On this Day – 22nd May

On this day in 1963 Leeds played Warrington in their penultimate game of the season. The Loiners were forced to play 18 games in 55 days in the closing stages of the season due to a frozen pitch at Headingley.

In a season that was known as the ‘big freeze’ Leeds had been unable to play on their homeground for seventeen weeks, leading to the severe fixture congestion. At first it appeared to bring the best out in the Leeds team, who had their most successful run of the season during this period, recording five consecutive victories at the beginning of the 18 game run.

Coming into this game the Loiners had lost against their local rivals Halifax and Castleford but they were able to bounce back in this fixture thanks to tries from Brian Shaw, Geoffrey Wriglesworth and Derek Davies. Lewis Jones continued his scoring run with one goal to seal the 11-8 win. It was a disappointing season for Leeds who were knocked out of the Yorkshire Cup in the first round, the Challenge Cup in the second and then finished seventh in the league.

In 2015, Leeds welcomed Hull Kingston Rovers to Headingley. Two tries from Ryan Hall and a masterclass from Danny McGuire helped the Rhinos overcome a very spirited Hull KR outfit to remain top of the First Utility Super League.