Minute's applause for Presley at Old Trafford Grand Final

The Rugby Football League and Wigan Warriors have given their blessing for a fan-led tribute to tragic Presley Stockton to take place during Saturday night's Grand Final.

Tuesday, 9th October 2018, 4:01 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th October 2018, 10:26 am
Presley Stockton
Presley Stockton

Presley Stockton, who died in a hotel swimming pool on holiday in Tenerife, will be remembered during the hugely-anticipated clash between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves at Old Trafford Football Ground.

The fan-led tribute will see supporters give a minute's applause for the Hindley four-year-old during the fourth minute of the game, which kicks off at 6pm.

Mike and Sharon Jolley, Presley’s grandparents, are hoping that both Wigan and Warrington fans will join in the moving tribute.

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“I don’t want any silence for Presley,” said Mike - a lifelong Warriors fan. “That’s just not who he was.

“It would mean a lot to us if it goes ahead, the club is a big part of our lives.”

Players and club representatives have been in touch with the family and a shirt signed by all of the players and coaching staff is being donated to the family.

Presley will be buried with his own personalised Warriors shirt.

The youngster, who had just started at St Peter’s CE Primary School, died on September 19 - causing shockwaves among the Wigan community.

His family have announced that a funeral service is expected to take place at St Peter’s Church, on Peter Street, next Friday (October 19).

Although the exact time of the service has not yet been confirmed, it is expected to take place in the afternoon with burial following at Castle Hill Cemetery.

Guests are being asked to dress in bright colours - wearing anything other than black clothing.

“We want it to be a celebration,” said Mike. “We don’t want there to be any black or dark colours.

“He wasn’t a dark-colour kind of boy at all.

“People can wear whatever they want, as long as it’s not black.”

The devastated couple have thanked the town’s residents for coming together to support the family.

“We are so touched by everyone’s thoughts for our little P,” said Mike. “Whoever says community is gone is so wrong.

“We have also got family abroad so there have been masses said for him in New York and in Christchurch. The support everyone has shown for our family has been amazing.

“Hindley is going to come to a standstill on the day of his funeral. He’s going to have a very big send off.”

Sharon added: “We haven’t really come to terms with it yet. It’s almost like he’s not gone.

“I think the day of the funeral will really be when it hits home.

“Kirsty and Presley lived with us for the first year and a half of his life - he was like a son to us.

“We are all just sticking together now as a family.”

Following his death, several vigils were held at St Peter’s Church, with hundreds of people turning out to support his parents Kirsty Jolley and Peter Stockton by lighting candles and releasing balloons.