On this Day – 14th November

ON THIS DAY in 1936 former Leeds prop and coach Dai Prosser made his debut against Dewsbury. Dai originally made his name playing rugby union but switched codes to play for York in 1934 and two years later he was signed by Leeds to add presence and dynamism to the pack.

In 1938 he was a member of the squad who were narrowly defeated by Hunslet in the Championship and in 1947 he was part of the side who made it to Wembley for the Challenge Cup final without conceding a point on the way, only to suffer cruel disappointment after an amazing achievement, when they were defeated by Bradford in the final. Success was to come though for Dai, a man who was a stalwart for the club during the War period and in this time he was part of two Challenge Cup winning sides.

Dai also made nine appearances for Wales and gained one Great Britain cap in 1937. He was a loyal servant to the Loiners, playing 327 matches in 14 seasons and eleven years after his final game with Leeds he joined the club once again from York, this time as coach and here he succeeded where he had narrowly failed as a player when he saw his side win the championship in 1961.