Former stars return for emotional reunion

This weekend will mark a very special occasion for the Leeds club as we mark four historic anniversaries and induct our next four players into the Leeds Rugby League Hall of Fame.

The club are delighted to welcome former players Brad Godden, Marc Glanville, Jamie Mathiou, Martin Masella and Syd Hynes back to Emerald Headingley from their homes in Australia. All five will be guests at the Rhinos clash on Friday when we face Hull KR before joining up with former team mates on Sunday afternoon for a special lunch.

Leeds Rhinos Players’ Association are proud to present the 2019 Leeds Rhinos Hall of Fame and Special Anniversary Lunch taking place at Emerald Headingley Stadium on Sunday 14th July.

This year’s Hall of Fame dinner will commemorate four important anniversaries in club history:

10th Anniversary – 2009 Grand Final v St Helens

20th Anniversary – 1999 Challenge Cup Final v London

40th Anniversary – 1979 Premiership Final v Bradford

50th Anniversary – 1969 Championship Final v Castleford

Squad and staff from all four prestigious finals have been invited to the dinner, which will also see four more Leeds legends inducted into the Hall of Fame. They will join the existing eight members; Keith McLellan, David Ward, Lewis Jones, John Holmes, Garry Schofield OBE, Bev Risman OBE, Jeff Stevenson and Joe Thompson.

A limited number of places are still available for Sunday’s lunch. The Hall of Fame event will take place in the fantastic new Emerald Suite at Emerald Headingley Stadium, arrival from 12noon, and places for the lunch are available to book now for £50. To book or for any further enquiries please contact carlie.jenkins@leedsrugby.com.

Stars of the 1999 Challenge Cup winning side, Brad Godden and Marc Glanville were back at Emerald Headingley on Tuesday for an early look around. You can read our exclusive chat with them in this week’s edition of Blue & Amber, on sale around the ground at Friday’s game.

Looking ahead to Friday’s game, Godden said, “It’ll be awesome to be in front of the South Stand again.”

“We’ve got some great memories of the games we played here,” notes Glanville. “The crowd for games like Wigan and St Helens was something else; I can’t wait to be out there again, the noise and atmosphere was sensational.

“I’ve watched the building of the stands on tv and can’t wait to sample it, we’re really looking forward to it.”