His many achievements included the successful role of tournament director at the European Championships in Sheffield in 1993; a stint as GB women’s coach; plus, of course, being the driving force behind the creation of the City of Manchester water polo set-up.
Mike’s coaching career began when, as a teacher at Plant Hill School, Manchester, his team won the national schools’ under-16 title. He then began coaching at Bolton School, where a succession of national schools’ titles followed. His ties to the school remained for the rest of his life – his ASA President’s Jacket is still proudly displayed there.
As a player, Mike was a rugged, left-handed forward who spearheaded the Plant Hill team that took part in the former men’s National League in the 1970s and early 1980s. He was a Life Member of the British League.