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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Rugby league legends heading to Millom

SOME of the biggest names in rugby league are set to give Millom’s new pitch a baptism to remember next Sunday.

Many living legends of the sport are poised to grace the Coronation Field pitch to mark the club’s 140th anniversary celebrations and at the same time raise funds for the Steve Prescott Foundation.

Paul Sculthorpe, Chris Joynt, Gary Connolly, Steve Hampson, Barry Ledger, Tommy Martyn and Paul Newlove are among the big names to have signed up for a Masters over-35s match against a Millom side, with the game due to start at 2pm.

The match forms part of a special weekend for the oldest amateur rugby league club in the world.

The RFL have pumped more than £100,000 into the development of the ground, paying for new drainage, and for the pitch to be re-layed and levelled.

It was ‘90 per cent’ certain this week the game would go ahead on the new pitch, but the club are hoping for a bit of rain beforehand.

Millom assistant secretary Paul Roskell said: “We wanted to celebrate the 140th year with something special and the cancer charity has touched hearts with a few people in the club of late, so we thought let’s join up with the Steve Prescott Foundation.

“We are 90 per cent certain that we will be playing on the new field, obviously we have to get the okay from the chaps who re-layed the field for us, but we are pretty confident. They gave us the okay a few weeks back but we could just do with a little bit of rain to wet the area a little bit.”

The Woollybacks linked up with the Steve Prescott Foundation, with the former St Helens, Hull and Great Britain full-back being the special guest at a sportsman’s dinner next Saturday evening.

The rugby league community and wider world has been touched by Prescott’s brave battle after he was diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer in 2006.

Prescott, MBE, has since taken part in several marathons and endurance events to support the foundation he established. Two charities benefit from his fund-raising activities – The Christie in Manchester, where he has been treated, and the RFL Benevolent Fund, which looks after families of seriously injured rugby players.

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