Shrewsbury Town and Wolves fans to unite as former boss Graham Turner returns to Molineux

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He wants the game to end in a draw for obvious reasons. But there is nothing neutral about the mutual affections Graham Turner will stir when he returns to Molineux tomorrow.

Wolves fans will be forever grateful for the major role Turner played reviving and transforming the club in the mid to late 1980s.

Shrewsbury followers are equally respectful of the job he did leading them to the highest point of their history from 1978-84, then returning to inspire them to promotion in his latest three-year spell.

Sadly, the 66-year-old ended his managerial career without returning to Molineux to manage competitively.

Tomorrow will also be the first live game he has watched since retiring from the Greenhous Meadow hotseat on January 21.

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But he could hardly have picked a more apt one and the former Wolves and Shrewsbury boss will be back on familiar territory with naturally mixed feelings.

"I'm interested in both clubs and how they're doing, so a draw would be a great result from where I'm standing!" he said.

"Shrewsbury need the points to get themselves out of trouble and a point wouldn't be a disaster for Wolves in terms of their current position.


"Shrewsbury have been very close in a number of games recently and they should have picked up more points, which they will do if they continue to perform.

"When you look back to some games, they haven't had the luck and even the Wolves one earlier this season didn't do justice to their performance.

"I desperately hope Shrewsbury get out of trouble and I still feel they have a reasonable chance – I just hope the results improve.

"By all accounts, performances haven't been too bad but sometimes they've had a bit of bad luck and decisions have gone against them, so I hope that changes.


"As for Wolves, Kenny won't thank me for saying it but they're almost certain to win promotion.

"Nine consecutive wins is a tremendous feat and Kenny deserves a lot of credit for turning the club around. The last couple of seasons were terrible for Wolves and that negative feeling gets into a fabric of a club.

"And what with successive relegations, it wasn't dissimilar from the mid-1980s when I went there.

"The club was in decline and that takes some turning around.

"But I saw the two French lads (Sako and Dicko) interviewed recently and there looks to be that enjoyment, hope and contentment again that you need to have a successful environment.

"Kenny seems to have got everyone pulling in the right direction again, which wasn't happening for different reasons."

Turner turned around Wolves fortunes with the signing of a certain 21-year-old who went by the name Bull.

Another striker of the same age – Nouha Dicko – is doing the same for Jackett's Wolves now.

Although any comparison between the two would be unfair, Turner believes the addition of the Wigan signing has added the missing ingredient to the club's promotion push, even though he was a confirmed fan of the departed Leigh Griffiths.

"What they have got now is a goalscorer in Nouha Dicko," he said.

"It looks like he's got a lot of talent and could have a big impact on the club's future.

"Steve Bull took a while to get started and didn't set the place alight straight away.

"He came into the side after Chorley and the team weren't doing very well.

"The club was on a real low so there was a significant difference between the Wolves of then and Wolves now.

"Dicko has come in when the club has started going on the up again and added to it."

Turner of course was the last manager to achieve that eight-match winning run and is the only man to have done it twice at Wolves.

He was more than happy to see Jackett's side overtake it on Tuesday night at Swindon and believes they can carry on winning.

Graham Turner and Steve Bull with the division 4 trophy. Picture from 'The Bully Years.

Turner also sees similarities with Jackett's Wolves and the team he built in the late 80s.

"I'm not quite sure how you do it, but once you get that belief, you never think you're going to lose," he said.

"I would imagine that belief is running through the players and they will go through the next few weeks believing they can't lose. That comes with confidence.

"They have got good players and have a fair element of young players with that hunger to get better individually and collectively and that's what we had with people like Bully, Andy Mutch, Andy Thompson and Robbie Dennison.

"They were players that needed to improve but they had the appetite to do so and Kenny's squad now is the same.

"What a great time to be at a great club like Wolves - they're only going one way now and that's up.

"I'm a long way away from it but you look at the age of the players and their desire to prove themselves as decent individuals as well as players and there seems to be that spirit back in the club again."

Retirement isn't a word that sits easily with Turner, who retained a freshness and an enthusiasm about him despite the advances of the modern game.

"It's something different from going in at 7.30am every morning and standing in that dugout on matchdays feeling my age!" he said. "I've been catching up with family and doing some gardening.

"To be honest, I felt a bit jaded and not as sharp towards the end.

"I might have acted on the spur of the moment but I felt it was the right decision at the time and I still do."

Turner will return to a hero's welcome tomorrow bursting with pride at the transformation of his boyhood team.

"I think about the way the club is going now and the way it was," he said.

He said: "I'm going with some members of my family tomorrow and they will see a magnificent stadium and the statues.

"I think about the way it was in the mid-1980s with three sides of the ground crumbling down and the other you needed binoculars to see the pitch, so it will be a pleasant experience going there."

"So without a shadow of a doubt I feel pride when I look back on my career, and Wolves were one of the biggest things."

"It was the club I supported as a boy and my favourite player was Billy Wright, who then came on the board during my time there and I got to know him very well.

"So all that adds up to a dream time for me."

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