ON THIS DAY

The 30th March has marked two special occasions for the club, the first coming in 1934 when Stan Brogden made his debut and the second in 1964 when Lewis Jones made his final appearance for the club.

On this day in 1934 Stan Brogden made his Leeds debut against Wakefield and made an instant impression by scoring a debut try in the 10-0 win over the Loiners local rivals. Leeds had created a stir in the rugby league world when they signed centre Stan Brogden from Huddersfield for a then world record fee of £1200 in March 1934. After an amazing start in this game Stan followed this up with another impressive performance scoring a hat trick in the following game against Oldham. His arrival coincided with one of the golden eras for the club, culminating in a first ever Wembley triumph in 1936. In all he collected seven winners medals in five glorious seasons, thrilling the Headingley crowds with his electrifying bursts and sensational swerves from either centre, wing or stand off. Stan played 145 games for Leeds and scored 61 tries and 1 goal. Stan began his playing career at Bradford Northern, whom he joined in 1927, however he spent a short time here, moving onto Huddersfield in 1929. After just a year with Huddersfield Stan was part of the side who won the Championship and in 1933 won a Challenge Cup winners medal. On leaving Leeds Stan played for Hull, Rochdale and Salford. He was called up to play for Yorkshire and England at just 19 and he gained his first cap for Great Britain whilst still playing for Huddersfield in 1930 against Australia. He then toured twice with the side in 1932 and 36 and won a total of 16 caps for his country and scored 3 tries. Two of these tries coming in crucial moments, the first in the third Test in 1932 against Australia when the try helped the British side to win the Ashes and then in 1936, having played in all 5 test games he scored a try that again helped the British side to victory over Australia. He holds an impressive record whilst playing in the Great Britain shirt, with 13 wins and just two defeats. On this day in 1964 Leeds played Halifax in the league. This match not only saw the team win 16-7 at Headingley but it also marked a special occasion for the club with Leeds legend Lewis Jones making his final appearance in the blue and amber shirt. Wrigglesworth and Alan Smith scored tries each and Robin Dewhirst, who was on kicking duty that day scored 5 goals to see the great Leeds player end his Headingley career with a win. In total Jones made 385 appearances for the Loiners, scored 144 tries, 1244 goals and notched up 2920 points, earning a reputation as one of the games true greats who the Leeds fans idolised. On his departure from the club, the then thirty-three year old moved to Australia to become player-coach at Wentworthville in the Sydney second division.