Jim Heggie, 1950 – 2019

The Bulls are deeply saddened to pass on the news that our dear friend Jim Heggie passed away on Monday 29th July 2019.

Jim co-founded our club and played for us for many years before retiring from playing a few seasons ago. Jim also held a number of positions within the club and charity, including head coach, chairman and until the end of last season he was a table official at all of our home games and served as match secretary organising all of our fixtures, often a thankless task.

In 2016, we were very proud to see Jim awarded the “Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year” award at the Bolton Sports Awards.

More importantly than any of that, Jim was a great friend to us all and we will miss him greatly. The thoughts of everyone at The Bulls are with Jim’s wife Maureen, their son Jack and the whole Heggie family.

Jim was well known and loved across the country within the wider wheelchair basketball community and we know many people will be heartbroken to learn of his passing.

We would like to invite everyone in the wheelchair basketball community to share as many memories as they would like to share about Jim and perhaps share some photos too.

We have set up a “Memories of Jim Heggie” page and we will put all of the memories and photos we receive in to a book for the Heggie family.


  1. Barbara english says:

    Really sad to hear the news tonight about Jim Heggie, he was the reason Kayli English tried basketball.
    There were many conversations at wheels for all about how she should go and give it a go, he was sure she would love it and he was right.
    So proud she got to bring Jim’s number out of retirement last year and play in it for the season in front of him for Bolton Bulls
    Thoughts with maureen and family.
    Love from all of us.

  2. john willis says:

    I had a whole thing typed out and then realised it was too much. So the best way I can sum up my feelings about Jimmy are this…

    I am 44 years old. I’ve known Jim since I was about 25 and I can confidently say that Jim is one of my favourite people, like in my whole life.

    Any time there was a do or a trip away with the basketball team. One of the things I looked forward to was spending time with Jim, I knew the chat would be decent and the fun would be great.

    I’m proud that Jim and Maureen were at our wedding with the rest of the Bulls, 15 years ago.

    There are chats that I had that I with Jimmy that I will never share with anyone. He was a mine of information, an open book with advice and never ever judgemental. He got it, we have one life, you go with it and you make the lost of it.

    For my part, I’ll never forget a weekend away with the Bulls to Scotland which was just so much fun.

    Jim is one of the best people I’ve ever known, I don’t think I can say it better than that.

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