On 30th October in years gone by Leeds were taking part in the Yorkshire Cup Final and Keith Hepworth made his debut against Salford.
On this day in 1937 Leeds were in the Yorkshire Cup final, playing local rivals Huddersfield Giants. To get to this game the Loiners had defeated the Cup holders York in the first round, then Bradford in front of a record 30,000 fans at Odsal and finally Batley, where a poor display gave fans little hope of success against Huddersfield in the final. But Leeds rose to the occasion and with two tries from Stan Smith and one apiece from Eric Harris and Vic Hey and one goal from Charlie Eaton Leeds were the 14-8 winners and lifted the Yorkshire Cup for the seventh time in their history. On this day in 1971 former Leeds player Keith Hepworth made his debut for Leeds. Keith has joined the Loiners from his hometown club Castleford, where he had been part of a much revered partnership with Alan Hardisty, who himself had made the move to Headingley three months earlier. The pair proved to be just as influential for Leeds and helped the side to the Championship and Challenge Cup finals that year, with the team winning both trophies, despite Hepworth missing the Championship final due to injury. He became a crowd favourite with Leeds fans and in the 1973-74 final he picked up Leeds Player of the Year. He spent 15 years with Leeds and played 177 games and scored 34 tries. In his debut game against Salford he helped his side back to winning ways following a defeat to Hull KR. Try scorers on the day were Atkinson and Hick who both touched down for two tries and Holmes, Batten, Hardisty and Langley who all added on each. John Holmes added the rest of the points in the 34-5 win with 5 goals.