Colls to be special guests at Leigh Centurions
Thu 27th April 2017 | Atherton Collieries | By Ian Templeman
Atherton Collieries players and officials will be special guests of Super League side Leigh Centurions when they host Wakefield Trinity next Saturday evening.
The Colls team and officials will parade the Premier Division championship trophy around the Leigh Sports Village pitch at half-time, and will be guests in the Premier Club afterwards, for a presentation from the Leigh Centurions club.
Colls manager Michael Clegg said: “The squad are well up for coming to the game. It’s a great gesture from Leigh Centurions and something the lads will absolutely love.
“Colls has become a little Leigh Centurions hub lately, a meeting point for a few of the Atherton fans before they come to the Leigh game, so there is definitely a link between the two clubs.
“This season we showed that with ability, determination and desire you can go anywhere.”
Leigh Centurions owner Derek Beaumont said: “I am really pleased for everyone at Atherton Colls and in particular Michael Clegg. Whilst this is massive in the club’s history and a surprise to some it is no surprise to me the success Michael has achieved with his group of players.
“He is a really motivated and well liked lad which is vital for a coach that is going to bring not only the best in people, but a belief they are better than they are and can achieve more than they ever thought possible.
“He used to work in my business and from talking to him and even witnessing it myself I know he would die for that group of people. He is a really calm lad, a real genuine, likeable lad but he has a fire in his belly when it comes to his team and standing up for them.
“We often spoke about rugby and also his successes and it doesn’t surprise me that he has absorbed some of those chats and applied them to his football team because that is the person he is. Driven, articulate and ambitious, a born achiever, but measured and respectful.
“He came through the professional junior ranks so understands the game and the players and he respects them. I genuinely believe he will continue to grow in the game as he has those attributes. It makes it even more sweet when it is his home town team.
“You could see they had something special when you watch the fantastic video they did for Ben’s Wish, a great gesture in itself but it had an underlying message I could sense.
“I am really looking forward to applauding their fantastic achievement when they parade their trophy on their lap of honour and I know our fans will pay them a vocal appreciation of support. I am also looking forward to meeting them after the game and buying Michael a pint as he certainly deserves one!”
The game kicks off at 6 pm, with a fan zone outside from 4 pm onwards.