Centurions join Founders Walk

Leigh's most recent debutant, Mathias Pala
Leigh's most recent debutant, Mathias Pala

Leigh Centurions players take part in the RFL Founders Walk next Thursday and they want fans to join them.

The Centurions contingent will leave Leigh Miners’ Manchester Road clubhouse at 1pm on July 23, heading for the Sports Village.

The walk commemorates 120 years of Rugby League.

Leigh coach Paul Rowley said: “We’re very keen to support the Founders Walk. It’s a good chance for us to get amongst the community and to chat with some of the supporters and participants who will be taking part. We want to raise awareness for Rugby League Cares. It’s recovery day for us after playing the night before against Dewsbury Rams so it will be a good chance for the players to show their support for a great cause.”

Leigh were one of the original 22 clubs who formed the Northern Union (later renamed the Rugby Football League in 1922) in 1895. They played their first game under Northern Union rules at Mather Lane on 7 September 1895 against Leeds.

Fullback and Captain Tom Coop, who played for England in 1892 during the club’s rugby union days earned Heritage Number 1 from that game against Leeds. Leigh’s Heritage Numbers list now includes 1,399 players, the latest recipient of a Heritage Number being French international Mathias Pala.

The Founders Walk will take place over six days from 19-24 July. The whole Rugby League family is invited to join in and celebrate the anniversary and support good causes in the game.

The Founders Walk is a big fundraising event organised by the RFL and supported by Rugby League Cares. The plan is to walk 120 miles to celebrate 120 years of Rugby League. The walk will also include a visit to Well Street, Tyldesley as Tyldesley, known as the Mighty Bongers were also founder members of the Northern Union and at the time were Leigh’s biggest rivals.

To take part, please register with a £5 donation to RL Cares – and you will receive a participant pack. To register email Katharine.Irwin@RLCares.org.uk