Leigh Centurions are greatly saddened to learn of the passing of Terry Gorman, aged 84.
Leigh-born Terry had a long and distinguished career in the game as a scrumhalf with Huddersfield, Batley and Oldham. He played one game for Leigh in April 1962 on loan from Huddersfield, earning Heritage Number HN#706.
During his time at Batley in the late 1960s he introduced several Leigh amateur players to the professional game including Tommy Martyn senior, Stan Gittins, John Cooke and our long serving apparel manager Frank Taylor.
“Terry was A team coach at Batley at the time as well as playing for the first team,” Frank recalled. “He took a carload of Leigh lads over and they were happy times.
“In many ways Terry was ahead of his time with his training and fitness ideas and as a player he was a good ‘un. I can’t speak too highly of him. I worked with him at BICC too, and I loved him to bits.
“He also had a big impact with the rugby union team at Anchor Cables and in no time transformed the club from having one team of veterans to four teams and a Colts team. Our pitch was where Leigh Sports Village is now.”
Terry had a three-year stint as player-coach to Huyton in the mid-1970s and on one occasion then RFL CEO David Oxley came along to Alt Park to present him with a long service award to Rugby League.
He moved on from Huyton to coach Swinton and was highly regarded throughout the professional and community game for his knowledge and personality.
Sincere condolences to his family and friends at this time.