Friends Reunited

Paul Cook – Memory Man!

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Paul Cook proved he had lost none of his love for Wolves when greeted by a familiar sight during his promising spell in charge of Eircom League club Sligo Rovers.

The popular former Molineux midfielder looked up from pitch-side before a recent game to catch a glimpse of a gold and black mid-1990s shirt being worn on the front row of the stand by Wolves fanatic Gwilym Machin.

“The next thing I know, Cooky is having a chat with us about the old days and asking what’s happening at Wolves these days,” said Gwilym, who had flown across the Irish Sea with his wife Morag for a weekend break from their home in Glasgow.

“Although we both used to live in Telford, I don’t suppose I had seen him since he left us in 1994 but he remembered my name and even told me off for not letting him know I was going over.

“He has always been brilliant at mixing with the supporters – that’s one of the reasons he was a favourite for a lot of Wolves fans.

Showing from the technical area that his communication skills aren't limited just to the fans!
Showing from the technical area that his communication skills aren't limited just to the fans!

“He once came out of the players’ entrance before a game at Brighton’s old ground and asked if we had tickets. When we said ‘no,’ he disappeared back inside and returned with a few which he was happy to hand out.

“Because he seemed to like getting out of the dressing room for a few minutes before matches, we didn’t often pay for tickets at away games for a year or two!”

Cook, who played well over 200 Wolves games after being bought for £250,000 from Norwich by Graham Turner in the autumn of 1989, is in his second season with Sligo, who are based towards the Republic of Ireland’s north-west corner.

His side finished a respectable sixth in 2007 and are similarly placed this time round.

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