FORMER Wrexham Football Club legend George Showell has died aged 78.
The ‘fans’ favourite’ collapsed at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Wrexham yesterday.
The long-serving defender, who won an FA Cup medal with Wolves in 1960, joined the Wrexham team in 1966 and later worked as a coach and physiotherapist until 1990.
Ex-Wrexham manager Arfon Griffiths, 71, said Showell’s son, Mark, rang him to tell him the sad news.
He said: “George was a very quiet man – very effective. He had his way of doing things.
“He was a character and was well-liked in the club. He was a lovely man and will be sadly missed by a lot of people.
“I had only seem him a couple of weeks ago and he looked well. He never looked any different.
“His big career was with Wolves but he settled down here and liked the area. He was well-liked by everybody.
“He came here as a player and played in a number of positions, then worked as a coach and then as a physiotherapist. He served the club really well over the years.
“I have known him as a player, coach, physiotherapist and as a friend. I’m really sad about his passing.”
Black Country-born Showell, who lived in Sandringham Road, Garden Village, Wrexham, is also survived by his wife Gwen and daughter Tracey.
Showell played for Wolves under the legendary Stan Cullis and the pair travelled around the world as the famous old gold shirts ruled domestic and continental soccer during the early 1950s.
In May 1965 he left his beloved Wolves and joined Bristol City, but he only played nine games before transferring to Wrexham in November 1966.
An achilles injury and knee problems finally finished Showell’s career but he went on to become the team’s trainer and club physio.
There was outrage when he was sacked after almost 25 years with the club because of a new soccer rule which insisted all physiotherapists had to be fully qualified.