On this Day – 14th December

On this day in 1918 former Leeds player Jim Bacon made his debut in a 23-4 win over Bradford Northern and in 1977 Leeds great Jamie Peacock was born.

ON THIS DAY in 1918 former Leeds player Jim Bacon made his debut in a 23-4 win over Bradford Northern. Jim Bacon was one of the most popular men ever to captain Leeds. Signed from Cross Keys in late 1918, having appeared as a trialist some weeks before, he was hailed in later years as ‘one of the best pieces of business ever done in Wales by Leeds officials’.

A wonderful ten year career at Headingley saw him score 403 points, including 121 tries, in 276 appearances. He became one of the famous ‘Busy B’s’ in the Loiners backline alongside, Buck, Bowen, Brittain and Binks. His finest moment was as skipper of the Leeds side that beat Hull in the 1923 Challenge Cup Final at Belle Vue by a record score.

At the end of the 1919-20 season Jim was selected for the tour to Australasia and he appeared in all six Tests. He scored four tries on the tour, one in each of the games against New Zealand and one in the win over Australia in Sydney. In 1924 he once again took his place in the Great Britain side for the 1924 tour. Jim played 11 times for Great Britain, finishing his international career in 1927 with a win over New Zealand, in which he scored 2 tries.

ON THIS DAY in 1977 Jamie Peacock MBE was born in Leeds. Peacock joined the Rhinos in 2006, after winning the Grand Final against Leeds in 2005. He went on to win a further six Grand Finals with Leeds – bringing his total to nine, two Challenge Cups and two World Club Challenges. He made 288 appearances for Leeds, scored 108 points and is regarded as one of the best players ever to wear blue and amber.