Tributes pour in for Wigan Grand Final winner Stephen Holgate, who died aged 49

Stephen Holgate played for Wigan in the 1998 Grand Final

Former England and Wigan forward Stephen Holgate has passed away, aged 49.

Holgate started his career with Workington in 1994 and was part of the Wigan side that beat Leeds in the inaugural Super League Grand Final in 1998.

He won one cap for England in 1995 and also played for Hull and Halifax before hanging up his boots in 2000.

Tributes pour in for Stephen Holgate

Wigan Warriors tweeted: “Wigan Warriors are deeply saddened to hear of the news that Stephen Holgate has died, aged 49.

“Holgate played 22 games for Wigan in 1998, including the Super League Grand Final. We send our deepest condolences to Stephen’s family and friends at this awful time.”

 

Workington Town tweeted: “It’s with great sadness that we learn of the passing of ex-player Stephen Holgate.

“An extraordinarily talented player who we are privileged to say graced Derwent Park. Rest in Peace marra.”

Journalist Ian Laybourn tweeted: “Sad to hear of the death of Cumbrian forward Stephen Holgate at just 49. He was in the Wigan team that won the inaugural Grand Final in 1998.”

Journalist Richard de la Riviere tweeted: “Just heard the awful news that the former England, Workington and Wigan forward Stephen Holgate has passed away.

“Holly played for England in 1995 and won the inaugural Grand Final with Wigan in 1998. He was a lovely fella. Rest in peace, Stephen.”

Journalist Dave Swanton tweeted: “So sad to read that Stephen Holgate who played for Wigan Warriors in the 1998 Grand Final has passed away. Great lad RIP.”

Hull FC tweeted: “Hull FC are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former player, Stephen Holgate.

“Having won the 1998 Grand Final with Wigan, the England international represented FC during the following campaign in 1999. The club sends their condolences to Stephen’s family and friends.”

Seaton Rangers ARLFC tweeted: “Our thoughts are with all the family and friends of Holly at this difficult time. A great rugby player, and bloke. Rest in peace mate.”

 

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