On this Day – 21st November

On the 21st November in years gone by Leeds claimed the Yorkshire Cup for the tenth time in the clubs history and in 1988 Leeds announced they had signed rugby union star John Bentley from Sale RUFC.

ON THIS DAY in 1970, Leeds played in the first of their three finals that season, when they took on Featherstone in the Yorkshire Cup final.

To get to the final they had beaten Wakefield in the first round, Castleford in the second and Hull in the semi. In this match the Loiners took on Featherstone at Odsal and this was the first time the teams had met in the decider of the competition since 1928, when Leeds were then the victors. After 12 minutes Featherstone found themselves on the back foot when their hooker Morgan was dismissed and Leeds took advantage of the extra man, scoring six tries in the game.

Alan Smith claimed two of these and Ramsey, Dunn and Atkinson scored the rest. Syd Hynes added four goals to see the trophy go back to Headingley for the tenth time in the clubs history. On this day in 1982 Leeds took on Wigan in the league at Headingley. In the game previous to this Leeds had lost to Castleford, but in the two games before this they had recorded wins over Hull K.R and St Helens.

Alan Smith, who was playing in what was to be his last season at the club, helped Leeds back to winning ways, scoring the first try and Tony Burke added Leeds’ second. Kevin Dick kicked one goal and the 5,761 home crowd saw the Loiners record a 8-5 win – their tenth of the season.

ON THIS DAY in 1988 Leeds announced they had signed rugby union star John Bentley from Sale RUFC. Over four years with Leeds John made 101 appearances for the club and scored 53 tries and 27 goals. He won the first of his two Great Britain caps while with Leeds, but failed to land any domestic honours in a team that constantly under achieved.

In 1992 Bentos transferred to Halifax, where he became a crowd favourite and in his time here he made his second Great Britain appearance and represented England in the Centenary World Cup. In six years at Halifax he scored 109 tries in 135 appearances and during this time he returned to playing rugby union in the winter months, becoming a member of the British Lions’ squad which toured South Africa in 1997.