Andy way to mark career of a legend

Former Wigan ace Andy Gregory
Former Wigan ace Andy Gregory
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TESTIMONIAL years in sport are usually associated with those who are mid-career - however, last year the RFL announced that 2014 would see one for Wigan rugby legend Andy Gregory.

The scrum-half has been awarded a 12-month testimonial in recognition for his outstanding achievements and services to rugby league, 20 years after hanging up his boots.

Andy will be touring the UK, with his first major appearance at the Palace Hotel, Manchester, on June 7.

A galaxy of high-profile sporting personalities from the world of rugby league and union, football, cricket, snooker and darts, will be making special appearances during the year, in support of Gregory.

There will also be a number of charities benefitting including Wigan Youth Zone, Wigan and Leigh hospice, MIND and the Steve Prescott foundation.

Nine-times undefeated at Wembley and even getting a notable mention in Sir Alex Ferguson’s Autobiography, Gregory, twice winner of the Lance Todd Trophy, was once voted best scrum-half in the world and won the best scrum-half in England Award for six consecutive years.

He has also coached at every level of the game, from grass roots to Great Britain and will always be remembered for taking Salford into the Super League.

Talking about his testimonial, Gregory said: “There’s a huge number of major sports personalities who have agreed to take part in the Testimonial and along with those involved I want to also thank the Rugby Football League for giving me this great honour.

“Playing rugby and coaching for a number of great clubs and Great Britain was a privilege and I’d like to give something back in return to say thank you, both to the fans and also to charity.”

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