Date: 19th November 2007 at 10:00pm
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Vital Wigan would like to pay their respects to the family and memory of former Warrington and Great Britain captain and Wigan Rugby League coach Mike Gregory who sadly died today aged 43

Mike, who was born and grew up in Wigan, gained 20 international caps for Great Britain and had the honour of skippering his country, he also played for 12 years at Warrington and was the clubs captain in their last Challenge Cup Final in 1990

From being a professional athlete full of health and vigour, Mike suffered from a debilitating illness known as Progressive Muscular Atrophy – a form of Motor Neurone Disease.

It is believed that during rugby league duties in Australia in 2003, when Mike was a coach, he was bitten by a tic which was carrying an infection known as Borrelia which brought on the illness.

His health deteriorated rapidly in recent years but this did not keep him down.

Mike worked tirelessly for charity and was an inspiration to many other people.

Mike was a true gentleman

Mike leaves a wife Erica and sons Ben aged five and Sam aged nine

Rest in Peace Mike