On this Day – 15th November

On the 15th November in 1976 Leeds won the Yorkshire Cup for the thirteenth time in the club’s history and in 1969 Leeds played French Champions Perpignan at Headingley.

ON THIS DAY in 1976 Leeds won the Yorkshire Cup for the thirteenth time in the club’s history. Leeds had beaten Halifax convincingly in the first round then Bradford in the second and Keighley in the semi final. On this occasion the team, who were led by player/coach Syd Hynes, who as well giving out the instructions off the field was also playing at scrum half, took on Hull KR at Headingley.

The lead actually changed hands five times during the match, with Hull KR taking the initial lead but with thanks to tries from Cookson and Dyl and four goals and from John Holmes the Loiners were victorious. John Holmes last minute drop goal confirming the 15-11 win.

ON THIS DAY in 1969 Leeds, who were the reigning League Champions played French Champions Perpignan at Headingley in front of the BBC cameras, competing for the title of European Club Champions. Rugby League was on the rise in France, with the country having hosted the World Cup in 1954, and there was hope that the top four clubs in England and France would compete in a new international league.

Although the game was billed as Leeds v Perpignan, the visiting team was actually XIII Catalan, but the name Perpignan was used due to the familiarity the name had with the public.

In the wind and rain Perpignan started well and Matoulan scored for them, but this try and the conversion was to be the only points for the Frenchmen on the day and with a brilliant display from John Atkinson the 5,145 crowd saw the Loiners win 31-5. Seabourne scored the first followed by Langley. Before half time John Atkinson scored the first of his four tries to see the side go in 14-5 in front at the break.

Atkinson began the second half as he had ended the first with a try and then Ken Eyre added another. Atkisnon then completed an amazing performance with two more tries and Smith, Ramsey and Seabourne all added one apiece and with goals each from Holmes and Seabourne the game ended 31-5.