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Wolves fan 'reborn' after return to home game
11:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
A WOLVES fan said he felt ‘reborn’ after going to a game for the first time since being paralysed.
Reg Hazell, aged 53, was guest of honour at the play-off clash with Leeds Rhinos on Saturday.
It was the first time in three years the former season ticket holder had gone to the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
He was left in a wheelchair in December 2010 when an abcess exploded on his spine.
Reg said: “It was like being reborn and going to my first game again.
“I’ve got the taste again now and can’t wait to go to another match.
“It was brilliant, I really enjoyed it.”
The former window cleaner, who worked in the town for 40 years, was greeted at half time of Wolves convincing 40-20 win by club legend Alex Murphy.
“I’ve seen him play many times, but I’ve never met him before,” said Reg.
“He asked me how I was and said he hoped I would get better soon.”
A message was also played in the ground wishing Reg, who previously went to all home and away games, a successful recovery.
He enjoyed watching new players like Joel Monaghan and said the win had been better than expected.
Reg currently lives in at Weld Road, a specialist home for spinal injury patients.
Son Ian drove a bus provided by the Spinal Unit Action Group from Southport to Warrington on Saturday.
Money for the trip was raised by friend Glenis Naylor, aged 63, of York Drive, Grappenhall, who cycled 1000 miles to raise money for SUAG.
Reg, who formerly lived on Rowland Close, Fearnhead, added: “I didn’t want to come away after the game because Warrington is my home.
“It was hard going back to Southport afterwards but I just need to get on with it.”
The Leeds United fan is hoping to walk again but only has limited movement in his arms.
He needs private physio that is not provided by Weld Road or SUAG.
To help, call the home on 01704 563633.
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