Ex-RL star Tony Barrow loses cancer battle aged 45

Tony Barrow has died aged 45

Tony Barrow has died aged 45

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Tributes have been pouring in following the death of St Helens-born rugby league player Tony Barrow at the age of 45.

Tony - son of former Saints star Tony Barrow Snr - had bravely been battling a Glioblastoma tumour for some time.

Tony Barrow with former teammates at a fundraiser held after he was diagnosed with cancer

Tony Barrow with former teammates at a fundraiser held after he was diagnosed with cancer

The prop forward played amateur rugby league for Cronton and Thatto Heath Crusaders before joining Oldham and then in 1992 left the Watersheddings and moved to Swinton Lions where he played between 1992 and 2001, making a remarkable 243 appearances.

In a moving statement, Swinton said: “Tony’s wholehearted and honest displays earned him great affection among our fans, and those characteristics were also typical of the man himself in every way.

“The heartfelt condolences of everyone associated with Swinton Lions RLFC are extended to Tony’s family at this terribly sad time.”

The statement went on: “Tony arrived at the club when his father was the coach, and perhaps he may have felt an added pressure to prove himself.

“But this he did successfully with consistent and honest displays over a period of some nine years, eight of which were spent at Gigg Lane.

“Despite the terrible illness, which claimed his life, Tony had been a welcome visitor to Heywood Road right up to the home game against Whitehaven last season.

“On that day, and with typical modesty, he said he felt honoured when he received his Lions’ Heritage Certificate.”

A minute’s silence will observed before the Lions’ home match against London Skolars on Saturday (March 18) and as soon as the club becomes aware of any funeral arrangements they will confirm them via the usual social media channels.