Fan Stephen will fly the flag for Centurions at Wembley

Leigh RL news
Leigh RL news

Stephen O’Dwyer, the Leigh fan who took ill watching Centurions at Sheffield earlier this season, will represent the club at the Wembley Stadium parade prior to the Tetley’s Challenge Cup Final on Saturday 23 August.

A parade will take place immediately prior to the Final, in which all clubs that have competed in this year’s competition will be represented by a flag bearer.

Stephen, 24, was taken critically ill on the terraces of Owlerton Stadium in May. Since that day he happily made a fine recovery and is back watching the Centurions on a regular basis. He will be accompanied to Wembley by his fiancée Emily Bailey.

Mr Beaumont said “When we were contacted by the RFL to put forward a representative of the club I immediately thought of Steve.

“He is an extremely passionate fan who is heavily involved in putting out our flags on game day.

“His story of survival at Owlerton and his remarkable recovery since is the real success of the year ahead of anything we achieve on the field.

Leigh Centurions head coach Paul Rowley said: “I think it is a fitting tribute to someone who follows our club with passion and pride.

“Happily he has made a remarkable recovery.”