Amateur rivals link up for Maden’s match

Leigh Centurions' Steve Maden
Leigh Centurions' Steve Maden

A COMBINED Leigh East/Leigh Miners team will take on a Leigh Centurions Select side for Steve Maden’s Testimonial on Thursday.

The game takes place at Leigh East with a 7.30pm kick off.

The East/Miners assistant coach Lee Rowley paid tribute to Centurions winger Maden who has also played for St Helens, Warrington and Whitehaven.

He said: “On behalf of the Leigh East/Leigh Miners Select Team, I would firstly like to thank Steve Maden for inviting us to take part this testimonial game. It is not often you get chance at amateur level to play in a testimonial game and it has certainly created some excitement for the lads.

“I would like to congratulate Steve on his career and achievements in this his testimonial year. It often goes unrecognised how much sacrifice has to be made to play professional sport so to do so for so many years at such a high standard is testimony to the type of player and person Steve is. Everyone who knows and meets him speaks highly of the guy and I again extend thanks on behalf of the players for his invitation to play in the game.

“The concept of combining the two teams together for the game is also something that is unique in the modern era and it is something to my knowledge that hasn’t happened for a long time in Leigh.

“As we all know, each club has a strong identity and reputation in the amateur game and it will be really interesting to see how the two sets of lads will combine in the game. Despite the common perception of both sets of players being sworn enemies, most players actually get along with the opposite team pretty well off the field!”

The squad is as follows.

Miners: Andrew Groves, Bud Skimtki, Brad Hargreaves, Ryan Ravenscroft, Jimmy Muir, Dave Rowland, Joe Harrison, Danny Jones, Mark Nicholson, Charles Tyson

East: Jake Beaumont, Alan Campbell, Tom Worthington, Sam Grainey, Adam Holland, Danny Grainey, Craig Wingfield, Mark Cahill, Dean Balmer, Tom Fletcher, Alex Holcroft, Lee Rowley, Saf Patel.