Legends turn out to


support Mike


 


by Gary Skentelbery

WARRINGTON stars of the past, present and future, turned out to show their support for former club captain Mike Gregory, who is suffering from a debilitating illness.
They were joined by more than 6,100 fans at a special Mike Gregory Trust Challenge when the Wolves narrowly triumphed 21-20 at the Halliwell Jones against near neighbours Widnes.
The event included the presentation of a rare Championship Medal donated by Harry Bath who is now aged 81 and living in Sydney, Australia. Harry and his wife Gwen, who spent nine "very happy" years in Warrington, where the ran the Britannia pub, sent the medal after hearing of Mike's plight through warrington-worldwide.
Both players had the honour of skippering the side and Harry, was eager to help 42-year-old Mike and his young family during their difficult times.
Harry, who collected 17 winners medals during his illustrious career, decided to donate one he won in 1947-48 with the Wire, to help the man who shared the honour of captaining Warrington.
He also parted with his only copy of a signed Wembley programme from the 1950 season when he skippered Warrington to a 17-0 victory over Widnes.
The Warrington team that day was full of "legends" including Moggy Palin, Gerry Helme and Brian Bevan.
Harry was eager for the Championship medal and Cup Final programme to stay at the club and now thanks to the fund-raising activities at the game, they have gone on show in a special display case which has been organised by Nobby Clarke Clarke, Chairman of the Past Players Association and Finance Director Neil Dowson on behalf of the Supporters Trust.
Harry said: "Warrington gave me the opportunity to win the medal and I believe it belongs in Warrington and I would like the medal to be able to do some good."
When his playing career ended, Harry, who lived in Grappenhall, moved back to Australia for a successful coaching career.
Pictures show Nobby Clarke from the past players association presenting a cheque to Mike at an earlier fund-raising event and former Wigan and GB star Phil Clarke with warrington-worldwide Editor Gary Skentelbery and Lord Hoyle during the presentation of the medal watched by former stars.