On this Day – 26th November

ON THIS DAY in 1921 Leeds played Dewsbury in the Yorkshire Cup Final at Thrum Hall.

Victories against Huddersfield, Halifax and Bramley saw the team through to the Final for the first time since 1919. Harold Buck, who had been transferred from Hunslet three weeks earlier was ineligible to play, and Leeds were further handicapped through the absence of Squire Stockwell and Tusler who were unfit. Dewsbury also suffered misfortune before the game when ex-Leeds player Albert Jenkinson sustained a fractured leg.

The superior play of the Leeds backs was responsible for the victory which brought the Yorkshire Cup to Headingley for the first time, but many wondered how the game would have gone if Dewsbury had not been depleted, for the issue hung in the balance until six minutes before the close.

ON THIS DAY in 1941 Ron Cowan was born. Cowan joined the club in 1962 aged 20-year-old. The Selkirk and Scottish international winger, who had toured with the British Lions, made his debut in a win against Doncaster and went on to make 233 appearances for the club. He was a 1969 Championship winner, a 1968 and 1970 Yorkshire Cup winner and 1971 Challenge Cup Finalist.