Ned Gray Obituary, Death Cause – We were overcome with a great sense of melancholy at learning of the passing of Ned (Nevil) Gray, who had previously served as captain of the 1st XV and as president of the club. Ned was a Wigan Old Boy and played for the club after they moved to Douglas Valley from Prospect Park. The team’s previous home was in Prospect Park. After completing his high school education at Upholland General School and going on to complete his undergraduate degree at Chester College, he obtained his teaching certification. When Ned’s career with the first team started to slow down in the 1970s, he formed the famed Wigan Vets side, which is still active and playing today.
During the 1950s and 1960s, Ned was a regular member of the first XV. Ned created the famed Thursday Gang in Douglas Valley after retiring from his long career as a teacher at Shevington Primary School, where he had worked for the entirety of his teaching career. A group that is still active in the club and plays an important role in maintaining its status as the groundwork upon which the club and its development are based. Ned was well known for his excitement whenever it came time for their annual vacation to the Isle of Man, and he accompanied his beloved Wigan on their travels across the country.
Perhaps the thing that people remembered him for the most was his delight. It had very little to do with rugby and more to do with the fact that he could put whiskey on his porridge for breakfast at the hotel and that he could bring a large bag of smoked Manx kippers back with him. Both of these things were perks that he could bring back with him. Neddy was the epitome of a true gentleman in every sense of the word, and he was always willing to pass on his wisdom and experience to the up-and-coming younger players. Ned, I pray that you will at last find some peace. It is going to be very difficult to move on without you.