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Win would be a fitting tribute to Al
2:10pm Saturday 5th October 2013 in News
THE family of Albert Naughton say Wolves winning the Grand Final would be a 'fitting tribute' after the former captain died aged 84 on Friday.
Ally was the last skipper to win the league title with Warrington, beating Oldham 7-3 at muddy Maine Road in 1955.
John Potter, aged 62, from Widnes, is married to his niece, Benise.
He said: "I'm sure he'll be shouting them on from the stands up there on Saturday.
"I'm sure the Warrington players will spare a thought for Al and I'm sure it will be in their minds to do it for him.
"He was very proud to take the title for Warrington and it would be a very fitting tribute."
Signed for a world record fee of £4,600 by Warrington from Widnes in November 1949, Ally also won the Challenge Cup and Lancashire Cup.
The former Great Britain player died surrounded by family in hospital in the Isle of Man after losing a six month battle against diabetes - a day after Wolves semi-final win over Huddersfield.
"I've known him for 40 years and it is very hard to take," said Mr Potter.
"It is such a sad loss and I have lost a good friend.
"He was full of life and had a great sense of humour, always telling a great story.
"If you had the playing career Al had, there was always a good story to tell.
"He would often talk about his days of playing for Warrington and the lads he played with.
"He would always follow Warrington's results and watch them on TV and it always meant a lot to him if they would win.
"He was proud to be a rugby league player - that was his job and he gave it everything.
"Winning the final in '55 was a proud moment for him and hopefully the same will happen on Saturday."
Ally's funeral takes place in Onchan, Isle of Man, on October 9.
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