LEIGH will hold their first ever Heritage Day in August, celebtrating their proud history as a founder member of the Rugby Football League.
On Saturday, August 30, with the Kingstone Press Championship home fixture against Workington Town as the centrepiece (3pm), Centurions will invite the town of Leigh to come together and celebrate all things rugby league.
The launch of the Leigh Centurions Heritage Numbers will celebrate the near 1,400 players who have played first-team football for the club since it became an inaugural member of the Northern Union (later renamed the Rugby Football League) in 1895.
Each player has been allocated his own unique Heritage Number in debut order dating from Leigh’s first game under the auspices of the Northern Union on 7 September 1895 against Leeds. There will be a separate list of Founders Numbers that acknowledge the players that represented the Club from the formation in 1878 until 1895 when Leigh played under the auspices of the Rugby Football Union.
The Heritage Day will focus on the history of the club and the huge part it has played in the fabric of the town. There will be a commemoration of every player to have played a first-team game for the club, be it one game or 500. The day will include entertainment for all the family and the chance to meet and greet the past and present players and celebrate their Heritage Numbers.
A club spokesman said: “We would like to invite all season ticket holders to be an integral part of the match day celebrations, by asking you to nominate two juniors aged between 5 and 13 years of age to participate in the pre match unveiling Heritage Numbers parade.
“In order to do this we require you to complete this form detailing the juniors you wish to nominate; these will receive a complimentary South Stand ticket for the match (all juniors must be accompanied by an adult).
“With this in mind we have an amazing offer for any additional family or friends of season ticket holders that wish to join us in this celebratory event. For just £18.95, two adults/concessions and two juniors (under 16) can gain entry into the South Stand by purchasing the Heritage Family ticket (please download this form). The discounted price is in honour of the special date of 1895 when Leigh became one of the 22 founder members of the Northern Union.
“If you, the season ticket holder wish to accompany your family members in the South Stand, you will need a transfer ticket (please ensure you tick the box on the form to confirm this).
“Please note that the completed form must be returned to the ticket office with any payment for family tickets before August 11, 2014.”