Tributes are pouring in across the sporting world and social media for rugby player Adam Walker, who passed away aged just 31.
Walker, a Scottish international and Salford Red Devils player since 2019, had played as a professional in rugby league for more than a decade and often shared the field with his twin brother Johnathan.
The Greater Manchester club was his last and despite struggles with off-field issues limiting his playing time, he spent three years at the AJ Bell Stadium.
His former club Hull Kingston Rovers, where he also spent three years and made most of his appearances (108) were equally saddened to hear the news.
Walker also played for St Helens, Wakefield Trinity, as well as Barrow Raiders and Swinton Lions on loan — all of which issued messages of love and support to his friends and family, as did the rest of national, union and league rugby.
The prop forward started his career at Huddersfield Giants, where he came through the youth set-up and made his senior appearances. Those in the comments remembered his academy days fondly.
Despite being born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, both Adam and his brother declared for Scotland‘s national team, playing in the 2013 World Cup, as well as the 2014 and ’15 European Cup competitions.
He amassed 14 caps for the national side, with Scotland’s Rugby League also paying tribute.
Walker was known to have battled with depression and other mental health issues off the field, struggles which had hampered his career over recent years. He also had trouble with the law despite being dismissed of two charges back in 2016.
Just over a year later, he went on to be banned for 20 months after having tested positive for cocaine after a game for Trinity in against the Widnes Vikings. His death has seen those trying to draw attention to male mental health in sport, especially, urging others to come forward and talk to someone.
Former Salford teammate Jackson Hastings described him on Twitter as a “champion team-mate and someone who was misunderstood”.
His cause of death is still yet to be announced.
Rest in peace.
Featured Image — Salford Red Devils (via Twitter)
A friendly reminder that there’s a takeaway called Jack Grillish in Swinton
As were swept up in World Cup fever, football seems to be slowly consuming every other aspect of our everyday life, including food. Then we remembered there’s a takeaway called Jack Grillish.
lf you’ve never heard of the pun-based fast-food joint over in Swinton, Salford, Jack Grillish is the late-night grill and cult-favourite takeaway named after the man himself.
Despite only joining Manchester City back in August of 2021, it didn’t take long at all for Grealish to get his own takeaway named after him, as the Chorley Road spot formerly known as Food Station changed its name not long after.
Most football legends have to wait their entire career to have a foodstuff named after them, let alone an entire building. In fact, we went there a couple of months back to see it ourselves.
Jack Grillish‘s menu is exactly the kind of thing you’d expect to see at any no-nonsense takeaway in Greater Manchester: big burgers, lots of lovely chicken and plenty of naughty desserts.
Specialising in large trays of baked chicken, cheese and chips, it might not be the kind of thing the man himself can eat whilst away at England camp, but it’d certainly make for a banging tea for anyone watching the France game at home this Saturday.
Put another way, we’re hoping that by ordering from the gaff before the game, we’ll send a message out into the universe and not only will ‘Super Jack’ score but we breeze into the next stage of Qatar 2022.
If you also happen to be a bit superstitious, you can order from Jack Grillish HERE.
Featured Image — Jack Grillish (via Facebook)/Jack Grealish (via Instagram)
Police appeal for information regarding ‘serious assault’ around Old Trafford before United game in October
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are appealing for fresh information on a “serious assault” committed around the Old Trafford area earlier this year.
GMP issued a press release on Friday, 9 December, asking for members of the public to come forward and share any details they might have on the attack carried along Seymour Grove in Trafford around 1:30pm on 16 October 2022.
They go on to explain that “a man in his 20s was assaulted by a group of unknown males” on the way to the game at Old Trafford, adding that “it is believed that the suspects were also attending the Manchester United vs Newcastle United match.”
It remains unclear whether or not the assailants were travelling fans in town to support the away side but GMP are looking to speak to the men pictured as they may be able to help with enquiries.
As detailed in the statement, “the victim suffered a severely broken jaw, a broken nose, numerous cuts to the face, and damage to the nerves of four teeth which he is likely to need further medical treatment for.” Terrible stuff.
The authorities are continuing to investigate the Seymour Grove assault after having followed up on a number of lines of enquiry since the incident took place and are now asking for the public’s help.
Anyone with information, or anyone who may have footage/images, or can identify the men in the photos, can contact Greater Manchester Police on 101, quoting log number 1589 on 16/10/22; or, alternatively use the Live Chat service HERE.
Alternatively, information can be shared anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.