High five! Centurion Brierley joins select group

Leigh's Ryan Brierley
Leigh's Ryan Brierley

Ryan Brierley’s five tries at Barrow was only the 17th such feat by a Leigh player since 1895.

Billy Smith was the first Leigh player to score five tries in a match, against Liverpool City in December 1906. This was the first season after the game switched from 15-a-side to 13-a-side.

Smith repeated the feat against Keighley in 1908.

Jack Wood became the first Leigh player to score six tries in a game, against York in 1947. He also kicked eight goals in Leigh’s 60-7 victory.

Neil Turley equalled Wood’s try-scoring feat when he scored six tries against Workington Town in 2001. Neil also scored five tries in a game on four separate occasions.

The full list is as follows:



6 Jack Wood York 04/10/1947

6 Neil Turley Workington Town 31/01/2001

5 Billy Smith Liverpool City 15/12/1906

5 Billy Smith Keighley 25/04/1908

5 Joe Houghton Bramley 16/10/1926

5 Jack Wood Liverpool Stanley 31/08/1949

5 Rod Tickle Liverpool C 12/04/1968

5 John Davies Blackpool Borough 21/04/1973

5 Des Drummond Carlisle 20/11/1983

5 Phil Fox Batley 24/11/1985

5 Steve Halliwell Keighley 30/04/1986

5 Neil Turley Chorley 07/01/2001

5 Neil Turley Featherstone Rovers 24/06/2001

5 Eric Andrews Gateshead 21/08/2002

5 Neil Turley Swinton 23/03/2003

5 Neil Turley Chorley 04/04/2004

5 Ryan Brierley Barrow 23/02/2014

Stats courtesy of Michael Latham