DFP – Head Script

1980s

The 1980-1981 Front Row
1989

1989-1990

The eighties ended with a campaign that summed up the decade; fervent expectation mixed with high drama, coupled with some tremendous individual performances and no silverware. Arch-rivals Bradford were faced five times and Wigan four in matches that decided the Loiners’ trophy ambitions as the blue and amber faithful continued..Read More

1988

1988-1989

A near five year wait was over as silverware returned to Headingley within three months of Malcolm Reilly and assistant coach Alan Agar taking over the reigns – but it was an encouraging start that was not capitalised upon. Off the field, Leeds underwent an important management re-structure with Bolton..Read More

1986

1986-1987

A difference in for and against of 108 points was all that separated Leeds from relegation for the first time in their history at the end of an ‘annus horribilis’. A changing guard, poor recruitment, a horrendous run with injuries from the off which saw a total of 42 players..Read More

1985

1985-1986

A campaign of extreme highs and devastating lows was encapsulated in the Loiners’ Challenge Cup run. A mammoth journey, which included two replayed ties, eventually fizzled out in the second half of a semi final re-match, although the drama along the way was at times epic. There was much less..Read More

1984

1984-1985

This was a ‘might have been’ year for the Loiners, the club reaching three semi finals in the four cup competitions on offer but falling at every penultimate hurdle. It was also the season that antipodean voices overwhelmed around Headingley Carnegie, the trickle of signings that had begun following the..Read More

1982

1982-1983

At the turn of the calendar year, matters could not have looked much rosier for the Loiners. League leaders, not least by virtue of an astonishing away record in the West, and having qualified for the John Player final – amazingly the first decider in any competition against Wigan –..Read More

1981

1981-1982

Never can a run of trophy success have ended in crueler fashion. Having garnered silverware in every campaign from 1966/7, Leeds’ sideboard was empty for the first time in almost a generation, but in the most dramatic of circumstances. Knocked out in the early rounds of the Yorkshire Cup, surprisingly..Read More

1980

1980-1981

Like the season before, the only solace for the Loiners came in the Yorkshire Cup; in a disappointing campaign which saw them end in their lowest league position since the re-introduction of two divisions in 1973-4. Their tenth placed finish saw them miss out on the Premiership and at no..Read More