DFP – Head Script

1990s

1993-1994 young guns
1999

1999

1999 was to prove a memorable year for Leeds Rhinos with Iestyn Harris at the height of his powers leading the way for a team that were unstoppable at times. Having reached the inaugural Grand Final the previous year, Leeds went into the 1999 season with high hopes to end..Read More

1998

1998

After two difficult seasons to begin the new summer era, Leeds Rhinos emerged as a major force in the game in the 1998 season as new Head Coach Graham Murray transformed the club from perennial underachievers to title contenders. Murray arrived from the disbanded Hunter Mariners side following the merger..Read More

1997

1997

Having emerged from the annus horribilis of 1996, things could only get better for Leeds in the second summer campaign of 1997. The arrival of new owners in Paul Caddick and Gary Hetherington saw a host of changes to the club as they looked to bring the famous old club..Read More

1996

1996

It is fair to say that, as a club, Leeds were less than committed to the concept of Super League by the time the inaugural summer campaign came around. A sceptical voice about the change of seasons, the Loiners’ management had more pressing issues at hand as the spending of..Read More

1995

1995-1996

Consternation was felt throughout the game as it celebrated its centenary in the midst of a maelstrom. A hundred years after the formation of the Northern Union there was impending upheaval of near-equivalent proportion. On the field that necessitated a short, interim transitional season that signalled the move from winter..Read More

1994

1994-1995

Leeds’ Challenge Cup Final appearances seemed just like the proverbial joke about the buses – you don’t get one for sixteen years and then two come along at once. In a season that changed the rugby league landscape forever, the Loiners made it back to Wembley and for the first..Read More

1993

1993-1994

After nearly a generation, Leeds were finally back on the big stage when a glorious Challenge Cup run saw blue and amber again bedeck Wembley, ending a sixteen year drought. Initially, there was a pre-season exodus, with one set of youngsters ostensibly replaced by a new intake. Graham Middleton went..Read More

1992

1992-1993

Just like the season before; there was frustration, elation and cup humiliation for the Loiners in the second year of the Doug Laughton regime. Sky re-christened the top flight the ‘Big League’ for their televised games but a desperately poor start to the campaign, and defeat in two knock out..Read More

1991

1991-1992

To coin a sporting truism, the start of the much heralded Doug Laughton era at Headingley was a season of two halves. The former Widnes supremo, whose sides always seemed to over perform rather than under achieve, was viewed as the man most likely to harness the undoubted talent within..Read More

1990

1990-1991

On the 21st May 1990, Leeds stunned the entire rugby world and created a media frenzy around Headingley when they announced the previously unheralded signing of London-born All Black John Gallagher. The classy full back had been over to his home city to collect the rugby union ‘International Player of..Read More