Stadium History

At the start of 2006 plans were announced for a historic redevelopment of the newly named Headingley Carnegie Stadium encompassing both the rugby and cricket stadia that were set to usher in a new and exciting future for one of the most famous stadiums in world sport. The new name of Headingley Carnegie Stadium is as a result of a significant financial investment by Leeds Metropolitan University. The plans can now come to fruition following the successful purchase of the freehold of the cricket stadium and business by Yorkshire CCC from the owners since 1890, Leeds CF&A Co Ltd.

The plans include a new North/South Stand to replace the existing structure which was built after fire destroyed the original stand in March 1932 and a new Pavilion and Media Centre for cricket at the stadium. The project began on 11th October 2005 and was opened for the first time by the Minister for Sport Richard Caborn MP on 1st September 2006 when the Rhinos beat Warrington. The total project cost £7 million and was financed without any grant funding and takes the capacity for the stadium to 22,000.

The first game was played at the stadium on 20th September 1890 when Leeds beat Manningham, although this was two weeks later than planned when Headingley was not ready on time. However, the ground soon became the premier venue in Yorkshire and the apart from the times that Leeds made the County Cup Final it was always held at Headingley attracting crowds of over 14,000. Leeds also hosted an international between England and Scotland in 1893 with the visitors winning two drop goals to nil in front of over 30,000.

In the first season of the Northern Union in 1895, Leeds attracted an average crowd of 3,900 and when the rugby team was away the football club played home games, with Middlesbrough beating Old Carthusians 2-1 in the Amateur FA Cup Final that year. Headingley was also chosen for the first ever Challenge Cup Final between Batley and St Helens with 14,000 spectators present. The first ever trophy to arrive at the stadium came about when Leeds beat the Rest in a Challenge match having not been invited into the first rugby league.

By 1905 the average attendance had reached 9,022 as the Leeds team grew in reputation and on 26th October 1907 Leeds hosted the New Zealand All Golds, the first rugby league team to tour England, with the home side losing 8-2. This was followed up on Christmas Day 1908 when Australia arrived however Leeds could not secure the win, going down 10-14. This was just a pre-cursor to the Great Britain v Australia game a month later on 25th January. On 12th April 1913, Leeds set the record for the highest ever score at Headingley when they beat Coventry 102-0 with Fred Webster scoring eight tries and every player scoring a try.

Headingley has always been associated with some of the more unusual moments in rugby league history and during the First World War Leeds played three games against a Royal Navy team from Plymouth. In 1917, the two sides played under rugby union rules and the following year there was one of each. The men from the South won all three games. There were also developments at the ground when in 1923 it was recorded that "ground improvements had seen the building of a ginnell wall with consequent additional terracing for 4,000 spectators whilst the roadway in St Michael's Lane was greatly improved at the clubs expense."

On October 23rd 1929 Leeds managed to beat Australia for the first time at Headingley, winning 8-7 but tragedy was to befall the stadium on 25th March 1932, Good Friday, when fire broke out in the North Stand during the game against Halifax. The game was abandoned after ten minutes and the stand was completed destroyed in the blaze. Indeed there is not much that will get in the way of a game taking place. On Christmas Eve 1938 the game against Salford was actually switched to the cricket pitch and as if that were not enough both teams were involved in another first the previous year on Coronation Day, May 12th 1937, when they played an exhibition game of 12-a-side.

The earlier experiment with league and union was repeated during the Second World War on 23rd January 1943 when the Northern Command Rugby Union and Rugby League teams met at Headingley with rugby union rules applied. There was a crowd of 8,000 there to see the RL team win 18-11.

The sixties saw modern technology installed at Headingley as in 1963 undersoil heating was installed. The board took this decision after the 1962-63 season became known as the "big freeze". Between 1st December and April 3rd, a period of seventeen weeks, there were no games played at Headingley, which left Leeds playing 18 games in 55 days. The board resolved to install an "electric blanket" involving 30 miles of cable. To give an idea of how bold a decision this was it was only three years since the first undersoil heating in Britain had been installed at Murrayfield at a cost of £10,000. Yet another bold decision came three years later when floodlights were installed in 1966. The first game played under the new floodlights was Yorkshire v Lancashire on 21st September in front of a crowd of 10,528. Leeds' first appearance under their floodlights was 11th October when they drew 11-11 with Castleford.

The next major change to occur at Headingley came at the start of the 1990's. This included a renovation of the facilities at Headingley including new changing room facilities, and more importantly state of the art banqueting suites in a rebuilt Pavilion. The new changing rooms and tunnel were officially opened on 11th February 1991, which saw Leeds enter the field from the middle of the North Stand as apposed to there traditional entrance down the concrete ramp between the North Stand and Eastern Terrace.

At this time the Paddock area became all seater and the centre section was reserved for corporate guests and members. The start of the new Millennium saw a refurbishment for the heart of the Leeds club when the South Stand was renovated for the first time since it was built in 1938. The £750,000 refurbished Tetley's South Stand was re-opened by lifelong fan Ruth Walker.

2005 was a groundbreaking year for the famous old ground when the first new development was started since the Main Stand fire in 1932 with the construction of the new Carnegie Stand to replace the old Eastern Terrace.

The new Carnegie Stand, incorporate 1,844 seats in its 4,550 capacity, and has been developed in partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University and gives the University's Carnegie campus a permanent base at the Stadium. The Carnegie Stand incorporates 12 classrooms and triple the number of disabled spaces currently available at Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

The project began on 11th October 2005 and was completed during the following season. The total project will cost £7 million and has been financed without any grant funding.

Facts & Figures

Test Match Great Britain v Australia 9 October 1948 36,529
Championship Final Hull Kingston Rovers v Huddersfield 5 May 1923 14,000
RL Challenge Cup Final Rochdale Hornets v Hull 29 April 1922 32,596
RL Cup Semi-final Keighley v Wakefield Trinity 3 April 1937 39,998
Yorkshire Cup Final Huddersfield v Bradford Northern 29 October 1949 36,000
League Match Leeds v Bradford Northern 21 May 1947 40,175
Cup Tie Leeds v Wigan 9 February 1957 38,914

Headingley Firsts

First Rugby Union Match Leeds v Manningham 20th September 1890
First Northern Union Match Leeds v Brighouse 21st September 1895
First Northern Union Test Match Great Britain v New Zealand 25th January 1908

Representative matches played at Headingley (Tests)

1908 January 25th Great Britain 14 New Zealand 6
1921 October 1st Great Britain 6 Australia 5
1927 January 15th Great Britain 32 New Zealand 17
1929 November 9th Great Britain 9 Australia 3
1933 November 11th Great Britain 7 Australia 5
1937 October 16th Great Britain 5 Australia 4
1947 October 4th Great Britain 11 New Zealand 10
1948 October 9th Great Britain 23 Australia 21
1951 December 15th Great Britain 16 New Zealand 12
1952 October 4th Great Britain 19 Australia 6
1955 December 17th New Zealand 28 Great Britain 13
1957 January 26th Great Britain 45 France 12
1959 March 14th Great Britain 50 France 15
1959 November 21st Great Britain 11 Australia 10
1961 September 30th New Zealand 29 Great Britain 11
1963 November 30th Great Britain 16 Australia 5
1967 October 1st Great Britain 16 Australia 11
1971 November 6th Great Britain 12 New Zealand 3
1973 November 24th Australia 14 Australia 6
1978 November 18th Australia 23 Great Britain 6
1980 November 15th Great Britain 10 New Zealand 2
1982 November 28th Australia 32 Great Britain 8
1984 February 17th Great Britain 10 France 0
1985 March 1st Great Britain 50 France 4
1987 January 24th Great Britain 52 France 4
1988 February 6th Great Britain 30 France 12
1990 April 7th France 25 Great Britain 18
1991 February 16th Great Britain 60 France 4
1993 April 2nd Great Britain 72 France 6

Championship Finals

1914 Salford 5 Huddersfield 3
1920 Hull 3 Huddersfield 2
1921 Hull 16 Hull K.R. 14
1923 Hull K.R. 15 Huddersfield 5
1942 Dewsbury 16 Bradford N. 0
1967 Wakefield T 7 St Helens 7
1968 Wakefield T 17 Hull K.R. 10

Rugby League Challenge Cup Finals

1897 April 24th Batley 10 St. Helens 3
1898 April 23rd Batley 7 Bradford 0
1901 April 27th Batley 6 Warrington 0
1903 April 25th Halifax 7 Salford 0
1905 April 29th Warrington 6 Hull K.R. 0
1906 April 28th Bradford 5 Salford 0
1909 April 24th Wakefield T. 17 Hull 0
1912 April 27th Dewsbury 8 Oldham 5
1913 April 26th Huddersfield 9 Warrington 5
1920 April 10th Huddersfield 21 Wigan 10
1922 April 29th Rochdale H. 10 Hull 9
1925 April 25th Oldham 16 Hull K.R. 3
1943 April 26th Dewsbury 0 Leeds 6
(Second Leg: Dewsbury won the Cup on aggregate, 16-15)

Yorkshire Challenge Cup Finals

(1907 December 21st Hunslet 17 Halifax 0
1909 November 27th Huddersfield 21 Batley 0
1910 December 3rd Wakefield T. 8 Huddersfield 1
1912 November 23rd Batley 17 Hull 3
1914 November 28th Huddersfield 31 Hull 0
1919 May 17th Huddersfield 14 Dewsbury 8
1920 November 27th Hull K.R. 2 Hull 0
1922 December 2nd York 5 Batley 0
1923 November 24th Hull 10 Huddersfield 4
1924 November 22nd Wakefield T. 9 Batley 0
1926 December 1st Huddersfield 10 Wakefield T. 3
1927 November 26th Dewsbury 5 Hull 2
1929 November 30th Hull K.R 13 Hunslet 7
1931 November 21st Huddersfield 4 Hunslet 2
1933 November 25th York 10 Hull K.R. 4
1936 October 17th York 9 Wakefield T. 2
1946 November 2nd Wakefield T. 10 Hull 0
1948 October 30th Bradford N. 18 Castleford 9
1949 October 29th Bradford N. 11 Huddersfield 4
1950 November 4th Huddersfield 16 Castleford 3
1952 November 15th Huddersfield 18 Batley 8
1953 October 31st Bradford N. 7 Hull 2
1954 October 23rd Halifax 22 Hull 14
1955 October 22nd Halifax 10 Hull 10
1956 October 20th Wakefield T. 23 Hunslet 5
1957 October 19th Huddersfield 15 York 8
1959 October 31st Featherstone R. 15 Hull 14
1960 October 29th Wakefield T. 16 Huddersfield 10
1962 October 27th Hunslet 12 Hull K. R. 2
1965 October 16th Bradford N. 17 Hunslet 8
1966 October 15th Hull K. R. 25 Featherstone R. 12
1967 October 14th Hull K. R. 8 Hull 7
1969 September 20th Hull 12 Featherstone R. 9
1973 October 20th Leeds 7 Wakefield T. 2
1974 October 26th Hull K. R. 16 Wakefield T. 13
1975 November 15th Leeds 15 Hull K. R. 11
1976 October 16th Leeds 16 Featherstone R. 12
1977 October 15th Castleford 17 Featherstone R. 7
1978 October 28th Bradford N. 18 York 8
1980 October 27th Leeds 15 Halifax 6
1981 October 3rd Castleford 10 Bradford N. 5
1982 October 2nd Hull 18 Bradford N. 7
1985 October 27th Hull K.R. 22 Castleford 18
1986 October 11th Castleford 31 Hull 24
1987 October 17th Bradford N. 12 Castleford 12
1989 November 5th Bradford N. 20 Featherstone R. 14

Regal Trophy Finals

1975 Widnes 19 Hull 13
1979 Bradford N. 6 Widnes 0
1981 Hull 12 Hull K.R. 4
1989 Wigan 24 Bradford 12
1990 Warrington 12 Bradford N. 2
1993 Castleford 33 Wigan 2

Yorkshire Cup Finals (Rugby Union)

1891 April 11th Pontefract 3 Wakefield T. 3
1893 April 22nd Halifax 8 Batley 2
1894 April 21st Halifax 38 Castleford 6
1895 April 20th Brighouse 16 Morley 4

International Matches

1924 October 15th England 17 Other Nationalities 23
1929 March 17th England 27 Other Nationalities 20
1932 November 30th England 14 Wales 13
1947 May 17th England 5 France 2
1950 November 11th England 14 France 9
1952 October 25th Wales 22 France 9
1962 November 17th England 18 France 6
1969 October 18th England 40 Wales 23
1970 February 24th England 26 Wales 7
1975 November 12th Australia 25 England 0
1977 January 29th Wales 6 England 2
2003 October 29th Great Britain 52 New Zealand A 18
2005 October 22nd England 22 France 12
2006 October 22nd England 26 France 10
2006 October 22nd Samoa 10 Tonga 18
2011 June 10th England 12 Exiles 16

Amateur International Matches

1950 March 25th England 5 France 7
1954 April 17th England 23 France 0

Other Representative Matches

1935 May 6th "Rugby League" 25 France 18
1951 May 19th Great Britain 20 Australasia 23
1958 April 16th British R.L. XIII 19 France 8
1966 November 6th Rest of League 38 Tourists 31

World Cup Matches

1960 October 1st Australia 21 New Zealand 15
1970 October 24th Great Britain 11 Australia 4
1970 November 7th (Final) Australia 12 Great Britain 7
1975 March 16th England 20 France 2
1995 October 14th England 46 South Africa 0
2000 Nov 4th England 66 Fiji 10
2000 Nov 11th England 26 Ireland 16
2013 Nov 8th New Zealand 56 Papua New Guinea 10
2013 Nov 15th New Zealand 40 Scotland 4

Stadium Plan

Headingley Carnegie Stadium

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