Former Wolves and Shrewsbury manager Graham Turner is to be the special guest at tomorrow’s fixture between the two sides at Molineux.
Turner presided over a hugely successful spell as Wolves manager between 1986 and 1994, helping drag the club up from a troubled period on and off the pitch including successive promotions from the old Fourth to Second Division and a Sherpa Van Trophy final success in front of over 80,000 at Wembley.
He had previously begun his managerial career at Shrewsbury, initially as a Player Manager, in 1978, immediately guiding the club to the Third Division title.
His successful spell with Shrewsbury saw him go on to become boss at Aston Villa, whilst after that and spells in charge at Wolves and Hereford he returned to Shropshire and masterminded his sixth career promotion by guiding the Shrews to promotion to Sky Bet League One in 2012.
He left the club earlier this year, but has now accepted Wolves’ invitation to attend today’s game.
He has also agreed to appear pitchside before the game where fans of both clubs will be able to pay tribute to his efforts and thank him for their contributed.
An equally popular quartet of players whom flourished under Turner’s guidance at Molineux – Steve Bull, Andy Mutch, Andy Thompson and Robbie Dennison – will also be present at tomorrow’s game and will join him at pitchside.
Fans wishing to see his pitchside appearance are encouraged to allow plenty of time to enter the stadium.
Wolves’ Head Coach Kenny Jackett says Turner is a person who has “complete respect” throughout football.
“I will try to speak to Graham and I’m sure I’ll see him around in that tunnel area,” he said.
“He’s always someone who’s been very good to me and he’s got complete respect right the way through the game.
“So it will be good to see him – I understand there will be a few of his ex-players there, and with his links with both clubs, he should rightly be recognised.
“The fact he’s been here as a successful Wolves manager and also just his standing in the game – his experience is vast so I respect his opinion on the game and listen to it.”
*A two page feature recalling some of Turner’s best times at both clubs will appear in the matchday programme.