Leigh Centurions: Fans are backing our ambition

Fans are getting behind Leigh Centurions for the 2016 season. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography
Fans are getting behind Leigh Centurions for the 2016 season. Photo: Paul McCarthy Photography

Derek Beaumont has thanked the Leigh fans for showing faith in the team by snapping up season tickets and replica shirts for the new season.

Writing in his exclusive Leigh Observer column, Leigh’s head of rugby Beaumont also called on businesses to get involved in helping to make the club a community hub.

He said: “We need the support of our town, its people and the business community to make this sustainable and to deliver a club that will consistently perform at the higher end of the competition, where it can be self-sufficient and become the hub for family fun and the focal point that puts Leigh on the country’s map.

“All of this is only worthwhile with the support of the fans and I would like to thank them for the amazing support and the continued growth through their spreading of the word to friends and families.

“We have sold more season tickets than last year with 1,402 against 1,397, but importantly last year’s figure included the free 500 children’s tickets we gave away at schools so that is a really positive sign with more than three weeks left for people to take advantage of purchasing one.

“Similarly we have seen a significant increase in sales of merchandise and in particular replica shirts. Every aspect of the club is growing consistently in the right direction.”

Leigh have two preseason friendlies scheduled; against Wigan on Sunday then at Warrington on January 24.

“I am really looking forward to the 2016 season,” said Beaumont. “In many ways that starts this weekend with the eagerly anticipated battle of the borough.

“Shaun Wane is bringing a strong side and as stated we only have a small squad, so while early in the piece for both camps, it will again be a good indicator of where we currently are.

“The gate is a shared gate so I would urge as many Wigan fans as possible to also make the trip to benefit their own club.

“The game will see us pay tribute with a minute’s applause to the late Tommy Sale MBE and a vociferous crowd to cheer on the lads would be a fitting tribute to Tommy. The game will again see the Man of the Match chosen by a member of the Thomas family to receive the Arthur Thomas memorial trophy presented after the game. I have no doubt Arthur would have been one of the first to meet Tommy up above, and if they can have a hand of fate in our season I know we can count on them to guide us through.”