DFP – Head Script

1940s

1946-1947 Team
1949

1949-1950

Although no trophies were brought to Headingley this was a grand season, and Leeds were always well “in the running” for Honours. In view of the extensive recruiting campaign of the previous twelve months there were, quite understandably, no close season signings to report, and it was felt that there..Read More

1948

1948-1949

“Nothing but the very best” has always been the policy of the Leeds Club, and during this season a tremendous effort was made to build a team “second to none” and also to bring the ground amenities to a similar high standard. Players were recruited on an unprecedented scale, and..Read More

1947

1947-1948

The management, whose tremendously hard work and enterprise had been rewarded with that Cup Final appearance at Wembley and a place in the First Four during the previous season, could be excused for imagining that the team would give a good account of itself in this campaign. But this was..Read More

1946

1946-1947

Although no trophy was brought to Headingley this was a very successful season. The team building efforts of the management wrought a remarkable transformation and certainly “set the city alight”. Those bitter memories of the previous season were dispelled as the team went from strength to strength, challenging bravely for..Read More

1945

1945-1946

This season can best be summed up in that expressive phrase: “Bitter Sweet”. As the victory bells pealed out their joyful news, so many a weary munition worker and many a homesick Serviceman turned to his beloved Headingley, to his home of sport and relaxation, hoping and expecting to make..Read More

1944

1944-1945

Seventeen teams took part in the Emergency League Competition, and Bradford Northern became League Champions, defeating Halifax in the Final. No fewer than ninety players turned out for Leeds during the season, and it was often necessary to field scratch teams. This was fully reflected in the performances: tenth in..Read More

1943

1943-1944

Sixteen teams took part in this season’s Emergency League Competition, and Wigan gained Championship honours, defeating Dewsbury in the Final. Leeds finished in seventh place, and did remarkably well in view of the fact that no less than eighty players were called upon during the season. On many occasions great..Read More

1942

1942-1943

Only fourteen Clubs took part in the Emergency League Competition, and Leeds finished fifth with a percentage of 67.64. Halifax with 68.42 were in fourth place so Leeds only narrowly failed to gain a place in the “First Four”. Our interest in the Yorkshire Cup did not survive the 1st..Read More

1941

1941-1942

Eighteen clubs took part in the opening stages of this season’s League competition, fourteen Yorkshire Clubs and four from Lancashire, but owing to transport problems and the difficulty of raising teams the League table was worked on a percentage basis with each team fulfilling as many fixtures as possible. Dewsbury..Read More

1940

1940-1941

Owing to the state of emergency no fewer than 55 players wore the Leeds jersey during the season. The pre-war players who were able to turn out more or less regularly were Hey, Eaton, Jenkins Morris, Murphy, Jubb, Tattersfield, F. Harris, Prosser and Satterthwaite, whilst Cliff Evans was fortunately available..Read More