Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

MPintributeto'giantofLeigh'Tommy

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

MPintributeto'giantofLeigh'Tommy

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LEIGH Centurions life president Tommy Sale MBE has passed away at the age of 97.

Hailed as the "single most influential person in the history of Leigh Rugby League Club" in his obituary posted by the club, Tommy first realised his childhood dream of representing the team in 1938 at the age of 20, but his involvement had begun at the age of just three and he was soon working the scoreboard at the old Mather Lane ground.

Tommy's roles at the Leigh club included stand-off, first post- war captain, groundsman, assistant secretary, secretary, scout, statistician and timekeeper. He was a regular attendee at Centurions matches right up until his death, having missed only a handful of the club's home fixtures since the war.

One of the roads leading up to the Leigh Sports Village ground is named Sale Way in his honour and Tommy was awarded an MBE for services to rugby league in the Queen's Birthday Honours list in 2011. …

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