Leigh Centurions have named their squad ahead of Sunday’s Battle of the Borough game against Wigan Warriors at LSV (3pm).

Micky Higham bows out after an illustrious career, playing the final game of a career that began in a Challenge Cup tie at Barrow back in the last Century.

You have to go back to 1999 for Micky’s debut in a Leigh Centurions jersey on the start of a journey that saw him complete over 500 senior games, earn some of the game’s biggest honours and join the illustrious group of Leigh born players to represent their country.

Two of Micky’s best mates in Rugby League, former Leigh Centurions star Chris Hill and ex Leeds, Warrington and GB star Adrian Morley are special guests of the Club. Chris kindly fronts up the Premier Club, just weeks after being England’s man of the match in their heroic and agonising World Cup Final defeat against Australia.

Both played alongside Micky in some big games for the Wolves and wouldn’t miss out on a big day like this.

Nor should you!

Come along to Leigh Sports Village, brush off the winter blues and get ready for another fantastic season of Rugby League as you also pay tribute to a Leigh Legend.

Micky will continue his involvement with the Club with a key role as part of the Leigh Community Trust and a member of the coaching staff.

Micky’s career record is as follows:

Leigh Centurions (1999-2000 & 2015-17)
103 games, 38 tries

St Helens (2001-2005)
116 games, 35 tries

Wigan Warriors (2006-2008)
97 games, 17 tries

Warrington Wolves (2009-2015)
175 games, 37 tries

Super League U21s (2001)
1 game

England U21s (2001)
2 games, 1 try

England A (2002-2003)
4 games

Great Britain (2004-2005)
4 Games

England (2008-2009)
4 games, 1 try

Total
506 games, 129 tries

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Micky Higham will lead out the team as Captain and will wear a specially made #9 jersey accompanied by sons Alex and Harry as mascots. Just four of the Leigh Centurions squad of 2018 miss out on the big day after head coach Neil Jukes named his squad as follows:

9 Micky Higham Captain
1 Craig Hall
2 Matty Dawson
3 Ben Crooks
4 Peter Mata’utia
6 Ben Reynolds
7 Drew Hutchison
8 Paterika Vaivai
9 Daniel Mortimer
10 Jamie Acton
11 Kevin Larroyer
13 Harrison Hansen
14 Liam Hood
15 Jordan Thompson
16 Larne Patrick
17 Kyle Lovett
18 Nathan Mason
19 Jack Owens
20 Greg Richards
21 Nick Gregson
23 Jonah Cunningham
24 Jack Blagbrough
25 Ilias Bergal
26 Jordan Dezaria

There will be one minute’s silence before the game to remember the great Leigh players who passed away during the winter including club all time record try-scorer Mick Martyn, 1971 Cup Final winning hero Derek Watts, long serving player and coach Tommy Grainey, the much loved forward of the 1960s Stan Walmsley and another amazing servant to the game of Rugby League, Geoff Fletcher.

Derek Watts and Geoff Fletcher are also, of course, former Wigan players.

In addition supporters who have passed away will be remembered, including Leigh’s oldest attending fan Tom Boardman, a former war hero who passed away earlier this month aged 99 and teenager Tyler Yates who lost his brave battle against brain cancer.

The Leigh Centurions Man of the Match will be awarded the Arthur Thomas Memorial Trophy after the game in honour of the highly respected former Chairman of both clubs. Arthur’s family will be guests of honour at the game.

Tickets for the game can be purchased at the ticket office on 01942 487888 or online at www.leighsportsvillage.co.uk/tickets, priced as follows:

North Stand and West Stand – £20 adult, £15 concession (over 65 and 18-21), U18 £7 and U12 £5 with U5 free.

Wigan Warriors have named the following squad:
Joe Burgess,
Tony Clubb,
Tom Davies,
Morgan Escaré,
Liam Farrell,
Callum Field,
Ben Flower,
Oliver Gildart,
Gabe Hamlin,
Willie Isa,
Tommy Leuluai,
Liam Marshall,
Sean O’Loughlin,
Frank-Paul Nuuausala,
Sam Powell,
Dan Sarginson,
Jake Shorrocks,
Ryan Sutton,
Taulima Tautai,
Joel Tomkins,
Sam Tomkins,
Jack Wells,
George Williams