WIGAN RL legends including Billy Boston, Andy Gregory, Joe Lydon and Colin Clarke were among many players queuing up to pay their tributes to king of the backroom Keith Mills, who died yesterday.
The 68-year-old, who held many different roles at the club after hanging up his boots as a player, passed away at Wigan Infirmary yesterday after recently falling ill.
In more than 40 years of service he also acted as a physio, a kitman, a matchday assistant and, most recently, he worked for the club’s Development Association in the Lotto Office.
Central Park legend Billy Boston was one of many who paid tribute to Keith, saying: “Keith Mills was a very special person. My playing career had been and gone before he came on the scene but ever since he has been there for the club. He was Wigan through and through and was a cracking fella.
“He loved Wigan and just adored the club and got involved in the lottery once his back room staff days were over.”
Mr Mills saw so many generations come through the youth system at the club and worked with some of the biggest names in the game.
His association with Wigan rugby league remained until the day he died, with many former players taking the time to go and see him in hospital.
One of those was ex-captain Shaun Edwards who also paid tribute, calling him an “inspiration”.
He said: “I went to see Keith on Saturday at Wigan Infirmary. He had been ill for some time but it has come as a shock that he has gone so quickly.
“He was in good spirits, laughing and joking about the old times and looking forward to fighting his illness. Keith was always a fighter.
“I knew of him from being a youngster when I used to go to matches to see Green Vigo and through my entire playing career he was a constant source of inspiration.”
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