1965(Circa)-Graham LovettCongratulations¬†to Graham on his 70th birthday. Born Sheldon 5th August 1947 this midfielder was likened to Duncan Edwards but was very unlucky with serious injuries. Graham signed from school as an apprentice in February 1964, completing professional forms in November 1964. “Shuv” made 156 appearances scoring 9 goals but for 2 serious car accidents his career would have been so very different. Graham made his debut against Chelsea in December 1964. Shuv was a surprise choice for the 1968 cup final against Everton as the then Manager Alan Ashman gave him the No 7 shirt with instructions to stop the overlapping runs of Ray Wilson.

1965-09.11-Graham Lovett-WilkesGraham finished at the Hawthorns in 1972 joining Worcester City, then Solihull Borough. Upon retiring he worked for the Express and Star before moving out to Marbella to live. A move to Thailand before returning to Southern Spain. Graham has a tremendous sense of humour and when the WBA All Stars visited Barbados in 1985 he would provide much of the entertainment. Strange how his career was dogged by injury because even on a trip for charity he suffered a serious knee injury. Retired, “Shuvatino” married Kate 12 months ago and now spends his time between Spain and the UK. When he is back in the Midlands he normally manages to get a game in or two.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY GRAHAM