It is great sadness that the Association announce the death of Graham Lovett earlier this morning (10th May) after a short illness. Graham joined the Albion straight from school in 1964 and went onto make 141 (+15 sub) appearances scoring 9 goals. “Shuv” as he was known has battled many things through his life but perhaps none more so than the 2 car crashes he encountered whilst still a player at the Hawthorns. The first being on the M1 in Northampton on Christmas Eve 1966 when he broke his neck and the second involving a Bus on the Hagley Rd in 1969.

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Graham prior to these crashes was described as the next “Duncan Edwards” but those accidents meant he never quite reached those dizzy heights. What he did do was become an FA Cup Winner as he was part of that wonderful 1968 winning side. The selection of Shuv was a surprise to everyone but Alan Ashman wanted to stop the attacking prowess of the Everton left back. Graham had a chance to score but ballooned it over the bar, he would tell you he did that to waste time!

Those who played with Graham will also say what a good player he was but also he had a great sense of humour. The All Stars visited Barbados in 1985 and who can forget his rendition of “Under the Boardwalk” on the steps of the Bamboo Beach Bar or his bravery in stopping a near certain goal resulting in him needing a knee operation on his return to the UK. It was that trip he decided to nickname everyone ending in “tino” as if they were a star Brazilian player!

After a spell in non league Graham hung up his boots and joined the Express & Star. Eventually he decided that the sunshine was better for his health so he moved to Spain, then onto Thailand followed by the Costa Del Sol again. Shuv married Kate in August 2016 which, unknown to him, many of his colleagues had been invited to the reception. Recently Graham and Kate moved back to Wolverhampton from Spain and only a few weeks ago moved into a new home in Shifnal.

Graham has supported the Association over the last few years, been to games in the Regis Suite, amused the corporate guests with his wonderful humour and his presence was enjoyed by all.

We will all miss you “Shuvatino” and our heart felt sympathy goes out to his wife Kate, his children Nick, Matthew and Ben, grandchildren Kyle, Megan, Harry and all his family and friends.

His wife and family would appreciate their privacy at this time.

To use your words Graham “God bless you”