After years of putting money into Leigh Leopards, Derek Beaumont finally got the moment he has dreamed of for years as the club won a first Challenge Cup since 1971 as he got the opportunity to lead them out at Wembley in a final against Hull KR.
Beaumont was the mastermind behind the club’s rebrand which feels like the springboard to their success in 2023.
They have made some outstanding signings as well in the last 24 months from Blake Ferguson, to Lance Todd Trophy winner Lachlan Lan and to Zak Hardaker.
Beaumont deserves this moment and has now released a statement following the famous victory which game via a Golden Point Extra Time drop goal from Lachlan Lam:
“Simply wow! What an unbelievable achievement from this special group for our amazing town.
“I was super proud to walk out our team and will never forget that moment. It would have been enough but to win the game in such emphatic style is surreal.
“I would like to pay respect to Hull KR and their players and staff for a fantastic performance of their own which to be honest was worthy of a win for them and it’s a shame a team had to lose.
“What a great game for the neutral or new fan, it’s a fantastic advert for the sport. Every single person connected or supporting our club should be super proud of this achievement and we will make sure over the coming weeks we reach as many people with the trophy as we can.
“I am emotionally drained after putting everything I could in to the components I can provide and influence so heaven knows how the players and coaches are feeling.
“Finally I would like to apologise for my language whilst being interviewed on the field, it’s not appropriate. It wasn’t intentional and I profoundly apologise to anyone that was offended by it.
“I look forward to our return back to the town on Sunday and creating scenes and memories to last the rest of my life and beyond.”
What an amazing moment though for Beaumont and the club.