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Tributes paid to former Walsall and Wolves defender Granville Palin

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Tributes have been paid to former Walsall and Wolves defender Granville Palin, who has passed away at the age of 76.

Palin, as captain, won the 1958 FA Youth Cup final with Wolves in amazing fashion.

Trailing 5-1 to Chelsea after the first leg at Stamford Bridge, they managed to overturn the deficit by winning 6-1 at Molineux. He was signed by the Saddlers in 1960 and, under Bill Moore, helped them win promotion from the Third Division as runners-up in 1960/61.

Palin made 140 appearances for the club, scoring 10 goals.

He is perhaps best remembered for his part in the 1962/63 relegation decider against Charlton, in which he took over in goal after Alan Boswell went off injured.

Palin was appointed player-manager of Hednesford Town in 1966 and he also had spells in charge of Rushall Olympic and Darlaston.

His son Leigh also had a career as a professional footballer, playing for the likes of Bradford City, Stoke City and Hull City.

Walsall FC said: "The thoughts of everyone at Walsall Football Club are with Granville's family and friends at this very sad time."

Rushall Olympic wrote on Twitter: "Rushall Olympic are saddened by the passing of former Walsall player and Pics, Hednesford and Darlaston boss, Granville Palin #RIPGranville."

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