early years, Tatung and Taipower have dominated Taiwanese football, due to resources that other clubs on the island can't compete with. Tatung's early roots with Wolves and English football has gone a long way in setting them apart from other Taiwanese sides looking to topple them at the top of the tree.

*This blog has been paraphrased from the original article (in Chinese) which was first published to the Taiwan Premier League Facebook page.

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