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Newcastle trio become latest players to receive their heritage number

28th November 2015 | 12:00 am

By Leeds Rhinos

Three Rhinos stars from Newcastle have become the latest former players to receive their Heritage number as part of the project created by the Leeds Rhinos Foundation Heritage committee.

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Three Rhinos stars from Newcastle have become the latest former players to receive their 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.

Rhinos Chief Executive Gary Hetherington is currently in Australia and whilst there he is catching up with some former Leeds players to present them with their heritage numbers. His latest stop was Newcastle, New South Wales where he met up with three Leeds Rhinos Grand Finalists in Danny Buderus, Marc Glanville and Brad Godden. 

Danny Buderus, heritage number 1377, joined the Rhinos in 2009 and spent three years at the club, winning the Grand Final in his final game for the club in 2011 before returning his only other club in his career, the Newcastle Knights. Second row Marc Glanville, heritage number 1302, was a foundation player for the Knights and helped them to their first ever Premiership in 1997 before joining Graham Murray's Rhinos side the following year. He took his new club to the inaugural Super League Grand Final in 1998 and then won the Challenge Cup at Wembley in 1999. Alongside him in both those games was a former Knights team mate, centre Brad Godden. Godden, heritage number 1303, joined Leeds from Hunter Mariners as he followed Murray to Headingley. Both Glanville and Godden spent two seasons at the Rhinos. 

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.

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