On this Day – 6th July
On this day in 1974 Great Britain were in Sydney to take on Australia for the second match of the Test series. Leeds legend Les Dyl was in the side that beat the Australians 16-11. Les made his debut in this game and then went onto make a further 10 appearances for the Great Britain side.
On this day in 1992 Leeds signed rugby union star Jim Fallon from Bath Rugby Union. Jim went onto play 140 times for Leeds and scored 74 tries. He left at the end of the 1996 season.
On this day in 1997 Leeds Rhinos were at home to Salford City Reds. It was Salford’s first season in the Super League and they had already been defeated by Leeds at their home ground earlier in the season. This time thanks to two tries from Damian Gibson and Marvin Golden, as well as one apiece from Phil Hassan and Graham Holroyd Leeds won 34-18. Iestyn Harris also scored 5 goals in front of a 8,508 crowd.
On this day in 2001 Salford were once again the opposition at Headingley and Leeds retained their 100% record over the side in Super League, winning 56-6, which was Leeds’ highest score over Salford in Super League. Tonie Carroll and Mark Calderwood both claimed 2 tries and Danny Ward, Francis Cummins, Barrie McDermott, Bradley Clyde, Chev Walker and Andy Hay all scored one each, with Kevin Sinfield adding 8 goals. The game was also significant for Danny McGuire who came off the bench to replace Iestyn Harris and make his debut for the Rhinos.
On this day in 2002 Australian centre Tonie Carroll announced he was leaving Headingley to return home. In his first season at Headingley Tonie had finished as the sides top try scorer, but during 2002 he had struggled with injury, but still managed 8 tries in 22 appearances. On his return to Australia Tonie joined his first club Brisbane Broncos.
On this day in 2003 the Rhinos faced Warrington Wolves at Headingley and with tries from Francis Cummins, Dave Furner, Chris McKenna and two from Willie Poching the Rhinos beat Warrington 30-20. Dave Furner was also on kicking duty on the day, scoring 4 goals and a last minute penalty that sealed the Rhinos win. Leeds had come into the game, having lost to Widnes the week prior to this fixture, but were able to defeat the travelling Wolves to retain their place at the top of Super League.
In 2007, Leeds Rhinos travelled to Knowsley Road to face St Helens in Super League.
Tony Smith’s side had won the corresponding game at Headingley earlier in the season but faced a tough challenge against the reigning Champions as the two sides battled it out at the top of the table once again.
Back in 2012, Leeds welcomed Hull FC to Headingley. Tries from Carl Ablett and Brett Delaney helped the hosts post a 14-0 half-time score.
Ryan Hall slid over shortly after the interval as Leeds looked to have put the game beyond the visitors.
Richard Horne’s try put Hull FC on the board but that was as good as it got for them and a Kevin Sinfield drop-goal completed the scoring.
On this day in 1966, former Leeds forward Gary Lord was born. Lord joined Leeds from Castleford in 1988 and made his debut against his home town club, Wakefield Trinity, on 28th September 1988 at Headingley.
He would go on to make 64 appearances for Leeds, scoring four tries before moving to Halifax in 1991 before subsequent spells at Oldham Bears, Wakefield, Batley and Featherstone.