On this Day – 27th October
ON THIS DAY in 1934 Leeds played Wakefield in the Yorkshire Cup Final. Leeds had played three home games to get to the final, defeating Bramley, Hull and the Halifax in the semi final. The final took place at Dewsbury in front of a crowd of over 24,000, but no fans were able to see their team lift the Yorkshire Cup as the game ended with the sides equal after full time and therefore ensuring a replay.
Leeds battled hard during the game with the odds stacked against them, firstly they had to field a weakened team with Fawcett coming in for the injured Chimpy Busch and then after just half an hour the team had to play with 12 men when Gwyn Parker was forced to leave the game after suffering concussion. The match day conditions did not help either and Leeds who lost the toss were left to play uphill – against a gale force wind. Wakefield took the lead in the first half with a converted try from A Burrows. In the second half though Leeds used the wind to their advantage and Ken Jubb brought Leeds back into the game with a try in the corner and Jim Brough levelled the game to 5-5 to force the replay. It was the first time the final had ended equal in it’s history.
ON THIS DAY in 1957 two time Challenge Cup winner and Harry Sunderland award winner Kevin Dick was born.
ON THIS DAY in 1980 Leeds claimed the Yorkshire Cup for the 15th time in the club’s history. The final which was attended by 9,134 people was staged at Headingley and the Loiners were hoping to reclaim the trophy they had last won back in 1977. To get to the final Leeds had seen off Castleford at home and had then beaten Batley and Wakefield away.
The opposition in this game was Halifax and it was the first time that the sides had met in the final of this competition. Alan Smith scored two tries in the game and Dave Smith added another and with 3 goals from Kevin Dick, Leeds were again declared Yorkshire Cup holders.
ON THIS DAY in 1990 Great Britain took on Australia for the first time that year.
The side had already had a busy year, playing France, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand already. In the side that day were Leeds players Carl Gibson, Paul Dixon, Roy Powell and Garry Schofield – who was making his 27th appearance for the side.
Also in the side were two players who were later to wear Blue and Amber – Ellery Hanley and Daryl Powell. Schofield scored a drop goal in the match and along with two tries from Hull’s Eastwood and Widnes’ Martin Offiah the Great Britain team were victorious, claiming a 19-12 win over the Australians.