A reunion to remember

Taken at St Paul's Social Club, Liegh.  Leigh Past Players Committee: standing left to right Terry Gorman, Mick Martyn, Maurice Bailey, Bob Shuttleworth, Tommy Martyn. Front left to right: Jim Mills, Stan Owen
Taken at St Paul's Social Club, Liegh. Leigh Past Players Committee: standing left to right Terry Gorman, Mick Martyn, Maurice Bailey, Bob Shuttleworth, Tommy Martyn. Front left to right: Jim Mills, Stan Owen
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THE Leigh Past Players Association 22nd Annual Dinner was a sell out at St Paul’s Sports and Social Club Leigh, with more than 200 attending.

Big Jim Mills, former Wales and GB forward was guest speaker and Stan Owen, former Leigh, Wales and GB prop forward was the top table guest, comedian was Venn Tracey. Tommy Sale MBE was a guest along with John Prince.

Past players from other associations attended the dinner including St Helens, Warrington, Widnes, Huddersfield, Halifax and Rochdale, regulars from the old Huyton club which no longer exists were present and Derek Day former Cumbrian winner represented the old Belle Vue rangers club.

Local amateur clubs supported the event and the President, Chairman, vice chairman and secretary of Leigh RUFC also attended.

There were a great many past players present including some big names, more than a dozen being former internationals, including Geoff Pimblett, Kel Coslett, Jackie Broome, George Nichols, Ken Senior, John Woods, Steve Donlan, Mick and Tommy Martyn, Mick Collins, Frank and Tony Barrow, Alf Wilkinson, Ally Brindle, Joe Hosking, Stan Walmesley, Colin Tyrer, Roy Lester, Mick Stacey, Mike Ratu, Bob Blackwood, Eddie Hunter and Welshman, Les Pearce who is 90 years old and was a former Leigh RL coach and many more.

Proceeds from the dinner will go to supporting local amateur Rugby League clubs.