ON THIS DAY – 29th November
On this day in 1921 Leeds played in the Yorkshire Cup Final against Huddersfield and in 1960 former Leeds player Mike O’Neill was born.
ON THIS DAY in 1921 Leeds took on Huddersfield in the Yorkshire Cup Final. Dewsbury had been the first round visitors in the Cup, followed by Bramley and the Batley in the semi final.
The Cup Final was played at Halifax against Huddersfield, on a ‘bony’ ground with white frost. A fast open game developed but Leeds sadly disappointed their supporters by a weak display i the department in which their greatest strength then lay – the backs failed to produce their true form, whilst their pack, which had previously caused some concern, rose to the occasion magnificently. Leeds were never in the game with a chance and Huddersfield fully deserved their victory by 24 points to 5.
ON THIS DAY in 1960 Mike O’Neil was born in Widnes. The prop played over 400 games for his hometown club and played in their Championship victories in the 1987-88 and 1988-89 season and their Challenge Cup wins in 1978-79 and 1980-81. He won honours for Great Britain in the early eighties and also played for Lancashire.
After leaving Widnes he joined Rochdale, before joining Leeds in 1991 where he made 68 appearances and scored seven tries.