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Wolves youngsters hone their firepower at RAF museum

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: August 08, 2014

Wolves Under 18s meet war veterans and members of Bert Williams family at Cosford

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WOLVES' long and enduring partnership with RAF Cosford has been documented plenty of times in these pages, with its roots in the Second World War, when serving airmen would make the trip down the road to Molineux to play in impromptu matches.

Some of Wolves' star players served at Cosford, including Bilston-born Bert Williams and World Cup winner Ron Flowers.

Wolves and Cosford have maintained a close relationship ever since, and the newest generation of players visited the museum last week.

The club's Under 18s went over for a team building exercise led by coach Rob Edwards. The 26 academy players carried out one of the museum's workshops which involves firing paper rockets across the Hangar One next to the German wartime V1 and V2 rockets.

As well as learning about the long partnership between club and museum, the players met up with veterans Arthur Jones (of the Tank Regiment) and Dennis Thompson (RAF Rear Gunner) who recounted their days serving in the Second World War – as well as watching the Wolves while they were on leave.

The players then went over to the RAF base at Cosford where guests Annette and David Crawshaw, relatives of the late Bert Williams, were part of a presentation in honour of the great Wolves and England keeper.

And just in case the players haven't already had enough of training, they rounded the day off with a tour of the RAF's physical training school!

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