A much-anticipated biography of Frank Munro by his team-mate Dave Wagstaffe is due for publication next month.
The affectionate 208-page hard-back is due to go on sale 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 Munro, 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, the author of several previous books on Wolves, added: “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.”
Steve 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.
The book, published by Thomas Publications and costing £14.99, will be on sale in the Wolves megastore.
*The cover, pictured below, remains subject to a possible slight change.