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Snoopy Collins becomes latest player to receive his heritage number

26th November 2015 | 12:00 am

By Leeds Rhinos

Wayne Collins receiving his heritage number from Gary Hetherington.

Former Leeds Rhinos hooker Wayne ‘Snoopy’ Collins has become the latest former player to receive his Heritage number as part of the project created by the Leeds Rhinos Foundation Heritage committee.

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Former Leeds Rhinos hooker Wayne ‘Snoopy’ Collins has become the latest former player to receive his Heritage number as part of the project created by the Leeds Rhinos Foundation Heritage committee.

The Leeds Rhinos Foundation Heritage Committee recently completed the task of giving a unique number to every player who has made a single appearance for the club, going back to the first game in the Northern Union, staged at Leigh on 7th September 1895.

In total, 1,419 men have worn the famous colours from Bob Armstrong in that first match, through to recent signing Mitch Garbutt.

When the 1895-6 season began, the first player awarded a number, Bob Armstrong, was 26 years old and already had 11 years’ experience as a forward, beginning playing with junior club Burley Hornets. After a season with the Westfield Rovers he joined Kirkstall, where he was spotted and signed by the Leeds 'A' team.

Other notable numbers are; Bob Walton, who scored the first try at Headingley in the Northern Union (14), Joseph Aloysius Lavery (215), the club’s first overseas signing, First World War hero Samuel ‘Billy’ Jarman (225), Arthur Clues (847), Benjamin Lewis Jones (896), leading appearance-maker John Holmes (1022) and Garry Schofield (1183). Number 1,000 is Syd Hynes, the first-ever player/coach at Leeds, who won every medal with the club and recently received his certificate at the Players Association's Annual Lunch having flown in for the occasion from his home in Perth in Australia.

Leeds Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington is currently over in Australia and he has taken the opportunity of his trip to deliver some more of the heritage numbers to former players. First up was Wayne Collins, who played for Leeds in Gary's first season at the club in 1997. A Grand Finalist with St George in his playing days he is now part of Michael Maguire's coaching staff at South Sydney Rabbitohs and made a return to his old stomping ground at the start of 2015 when he was here with the Rabbitohs for the World Club Challenge win over St Helens. 

Gary presented Wayne with his certificate in his hometown of Camden. His heritage number is 1287 having made his debut at Whitehaven on 9th February 1997. Collins commented, "I am very proud and honoured to received this certificate. I loved my time at Leeds and I've so many happy memories of the club and games I played in."

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