Historic game dedicated to lifelong Leigh Centurions fan

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A HISTORIC win for the Leigh Centurions has been dedicated to a fan who collapsed during the game.

Lifelong supporter Stephen O'Dwyer was taken ill 15 minutes into the Centurions clash with the Sheffield Eagles at the Owlerton Stadium on Sunday but is now said to be on the mend.

Leigh head coach Paul Rowley dedicated the Centurions' record-breaking 15th win in row over the Eagles to 24-year-old Stephen.

He said: “I know Stephen personally and actually coached him when he was at Westleigh High School. Stephen was doing what he loved most- supporting Leigh.

“It's what he's done all his life, following Leigh is his passion. We're all pulling for him. He is in our thoughts all the time."

Club officials, players and staff have all been actively monitoring news of his condition while club officials are in regular contact with Stephen's family and have offered their full support.

Centurions’ head of Rugby Derek Beaumont said: "Our prayers and thoughts are with Stephen and we are all supporting him and his family.

“Stephen is a lifelong fan who puts the flags out at Leigh Sports Village. He is only a young man and is due to get married in October.

“We also need to thank the Sheffield fan who gave Stephen CPR until the team doctor arrived at the scene. We greatly value and appreciate their professionalism and assistance.

"The Leigh Club, on behalf of the O'Dwyer family would also like to acknowledge the tremendous support of the Rugby League family at this time.

“Social media has been awash with messages, not only from Leigh players and supporters but those from many other clubs throughout the game. This show of unity and concern is a tremendous source of comfort to the family at this difficult time."

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