Leigh the centre of attention ... again

The victorious Leigh Centurions winning team after beating Halifax  in the  2011 Northern Rail Cup Final at Blackpool
The victorious Leigh Centurions winning team after beating Halifax in the 2011 Northern Rail Cup Final at Blackpool

CUP final fever is set to hit the borough for the second time this year, and this time Leigh will be at the centre of attention.

Wigan Council is preparing a lavish publicity campaign and celebrations to mark the Centurions reaching the Northern Rail Cup Final, which will be held in a fortnight’s time.

It is believed the support drive will be along similar lines to the campaign which urged the borough to get behind Wigan Athletic’s march to winning the FA Cup at Wembley in May, although details are yet to be finalised.

The support for Paul Rowley and his team in their bid for silverware was announced by Wigan Council leader and devout Centurions fan Lord Peter Smith through social networking site Twitter.

Wigan Council hope to announce the plans to support the team’s march to the final soon, with campaigns to get both individual sports fans and businesses in the borough behind the Centurions’ efforts. Lord Smith told the Leigh Reporter: “Wigan Council is working closely with the club, Leigh Sports Village and the town to drum up support for Leigh Centurions in the run up to their Northern Rail Cup final later this month.

“I wish them the best of luck and would urge the town to get behind them on their quest for glory.”

The Centurions will take on Sheffield Eagles in the Northern Rail Cup final, which will take place at Halifax’s Shay Stadium on Saturday, July 20.

Paul Rowley and his men booked their place in the final with a thrilling 23-6 win against Batley Bulldogs in the semi finals, having already knocked out Whitehaven and Featherstone Rovers.

The Centurions are no strangers to glory in the competition, twice beating Hull Kingston Rovers to lift the trophy in the 2004 and 2006 finals and triumphing against this year’s host club Halifax in the 2011 showpiece.

The 2013 final will be a double-header for the first time, with two Championship One clubs going head to head for the inaugural Northern Rail Bowl as a curtain-raiser to the big match.

Tickets are available from £15 for adults and £10 for concessions by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or contacting the RFL ticket office on 0844 856 1113.