Centurions have star quality

Leigh Centurions players and staff along with Wigan Council officials outside Leigh Town Hall

Leigh Centurions players and staff along with Wigan Council officials outside Leigh Town Hall

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LEIGH Centurions enjoyed a Civic reception at Leigh Town Hall on Monday in recognition of their amazing 2014 season.

Current players and officials were joined by the legendary Alex Murphy for the celebration which culminated in the club and Murphy himself being honoured with their own Hollywood Walk of Fame style stars outside the Town Hall.

As player-coach Murphy inspired Leigh to their 1971 Challenge Cup win over Leeds at Wembley. He was also the coach when Leigh claimed the Championship and Lancashire Cup in the 1981-82 season.

The event came just a few days before the first game of the new season when Leigh take on Bradford at the Sports Village this Sunday.

Wigan Council estimate that if the club succeed this season in getting promoted to the First Utility Super League it will generate an extra £3million in income for Wigan Borough.

Council leader Lord Peter Smith said: “Rugby league is the best sport in the world and this season is going to be fantastic for Leigh Centurions.”

The Mayor Councillor Phyllis Cullen and Wigan Council chief executive Donna Hall were also at the event along with schoolchildren from Westleigh St Paul’s who performed a poem about the club.