It was with much regret that the club learned of the death this week of former player and backroom staff Alan Horsfall.
It was with much regret that the club learned of the death this week of former player and backroom staff Alan Horsfall. Horsfall played for Leeds immediately after the Second World War, making his debut in the winter of 1945. His debut came against Wigan at Headingley on 24th November as Leeds suffered a 32-17 defeat in a disappointing season. He scored his first try for the club away at Hull on 2nd May 1946 in the penultimate game of the season. He played at prop for Leeds against Barrow in the epic Challenge Cup semi final of 1951 when Barrow snatched a draw in the first game with a late penalty before running out easy 28-13 winners in the replay four days later at Fartown. He was an outstanding servant to the Leeds club and only left Leeds on 10th January 1955 when he was included in a part exchange deal with neighbours Castleford that saw prop Joe Anderson arrive at Headingley. In total, Horsfall made 77 appearances for Leeds in nearly ten years at the club scoring seven tries. His time spanned two eras at the club with the hardships of the post-war period followed by the beginnings of a golden age with the arrival of Lewis Jones. His attitude on the pitch as a hard working, no-nonsense player was matched by his commitment off the field in retirement. For many years he was involved with the Leeds club as bag man for the Leeds teams of the 1970s and early 1980s. His funeral will take place on Wednesday 6th June at the Lawnswood Cemetery and Crematorium at 3pm.
Leeds Rhinos Foundation were recognised for their contribution to improving the lives of young people in the city at the Child Friendly Leeds Awards, where they picked up the award for Best Overall Contribution.
The 2015 season will be officially launched this Sunday at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester (6.00pm) and fans are making sure they don't miss out by snapping up tickets fast for this spectacular live show.
Forty clubs hit the trophy trail this weekend - January 31 and February 1 - as the first round of Rugby League's oldest and most prestigious competition, the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, is staged across the country.