Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions
Full Name: Leigh Centurions Rugby League Club
Nicknames: Centurions
Founded: 1878
Ground: Leigh Sports Village
Capacity: 12,500
Town: Leigh

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Leigh Rugby League

The Leigh Centurions are a professional Rugby League team based in the town of Leigh in Greater Manchester.

The club has a long history which can be traced back to 1878 and the good news for their fans is that in the current day the Centurions are a team on the up.

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Rivals

As you would expect from 2 teams with so much in common the biggest rivals for the Leigh Centurions are the Wigan Warriors.

Both teams are from the borough of Wigan, both play in red and white (cherry and white) and both have a long history and draw there fan bases from similar areas of the region.

In recent seasons a rivalry with both Featherstone Rovers and Bradford Bulls has developed as they have vied with both West Yorkshire teams towards the top of the Championship. There is also somewhat of a rivalry between the Leigh Centurion fans and the new Toronto Wolfpack due to Paul Rowley leaving the club to become their news head coach and then signing a number of players.

Colours

The club red and white stripes are an iconic image of Rugby League and although to younger fans the colours are more associated with their rivals Wigan, for older fans and of course for their own fans it is the colours of the Leigh rugby club.

Stadium

After playing at Mather Lane before the 2nd World War and Madeley Park Athletics Stadium just after the war, Leigh set up new headquarters in Kirkhall Lane and built up a new home that became commonly known as Hilton Park- named in honour of former chairman Jack Hilton for the work he did in acquiring the site that the stadium was developed upon.

In 1953 the club added floodlights to Hilton Park and in the same year they were rewarded with the record crowd at Hilton Park when 31,326 watched a Challenge Cup match against St Helens.

Soon after Leigh RLFC and Bradford Northern (the earlier name for the Bradford Bulls) were the first Rugby League team to play a match on a Sunday. The law had only just been changed and both teams drew opposition from locals, fans and the Sunday Observance lobby.

In 1995 Horwich RMI, a nearby association football club moved to Hilton Park, changing their name to Leigh RMI and with Leigh RLFC changing their name to Leigh Centurions. That saw Hilton Park end its days with the renamed title of The Coliseum.

In 2008 Leigh moved to a fantastic new stadium with the opening of the 12,500 capacity Leigh Sports Village. The new stadium has helped to revitalise Rugby League in the town, form the rise of the club itself back into the top flight to bringing Challenge Cup Semi-Finals and International Rugby to Leigh.

History

As we mentioned the Centurions were established in 1878 when simply known as Leigh they played in the combined sport of Rugby.

When the sport split into the 2 codes of Rugby League and Rugby Union, Leigh were one of the original 22 clubs to form the Northern Union- the precursor to Rugby League.

Since then the club has enjoyed success on multiple occasions with 2 league championships (in 1906 and 1982) and 2 Challenge Cup in 1921 and 1971.

Although the club did enjoy some success in their early years it was the 1960’s and 1970’s when Leigh really rose to prominence. This era is often referred to as the Alex Murphy era after the player-coach who joined Leigh in 1966. In 1971, Murphy led Leigh to the Challenge Cup Final where they defeated Leeds to pick up the Challenge Cup trophy.

The 1980’s and 1990’s were a much tougher time for the club and the town with relegation to the second division and constant financial difficulties. The club had to sell their Hilton Park ground during this period and in 1994 entered administration.

The early 2000’s saw the club continually push for a place in the Super League and thanks to a 32-16 extra victory over Whitehaven in the 2004 National League Grand Final, the club achieved a place in the Super for the first time. Unfortunately, their first season was a disaster and the club found themselves relegated straight away with just the 2 wins to their name all season.

In recent years, the club have dominated the Championship and have earnt there right in the top flight of Rugby League in Europe.

In 2008 the club moved to a state of the art stadium known as the Leigh Sports Village which has allowed the club to grow their fan base and bring both international and cup semi-finals to the town.

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