Christopher Tickle 1985-2009

After sustaining a serious neck injury playing for Eccles RFC at Aldwinians on Saturday, 12th September 2009 Christopher Tickle, aged 23, died in Hope Hospital Intensive Care Unit in the early hours of Friday, 2nd October, with his parents Gemma and Keith by his side.

Christopher Tickle joined Eccles RFC as a 15-year-old along with school friend Ross Seward and became part of coach Dave Nicholls’ junior team which went on to become one of Eccles’ most successful Colts teams, winning their league and Plate competition in their final year as Colts.  While the following 9 years saw the team mature and pursue varying careers, in which some players moved away to university, jobs or training, the team have an inexplicable and undeniably impressive bond which will always remain.

Upon entering the adult game Christopher gravitated to the second and third teams as his emphasis tended more to the social side of the game. Christopher’s presence as a social figure at the club began with Colts weekends away, which carried through to summer holidays abroad as a team with 18 players creating chaos and fun. Christopher’s character is emphasised by him, along with his mates, taking their wheelchair-using pal John Hallsworth on all these trips.

Christopher’s Funeral took place on Friday 16th October 2009 at Holy Family Church, Boothstown attended by the biggest congregation ever witnessed at the church according to Reverend Father Dave Heywood who led the service. As well as family, friends and Eccles RFC members in attendance, clubs from around the county as well as the Lancashire County RFU were represented.

Christopher will be remembered particularly for his humour, but largely for being a genuine and decent person, more than ready to give a helping hand. Christopher, an only child, will be greatly missed by his family, Emma, all members of Eccles RFC along with friends and colleagues everywhere.

Christopher’s parents, Keith and Gemma, have set up “The Christopher Tickle Fund” from which all donations will be passed to The Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation, a large registered charity supporting research into spinal injury.

Please see the following note from Keith Tickle, Christopher’s father:

“Many thanks for all your efforts.  For any future fundraising, including individual’s just-giving pages, please note that all fundraising carried out for The Christopher Tickle Fund will be donated to:

The Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation
(Charity No: 1107671)

If you have an idea for a fundraising event and are setting up your own just-giving page in support of The Christopher Tickle Fund then please keep me informed by e-mail:

Access to Christopher’s Just-Giving Page:

All cheques and cash donations to:
The Nicholls Spinal Injury Foundation (Charity No: 1107671)
c/o 47, Hough Lane
Gr. Manchester
M29 8WN”