Leigh fan Stephen is “on the mend” say family

Leigh RL news
Leigh RL news

STEPHEN O’Dwyer, the Leigh fan who took ill watching Centurions at Sheffield on Sunday, is on the mend according to his family.

The 24-year-old needed emergency medical treatment on the terraces at the Owlerton Stadium and the game had to be stopped so the Sheffield club doctor could assist.

Stephen was helped by supporters including two from Sheffield with medical training before he was taken to hospital.

Supporters had been anxiously awaiting news of his condition from his family and last night his brother Michael tweeted: “Stephen is awake and back to his cheeky self again. So pleased have my bro back. All the signs are good so far.”

Fans from all clubs had tweeted their support for Stephen who follows Leigh home and away.

Leigh boss Paul Rowley attended a balloon and lantern release event at the Marsh playing fields in Leigh on Tuesday night which was organised to show support for Stephen.

Many fans turned up to hear Rowley make a speech before red and white balloons filled the sky. It was a moving event which “overwhelmed” his family.

On Sunday, Rowley dedicated the Centurions’ record-breaking win over Sheffield to Stephen. Leigh’s win was their 15th in a row which is a new club record.