Long-term supporter and popular member of the community Mike Taylor passed away at the weekend aged 83.
Born and bred in Beech Hill Wigan, Mike first went to watch Wigan Athletic at Springfield Park as a boy with his father.
A keen young footballer and later amateur referee, Mike progressed to being a linesman with the Football League.
Mike’s profession saw him work for Heinz for over 30 years and, in the 1980s, he was central in securing Heinz sponsorship for Wigan Athletic - a contribution that earned Mike a lifetime seat in the Directors Box at Latics.
He also served the Lancashire Football Association for over 21 years and was presented with a long-service medal by Chief Executive David Burgess, at home, in the days leading up to his death. This was a very proud and moving moment for his family.
In addition to supporting grass roots football, Mike was keen to support business and commerce in the area and was a keen member of Junior Chamber of Commerce when it was first set up in Wigan.
Mike’s family, including wife, Renee, daughter, Karen, and son, Adrian, are comforted by the many messages and cards that are arriving on a daily basis from people who knew Mike, and they are very grateful to all these people for kindly taking the time and trouble to contact them. The club sends its condolences to the family.
The funeral will take place on Thursday 9th July at 11:30 at St. Helens Crematorium and after at Houghwood Golf Club.