On This Day – 29th September

ON THIS DAY in 1956 Leeds faced York at Headingley and won 24-5. 17 year old winger Del Hodgkinson, who had broken into the first team in the close season, scored a hat trick and Bernard Poole added another try. Lewis Jones kicked 6 goals to see Leeds claim their sixth win of the season. On this day in 1958 Leeds played their city rivals Hunslet at Elland Road. Gordon Brown scored a try for Leeds and Lewis Jones added a try and a goal but they were unable to help their side beat Hunslet, who inflicted Leeds’ third defeat of the season with a final score of 15-8.

ON THIS DAY in 1970 Leeds took on Hull in the Semi-final of the Yorkshire Cup at the Boulevard. Leeds had beaten Wakefield and Castleford in the earlier rounds to get to this game. Parker scored a try for Leeds and Syd Hynes and Mick Shoebottom scored a drop goal each, but the game ended in a tense situation. With Hull four points clear and the Threepenny Stand whistling for time, Cookson got the ball for Leeds and touched down to bring the game within the Loiners reach. The conversion was therefore crucial for Leeds to win and John Holmes did not falter under the pressure and kicked the conversion to see his side win 12-11 and book their place against Featherstone in the final.

ON THIS DAY in 2017 Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire played their final Super League game for the Rhinos at Headingley.

Leeds won the game 18-16 against Hull, with a Liam Sutcliffe second-half try and an incredible defensive effort taking Leeds Rhinos back to the Betfred Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford.

As the season entered the knock-out stages, the two heavyweight contenders who want to challenge Castleford Tigers for the title went toe to toe at Headingley Carnegie. It was an emotional night already with Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire both making their final appearances in blue and amber at Headingley.