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FA Cup-winning Wolves defender George Showell dies at 78

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

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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