Match Day Information – Leigh Centurions Vs Workington Town

Ladbrokes Challenge Cup

Leigh Centurions begin the road to Wembley at Leigh Sports Village this coming Saturday (19th March 2016, 6pm kick off) when Workington Town are the visitors for a Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Round Four fixture. This is a fixture not to be missed, with match day information as below.

BUYING TICKETS
As with all Challenge Cup ties, this is an ‘all pay’ fixture for all spectators and as such no season tickets will be valid for use for this fixture.

North Stand (terracing behind the posts) tickets for this fixture are priced £18 for adults, £14 for those aged over 65 years or 18-21 years and just £5 for those aged under 18 years. Tickets for the West Stand (reserved seating along the touchline) are priced £20 for adults, £16 for those aged over 65 years or 18-21 years and just £5 for those aged under 18 years.

Tickets are available to purchase in person at Leigh Sports Village Ticket Office, online HERE and by calling 01942 487888. The Leigh Sports Village Ticket Office is open from 9am until 5pm Monday-Friday and from 9am until 6.30pm (half an hour after kick off) on the day of the game. A limited number of North Stand tickets are also available to buy from the Leigh Centurions Retail Outlet situated within Leigh Market Hall until 4pm on Friday 18th March 2016.

When buying online or over the telephone, supporters have the option of having their tickets posted to them at an additional cost of 52p. This option will be available until 5pm on Wednesday 16th March 2016.

Due to the nature of ‘all pay’ fixtures such as this where significantly more match tickets need to be sold when compared to a league fixture, supporters are strongly advised to purchase their tickets in advance of match day or alternatively purchase them as early as possible on match day in order to avoid congestion at the Ticket Office, especially in the immediate period leading to kick off.

For this fixture, Workington Town supporters will be situated in blocks A and B of the West Stand on a reserved seating basis and can buy their tickets purchase in person at Leigh Sports Village Ticket Office, online HERE and by calling 01942 487888.

COLLECTING PRE-PURCHASED TICKETS
Any supporters who have pre-purchased their match tickets and have been advised to collect them will be able to do so from any window at the LSV Ticket Office from 9am on the day of the game.

Corporate ticket collections will take place from the Media College (situated to the left hand side of Main Reception).

LATE GATES
As always, traffic congestion is expected around the stadium and supporters are advised to allow extra time in their journey. However, should you miss the kick off then there are ‘late gates’ situated in each stand which will be open until the end of the first half. These turnstiles are turnstile 19 (North Stand) and turnstile 23 (Kingstone Press West Stand).

TRAVEL
There is a limited amount of on-site parking available at Leigh Sports Village, all free of charge. Access to these car parks is via Sale Way, situated directly off A579 Atherleigh Way, with stewards on hand to direct cars where necessary.

Free car parking is also available at Leigh RUFC, situated 15-20 minutes’ walk from the stadium. The clubhouse will be open for business, with the facility to pre-book a car parking space at
https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/leighrufc.

There are also numerous pay and display car parks situated in Leigh town centre, approximately 10-15 minutes’ walk from the stadium.

All approaches to the stadium and town centre, in particular A579 Atherleigh Way and A580 East Lancashire Road, are expected to be busy and supporters are advised to allow extra time for their journey.

For those travelling by public transport, Leigh bus station is situated in the town centre and is served with regular connections from Manchester, Bolton, Wigan, Warrington and St. Helens. The bus station is a 10 minute walk from the stadium, or alternatively the 597 bus service, operated by South Lancs Travel, runs directly from the bus station to the stadium.

CATERING
The Legends Bar (situated at the front of the Kingstone Press West Stand) will be open from 4.00pm, serving a range of soft drinks and alcoholic beverages and will also be open after the game.

There are also catering kiosks available in each stand which will be open from 5.00pm, serving a variety of hot and cold snacks along with hot beverages and both soft drinks and alcoholic beverages.

SECURITY PROCEDURES
After obtaining advice from Greater Manchester Police in light of the terrorist attacks in Paris last year, please be aware that overt searches, such as bags and personal searches will take place to detect any prevent any prohibited articles from entering the stadium and to provide a visual deterrent.

This searching is conducted under the authority of the Leigh Sports Village Ground Regulations and will apply to staff, partners, visitors and spectators. Any refusal will cause the person not to be admitted into the stadium.

The following articles must not be brought within the ground: knives, fireworks, smoke canisters, air-horns, flares, weapons, dangerous or hazardous items, laser devices, bottles, glass vessels, cans, poles and any article that might be used as a weapon and/or compromise public safety. Any person in possession of such items will be refused entry to the ground.

Centurions Coaching Team Extend Their Contracts

Leigh Centurions are delighted to announce that four key members of the off-field staff have agreed improved and extended contracts with the Club until November 2018.

Head Coach Neil Jukes, Assistant Coach Paul Anderson and Strength & Conditioning Head Nathan Pennington and S&C Coach Paul Wood all signed their new contracts after meeting with Club Owner Derek Beaumont.

Neil Jukes has been on the Club’s coaching staff since 2009 and was assistant coach from 2012 until becoming Head Coach just before the start of the 2016 season. Paul Anderson was Reserves team coach in 2014-15 and moved up to the Assistant Coach role in February 2016. Both are former Leigh Centurions players.

Nathan Pennington has also been a valued staff member in recent seasons, starting with the scholarship and academy teams in 2010 and moving up to first team duties in 2011. Paul Wood joined the staff over the off-season after calling time on his illustrious playing career that included 15 seasons in Super League with Warrington Wolves and saw him earn international honours.

Reflecting first on Neil Jukes’ extended contract Derek Beaumont said: ” Neil is a great bloke and is really easy to work with. I have seen first-hand his knowledge and ability over the last two years so didn’t doubt that. He has been full-time at the Club for some time and involved as a coach at the club for around seven years.

“What I have been really impressed with are his management skills and his honesty to his principals in dealing with situations. The way he has dealt with the past few weeks was what has left me in no doubt he is the man for the job. He is likeable, fun and friendly and has the complete respect and support of the boys and his back room team which I think is evident by the way they have ground out the results for him. ‎

“Whilst his role has been hard so far it will become hard in a different manner now as we start to get our injured players back and pressure builds on team selection and rotation, but I know he is relishing that challenge. I would like to thank Neil his staff and all the players for their efforts for the Club during that difficult period. The sun is now shining and we are in a good place to focus on continuing our journey to achieve our ultimate goal.”

Neil Jukes said: “It is a huge honour to be Head Coach of Leigh Centurions and I am really privileged to be holding this position at this great Club. The potential here is even greater for us to go on and achieve great things.

“I’d like to thank the back room staff and the current players for all their support and together we aim to improve the on-field and off-field performances and move forward together. If you turn up each day and work hard with a smile on your face you have a chance to succeed in whatever job you are doing. That’s something we all do at this Club and we are a really happy, committed and determined group with a real family feel.

“Most of all I’d like to thank Derek and the other board members for all their help and support which has been fantastic. All the directors are really committed to the Club and we are a very united group on and off the field. I am confident we can move forward together and achieve our goals.”

Derek Beaumont then added further comments regarding Paul Anderson. “I am really pleased for Ando,” he said. “He and his family are personal friends of my family and he is Leigh through and through. He is extremely passionate about the Club and wears his heart on his sleeve.

“However, he has seemed to take on his new role sitting alongside Jukesy well and will progress well as he gains confidence and grows into the additional areas he can now operate in. I find it very easy to work with Ando. You know for sure he has got your back and he is very supportive of Neil and all the boys. He fully deserves his reward and I know that being the family man that he is, he will certainly enjoy it with them.”

Finally Mr Beaumont concluded by commenting on Nathan Pennington and Paul Wood’s extended contracts. “Nathan is a real honest, head down, hard working, well organised individual,” he said. “He has also been at the Club a long time and is well liked amongst the boys. He has been incremental in the transition to a full-time outfit and fully deserves his reward of an extended contract with improved terms.

“Paul is a diamond of a guy who has achieved everything in the game and therefore is highly respected by his peers and the squad members. He is a really strong part of our coaching team and it is very pleasing to have him on board.”

Halifax 26 – 18 Leigh Centurions

Leigh moved to within a point of the leaders in the Kingstone Press Championship after coming from behind to beat Halifax 26-18 at the Shay this afternoon.

The Centurions were always in contention thanks to tries from Reni Maitua, Lee Smith and Gareth Hock before skipper Micky Higham struck the decisive blow seven minutes from the end and Martyn Ridyard made sure of their fourth win of the season with a second penalty before the hooter sounded.

Halifax’s tryscorers were Tom Saxton, Adam Tangata and Connor Robinson, with Steve Tyrer kicking three goals.

Centurions Appoint Matthew Chantler As New Chief Executive

LSV Stadium

Leigh Centurions are delighted to confirm the appointment of Matthew Chantler as the Club’s Chief Executive Officer on a full-time basis.

Mr Chantler will take up his appointment immediately and will also join the Board of Directors of the Club.

A practicing solicitor specialising in sports law and a lifelong Leigh Centurions fan who lives locally, Mr Chantler, 30, has been acting as the Club’s legal advisor.

Matthew Chantler said: “I am absolutely delighted to accept the position of Chief Executive with my hometown Club. Although this was a significant decision for me, stepping away from a successful career in law, I feel that it is a fantastic opportunity that was simply too good to turn down.

“Personally, I have accepted the position with the aim of being the Chief Executive of a Super League club and I am extremely confident that this is an achievable goal. Derek Beaumont often talks of his strong belief that he will lead the team out at Wembley and my grandmother often talks of her wish to watch Leigh at Wembley again; I certainly hope that I am in the stand with her, as Chief Executive of the Club, watching such an occasion!

“I have heard comments that the Leigh team is of Super League quality. I want to ensure that this also applies off the field and that the Club is run as effectively and as professionally as possible. Solid foundations have been laid by my predecessor Allan Rowley and I am confident in my ability to build on them with the complete backing of the Board of Directors and Derek who has invested, and continues to invest, considerable amounts into the Club.

“The Leigh Sports Village is of Super League quality and I am confident Neil Jukes and the team will also demonstrate that they are too by achieving promotion.”

Mr Chantler continued: “I will take up the position, at the very least, until the end of 2018. As custodian of the Club during my tenure, I can guarantee the Leigh public that I will give my all, not just for the Club but also the town.

“I strongly believe that the Club can be a flagship for the town, community and can inspire the younger generation of Leigh. I will work tirelessly to build on the links with our community partners, clubs and schools, will ensure that the Leigh Community Trust is backed by the Club with both time and investment, and that the Club engages with local businesses as I passionately believe that the support of these parties are integral to the success of the Club.

“I strongly request that everyone fully supports the Club by any means that they can, should that be attending a home game or simply by sharing the club’s social media posts to help us raise the profile of our great Club. I also implore our business community to continue to back the Club and to add to not just the success of the club but the town which will also be of benefit to them.

“I therefore invite all supporters, the Leigh public and business community to contact me by email (Matthew.Chantler@leighrl.co.uk) if they have any comments or suggestions regarding the Club. I guarantee that I will read each and every one and will act upon them accordingly.

“Support the Club, the town and BeLeighve!”

Club Owner Derek Beaumont said: ” Matthew’s appointment is a great signing for the Club and I feel at ease working with him and believe we will strike up a good working relationship. It is vital for me going forward to manage my time better in my business and the Club so that the time I do afford to the Club is productive, utilising my skill sets rather than being embroiled in day to day running decisions.

“I am also minded by the statement that the appointment of a practising solicitor as CEO is a bold one by the Club and gives assurances regarding its integrity, ambitions and commitment to aiming to give the town a sustainable Super League club. I think it is important that I invest in the off field captain as I would replacing the on field one and I am therefore delighted to welcome Matthew on Board.”

Centurions Name Squad For Halifax Game

Leigh Centurions have named their 19 man squad ahead of Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship Round 6 game at Halifax (3pm).

New signing Liam Hood comes into the squad for the first time and is allocated squad number 32 and Ben Reynolds has returned from his loan spell at Dewsbury.

Hood, a Scotland international takes the number of internationals in the squad to 14, as follows:

Australia: Willie Tonga
Australia/ Samoa: Reni Maitua
England: Rangi Chase, Lee Smith, Richard Whiting
Great Britain/ England: Micky Higham, Gareth Hock
Ireland: Bob Beswick, Gregg McNally
New Zealand/ Samoa: Harrison Hansen
New Zealand/ Tonga: Fuifui Moimoi
Scotland: Sam Barlow, Liam Hood
Wales: Jake Emmitt

The Leigh Centurions squad is:

2 Adam Higson;
5 Liam Kay;
6 Martyn Ridyard;
8 Fuifui Moimoi;
10 Dayne Weston;
11 Harrison Hansen;
12 Gareth Hock;
13 Cory Paterson;
14 Micky Higham Captain;
15 Jonny Pownall;
16 Reni Maitua;
17 Jamie Acton;
20 Sam Hopkins;
27 Richard Whiting;
28 Lewis Charnock;
29 Jake Emmitt;
30 Richard Owen;
31 Ben Reynolds;
32 Liam Hood.

Halifax vs Leigh Centurions Ticket News

kingstone press championship

Match tickets for Leigh Centurions’ Kingstone Press Championship fixture away to Halifax on Sunday 13th March 2016 (3pm kick off) are still on sale.

The club have received an initial allocation of 1,000 North Stand (terracing) tickets situated behind the posts and 500 East Stand (unreserved seating) tickets situated along the touchline. Supporters can pre-purchase their tickets in person at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium Ticket Office, online at
www.leighsportsvillage.co.uk/tickets or by calling 01942 487888.

Leigh Centurions season ticket holders who are aged under 18 years are entitled to free entry for this game. There aren’t any tickets to be exchanged at the Ticket Office for this fixture and instead all junior season ticket holders just need to present their tickets on the turnstiles at Halifax in order to gain admission.

Subject to availability, tickets will be on sale until 12pm on Saturday 12th March 2016.

 

North Stand (standing)

East Stand (seating)

Adult

£17.00

£20.00

Over 65 years

£12.00

£15.00

Student (16-24 years
only)

£9.00

£11.00

Under 16 years

£5.00

£5.00

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.