On this Day – 12th December

On the 12th December in 1982 and 1987 Leeds have been in action in the John Player competition and former Leeds player Jamie Field was born

ON THIS DAY in 1976 ex Leeds player Jamie Field was born in Bradford. He joined Leeds in 1993 from Dewsbury Moor and made his debut in 1995. He made 18 appearances for Leeds before joining Huddersfield on loan. He spent the majority of his career at Wakefield before finishing his career at Featherstone.

ON THIS DAY in 1982 Leeds played in the second round of the John Player competition. Just a week earlier Leeds had beaten Bramley at Headingley in the first round and on this day they were back at their home ground to face Yorkshire rivals York. Andrew Smith was the star of the game, scoring a hat trick of tries and Alan Smith, Les Dyl, Ian Wilkinson and Keith Rayne all scored one apiece. Kevin Dick added five goals to see the game end 31-10 which guaranteed the Loiners place in the next round to face Barrow.

ON THIS DAY in 1987 Leeds were once again in action in the John Player competition, this time though they had progressed to the semi-final, having beaten Whitehaven, Halifax and Springfield in the earlier rounds. On this occasion the teams were on neutral ground at Bolton and Leeds were once again victorious, beating Wigan. Paul Medley, Garry Schofield and Colin Maskill all scored tries each, with Maskill converting all 3 tries and along with a drop goal from Ray Ashton the Loiners were 19-6 winners, booking a place in the final to face St Helens.