Tributes paid to tragic schoolboy

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a promising rugby player and Wigan Warriors “fanatic.”

Anthony Thompson, who attended Golborne High School, died on September 27, aged 16.

We are a tight unit and everyone at the club is saddened

Joe Mannion

He had been a popular member of Hindley ARLFC for the last 12 months and had regularly watched Warriors matches with his grandfather.

The club’s chairman, Barry Taylor, posted a tribute on its website, stating: “It is with deepest sorrow, we must inform you of the sudden death of Anthony Thompson from our Under 15s team.

“The club would like to offer Anthony’s family our sincere condolences at this extremely sad time.

“As a mark of respect to Anthony and his family, the club have asked all our teams to observe a minute’s silence at their next fixture.”

Joe Mannion, child welfare officer at the club, said: “Anthony was a keen sportsman and Rugby League fanatic.

“He was a really nice kid and a bit of a joker at times. He was in the squad for the runners up of the North West Counties Cup and he received a medal. He also won Man of the match and I had no doubt he would have been up for the most improved player of the year award.

“We are a tight unit and everyone at the club is saddened. We have asked all age groups at North West Counties games to take part in a minute’s silence and have opened a book of condolence.”