We at Wolves Heroes were greatly saddened to hear of the passing-away of Paul Darby, the club’s physio from 1986 to 1994.
The 66-year-old had stayed a Wolves fan through several seasons of poor health as well as remaining as busy as possible in his chosen profession.
He was taken to Molineux by Graham Turner in the weeks following the manager’s arrival in the autumn of 1986 and left soon after the installation of Graham Taylor in March, 1994.
He was close to Steve Bull, among many others, he and Barry Powell helping handle the striker’s off-field affairs during the lower-division days.
Having also been involved in non-League management locally, Darby left football to concentrate golf and included Ian Woosnam, Peter Baker and Alison Nicholas among the many players he helped with physio, rehab and conditioning after switching his interests to golf.
He was involved in the sport for over two decades and travelled widely across the world, as we reported on this website from time to time.
He continued to live in different parts of Shropshire, though, including Coalbrookdale most recently.
Paul’s funeral is at Telford Crematorium at 12.30 on July 15 and we hope to be there and to write a much fuller piece on his life and career in the coming weeks.