RL community mourns loss of young dad

Anthony Hughes in action for St Pat's
Anthony Hughes in action for St Pat's

THE rugby league community is mourning the loss of a much-loved player.

St Patrick’s star Anthony Hughes was found dead at his home in Springfield last Thursday; news that sent shockwaves across the sport.

As family, friends and team-mates of the 30-year-old tried to come to terms with the tragic news, minute silences were held at games involving St Pat’s teams.

A short statement on the club’s Facebook page read: “Our thoughts are today with the family and friends of one of our players who has passed away too soon.”

Arrangements were also made for friends to meet before their game against Leigh Miners Rangers on Saturday to remember Anthony’s life.

Other tributes on the site described the father-of-one as a “great player and an even better bloke.”

As well as rugby league, Anthony also had a passion for photography and had set up his own company.

He also spent time working at the Wigan Evening Post’s Martland Mill office in the sales department several years ago.

Emergency services attended Anthony’s address last Thursday afternoon.

A police spokesman said: “At around 4pm on Thursday, July 10, emergency services were called to an address on Rylands Street in Wigan to a report a body had been found.

“When officers attended they found a 30-year-old man had died.

“Initial inquiries by detectives from Wigan have established there are no suspicious circumstances and the file has been passed to the coroner.”