ARMOUR: William 'Paddy' and Lilian 'Nell'

Lilian 'Nell' Armour died 2 October 2009, aged 92; William 'Paddy' Armour died 7 October 2009, aged 95: The Wakefield Trinity physiotherapist and his devoted wife died within days of each other in October 2009. William ‘Paddy’ Armour and his wife Lilian, who lived in Sandal, will be remembered well beyond the sporting circles in which Mr Armour worked as a physiotherapist. Mrs Armour, who was known as Nell, died on Friday, October 2, aged 92, and Mr Armour died five days later, aged 95. Son Brian, of Woolgreaves Drive, Sandal, said: “He was absolutely heartbroken." Married for 69 years, the couple had three children, Maureen, Brian and Bob, seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mr Armour was born in Northern Ireland but moved to Scarborough aged 19 with little more than the shirt on his back. While there he met Nell and they soon married. He eventually joined the Army, serving in India and Burma, and it was there that he developed a love for sport and fitness, becoming a physical training instructor.

On his return from the war, he trained as a physiotherapist at Pinderfields Hospital, eventually becoming principal of the School of Physiotherapy. In the 1950s he joined Wakefield Trinity where he stayed for 22 years, working with star players like Neil Fox, Derek Turner and Harold Poynton. He was also appointed physio for the Great Britain rugby league team. After retiring from Pinderfields in 1980, Mr Armour set up a health, leisure and sports injury clinic before retiring in 2002, aged 88. Cricketing legend Geoff Boycott was treated by Mr Armour in 1968 after injuring his back while playing for England. He said: “From that moment we became good friends and any injury I had I rushed to see him. I had supreme confidence in his knowledge and the conviction that he was a star in his field. Paddy Armour was a genius physio.”

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