Mike Peers death – obituary : 65, dies after long battle with illness

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Mike Peers death – obituary, cause of death : Mike Peers 65, of Bewley. Is dead. He died in hospital after a long period of illness.

Mike was a former player at Warrington Colts, he also played for The Wire between 1974 and 1979 making 56 appearances for his hometown club, scoring two tries and two drop goals, before enjoying a fine spell as both a player and joint head coach at Swinton.

Peers began his playing career in the 1973/4 season in the ‘A’ team. And then In August 1973 the ‘A’ team opened up their season with a 23-15 win against Rochdale ‘A’ at Wilderspool, where he played alongside youngsters like Wayne Gaskell, Roy Pickersgill, Peers and Dave Sutton.

That team went on to win the Lancashire Combination Shield, later on that same season, he was one of six debutants when Warrington travelled to Dewsbury on 31st March 1974. The 22 years old was also substitute in a 31-18 defeat, part way through a hectic 36-day period when Warrington played 12 matches.

When a new player in Mike Nicholas was drafted into the team that beat Australia in 1978, it was Peers who unfortunately missed out. he was disappointed but accepted it was the right decision had been made. ‘Nicko’ was probably the man of the match that night in one of Wilderspool’s greatest occasions.

He made his last first team appearance on 2nd September 1979 at St Helens as a loose-forward but suffered a knee ligament damage during the match which ruled him out for almost five months. he later made a triumphant return for the “A” team at Salford at the end of February 1980, playing in the first leg of the Lancashire Shield semi-final.

He came on as a substitute just after 20 minutes and literally took the Salford pack on by himself. Lightning probes and astute passing moves put Carl Webb and Peter Taylor in for tries.

Tommy Grainey, Mike’s former “A” team coach in 1973/4, took over as Swinton coach and made Peers one of his first signings on 8th June 1981. Peers enjoyed a fine career at Swinton becoming joint head coach with Bill Holliday from June 1986 to August 1987.

He loved and enjoyed his time as a rugby league coach, then on August 1987, he was made coach at Springfield Borough and remained as the club changed names firstly to Chorley Borough and then Trafford Borough until May 1991. he spent a couple of months as coach of Blackpool Gladiators in 1993.

Mike Peers got involved with the Warrington Players Association and became a regular at matches at The Halliwell Jones Stadium. Warrington Wolves have sent their condolences to his wife Jan, daughter Michelle and the rest of his family.

He is survived by his wife and daughters and other extended family members who loved him.