'Ralphy' was Radcliffe born and bred and was soon introduced to Radcliffe swimming club by his mother Freda. As he matured he became the goalkeeper for Radcliffe then the Northwest and British police teams. He has played in many memorable water polo matches including a Gold medal in the World Police and fire games in 1999. One of his finest performances was in the final of the Police National Championships playing for the Northwest police against the Met. The team were 8-0 down at half time and after a serious chat at the end of the quarter the team went on to win the game 9-8, with 'Ralphy' pulling off a string of saves to keep his team in the game. He was a friend to everyone and is sorely missed by those who knew him. The tournament is an annual event and is a fund raiser for Cancer Research UK, to date we have raised £360, so I would ask that you circulate this link to your family and friends and see if we can reach our £400 target.
This triangular tournament between PSUK, British Fire Brigade and local National League outfit Warley promised to be one of high quality, with several current British Olympic Team members expected to turn out for Warley and the fire brigade sides.