Day of celebration as St Albans Centurions mark rugby league milestone and remember club legend

A poster for St Albans Centurions' celebration of rugby league in Hertfordshire and the life of Tony Bottomley

A poster for St Albans Centurions' celebration of 50 years of rugby league in Hertfordshire as well as the life of club legend Tony Bottomley. - Credit: ST ALBANS CENTS

St Albans Centurions will come together to celebrate both a rugby league milestone and a club legend with a mammoth day of fun.

The event on Sunday will mark 50 years of the sport in Hertfordshire while also commemorating the life of Tony Bottomley.

He was first-team manager and talisman at the club who died last year.

A spokesman for the club at the time said: "Tony did so much for us over the years and played a huge role in getting us to where we are now.

"He had massive influence not only at Centurions but in grassroots rugby as a whole, he poured his energy into the sport to help it grow and develop wherever he went.

"He will be deeply missed by all. We have lost a legend but the legacy he has left will always be in the heart of the Centurions."

The Toulmin Drive-based club are holding three games throughout the day, starting at 10am.

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They will see Hertfordshire U22 take on Cambridge Uni before the Cents' masters take on the rest of the world.

It is then the turn of the Centurions first-team to tackle all-comers from around the globe in the main event. 

Aside from the matches there will be a bar, refreshment stalls, raffles and many more.

The proceeds from the day will be split between the RFL Benevolent Fund, Prostrate Cancer and Rob Burrows MND.