Christmas Opening Hours

Leigh Centurions would like to wish all supporters, and the wider Rugby League community, a very Merry Christmas, and a happy, prosperous, and perhaps most important of all Safe New Year.

The ticket office and retail outlet wil be operating at the following times over the festive period.

Date: Ticket Office Retail Outlet:
24th December 9am – 1pm 9am – 3:30pm
25th December Closed Closed
26th December Closed Closed
27th December Closed Closed
28th December Closed Closed
29th December 9am – 5pm 9am – 4:30pm
30th December 9am – 5pm 9am – 4:30pm
31st December 9am – 5pm 9am – 3:30pm
1st January Closed Closed

 

In case you missed it, here are the results of the Big Christmas Draw.

Leigh Centurions would like to thank everyone who bought tickets, and donated prizes, and of course our friends at SuperLeigh for organising the draw which raised £5,188.20 in profit for the Club.

Once again, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year from all at Leigh Centurions.

Season Ticket Holders Asked To Vote Again For 2021 Betfred Super League Away Kit

Leigh Centurions have agreed to a request from the RFL to change their proposed away kit design for the 2021 Betfred Super League season.

In December, Leigh season ticket holders took part in a highly popular poll to vote for their favourite away strip from several options offered by our kit supplier Ellgren and keen Leigh fan and graphic designer Olly Wilcock. After an incredibly close vote, a mainly silver strip was picked to be our alternative kit for the coming season.

Unfortunately this kit has been deemed to be too similar to our home kit in that it’s a “light” design and we have conformed with a request from the RFL and Super League to choose a “dark” coloured option.

As a result, Ellgren, whose design won the original away kit poll, have come up with three new predominately black kits for season ticket holders to select from in line with Super League’s request. Time is of the essence, so all votes will have to be cast by 9am on Monday with the winner announced later that day.

Season ticket holders can vote by email for the design of their choice stating Option 1, 2 or 3 using the address: Kit2021@leighrl.co.uk It’s only one vote per season ticket holder using the email account associated with your season ticket purchase. Any vote from an email address not uploaded to the season ticket database for 2021 will not be counted. All kit designs are copyright of Leigh Centurions, Ellgren and cannot be copied, removed or decimated to be displayed on any other platform, whether in part or in full.

Leigh Centurions Name Garreth Carvell as Head Of Rugby

Leigh Centurions are delighted to confirm the appointment of Garreth Carvell as the Club’s new head of rugby ahead of the 2021 Betfred Super League season.

Carvell, 40, has a wide-ranging role, supporting operations manager Neil Jukes and head coach John Duffy and his coaching and support staff.

He will be responsible for all aspects of player welfare, recruitment, discipline and RFL issues and have a pivotal role in the Club’s application for an academy licence.

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said: “As a result of the successful application to the Betfred Super League, a lot of additional work we want to undertake was identified, in order to build a successful and sustainable Super League club.

“Although it wasn’t contained as part of our bid in the revised operational structure of a successful application, I always had it in mind after tentative talks with Garreth to appoint a head of rugby. Given my knowledge of Garreth’s skills and experience, along with a reassuring chat with my good friend Marwan Koukash, his former employer, he was the ideal candidate to approach.

“I like to employ ex-players where possible in the club, given their obvious understanding of the game. Garreth has already proven himself in various roles of the game and has a proven track record with player welfare and academy structures, something the club is keen to commence building this year. I had already committed funds to the club this year for the recruitment based on Championship status, therefore given the additional funding from Super League, as well as adding players we will utilise the additional income to strengthen the off-field team and this is a significant step towards achieving that.”

Mr Beaumont added: “Having dealt with Garreth numerous times during his position at GMB during the difficulties the club faced in 2018, I have a great deal of trust in him and also his skill sets. He also has a good knowledge and understanding of both the club and myself from that and therefore knows how professional we are, even in the most difficult circumstances, which clearly gives him the confidence to establish himself in a challenging role within a Super League club.

“With Neil Jukes as Operations Manager we have great leadership from experienced rugby people with great knowledge. The additions to the strength and conditioning, medical and marketing department will be important aspects in achieving our goals of establishing ourselves in Super League and implementing structures to build a platform for a successful application for an academy license in 2022, a vital part of our growth plan for the club to unite our great amateur clubs with its professional club for the benefit of the whole town and wider community. I look forward to getting stuck into everything with Garreth in what will be looked back on as a significant part of the club’s history.”

Garreth Carvell said: “I’m looking forward to an exciting and no doubt challenging 2021. I can’t wait to get started. I’m really excited to be working for Derek and the club.

“Leigh is a club with a great history and tradition and the supporters are very passionate about the club and the game. Our immediate focus and challenge is to stay in Super League, enjoy the experience and build the club on and off the field. There are some great people involved in the club and I shall be working closely with them to achieve our goals.

“My time at Salford and with the Rugby League Players Association has given me a good grounding in many aspects of the game since my playing career ended and I intend to fully play my part in the team effort to ensure Leigh Centurions takes full advantage of this great opportunity.”

Carvell had an outstanding playing career that stretched over three decades and covered nearly 20 years, beginning at Leeds Rhinos in the late 1990s and ending at Featherstone Rovers in 2015.

He played nearly 300 Super League games in the front row for Leeds, Gateshead Thunder, Warrington Wolves, Hull FC and Castleford Tigers and in two grand finals and five Challenge Cup finals. He was selected for the Super League Dream Team in 2011.

A key member of the Hull FC side that beat Leeds in the memorable 2005 Challenge Cup Final at Cardiff, he later played in three Warrington cup-winning teams at Wembley in 2009, 2010 and 2012.

On the international stage he represented Wales in the 2000 World Cup, Great Britain in the 2006 Tri-Nations and England in the 2010 and 2011 Four Nations tournaments and later had an assistant coaching role with Wales.

Since his playing retirement he was appointed player welfare officer, later head of youth and in an assistant coach’s role at Salford Red Devils before re-launching and heading the Rugby League Players Association in January 2018 with backing from the GMB Union to a position where it now has over 900 members.

Leigh Centurions Devastated by the death of Andrew Parkinson

Leigh Centurions are devastated to learn of the passing of Andrew Parkinson at the tragically young age of 35 due to Covid-19.

Andrew was officially the Club’s IT manager, but he was far more than that.

Indeed, the Parkinson family has played a long and valued contribution to the Club, Father Fred, a Life Member, long-standing pioneer of videoing games and developing LCTV, brother David a highly respected RL journalist and commentator.

Andrew, by his own admission, was the quietest of the trio of family members, not that would have been difficult, but his contribution to the club during a long period was invaluable ever since he joined in an administrative role during the Hilton Park days.

Club Chairman Mike Latham said: ‘When Leigh Centurions achieved their Betfred Super League bid, no one was more delighted than Andrew.

‘Few played a bigger part in the process. Andrew was one of the unsung heroes, a young man with wide-ranging talents, in the back office. Throw him a problem and he would solve it. He invented multi-tasking. Remained ever polite and upbeat while doing so.

‘As we look forward to 2021 news of his sudden passing was devastating for the Centurions family. No one could have been more careful than Andrew and his family to shield from this ruthless virus as he had long been isolating at home and respecting all the rules.

‘He always said the Lockdown suited his lifestyle, because apart from going to work, visiting his favourite Indian restaurant for a takeaway, or trusted colleagues and friends when allowed, like our highly respected ex-chairman Brian Bowman, he was a home bird, who built up an incredible encyclopaedic knowledge of iconic TV series like Dad’s Army and The Bill. His ringtone was always ‘The Undertaker’ from WWF and he’d love listening to the radio at work.

‘Are you OK, pal?’ I’d ring and ask, because Andrew called everyone pal, including Derek, who owned the club but who never demurred. He signed every email or text AP, it made us smile.

‘I’m fine, pal,’ he would reply from the heartbeat of the club, the front office, where he’d answer every question. “Today, it’s just me and Smooth FM.”

‘As chairman I had the solemn task of telling as many people as I could of the dreadful news before social media got there first. The reaction I got from everyone, as I worked my way through my phone contacts A-Z was all the same. Complete devastation.

‘Andrew was, quite simply, a good guy. One of the best I’ve ever worked with in 40 years. Hugely talented, loyal, a proud Leyther, always there, day and night to help you, or post a story on the club website he created on his days off, respectful, friendly, cheerful, always optimistic. Font of knowledge. Good days and bad he was always there, always the same.

‘In the immediate aftermath of his passing, at such a tragically young age, I’d like to dedicate Leigh’s hard-won Super League place to him. Because without Andrew Parkinson, Leigh Centurions wouldn’t be in Super League in 2021.  He was the glue that held us all together.’

Neil Jukes knew Andrew as well as anyone. “From working with Andrew from all different levels within the club over many years I can sincerely say he was the most nice, well-mannered and likeable guy you could ever meet. Ask anything he knew it, ask him to do anything he did it, anytime, any day, no ifs, no buts.

“He was a Leighther through and through and will be sorely missed but never ever forgotten. God bless.”

Head coach John Duffy said: “It has knocked us all west this one, big time! Absolutely devastated! I personally have known Andrew (‘Big Bear’) since he started working for the club at Hilton Park many moons ago!

“He was the same person then as he was the last time I was with him 12 months ago. A very kind and compassionate man who would 100percent put the club and everyone involved before himself.

“Andrew has always been our secret weapon! He would never want me to say this, but many times the rugby club wouldn’t have been able to function without him. He knew this but would never ever want anyone to know or take credit. He was an absolute legend who impacted on all our lives for many years and I will miss him dearly. RIP mate, Duffs.”

Kurt Haggerty Joins Leigh Centurions Coaching Team

Leigh Centurions are delighted to confirm the appointment of Kurt Haggerty to John Duffy’s backroom staff as the club looks forward to the 2021 Betfred Super League season.
Haggerty, 32 this week, is a former Leigh player (HN#1321) who has built a fine reputation in the coaching ranks since retiring as a player in 2016 following a season at Bradford Bulls.
He has been a member of Toronto Wolfpack’s coaching staff during their time in the professional ranks and served a long apprenticeship in the community game as head coach of National Conference side Pilkington Recs, steering them to three promotions during his time at the club.
Leigh Centurions head coach John Duffy said: “Kurt knows the club inside out and has been on a pathway in his coaching career through the amateur and professional ranks. He is very intelligent, diligent and cares for the club and the people involved in it.
“He is a great addition for us as we look forward to the season ahead. Kurt took the decision to retire early as a player to become a coach and he has already had a great grounding with his long association at Toronto and his time in the community game.
“Kurt was a clever footballer, a brilliant player in my opinion, who was ahead of the coaching at the time with the way he played the game. I’m looking forward to working with him.”
Kurt Haggerty said: “Leigh is a club that I always seem drawn to. I played here as a 19-year-old kid and came back in 2014-15 and enjoyed some good times here.
“There’s a special feel to Leigh and I’m really looking forward to the challenges ahead as we look to cement our place in Super League.
“Duffs has a great personality and is a very motivational coach with great technical skills. I didn’t know him that well before I came for my interview, but we are very similar in our outlook on the game and we hit it off straight away.
“The Club did brilliantly to win the Super League bid and by all accounts the document that Derek Beaumont and his fellow directors put together was fantastic. You look at the quality of the recruitment on and off the field and you know how determined Derek is to ensure the club becomes established in Super League.
“We are under no illusions about how hard it will be and know we will have bad weeks as well as good, but we know we have a great opportunity and everyone here is on the same page, wanting the club to do well.”
Haggerty served as both offensive and defensive coach during his time at Toronto and feels his experiences with the Wolfpack have prepared him well. ‘I was very lucky to work with some very good, experienced coaches and over four years at Wolfpack saw just about everything,’ he said. ‘We went from ground floor to ceiling, had some great experiences and I worked with some great players.
‘At times, as a young coach, it was quite a nerve-wracking and humble experience to work with some top quality, international players, but I learned quickly that you can’t go into your shell. You have to back yourself. I was never a fantastic player myself, but I worked hard to prove myself and get my point across.
“Rugby League is still a simple game but there are a lot of cogs to coaching. As a player, I tried to put my own stamp on the game and tried to do something different.
“I’ve always studied the game and am learning all the time. It’s really good to be back.”
The son of the late former St Helens and GB international forward Roy Haggerty and younger brother of Gareth, who played Super League for Widnes, Salford and Harlequins, Kurt Haggerty joined Leigh on a season long loan from Barrow in 2014 and was a member of the Grand Final-winning team against Featherstone Rovers in 2014 before enjoying another successful year in 2015.
He originally played for Leigh’s Academy, captain in 2006, playing centre, standoff, second row and loose forward over the course of the season. He later had a brief loan spell at Carcassonne and made ten senior appearances with Leigh in the 2009 season before becoming a regular in the Widnes side and enjoying an outstanding season at Barrow in 2013, scoring nine tries and kicking 58 goals in 26 games in a season in which he also represented Ireland in the World Cup. He scored 15 tries in 55 Leigh games.

SuperLeigh – Coronavirus Update

Please be aware that, with the aim of keeping our agents and members as safe as possible during the current climate, we will not be making any further door-to-door cash collections until Government restrictions are relaxed. However, SuperLeigh draws will be continuing as normal with a £1,000 jackpot every Friday and as such we are asking all of our members to continue their subscriptions via alternative payment methods so that they can continue to be entered in to the draw each week.

You can sign up for a monthly Direct Debit online via our website at www.superleigh.com/join-now/ (a £1 per week membership works out at £4.33 per month) or alternatively you can give us a call on 01942 487892 to set up a Direct Debit over the phone or pay a lump amount by debit/credit card.

If you do not change to a Direct Debit or pay with a debit/credit card then you will not be entered in to any draws until cash collections are allowed to resume. Existing Direct Debit and standing order members do not need to take any action.

If you happen to be one of our lucky winners, please rest assured that no claim is necessary and a cheque will automatically be posted out to you.

If you require any further advice or assistance then please do not hesitate to call us on 01942 487892 or e-mail info@superleigh.com

Thank you for your continued support and stay safe

Rugby League Cares Statement On Third National Lockdown

The announcement of a third national coronavirus lockdown from Wednesday January 6 will have implications for every member of the Rugby League family.

The resilience of the sport and its communities has been severely tested over the last 10 months and the latest restrictions will undoubtedly add to the disruption many people have already faced.

But we will get through this together.

Rugby League Cares would like to reaffirm its commitment to supporting people involved at every level of the game, in whatever capacity we are able.

The charity has been here for the most vulnerable in our communities throughout the pandemic and that situation will continue.

From providing a full suite of support measures to the game’s most important stakeholders, the players, through to delivering mental wellbeing programmes such as Offload and championing the great heritage of Rugby League by opening up our extensive archives, RL Cares will always be here for the Rugby League family.

Offload fixtures will continue to be delivered, in person or online depending on any restrictions in place; our health ambassadors will create and share informative and helpful content in the weeks to come; and we will again be sharing old games on our social media channels on a daily basis to keep everyone entertained and engaged.

We know that lockdown will be the cause of stress and anxiety levels that some of us will find particularly challenging: remember you do not have to tackle these challenges alone.

There are many organisations in the UK ready, able and willing to provide practical and emotional support: details of helpful organisations can be found by visiting www.rugbyleaguecares.org/need-help-now/

If you, or someone you know, needs more help or guidance during lockdown, please get in touch and we’ll do our best to help. You can reach us at info@rlcares.org.uk

Stay safe everyone: we will get through this together.

#BecauseRugbyLeagueCares