DFP – Head Script

1950s

1959

1959-1960

Hopes that a return to the Yorkshire League, and a less demanding fixture list, would automatically result in a stronger challenge for championship honours were not fulfilled, Leeds finishing in 14th place for the third season in succession. Nor was any consolation derived from the cup competitions. Nevertheless, by the..Read More

1958

1958-1959

Much to the disgust of those Yorkshire clubs who were deprived of an attractive fixture, Leeds once again volunteered to go into the Lancashire League, and then added insult to injury by winning the Yorkshire Cup for the first time since 1937. Overall, however it was another disappointing season, with..Read More

1957

1957-1958

All too soon, the euphoria of Wembley was dissipated in a campaign which yielded no honours, only heartaches and frustration. Anxious to match the best and to provide more attractive fare for the Headingley spectators, ambitious Leeds had welcomed an opportunity to play in the Lancashire League, but the combination..Read More

1956

1956-1957

1957! A vintage year! A year for Keith McLellan and his squad, and all associated with the Leeds club, to recall with justifiable pride: R.L. Challenge Cup Winners, Yorkshire League Champions, Championship Semi-Finalists, and 18 consecutive victories to establish a new Club record. Once again there had been little close-season..Read More

1955

1955-1956

For once in a while, Leeds had no notable close-season signings to report, and it was the Rugby League Council that stole the headlines by introducing, within days of the start of the season, an amendment to the Law governing Play the Ball. The new ‘3-yard rule’, it was hoped,..Read More

1954

1954-1955

Whilst the season’s work could in no wise be described as brilliantly successful, it was at least a vast improvement on that of the previous two or three campaigns. Showing far more consistent form, and playing week by week with honest to goodness determination, our players were always in the..Read More

1953

1953-1954

From the point of view of “Honours” this was yet another disappointing season, as once again Leeds failed to win even one of the coveted trophies. At one stage there were visions of a “First Four Triumph”, at another visions of a trip to Wembley, but when the final whistle..Read More

1952

1952-1953

During the summer months Headingley was a hive of ceaseless and fruitful activity with the accent on youth. First, a series of Trial Matches, held early in May, resulted in several young players signing for the club as amateurs. Amongst them was Clifford Last, loose forward from the Middleton area,..Read More

1951

1951-1952

Three main prongs of future club policy emerged as the result of a very careful review which had been carried out during the early weeks of the close season: to discontinue the practice of signing players on short-term contracts; to strengthen the team when necessary through the acquisition of established..Read More

1950

1950-1951

This was almost 1949-50 all over again: 5th in the League, R.L. Cup Semi-Finalists, and knocked out of the Yorkshire Cup Competition by Huddersfield. On this occasion, however, there was some consolation in winning the Yorkshire League Championship. There was only one close season signing of note: Bruce Ryan, the..Read More