Leigh hooker Beswick full of praise for St Pat’s

Bob Beswick of Leigh Centurions
Bob Beswick of Leigh Centurions

Bob Beswick is one of literally hundreds of rugby league players who owe their career to Wigan St Pat’s.

The list of players to have learnt their trade at Clarington Park reads like a who’s who of the modern day game and doubtless there are more to come.

“I owe everything to St Pat’s,” said Leigh hooker Beswick who could face his old club on Friday in the Tetleys Challenge Cup at the Sports Village.

“It’s a cracking amateur club. I know players and members of the coaching staff who are still there. They have continued to support me through my career.

“My nephew started there as did my brother in law and many of my friends. They have a great structure there which was in place when the likes of Shaun Edwards, Mike Gregory and Shaun Wane came through. It was a popular place to go and everyone wanted to be part of what was happening there. They do things right.

“We are lucky to have so many good amateur clubs locally - I know Leigh Miners and Leigh East have great set ups too. Children want to be part of a good club and I think parents look to them to help their children’s development as players.”

“They will give a great account of themselves at Leigh,” said Beswick. “They play the game in the right way and have got some talented players, many of whom are good enough to go up a level. It is going to be a tough game.”

Full version of this interview appears in Thursday’s Wigan Evening Post