Ian Millward’s teenage son Robbie dies

Ian Millward pictured with his son Robbie in 2000
Ian Millward pictured with his son Robbie in 2000
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FORMER Saints coach Ian Millward’s teenage son has died after he was taken ill from the family’s home.

Robbie Millward, 19, passed away while his dad was returning from watching his Castleford Tigers side take on Catalan Dragons.

It is thought Robbie was found at his home in Leigh, Lancashire.

He was often seen with Millward during his time as coach of St Helens.

Paul Sculthorpe, who was Millward skipper at Saints, wrote on Twitter: “Devastated to hear about Robbie Millward. Thoughts go out to Basil and family. Lovely kid.”

A Saints spokesman added: “Some people will remember Robbie as the little lad who was always by Ian’s side - you’ll remember him getting a big hi-5 in the 2004 Challenge Cup game as he was sat behind our then coach.

“Our thoughts are with the Millwards at this time.”

A spokesman for Castleford Tigers said: “The club is shocked and deeply saddened by the death yesterday of Robbie Millward, son of Tigers head coach Ian Millward.

“Robbie was taken ill at his home in Leigh on Sunday morning and was then rushed to Bolton Hospital where he died later in the evening.

“All our thoughts are with Ian and his family at this sad time.”

Leigh Centurions, the club Millward coached before moving to Castleford this season, added: “All at Leigh Centurions are saddened to hear about the passing of Ian Millward’s son.”