Wolves fans' book all set for kick-off

A book documenting the experiences of Wolves fans who have followed their beloved team around the world for almost three decades is to be published.

Wolves fans' book all set for kick-off

Hatherton Wolves – the club's largest independent supporters group – have been following Wolves since 1986.

It has been written by Russ Evers, aged 52 from Chapel Ash, who now runs the club alongside Roy Tansley, who is 77.

Russ who has spent the last six months gathering the material,

said: "This is unlike any other football book. It won't be about the team, or matches or anything like that.

"The whole idea behind was to celebrate Hatherton Wolves' 30th anniversary which will be in February next year.

"Unfortunately recently a few of our old mates have passed away. I came up with writing the book to capture everything we have done before we get too old to record it all. It is about capturing the support of people who have travelled with Hatherton Wolves."

A total of 306 copies of the book will be made, to tie in with Steve Bull's all-time Wolves goal-scoring record of 306 goals.

Russ said thousands of fans have travelled with the group over the years.

"We have been to 110 stadiums," he said. "We regularly have travelled to Ireland and Scotland on pre-season trips. There is probably only a few grounds in Britain that have not been visited by Hatherton Wolves. Around 2008, we travelled to Australia where Wolves played Perth Glory and Queensland.

"We have travelled to Belgium, France and Holland, and we are hoping this year to go to China – the further the better really."

Fellow club boss Roy said: "It all came about during the dark days of football in the middle to late 80s. There used to an official supporters club, and the committee of the supporters club disagreed on a few points. Half of them stayed with the club and half left and set up Hatherton Wolves.

"The name came about from the Hatherton Arms pub, which is behind Molineux.That used to be a regular drinking spot for us," he added.

The book, priced £10, is to be launched at Molineux on May 5, where former Wolves player Steve Daley and comedian Lea Roberts will be in attendance. Copies are available at the launch or through the Hatherton Wolves Facebook page.

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