Wolves legend Dave Wagstaffe, who died last week aged 70, will leave a lasting legacy to his old teammate Frank Munro – a biography.
The man fans called “Waggy” had, a few months before his death, finished writing a book about the Scotland international defender, who died two years ago.
The pair were in the Wolves side who reached the UEFA Cup final in 1972 and won the League Cup in 1974.
Wagstaffe had started the book while Munro was still alive and was able to get a lot of recollections from his pal.
After Munro’s death, Wagstaffe ploughed on with the manuscript but it was completed thanks to help from a friend, journalist Steve Gordos.
Waggy’s partner, Val Williams, told The Bugle:“I’m so pleased Steve’s going ahead with the book. It’s what Dave would have wanted.”
Explained Gordos, who has written several books on Wolves: “Waggy had written just under 30,000 words but we needed at least twice that figure – and more.
“Fortunately, I was able to do a lot of research on Frank’s career before and after Wolves as well as adding some more details about his time at Molineux.
“Our plan was to have the book published next year with Waggy around to sign copies.
“That can’t happen now, of course, but I owe it to Waggy to ensure the book is published.
“It will now serve as a tribute to two Wolves legends instead of one. The book is a labour of love as far as I am concerned and Waggy and I had agreed that all proceeds would go to charity.
“That will still happen. I’m happy for Waggy’s partner Val to decide which charity – or charities – will benefit.
“We had not come up with a definite title for the book though ‘Frank’s for the Memory’ was one we toyed with.”
Before he joined Wolves, Munro played for Dundee United and Aberdeen. After nearly ten years at Molineux he moved back to Scotland and had a brief spell with Celtic before going to live in Australia for a few years.
Gordos also helped Wagstaffe with his autobiography, Waggy’s Tales, which was very well received by Wolves fans. “I did not have to do much,” said Gordos. “Waggy wrote it all himself and my main role was to type it into a computer and to nag him for the next chapter.
“The text only needed a few minor adjustments. He had a lovely way of relating an anecdote and there is a lot similar to that in what he has written about Frank.”
Wagstaffe died at his Tettenhall home, after a short illness, with Val Williams, his partner for 20 years, holding him in her arms.
Only in January he had been inducted into the Wolves Hall of Fame at a dinner at Molineux. On the same night he also received a letter conveying congratulations from the Queen.
Wagstaffe and Valerie had stayed in a cottage on the Royal estate at Balmoral on many occasions and had been accompanied on three stays by Gordos and his wife Lindsay.
“I wrote to Her Majesty,” said Gordos, “telling her of Waggy’s love for Balmoral and of his impending induction into the Hall of Fame. I received a letter back from a Lady in Waiting saying that the Queen was pleased Mr Wagstaffe liked Balmoral and to congratulate him on his honour.
“I had the letter framed and Lindsay presented it to him on his big night. He was absolutely delighted, really proud to receive it.”
A stay at Balmoral in December had already been booked by Waggy and Val. He had always wanted to spend Christmas there.
The funeral will be next (Thursday, August 22) at St Peter's Collegiate Church in Wolverhampton city centre at 12.30. The cortege will go via Waterloo Road and pause for a few minutes outside the Billy Wright Stand at Molineux.