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Wolves book 'The Pack Is Back' to help sick children

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published:

A new Wolves book written by fans could raise more than £10,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Lifelong Wolves fan Steve Plant has written his new book in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital

The Pack Is Back has been compiled by lifelong fan Steve Plant, who wrote They Wore The Shirt, a history of Wolves’ shirts though the years, in 2017.

Steve’s new book puts together the thoughts and memories of fans who watched Nuno Espirito Santo’s win the Championship title last season.

It also includes contributions from Carl Ikeme, Led Zeppelin rock legend Robert Plant, Express & Star Editor Keith Harrison, Wolves managing director Laurie Dalrymple, Wolves fans Jacqui Oatley and Johnny Phillips and captain Conor Coady.

Steve said: “This is arguably one of the most exciting times in our recent history and people are really keen to savour every minute and relive some unforgettable moments, from the nine-man win at Boro and the masterclass against Sheffield United to the last-minute drama at Cardiff and Neves’ wonder strike against Derby.

“So many people were asking me to look at putting together another publication so this seemed like a natural idea, the difference being that we are using the fans to tell a large part of the story.

“The Pack Is Back is a journey through last season, featuring great photos from Stuart Manley and Sam and Dave Bagnall, as well as lots of supporter images that capture the raw emotion of the season.

“We have raised over £25,000 for Cure Leukaemia and £37,000 for Birmingham Children’s Hospital through previous books, the 24-hour penalty shoot-out and special tribute dinners – the target is another £10,000 to go towards BCH’s outstanding work.”

The book will be launched on Friday at Molineux with a special event due to be attended by Ikeme, Paul Butler, Mel Eves and Kenny Hibbitt. Just 2,018 copies of the book are set to be sold.

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Ex-Wolves media supremo Paul Berry, who has edited the book, added: “The project is a real Black Country effort and I think that’s reflected in the style and the content. Fittingly, there is also a tribute to John ‘Foz’ Hendley, the much-loved former Wolves programme editor and historian.

“Two things are certain – he would have absolutely loved it and would also have been propping up the bar at the launch!

“It’s great that members of Foz’s family will also be there at the event to mark the launch of this unique publication, which Steve has very kindly dedicated to him.”

The Three Tuns Brewery is again getting behind the fundraising drive by launching a new ale called The Pack Is Back, a light-tan beer that recreates the iconic style of an India Pale Ale of the 19th century.

Nine barrels have been produced and are being sold at The Fox at Shipley, Platform Ale House in Albrighton and Brewers Arms in Worcester, with all the profits going to charity.

For further information or to order a copy of The Pack Is Back, email wolvesandengland@hotmail.co.uk.

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers
@tim_spiers_Star

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living

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