John Richards has carried out his promise to help replace a valued keepsake lost by a Texas-based Wolves fan in flooding at his house.
Clive Hill, who used to live in Penn, suffered the loss as a result of Hurricane Harvey more than 18 months ago, his plight being reported by the Express & Star.
Wolves Heroes’ co-owner read the article, vowed to help and met up with the exiled supporter at Molineux on Friday to present him with a signed photo of his late winning goal in the 1974 League Cup final.
“I hadn’t met Clive before and the autographed head-and-shoulders photo of me that he lost at his home in Houston must have been obtained by someone else,” Richards said.
“What he and other people around him went through in the hurricane was devastating, so it was nice to meet up now and help him replace a bit of what was destroyed.
“I was upstairs at Molineux at a Swede Wolves lunch when he arrived, so I took him up to the Hayward Suite and introduced him to a few of those who had come over from Scandinavia for the weekend.
“The support Wolves have round the world is amazing. I remember that from when we regularly used to go to Sweden and Norway in the close season. What was nice to see, though, was that there were younger members among them – coming over with their dads or maybe travelling here on their own for the first time.
“Clive and his wife emigrated so they could travel around America but he was born at New Cross and has a friend in Cannock who he asked me to speak to on his phone. The Swedish fans tend to just have adopted Wolves as their club, though. They live all over their country and probably only meet each other for trips here.”
More than 30 members saw their chairman Truls Mansson present Lewis Richards (no relation!) with their annual Player to Watch award.
Lewis was taken to the event by new Academy coach Kevin Foley and stayed to take part in a short question-and-answer session.