One of Leigh rugby’s most enduring stars of recent times continues his testimonial celebrations as Micky Higham’s two amateur teams renew rivalries at Twist Lane this Saturday at 2pm.
The ever-popular hooker, who played junior rugby at both Miners Rangers and East before signing for the Centurions in 1998, has clocked up over a century of appearances at both St Helens and Warrington, falling just three short of achieving that mark at Wigan as well, and represented England in 2008.
Micky will play 10 minutes for both of his two old amateur clubs in this fixture as the Street of Origin game returns for the first time since 2012.
While this game falls in the middle of the close season it shouldn’t lack for thrills and spills as both sides enjoyed encouraging 2014 campaigns and will want to end their year with local bragging rights.
East, under Micky’s former team-mate Paul Wingfield, were revitalised last term after a very shaky start, Wingfield’s arrival in May seeing them shoot up the table in Division Two before falling just short in the play-offs, but with every prospect of beginning their climb back to the top of the amateur game next term.
Miners meanwhile showed solid progress in the Premier Division and coach Allan Coleman is looking forward to what should be a typically-intense Leigh derby, all the more eagerly anticipated by the two year absence since the sides’ last meeting.
All proceeds from the game go towards Micky Higham’s testimonial.