ON THIS DAY

On the 2nd January in years gone by Leeds have been in action against York, Castleford and Leigh, getting their New Year campaigns off to a winning start on each occasion.

On this day in 1960 the Loiners got their New Year off to the best possible start with their biggest win of the season. It was the first time that season that Leeds had taken on York and coming into the game against their Yorkshire rivals they had lost their last four games. Jack Pycroft, Eric Horsman, Eddie Ratcliffe and Gordon Brown all scored one try each and Derek Hallas and Del Hodgkinson both scored a brace of tries each and Lewis Jones secured the 44-9 win with an amazing ten goals. On this day in 1964 Leeds bounced back from a Boxing Day defeat against Wakefield to defeat Castleford in a closely fought encounter. Leeds had already played Castleford back in October and on that occasion had been defeated 13-6 away from home. In this game David Hick was the sole try scorer for the Loiners and Mick Shoebottom added two crucial goals to ensure Leeds won 7-5. On this day in 1971 Leeds continued their winning run with victory over Leigh. The teams had already played each other earlier in the season and on that occasion Leigh had inflicted Leeds’ second defeat of the season, since then however the Loiners had found their form and had claimed thirteen league victories. In this game the team ensured they got 1971 off to a winning start thanks to tries from Mick Shoebottom, Alan Smith, John Atkinson, Ted Barnard, Bob Haigh and Tony Wainwright. John Holmes, who had scored in every match so far that season, added four goals and Mick Shoebottom landed a drop goal, bringing the final score to 28-10 to Leeds.