On this Day – 2nd December

ON THIS DAY in the 1978-79 season Leeds won their sixth game of the season against local rivals Huddersfield. Bryan Adams, ‘Sammy’ Sanderson, Slater and David Smith all scored two tries each and Neil Hague got one. Gary Hetherington added six conversions in the 39-8 win.

ON THIS DAY in 1972 former Leeds player Darren Fleary was born. Fleary originally signed for Leeds as part of a seven player deal from cash strapped Keighley Cougars that predominantly saw Daryl Powell team up with Gary Hetherington again at his new club in 1997.

Fleary made his debut in the final ever Premiership campaign at the end of the 1997 season. An impressive outing on Boxing Day caught the eye of new coach Graham Murray when he watched the game back on tape and he was given his chance to show what he could do in Super League, he never looked back. He was a Challenge Cup winner in 1999 and made 127 appearances for the club until joining hometown club Huddersfield Giants in 2003.