Rugby league family digs deep for Miners ahead of Cup tie

Leigh Miners Rangers in their Cup win over West Hull.
Leigh Miners Rangers in their Cup win over West Hull.
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LEIGH Miners Rangers are making good progress as they look to raise £3,000 needed to stage their Challenge Cup tie against Oxford at the Sports Village.

After the RFL refused them permission to stage the game at their Twist Lane home, Miners Rangers launched an online appeal to find the money needed to rent the LSV pitch so they could keep the tie in Leigh.

The club came up with the idea of a 100 Club where people could donate £25 to get their name in the programme and mentions on the club’s Twitter account.

Leigh Centurions’ head of rugby Derek Beaumont pledged £1,000 to the cause and there have been donations from other sports clubs in the town such as Leigh Cricket Club and even Miners’ deadly rivals Leigh East.

Super League Champions St Helens have also offered prizes for auction along with Championship One side North Wales Crusaders. Former Miners players including Tommy Goulden and Stuart Littler have also contributed while ex-Leigh players Tommy Martyn and Bobbie Goulding have championed the Miners’ cause on Twitter.

On Tuesday nignt, Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley and reserves boss Paul Anderson held a video review session with the Miners Rangers players profiling Oxford.

Miners had initially presented a strong case to the RFL for the tie to be staged at their Twist Lane ground, but following days of wrangling the governing body upheld Oxford’s reservations and accordingly the alternative venue was sourced at short notice.

If you wish to make a donation, contact lee.walls@icloud.com. Account details: Acc No: 35176660; Sort Code : 77-59-01; Cheques can be posted to: Leigh Miners Welfare Institute 100 Club. Kirkby St, Leigh, WN7 4EF.

All verified pledges received by Thursday 5pm will go into the Oxford programme any past the print deadline will be published in a subsequent home game programmes. The game takes place on Saturday, kick off 2.30pm.