Four more inductees revealed for the Leeds Rugby League Hall of Fame
Four new inductees into the Leeds Rugby League Hall of Fame have been revealed at a dinner to mark three significant anniversaries in the club’s history.
This year marks 50 years since the Watersplash Final and players from the Leeds and Wakefield squads from that season will be present at the dinner at Emerald Headingley. It is also 40 years since David Ward led Leeds to back to back Challenge Cup wins at Wembley in 1978 and 30 years since Leeds defeated Castleford at Elland Road to lift the Yorkshire Cup for a record extending 17th County Cup title.
As part of the dinner, four more inductees were revealed to join the Leeds Rugby League Hall of Fame. Legendary skipper Joe Thompson was joined by half back Jeff Stevenson, goal kicking full back Bev Risman and the first player from the modern era to join the Hall of Fame, Garry Schofield. They follow inaugural members John Holmes, David Ward, Keith McLellan and Lewis Jones. The latter three, including McLellan who has flown in from Australia, were present to announce the new members to join themselves in the Hall of Fame.
The criteria for candidates to be considered for the Hall of Fame has been devised and suggested by the Leeds RL Heritage Committee which forms part of the Leeds Rhinos Foundation.
Each candidate must have satisfied all four criteria to be considered for nomination for the Hall of Fame. The criteria are:
- Played a minimum of 150 first team games for Leeds
- Have made an exceptional contribution to rugby in Leeds
- Achieved representative honours during their playing career
- Retired for a minimum of 5 years
The Heritage Committee will each year nominate four candidates to the Board of Directors of Leeds Rhinos for the Leeds CF&A board to make the final decision.
Commenting on the Hall of Fame, Chief Executive Gary Hetherington said, “As a club we are immensely proud of our heritage. We are delighted that so many former players from all three Cup winning teams could join us on the night, for a very special occasion. Fans can see the new look stadium developing all around us and our heritage will be at the heart of the new plans.”