Former Warrington and Wigan captain Ian Potter diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease

Former Warrington and Wigan captain Ian Potter has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

A charity night for Alzheimer’s Research UK will take place at Newton Sports club in April for £5 a ticket.

63-year-old Potter, born in St Helens and a former St Helens schoolboys captain, went on to win trophies at Warrington and was a major figure in Leigh’s Championship-winning season in 1982.

Potter joined Wigan in 1984 and was involved in one of the most iconic Challenge Cup Finals in 1985 in a topsy-turvy affair against Hull FC.

He then returned for a second spell at Leigh in 1989.

Potter was capped twice by England, eight times for Great Britain and made five Lancashire appearances.

The night in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK will be held on Saturday, 30 April – 7pm-midnight at Newton Sports Club, the Leigh Journal has revealed.

Former St Helens head coach Royce Simmons has also been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

The 61-year-old, affectionately known as ‘Simmo’ has also embarked on an incredible fundraising walk to raise money for the fight against the disease from his hometown of Gooloogong to Penrith in May, coinciding with the Panthers’ home clash with North Queensland, the Penrith Panthers and Neil Cadigan have revealed.

The Panthers website started: “For a man whose memory is no longer his best friend, the moment Royce Simmons knew all was not right inside his head remains vivid in his mind.”

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