A carnival atmosphere promised for Centurions Heritage Day

Leigh legend Tommy Sale
Leigh legend Tommy Sale
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LEIGH Centurions have unveiled details of what’s happening to celebrate their Heritage Day this Saturday.

The day marks the launch of the club’s heritage numbers which have been painstakingly compiled by Leigh fan and author Mike Latham.

Nearly 1,400 players have their own heritage number and all will be honoured on the day with many former players expected to attend the game against Workington which kicks off at 3pm.

The heritage carnival will begin at 11.30am with a funfair outside the stadium. A retro ice cream van and sweet stall will add to the atmosphere.

Fans are urged to enter the stadium early to join the celebrations and witness the heritage numbers being launched in a parade around the pitch. Turnstiles open at noon and concourse bars and refreshment kiosks will be open.

Children from local schools and community groups will be joined by past players and their families to represent each and every player that has ever had the privilege of donning a Leigh shirt.

The parade is due to start at 1.15pm and the club hopes as many fans as possible will arrive early to recognise the commitment made by the children.

Surviving members of Leigh’s 1971 Challenge Cup-winning team are all special guests on the day and other past players will be interviewed on the pitch.

At half-time, more former players will be presented to the crowd including Tommy Sale MBE, Alex Murphy OBE, Kevin Ashcroft, Stuart Ferguson, Tony Cottrell, John Woods, Timmy Street, Neil Turley and David Eckersley who has travelled all the way from Australia to be part of this commemorative day.

After the game, the funfair will continue and fans will get the opportunity to mingle with the past players in the Legends Bar.

A special family ticket is available for £18.95 (two adults and up to four under 16s) if purchased from the ticket office before 5pm on Friday.