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Tigers ABC to Z: T is for Tigers, Tuilagis and tries

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We're heading into the home straight with our Tigers ABC to Z series. Today it is the turn of the letter T.T is for tries: Leicester Tigers have scored 12,133 tries in their history over 4,654 games.   Percy Lawrie holds the club try-scoring record, with 206 tries in his 318 appearances for the club. Barry Evans is second with 170 in 273 appearances, while Bob Barker (158 in 320 appearances) and John Duggan (158 in 302 games) are joint third.   A total of 43 different players have scored 50 tries for the club, the new Tigers History Book documents with Teddy Haselmere quickest to the landmark in 40 games.   Neil Back (75 tries) is Tigers’ leading scorer in league rugby while Geordan Murphy (25) holds the European record.   Alastair Smallwood holds the record for most tries in a game with seven scored against Manchester at Welford Road in 1922.   Tigers fans have been asked to share their favourite try with other supporters on the club Facebook page. Click here to tell us which is your favourite try and why.   T is for Tuilagi: The Tuilagis are arguably rugby’s most famous family.   Vavae last weekend became the sixth member of the Tuilagi family to play Test rugby when he made his Samoa debut against the USA. He joined brothers Freddie, Henry, Alesana and Anitelea in being capped by Samoa while Manu is an established England international.   And all six brothers have worn the famous colours of the Leicester Tigers.   Freddie was the first to play for the Tigers when he made his debut in the Heineken Cup against Pontypridd in 2000, blazing a trail for his brothers, and for his sons Brian and Freddie Jnr, who have both been in the Academy.   Freddie, Henry and Alesana all played together in the same Tigers team against the Barbarians in 2005, while Alesana and Manu were in opposition to Anitelea when Leicester hosted Sale in 2010.   Between them, the Tuilagi brothers have so far made 374 first-team appearances for the Tigers, scoring 111 tries.   T is for the terrace: The sight of both teams running through the Terrace in the Holland & Barrett Stand is unique to Welford Road.   Supporters queue for hours on matchdays – some from 9am for a 3pm kick-off – to secure their place on the Terrace and to be as close as possible to the action.   Tigers fans head to the same spots, game after game, season after season, and stand side-by-side with visiting supporters to enjoy the game, and share food, drink and tales.   T is for Tom: Peter Tom CBE made 130 first-team appearances for Leicester Tigers between 1963 and 1968, as well as representing Leicestershire and the Midland Counties.   He has served as Chairman of the club for 23 years after being appointed in 1992, and was at the helm when the game went professional and when the club became a PLC in 1997.   T is for Tigers: According to club historian Stuart Farmer and respected journalist David Hands, in their new Tigers History Book, the origin of the Tigers nickname was most likely due to the colour of one of their early kits.   Leicester Football Club was founded in 1880 by amalgamation of Leicester Societies AFC, Leicester Amateur AFC and Leicester Alert, and originally played in black.   It was replaced by a chocolate and yellow kit which, the Tigers history Book, says: “. . . is, almost certainly, the origin of their famous nickname, Tigers.   “It is hard to be certain because of the connection that had been established with officers of the Leicestershire Regiment whose own sobriquet was Tigers.”   The first known reference to Tigers is in a Leicester Daily Post report from 1885, but 130 years later the name is indelibly linked to Leicester Football Club.   T is for Thorneloe: The Thorneloe family have a strong association with the Tigers, both on the playing and administration side of the club.   Trevor Thorneloe made 125 appearances for Tigers between 1919 and 1930 while his nephew Peter played 221 games from 1945 to 1957.   Trevor’s brother Eric played seven first-team games for the club before a knee injury forced him to retire but is better known as an administrator.   He took over as honorary secretary from Tom Crumbie in 1928 and held the position until 1957, before spending two years as president.   According to the new Tigers History Book, Brian Thompson, the club’s first historian, wrote of Thorneloe after his death in 1959: “He probably did as much for Tigers, in a different way, as Crumbie did. He gave them the sort of consolidation they needed and he was a man of unfailing wisdom.”