‘Our grandson had everything to live for’

Anthony Tho,pson with grandmother Freda
Anthony Tho,pson with grandmother Freda

A WIGAN gran has spoken of her devastation after the death of her “wonderful” grandson.

Popular amateur RL player, Anthony Thompson, 16, died suddenly on September 27.

He called in every day to check if we were alright and if he could do anything

Freda Thompson

His parents Angela and Andrew, and older brother and sister, John and Charlotte, are distraught at his death

His grieving grandmother, Freda Thompson, said Anthony “had everything to live for.”

She said she will miss him visiting every day after school to check if she and her husband, Ken, were okay.

Mrs Thompson said: “He was a very caring lad. He called in every day to check if we were alright and if he could do anything.

“He was absolutely wonderful. He enjoyed school and was very intelligent. He had alot of friends. It is so tragic. We are absolutely devastated.

“He had everything to live for. We are all in pieces and miss him so much. We have had so many cards, flowers and messages and we want to thank everyone for their support. It means a lot to us.”

Anthony, of Golborne, had been a pmember of Hindley ARLFC for the last 12 months and had regularly watched Wigan Warriors matches with Ken and Freda. She added: “He absolutely adored Wigan rugby - we took him from the age of six, to every match possible.

Hindley ARLFC has asked all its teams to observe a minute’s silence at their next fixture and opened up a book of condolence. 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 all got together to talk through our memories of Anthony. It has been emotional for us all. 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.”

Pupils at Golborne High School gathered to release balloons in Anthony’s memory. David Lythgoe, headteacher at Golborne High School, said: “We are terribly saddened by this news and have extended our deepest sympathies to Anthony’s family and friends.

“We are in close contact with them and have offered our support through this difficult time. Pupils and staff at the school are also being supported.”

Anthony’s funeral will take place at Golborne Parish Church on Thursday October 8 at 2pm. His Hindley ARLFC team mates will be wearing their rugby shirts.