10th January 2021, 17:12 | Leigh
Leigh Centurions have paid tribute to the club’s IT Manager Andrew Parkinson following his passing at the age of 35 from Covid-19.
The Parkinson family have a long and valued contribution to the club and Rugby League with Father Fred being a life member and developing LCTV while Andrew’s brother David is a highly respected journalist and commentator for Our League.
Leigh Centurions Club Chairman, Mike Latham, said: “When Leigh Centurions achieved their Betfred Super League bid, no one was more delighted than Andrew.
“Few played a bigger part in the process. Andrew was one of the unsung heroes, a young man with wide-ranging talents, in the back office. Throw him a problem and he would solve it. He invented multi-tasking. Remained ever polite and upbeat while doing so.
“As we look forward to 2021 news of his sudden passing was devastating for the Centurions family. No one could have been more careful than Andrew and his family to shield from this ruthless virus as he had long been isolating at home and respecting all the rules.”
“In the immediate aftermath of his passing, at such a tragically young age, I’d like to dedicate Leigh’s hard-won Super League place to him. Because without Andrew Parkinson, Leigh Centurions wouldn’t be in Super League in 2021. He was the glue that held us all together.”
Leigh Centurions Operations Manager, Neil Jukes, added: “From working with Andrew from all different levels within the Club over many years I can sincerely say he was the most nice, well-mannered and likeable guy you could ever meet. Ask anything, he knew it, ask him to do anything, he did it, anytime, any day, no ifs, no buts.
“He was a Leyther through and through and will be sorely missed but never ever forgotten. God bless.”