Higham’s long wait for home Centurions ‘debut’ is over

Micky Higham of Leigh Centurions
Micky Higham of Leigh Centurions
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MICKY Higham is in line to finally make his first Leigh appearance on home soil in 15 years this Sunday.

The hooker, who rejoined Centurions from Warrington last month, has been unable to enjoy a second ‘home debut’ until now because Leigh have not played at the Sports Village for six weeks.

This is because of the pitch maintenance work at the LSV and the Summer Bash fixture against Featherstone in Blackpool.

On Sunday, Leigh are aiming to stay top of the Kingstone Press Championship when they take on Sheffield Eagles.

Higham last played a home game for Leigh at their former Hilton Park ground in 2000.

After signing for his home-town club as a teenager from Leigh Miners, Higham made his first-team debut against Barrow on 14 Feb 1999.

He scored two tries in 10 appearances. He really came to the fore in the following season, scoring 22 tries in 32 Leigh games. His sparkling individual performance, capped by two tries, earning the Man of the Match Award as Paul Terzis’s side suffered a heartbreaking 13-12 defeat at the hands of Dewsbury Rams in the 2000 Northern Ford Premiership Grand Final.

That pivotal game proved to be Higham’s last in a Leigh jersey and he then embarked on a fine career at the top level playing with distinction for St Helens between 2001 and 2005, Wigan Warriors between 2006 and 2008 and Warrington Wolves from 2009.

Higham scored 35 tries in 116 games for Saints and was a member of their Grand Final winning side in 2002 when Saints defeated Bradford Bulls 19-18 at Old Trafford. Earlier that year he had been a member of the Saints side defeated 21-12 by Wigan in the Challenge Cup Final at Murrayfield.

During three seasons at Wigan, Higham scored 17 tries in 97 games and for Warrington he has scored 37 tries in 175 games. His overall record at club level reads 113 tries in 430 games.

Higham appeared for the Wolves in three victorious Challenge Cup Finals at Wembley, defeating Huddersfield 25-12 in 2009, Leeds 30-6 in 2010 and Leeds again 35-18 in 2012. He was also a member of the Wolves side defeated by Leeds in the 2012 Super League Grand Final and again by Wigan one year later.

Higham also joined the select group of Leigh born players to represent Great Britain when he made his debut against New Zealand at Hull in the 2004 Tri-Nations and made three further appearances in the 2005 Tri-Nations series before touring down under with the GB party in 2006 and playing a tour game against Newcastle.

He has also represented Super League Under-21s, England Under-21s, England A and England and has scored two tries in 17 representative appearances.