FA Cup-winning Wolves defender George Showell dies at 78

Wolves were today mourning the passing of FA Cup-winning defender George Showell, who died yesterday at the age of 78.

George Showell and his wife in 1960
George Showell and his wife in 1960

Showell, who was born in the Black Country but lived in Wrexham for the last 46 years, passed away after collapsing in a Sainsbury’s supermarket in the north Wales town, where he was on a shopping trip with his wife Gwen.

Son Mark, aged 52, said his father ruptured an artery in his stomach, and, although he was revived at the scene, he died two hours later in Wrexham Maelor Hospital surrounded by his family.

Showell leaves wife Gwen, son Mark, daughter Tracy, aged 49, two grandsons, aged 27 and 17 and a grand-daughter aged 14.

Part of Wolves’ last victorious FA Cup team in 1960 when they beat Blackburn 3-0 at Wembley, Showell also played against Barcelona in the European Cup during the same season.

He joined Wolves in 1949 and made 218 appearances for the club before moving to Bristol City in May 1965, switching to Wrexham in November 1966.

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R.I.P. George Showell, played for us when we were one of the greats.

kapitiwolf nz

George you were 1 hell of a full back, were watching you in my teenage years.

R.I.P. Condolences to the Showell family.


Rip George before my time however by all accounts a great defensive kingpin in a great wolves team of that era , condolences to loved ones r.i.p George

dougie clare from telford

r.i.p george showell great player

Ye Olde South Bank

Sincere and heartfelt condolences to Mr. Showell's family and friends.

Not many players get to lift that coveted Cup, but George was one of the select few. George played for Wolves when I was a little boy, so unfortunately I didn't get to see him play. However, once a Wolf, always a Wolf.

Finally, what a wonderful, atmospheric photograph that is of George, his wife and the FA Cup. Who could want for more? Sheer perfection.

RIP George Showell.


R.I.P George my Condolences to the Showel family


R.I.P. George I went to school with George, Etheridge school,he was a great player then, and it was a pleasure to watch him play for Wolves, at C.H., and R.B,condolences to his Family

wrexham wolf

I live opposite George in Wrexham and he is the nicest man you could ever hope to meet. I spent many an hour chatting about football and i even went to him for advice when i tore my hamstring. So sorry for his lovely wife and family.

I'm sure both Wrexham and Wolves fans will be sad to see such such a great servant to football pass away.

He will be greatly missed.

Adrian Griffith

As a Wrexham Fan this is incredibly sad news. There will be many football related plaudits for George Showell, but all I would say is he was one of the nicest, kindest, most genuine people I have ever met in 35 years plus of supporting my club. I can assure you his passing will be a matter of great sadnest in his adopted home town

Chase Terrace Wolf

A little before my days of following the Wolves but what a great picture no posing in a tracksuit proper players then R.I.P.


I remember George so well. A loyal Wolves man if ever there was one. I remember, among other occasions, the friendly game when we beat Real Madrid at Molineux and in which George played centre half and kept the great Alfred di Stefano quiet. R.I.P. George. Condolences to the family.

spanish ray

R.I.P.George.A great player for Wolves and a true gent .You will always be remembered for the pleasure you gave to us fans.Condolences to the family.


R.I.P ,George watched you as a boy with my father,condolences to the family



Alan 62

Went to my first match in March 62 and George Showell was playing . As I recall a strong and athletic full back - a terrific player who didn't make mistakes. one of my first football heroes.

brigtet& tonly

R I P George I was at your wedding with with ar kid Ronnie two great guys.


I had the honour of meeting George many times when i was a lad outside the ground before a match,he was ALWAYS kind and generous with his time and nothing was to much trouble,not only was he a gentleman but also an outstanding player as well in a great wolves side. He will be sadly missed and my condolences go to his family



I remember George as a solid,reliable,no nonsense full back who always gave 100%.May he RIP.


George was a well respected and most unassuming man who gave his all for wolves.

A great footballer in a great Wolves team.

RIP GEORGE, you will be fondly remembered


sad to hear the passing of this great wolves defender who I saw many times in the late fifties and early sixties, even got his autograph outside highbury before or usual routine win at arsenal. R.I.P


George was amost unassuming man ,an unsung hero, who gave his all for Wolves.

A great player in a great team.

RIP GEORGE ,you were well respected and will be sadly missed


A solid,reliable and loyal defender.I just wish some of Wolves present day defenders had those qualities.

vic billingham

Gone home to a lot of his team mates, he will get a great welcome..thanks for the memories George.

Alan Hinton

God bless you George Showell=what a lovely man=I was a 15 year old groundstaff boy at Wolves and George always had fun with me? He kidded me and sometimes kicked me in practice. I could tell he was helping me become a good player and a man! His wife Gwen is a lovely lady! My wife and I send our condolenses from Seattle. RIP=U R with some of the greatest Wolves player ever now!

Norway Wolf

Sat on my uncle Ted's shoulders, I watched our great George Showell play in many games, including (if my deteriorating memory serves me right) against Real Madrid, when we dominated and confirmed the Wolves as the best club football team in the whole world.

He'll get an automatic place in the team up there! Gods own team MUST play in old gold and black!

S.E. Clarkson

One of the most underrated players ever to play for Wolves. A credit to the Black Country. Sincere condolences to his family.