On this Day – 19th November

ON THIS DAY in 1933 Leeds secured an 8-0 win over Wakefield in the Yorkshire Cup Final.

A win over Dewsbury in the first round was followed by a fine victory over York at Clarence Street. Next up was Castleford, who fought well but gave Leeds a fairly comfortable passage through the semi final stage. The Final took place at Fartown.

Ken Dalby, in his book ‘The Headingley Story’ noted that ‘this was a grand match in which the architect of the victory was Jeff Moores who played for three parts of the game in a severley concust state, which became fully apparent when he collapsed at the reception to the team in Leeds after the game.’

ON THIS DAY in 1941 former Leeds player Keith Hepworth was born. Hepworth was signed for Leeds during the 1971-72 season from Castleford. He joined his former scrum-half partrner Alan Hardisty who had moved to Leeds a few months earlier.

Hepworth made his debut on 30th October 1971 in a 34-5 win over Salford. He played in the 1977 Challenge Cup defeat against St Helens and the 1973 Championship loss to Dewsbury.

He went on to make 177 appearances for the club and scored 34 tries and five goals.

ON THIS DAY in 1989 ex Rhinos player Paul McShane was born in Leeds.

The hooker signed for the Leeds Academy in 2006 from Hunslet Hawks and went onto make his debut in 2009, a year after touring Australia with the England U18 Academy.

He made his debut against Crusaders on the opening day of the 2008 season and featured regularly over the next five seasons, making a total of 63 appearances, which included the win against Manly Sea Eagles in the World Club Challenge.