Leigh White played his 300th game in the Somerset County League today. He joined our club aged 38 at the start of the 2014/15 season, our first season in the Premier Division following promotion under manager Alan Smith who’d been trying to sign him for many years. Prior to that he had spent 4 seasons at the now defunct Langford Rovers all in the Premier division.
This game versus Broad Plain House marked Leigh’s 300thappearance in the league notching up 175 for Wrington Redhill and 125 for Langford Rovers. The remarkable fact is that Leigh didn’t drop down into County football until he was 34, an age many a player would be looking to hang up their boots.
His previous career had taken him to Cheltenham Town and home club Weston-super-Mare where he played for many seasons notching up in excess of 250 games. He made his debut at 17 and scored in this game under the management of Len Ashurst who gave him great encouragement in progressing his career. A serious ACL injury prevented him from advancing his career at National/Southern League with Weston and after short spells with Swindon Supermarine, Cinderford Town and Yate Town in the Southern league he spent several seasons in the Western League at Welton Rovers, Bristol Manor Farm and finally at Clevedon United where he first joined up with Alan Smith.
Having been skipper at Wrington Redhill virtually since his arrival at the club, Leigh is now cutting his teeth in the role of Player Manager, he remains an extremely popular character throughout the club among players and supporters alike. He is exactly the type of person any club would be glad to have in their ranks, hardly ever misses a game, never misses a training session, attends every club function and it’s a real pleasure to have him around. By passing on his vast experience to some of the new young talent he’s brought in he seeks to transform the fortunes of our club get us back punching above our weight in the premier division.