Leigh's Greatest Day!
Many people regard the 15th May 1971 as the
greatest ever day in our town’s history. What a day - Leigh RLFC
versus Leeds RLFC at Wembley Stadium.
Leigh had won 24 – 7.
The whole of Leigh went crazy. A vast crowd gathered outside the Town Hall next day to welcome the victorious team back with their trophy.
Leigh’s victorious Challenge Cup Squad 1971
A. Barrow, M. Mooney, R. Tickle, L. Chisnall, M.
Collins, H. Bracken, P. Smethurst, J. Fiddler, D. Watts,
John Woods is regarded by many as the most naturally gifted player ever to play for Leigh. He was educated at Butts CE Primary School and Bedford High School - a real local boy. John played his first game for Leigh in the home match against Barrow on the 5th September 1976. He quickly became the key player in the side – with his incredible speed, great goal kicking and tackling skills.
In the course of 302 games for Leigh he scored 135 tries and kicked 859 goals. John was part of the triumphant Leigh team that won the Rugby League Championship in 1981 after a hard fought 13 – 4 win in the last game at Whitehaven. In that season John kicked 146 goals and scored 18 tries.
Did you know...............
When Leigh Rugby League Football Club moves to the Leigh Sports Village it will be their sixth rugby ground.
When the club was formed in 1878 they played on Buck’s Farm in Pennington. (GROUND NUMBER 1)
Then they moved, in 1879, to a field behind the Three Crowns pub in Chapel Street. (GROUND NUMBER 2)
In 1889 they moved to another new ground at Mather Lane. A
grandstand was erected to hold 500 people. The team changed at their
headquarters in the Railway Hotel and travelled to the ground by
In August 1940 the ground at Mather Lane was bought by Callender’s
In 1941 the field at Leigh Harriers on Holden Road became a
temporary ground until a
In September 1946 the Kirkhall Lane site (now Hilton Park) was purchased. (GROUND NUMBER 5)
So, when Leigh RLFC proudly moves to the new stadium at the Sports Village it will be………
....their sixth rugby ground. (GROUND NUMBER 6)