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Former Wolves manager Graham Hawkins dies, aged 70

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Former Wolves player and manager Graham Hawkins has passed away at the age of 70.

Graham was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2009 and fought the disease tirelessly whilst raising money for fellow cancer patients at Shrewsbury's Royal Hospital.

He was a boyhood supporter of Wolves and is one of the few people in football to play, manage and scout for his local club.

In total he made 35 first team appearances for Wolves, helping them win promotion to the top flight in 1967, before leading them to promotion as manager in the 82/83 season.

Graham also went on to assistant to Graham Turner at Shrewsbury and later coached in Bahrain.

Managing Director Laurie Dalrymple said: "Graham made a huge contribution not only to Wolves but to football in general during his career.

"He made 450 league appearances for his four clubs and ensured his place in Wolves' history books by managing the team to promotion to the top flight in the 82/83 season.

"He was widely respected and well-liked, both inside and outside of football.

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"Not just because of the very successful career he forged but his character off the pitch and the time he had both for professionals in the game and for supporters.

"It was typical of the man that he spent his final years raising money for fellow cancer sufferers at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

"Everyone at Wolves would like to extend their deepest condolences to Graham's wife, Jane, his sons, Ian and Richard and the rest of his family and friends."

There will be a minutes applause for Hawkins before the home fixture with Norwich on Saturday.

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