THERE were spectacular scenes in Leigh last night as Dutch fans marched through to the sports village ahead of their Women's Euros game against Portugal.

The Netherlands took on Portugal at Leigh Sports Village on Wednesday, July 13 and fans enjoyed the celebrations at the party zone outside Leigh Town Hall.

Basking in the glorious sunshine, people of all ages were treated to live DJ performances as well as the food and drink stalls on offer.

The 'Orange Army' then paraded their flags down Market Street and King Street towards Leigh Sports Village for the 8pm kick off, sparking extraordinary scenes.


Speaking to fans, many commented on their excitement for the game and their enjoyment of the tournament in Leigh and cities across England.

With Leigh hosting four games across the tournament, Mayor of Wigan Marie Morgan said that it is a "fantastic" thing to bring to the town.


Cllr Morgan said: "It's a fantastic thing for Leigh and the whole of Wigan borough to be selected to host the Women's Euros.

"There has been a great turnout today and it has been a fantastic occasion, and it goes to show that our borough can host similar events like this in the future.

"Lots of Dutch fans came up and thanked us for being so friendly, kind, and welcoming, and you can't ask for more than that."

Leigh Journal:

In the game itself, Danielle van de Donk’s spectacular strike secured the Netherlands their first victory of Euro 2022 after they had blown a two-goal lead against Portugal.

Van de Donk’s 62nd-minute thunderbolt from 20 yards will go down as one of the goals of the tournament, the show-stopper in a riveting Group C game that saw the Netherlands claim a 3-2 win at Leigh Sports Village.