Wire legend ‘Ockher’ passes away

Former Warrington Wolves kitman and groundsman Roy Aspinall, who was known by everybody as ‘Ockher’, has passed away at the age of 76.

Aspinall was one of the game’s most colourful characters. Although he hailed from St Helens he had been connected with Warrington club for 42 years.

Ockher was the head doorman at Wigan Casino before being brought to Wilderspool in 1971 by his good friend Alex Murphy.

He took over as the groundsman in 1979 and also was responsible for the kit. He carried on with these duties for the next 20 years.

He was the kitman on England’s World Cup tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1975 when Murphy was the coach.

His sister was mother to the Cunningham brothers Eddie, Tommy and Keiron. He leaves a wife Sue, sons and grandchildren.