On the 5th October in 1957 Leeds winger Garry Hemingway made his debut in a 25-25 draw against Salford at Headingley.
On this day in 1957 Leeds took on Salford at Headingley. The team had played just 3 days earlier in the semi final of the Yorkshire Cup and had lost 14-2 to Hull, on this occasion though Leeds managed a 25-25 draw. Jeff Stevenson scored a hat trick in the game and Gordon Brown and Garry Hemingway scored a try each with Lewis Jones adding 5 goals. The game actually signalled the debut of Hemingway who had joined the club just two weeks earlier. Hemingway was blessed with lightning pace and scored an incredible 82 tries in 87 games, including 40 tries in one season in 1958-59. Indeed, that season was his most prolific at the club, scoring four tries in two games against Liverpool and Widnes, as well as two in the winning Yorkshire Cup Final against Wakefield at Odsal on 18th October 1958. His record of 40 in a season is still tenth in the all time records for tries in a season for the club. He finished his first season with 20 tries and as top try scorer, a feat he doubled the following year. In the 1959-60 season he scored 10 tries in the first ten games before a knee ligament injury ruled him out for nearly two years and almost certainly cost him a place in the first ever Leeds Championship winning side the following season. He returned at the start of the 1961-62 season and scored a further 12 tries, including another one in the Yorkshire Cup Final. Again it was against Wakefield at Odsal, however Leeds lost out 19-9 this time. Unfortunately, at the start of the following season injury hit again against Hunslet in the pre-season Lazenby Cup game when he broke down again and reluctantly decided to retire. Fittingly, after such a prolific career at the club, he finished off as he had began with a try in that final game on 13th August 1962. Sadly, Garry died in 2002 aged 69, in Barrow.
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