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Waggy's last work was a tribute to his mate Munro

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: July 11, 2014

  • Dave Wagstaffe, right, with sports writer and Wolves fan Steve Gordos

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WOLVES FANS are being given the chance to have their names listed in print among those of their heroes when Dave Wagstaffe's biography of his long-time team-mate Frank Munro comes out this summer.

The affectionate 208-page hardback is due for publication in mid-August, a year on from when 'Waggy', died after a brief illness.

As a player he was widely recognised as one of the best England wingers never to have won a senior cap.

He had already made his mark in the publishing world with his autobiography, Waggy's Tales. As with that book, the manuscript for his second was completed in long hand and tells the story of the Scottish international defender, who died in the summer of 2011.

"Sadly, Waggy won't be here to see the book published," said close friend Steve Gordos, who helped add extra chapters and edited Waggy's manuscript. Steve is the author of several previous books on Wolves, including biographies of Peter Knowles, Peter Broadbent and Derek Dougan.

"Frank loved Waggy's Tales, which Waggy wrote with only minimal help from me, so the two of them started work on Frank's book in their final years.

"Waggy was a great friend and carer to Frank, visiting him regularly during Frank's many years of ill health. After their conversations, Waggy would write it all down painstakingly on A4 paper, which he eventually presented to me in a folder. It was a while after Frank died that Waggy completed his jottings – following some nagging from me!

"I then helped with some detailed research into Frank's career and dug up a lot of extra information in newspaper archives."

By purchasing copies in advance, supporters can have their names in the 'In Tribute To Frank' section at the back of the £14.99 book. Several former team-mates of the pair have already pledged their support and will be listed.

Post and packing is free in the UK, so interested fans should send cheques for £14.99, payable to Thomas Publications, to 26 Park End, Newport, Shropshire, TF10 7JG.

Anyone who has problems with this means of payment should ring the publishers on 07734-440095 to discuss other ways of paying. The deadline for names to be included is July 18.

Steve Gordos has insisted that his editor's fee goes to charity and the plan is for the project to lead to further donations being made to good causes in the coming months.

"Waggy and I vowed that any proceeds would go to charity," Steve said, with the Stroke Association, Cancer Research and maybe a local cause as his choices.

"We have called the book Frank's For The Memory – a bit corny, we know, but Waggy liked it as it was Bob Hope's signature tune and familiar to both him and Frank.

"There are plenty of great anecdotes and a good insight into what life at Molineux was like under Bill McGarry, who was a really tough task-master as manager, as well as Ronnie Allen and Sammy Chung.

"The late 1960s and the first half of the 1970s were an exciting time at Molineux with several long cup runs, including one to a final in Europe, and the League Cup glory in 1974.

"They both knew how to tell a story, so we're delighted with the final text."

Munro played 371 competitive games for Wolves and won nine caps for Scotland, having started his career with Dundee United and Aberdeen.

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