Rowley praises “fantastic” fans after Challenge Cup triumph

Leigh fans applaud their players after Sunday's win over Featherstone
Leigh fans applaud their players after Sunday's win over Featherstone

Leigh are looking to cash in on the feelgood factor at the club by attracting fans old and new to the Sports Village.

Nearly 4,000 spectators saw Leigh beat Featherstone on Sunday to secure a place in the quarter finals of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup.

For Leigh coach Paul Rowley it was a fantastic day on and off the field.

“It was a good crowd, the sun was shining and the players showcased what this club - and what this town - is all about. I thought the fans were fantastic.

“When they are in good voice like that it really makes a difference to the players.

“I think a lot of those spectators who don’t see us very often will be back again. Some people were saying to me after the game how much they’d enjoyed themselves and that they would be back for more.

“Featherstone brought a good following which added to the atmosphere and it was great to see three sides of the stadium so busy.”

Leigh have worked hard to improve the gameday atmopshere at the Sports Village this year by staging on pre-match question and answer sessions with former players and holding quizzes in the Legends Bar.

Attendances have shown a steady increase this year with Leigh topping the Kingstone Press Championship from day one of the season. Their current winning run of 11 is the longest in the game.