TICKET INFORMATION: Workington Town (A)

Match tickets for Leigh Centurions’ Betfred Championship fixture away to Workington Town to be played at Derwent Park, Workington on Sunday 10th July 2022 (2.00pm kick off) will go on sale from 9am on Wednesday 29th June 2022.

Subject to availability, tickets will be on sale until 4pm on Friday 8th July 2022 and all pre-paid tickets must be collected by this point. There will be no ticket sales or ticket collections after this point from Leigh Sports Village owing to commitments to hosting UEFA Women’s Euros 2022. Tickets can be posted out at a charge of 85p when ordering tickets online or over the phone until 4pm on Wednesday 6th July 2022.

The club have received an initial allocation of 350 general admission tickets. Supporters can pre-purchase their tickets in person at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium Ticket Office, online at www.leightickets.co.uk or by calling 01942 487888.

Please be aware that match ticket prices rise by £2 per ticket if purchased on match day rather than pre-purchased via the Leigh Sports Village Ticket Office. Don’t forget that Leigh Centurions retain 20% of all tickets purchased via the Leigh Sports Village Ticket Office.

Children who attend on matchday wearing club or community club colours will be admitted free of charge with no need to pre-purchase a ticket.

Workington Town v Leigh Centurions – Ticket Prices
Advance Match Day
Adult £15.00 £17.00
Over 65 Years £10.00 £12.00
Under 19 Years £5.00 £5.00
Children will be admitted free if wearing club or community club colours on match day – no ticket needed!

 

Supporters wishing to purchase ambulant disabled tickets can do so from the Ticket Office. These are priced according to the relevant age category above, with a complimentary ticket provided for a carer. Please be aware that appropriate proof of disability may be requested and will need to be registered with the Ticket Office.

Derwent Park will be hosting a Fanzone on the day of the game, opening at 12pm ahead of kick off at 2pm.

The Fanzone includes bars, drink offers, food vendors, bouncy castle (weather permitting), face painting and a DJ, Ice-cream and candy floss vendors plus other locally based attractions.

Leigh Centurions Sign Super League Superstar Josh Charnley

Leigh Centurions are delighted to confirm that England international winger Josh Charnley has joined the club on loan until the end of the season from Warrington Wolves, with a further two-year deal signed after the current campaign has finished.

Charnley, 31 on Sunday, arrives at Leigh Sports Village with a hugely impressive playing CV including the prolific try-scoring record of 255 tries in 301 career games.

Head coach Adrian Lam said: “It is really exciting news for the club, the squad and me as coach.

“He brings us lot of experience, as he is one of the leading try-scorers of all time in Super League and coming into our group now is good timing for us all. It keeps people on their toes.

“Josh understands what his role will be here going forward. He will not just be shoved in at the deep end. He will need a couple of weeks training with us to earn his spot through that process.

“Keeping in mind, he is signing for the rest of this season, which is a massive immediate boost for us and looking into the future.

“This signing is another indicator of how aggressive we are with moving forward, as we sign another quality player.”

Josh Charnley said: “I’m really excited at this opportunity to play for Leigh, become part of the team and contribute towards helping them get up to Super League where they belong.

“I’ve been watching them the past few weeks and the team seems like they’re in a good place.

“I’ll be looking to help out in any way possible, if that means helping to mentor the younger boys in the squad then yes I can’t wait.

“Lammy seems to have the lads playing some good rugby and I’m excited to be added to the team. I’ve been extremely lucky to play alongside some of the best and they’ve helped me a lot in my career as a younger player and I still have players that I look up to and won’t forget some of the lessons and advice they taught and gave to me.

“It would be an honour if I could impact someone’s career in the same way

“I was lucky enough to be able to get coached by Chris (Chester) in 2010 and we’ve crossed tracks before. When we spoke on the phone he asked about my life off the field as well and about my family. Family is a big one for me. He’s an honest bloke and said it how it is and I respect that so him being there is a bonus.

“There’s a few of the boys I know and have played alongside. I started with Joe Mellor back at Wigan so I’m excited to start and be a part of the group.

“I just want to enjoy my rugby again. The last few years been difficult on and off the field. I want to get back playing my best rugby again cause I’m far from finished and I’ve got a lot to give so let’s go Leythers!”

Currently third in the all-time Super League list for tries scored, the Chorley-born outside back started his career at Chorley Panthers before developing through the Wigan Warriors junior ranks.

He made his senior debut on dual registration for Blackpool Panthers in 2010, his Super League bow during a loan spell at Hull KR before making his Wigan debut later that season.

Charnley scored 164 tries and kicked 103 goals in 173 games for Wigan before leaving the club at the end of the 2016 season for a short stint in rugby union with Sale Sharks.

He came back to Rugby League with Warrington in 2018 and has scored 69 tries in 108 games for the Wolves.

Charnley brings a wealth of big game experience and has won two Super League grand finals and three Challenge Cup Finals as well as making a dozen appearances on the representative stage for England and England Knights.

His record of 203 tries in 243 career Super League games is testimony to his try-scoring ability at the highest level.

Leigh Centurions Head of Rugby Chris Chester said: “This is a really positive signing and again shows our intent as a club.

“Josh is a high quality player who has a vast amount of experience operating in the Super League.

“He and I go all the way back to 2010, where I played a major role in bringing him in to Hull KR on loan, and we have kept in close contact ever since.

“It is a fresh challenge for Josh and one I know he is very excited about. This is echoed by the club and myself, who are more than delighted to be bringing in a player of his standard.”

The addition of Charnley comes in the wake of Papua New Guinea international hooker Edwin Ipape pledging his future to the club, after signing a new three-year contract earlier in the week.

Josh is now available to sponsor for the remainder of season and the following 2023 campaign. To register your interest, please email karen.roberts@leighrl.co.uk

MATCH REPORT: Sheffield Eagles 4-58 Leigh Centurions 24.06.22

40 unanswered points in the second half saw Adrian Lam’s men take the two points back to Leigh, as they ran out 58-4 winner at Olympic Legacy Park.

First Half

After a slow opening couple of sets, quick hands from Leigh sees them break down the right through Keanan Brand. His pass to Blake Ferguson was kicked on by the winger and bounced perfectly into the hands of Joe Mellor to open the scoring. Ben Reynolds was on kicking duty on the night and made his first kick with ease. (1/1)

With ten minutes, two tries had been scored as a quick dummy inside the 10m line from John Asiata infiltrated the space, before offloading to skipper Adam Sidlow to touch it down. Reynolds did the rest with the extras. (2/2)

It was a fantastic opening few attacking phases of play for Leigh, as a short ball from Aaron Smith on the Eagles’ line was ran onto at pace by Joe Wardle. He spun through the tackle to touch it down through a melee of tackles. Reynolds made no mistake with the conversion. (3/3)

Midway through the half and Wardle looked to have gone over in the corner, after latching onto a pass from Reynolds, but referee Ben Thaler adjudged him to have dropped the ball during the near try.

Two minutes were left before the break and Sheffield got in at the corner through Bass. Farrell stepped up and cannoned his kick off the sticks and missed.

Half Time – Leigh Centurions 18-4 Sheffield Eagles

Second Half

A sin bin began the second period’s action, as Holmes was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle on Mellor merely minutes into the half.

Leigh made the extra man count, as Reynolds went in untouched under the posts. The same man converted the kick with his cultured right boot to extend the Centurions’ lead. (4/4)

After signing his new three year deal earlier in the week, Edwin Ipape got in on the action with a powerful surging run under the posts to send the travelling support ballistic. Reynolds stayed perfect with his kicking soon after. (5/5)

He was in again just prior to the hour mark, as the Papua New Guinea international dove over after a quick play of the ball from Kai O’Donnell! Reynolds did the rest. (6/6)

Ipape then thought he had gone over for his hattrick, but referee Thaler blew up for a knock-on. Ipape stopped a quick penalty from the Eagles, which saw him enter the sin bin.

Wardle was back in on the offensive side of things bang on the hour mark, as he was on the end of a superb right to left move that finished with the former Scotland international going over down the left flank. Reynolds continued to go perfect as he sent the ball through the sticks. (7/7)

A kick over the top three minutes after the last try saw the ball bounce up perfectly for Nene Macdonald to get in on the act. Reynolds was racking up the points on the night, as he continued his excellent kicking form. (8/8)

Seven minutes remained as Macdonald crossed over in the corner for his second of the game, but Reynolds couldn’t make the tough conversion attempt. (8/9)

The final action of the game saw skipper Sidlow crash over for his second of the evening, after a short ball from Aaron Smith. Reynolds made the conversion (9/10)

Full-Time: Leigh Centurions 58-4 Sheffield Eagles

Leigh Centurions: Aekins, Ferguson, Brand, Macdonald, Nisbet, Reynolds, Mellor (C), Sidlow (C), Smith, Amone, Stone, Wardle, Asiata.

Interchange: O’Donnell, Ioane, Ipape, McDonnell.

Tries: Mellor, Sidlow (2), Wardle (2), Reynolds, Ipape (2), Macdonald (2).

Goals: Reynolds (9).

Sin Bin: Ipape

Sheffield Eagles: Laulu-Togaga’e, Jones-Bishop. Welham., Johnson, Chrimes, Farrell, Aston, Douglas, Halafihi, Kirk, Bower, Hodgson, Dickinson.

Interchange: Bass, Broadbent, Williams, Holmes.

Tries: Bass

Goals:

Sin Bin: Holmes.

Attendance: N/A

Winger Duo Head To Widnes On Loan

Leigh Centurions can confirm that the duo of Luis Roberts and Kieran Dixon have joined Widnes Vikings on loan, to provide some game time for both players.

Roberts, 20, has had a strong start to his first season at Leigh, making six appearances for the club.

Most recently, he earned international honours for Wales, as he made his senior debut for the Dragons against France on Sunday where he recorded an assist to Mike Butt in a 34-10 defeat.

Dixon, 29, has made three appearances for the Centurions this 2022 campaign, scoring one try in our Betfred Championship season opener against Whitehaven.

FIXTURE ALTERATION: Whitehaven (A)

Leigh Centurions away fixture against Whitehaven will now no longer be shown by Premier Sports, and will revert to a Sunday afternoon kick-off (July 24, 3pm).

This game was originally rescheduled for Monday 25 July, 7:45pm.

Tickets for this fixture will be available in due course.

Papua New Guinea international hooker Edwin Ipape signs new three-year contract at Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions are delighted to confirm that Edwin Ipape has signed a new three-year contract with the Club up until the end of 2025.

Papua New Guinea international hooker Ipape, 25, has been in outstanding form for the Centurions this season since arriving in February, earning Heritage Number HN#1536 and scoring six tries in 14 games.

He capped a stand-out performance by winning the Ray French Trophy as Man of the Match in Leigh Centurions’ victory in the AB Sundecks 1895 Cup Final at Tottenham Hotspur last month.

Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont explained the rationale behind this important and exciting signing for the club and the key roles played by head of rugby Chris Chester and head coach Adrian Lam.

Mr Beaumont said: “Since the difficult season of 2018 when we failed to make the playoffs and the club became significantly exposed, I stuck to a rebuilding programme that was always protecting the longer-term future exposure of the club by limiting contracts to a single season.

“This obviously had its limitations but was successful in getting us to where we are now. I now have the confidence in Chris and Adrian, the players and support staff that this club can achieve both mine and its goals in the near future.

“When bringing Chris and Adrian on board it was always based on a three-to-five-year plan. That was what sold the club to them and attracted them on board. I fully believe in them and am therefore backing them by securing longer term deals to achieve what we want to achieve, and Edwin is a big part of that.

“I am not taking anything for granted concerning this year. I am simply hell bent committed to getting into Super League with a team that can compete at the top end of Super League.  If it doesn’t materialise this year, we will have a great team again next year to keep at it.

“Ultimately it boils down to money.  It’s been a big investment for me this year and could be bigger next year if we don’t make it, but I have the money and am prepared to use it to get where our great club deserves to be.

“Seeing crowds grow over 4,000 is highly motivating to me and helps greatly so I hope our fans will continue coming and bringing their friends to watch the great rugby our team is playing.

“I would like to thank Edwin for entrusting his next three years with us despite the strong external interest, especially when it’s far from a given, we will be where he wants and was offered to play next year in Super League. It’s a great time to be a Leigh Centurions fan and it’s going to get greater!”

Head coach Adrian Lam said: “I am very pleased for the club, Edwin and for myself as coach, as he has been outstanding this year, and certainly has been a revelation in the Betfred Championship.

“He was given an opportunity after the season had started and for him to travel over here and do what he’s done is unbelievable. It is probably one of the greatest stories in Rugby League this year across the world.

“I chased him hard at the start of the season, as I knew what he could do. He has come through as a half back at Lae Snax Tigers in Papua New Guinea and has worked his way through the grassroots system over there.

“I have always wanted to have him and get him under my wing to coach him into the player he is now.

“There was a lot of interest in him from Super League clubs and it was a priority of ours to get him signed up, which shows the indication of where we want to be in the future.

“Securing players like Edwin Ipape in our side now and for the long-term certainly puts us in a great position.”

Edwin Ipape said: “I’m really happy to get the deal over the line. We’ve been in talks for the last couple of weeks, but we’ve finally come to an agreement. I’ve signed on for the next three years and I couldn’t be happier.

“The club gave me the opportunity to come play my rugby in this country and has helped get the best out of me. Under the leadership and coaching of both Adrian Lam and Chris Chester, this is definitely the right club for me to grow as a person and a player.

“To sign a three-year deal and get the security that comes with that is important for me. I want to find somewhere I can make a home and focus on my rugby – this contract allows me to do that.

“When you’re involved in professional sports, you have to always find room for improvement. I feel that I can still improve, and I’ve got a few more gears to go through – I’m excited to see how good I can get.

“The fans were a massive factor in my decision to re-sign. They really accepted me as one of their own straight away. Their support during games helps to give me that extra boost to give 110% week in and week out. You can feel their support all the time – whether it’s on the pitch or off it – they’re amazing.

“The aim for me is to win every game we play. I would love to win the Challenge Cup for the club and get promoted to Super League. We want to make an impact there and challenge for the title within the next few years. On a personal note, I just want to continue to play great rugby and bring that consistently. I just want to do the best I can.”

Leigh Centurions head of rugby Chris Chester said: “This is a massive statement and a positive move not only for the club but the town. Everywhere I go people ask me: ‘When are you going to sign Edwin?’

“He is so well thought of by the playing and coaching staff, by the supporters, and by everyone he has met in the town as well.

“When Edwin comes off the bench it lifts the whole stadium. He is such an exciting talent and through his performances had attracted interest from the NRL and Super League. But his agent told me Edwin had said he didn’t want him to speak to any other club but Leigh.”

Mr Chester added that Ipape’s signing confirms the club’s strategy. He explained: “As you look to the future you want to build a group and a team around young players.

“Edwin has been a revelation since stepping off the plane and making his debut at York a couple of days later.

“He made enormous sacrifices to move over here, leaving family behind in PNG and it was a massive gamble for him. But now he can make plans. We’ve been good for Edwin, and he’s been good for us, so it was a no-brainer, and we are all delighted the deal is done.”

Chris Chester also thanked Compassion in Action; a charity based in Leigh for their assistance in helping Edwin settle in. “CEO Pam Gilligan and her colleagues at this wonderful charity have been absolutely superb and we can’t thank them enough,” he said. “They have helped Edwin in many ways and are currently enrolling him on courses to further his education.

“I’d also like to thank Ste Openshaw for his tireless work in helping Edwin and the club negotiate the visa and work permit application process which made this possible.”

Edwin Ipape is sponsored by Leigh Centurions Fans.