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George Showell RIP

Showell1It is with great sadness that Wrexham Football Club today learnt of the passing away of a great stalwart of the club, George Showell.

Born in Bilston in the West Midlands, George actually came to Wrexham in November 1966 having signed for the club from Bristol City. However, a thigh strain held up George's debut, and it wasnt until 2nd December that he finally made his Wrexham debut at Edgeley Park, Stockport, playing at left-back in a 1-0 defeat.

George went on to make a further fifteen league appearances that season, and 32 more league appearances during the 1967/68 season. During his time with Wrexham he was once described as having a shrewd reading of the game as his greatest asset and he gives one hundred per cent loyalty to the club. A tower in defence.

At the end of the 1967/68 season, George decided to end his career because of a recurring knee injury, but the then manager, Alvan Williams invited George on to the coaching staff, but by September, Alvan Williams had left the club and John Neal was appointed, and immediately appointed George as his right hand man as the trainer.

Just over a year later the Neal/Showell partnership had reaped its rewards as they led the then Robins to promotion in 1970, with a team made up of Wrexham legends such as Dave Gaskell, Gareth Davies, Eddie May, Arfon Griffiths, Ian Moir, Brian Tinnion, Ray Smith, Albert Kinsey to name but a few.

As well as coaching, George also worked as the sponge man and later took over the posh name of Physio. His time at the Racecourse coincided with the club's greatest era of the 1970's, with FA Cup triumphs, European Cup-Winners Cup exploits as well as winning the Third Division championship, and spending four years in the old Second Division, before we had our lean years in the 1980s.

George went on to spend almost 25 years with Wrexham, he even managed the club on a caretaker basis in-between the departure of Bobby Roberts and the arrival of Dixie McNeil. In July 1991, George had a testimonial, when Wrexham played his former club Wolverhampton Wanderers in which George proudly played for part of the game. This followed his departure from Wrexham in 1990, when he sadly had to leave the club under the Football League's qualifications for physiotherapists, as George did not have the adequate qualifications.

George remained very much a likeable character in Wrexham taking up employment as a Porter at the Maelor Hospital, and kept involved in sport by joining Wrexham Rugby Club as their match day Physio.

Before joining Wrexham, George had already had a very distinguished football career, and was a household name in the football world. He began his football career at school from where he represented South East Staffordshire boys, before signing for his favourite team, Wolves, in July 1949 as a 15 year-old on amateur forms, as he had already taken up work in a local engineering factory as a fitter.

However, in August 1951, George was to sign professional for Wolves, and left his work at the factory. He never made a great impression to start with; in fact he had to wait four years before making his first team debut. That came in March 1955 in a 1-1 home draw with Preston North End.

George played well enough to retain his place in the side for the last seven matches of 1954/55. His career with Wolves was to see George experience touring South Africa, Russia, USA, Spain and the West Indies. At this time, George was understudy to Eddie Stuart, and it wasnt until around the 1959/60 season that he began to command a regular first team spot. That was the season that he played in the F.A. Cup final against Blackburn Rovers that Wolves won 3-0.

He competed in Europe with Wolves, playing against Vorwaerts of East Germany, Red Star Belgrade, Barcelona, F.K.Austria and Rangers. Injuries took their toll in the early 60's, but it was a change of manager that signalled the end of George's playing career at Molyneux. His last appearance for Wolves being a 2-0 defeat at Fulham in October 1964.

George had played in over 200 games for the club that he had supported as a boy, showing great loyalty and proving to be a versatile performer by playing in either full-back position, centre-half and also at centre-forward. In the close season of 1965, George was given a free transfer by Wolves in recognition of his service to the club, and he joined Bristol City.

Hi early days at Ashton Gate were frustrating, as he was injured in the pre-season friendlies, and by the time he was fit, he struggled to get into the side. His debut came at Manchester City, but it saw him enter Bristol City's record books as there first ever substitute in a Football League match. He went on to make ten more League appearances that season, but the following campaign saw him out of favour, and when the opportunity came to join Wrexham in November 1966, he jumped at it.

George was not to regret his move to Wrexham, as he went on to settle in the town, where he became an honorary Welshman, very proud to have played a part in the clubs iconic history of the 70s. He will be sadly missed. Our deepest sympathy goes out to his Georges family.

Name;        Showell, George William           1966 - 1968

Position;     Full-Back

Birthplace; Bilston, West Midlands                                           

Height;       5ft 11'1/2in  Weight; 12st 7lbs

D.O.B;      9th February 1934

Debut;      v. Stockport County (a) 2nd December 1966

Appearances; 48apps 1gls

Career; Wolves Aug 1951 200apps 3gls; Bristol City May 1965 9/2apps 0gls; WREXHAM 12th Nov 1966;

Honours; F.A.Cup Winners medal 1960; Welsh Cup runners-up medal 1967;

Season    

League   

 

F.A.Cup  

 

Welsh Cup

 

League Cup  

 

Total

 
 

apps

gls  

apps

gls  

apps

gls  

apps

gls  

apps

gls

1966/67   

16

  0   

  1

  0   

  3

  0   

  -

  -    

20

  0

1967/68   

32

  1   

  -

  -   

  1

  0   

  1

  0    

34

  1

 

48

  1   

  1

  0   

  4

  0   

  1

  0    

54

  1

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