On this Day – 15th December

On 15th December in years gone by Leeds were picking up the BBC Floodlit trophy with a win over St Helens thanks to a try from Syd Hynes.

ON THIS DAY in 1970 Leeds won the BBC Floodlit Trophy, which meant that over four years the Leeds side had won every available trophy in domestic rugby league, including the League Leaders, Yorkshire Cup, the Championship and the Challenge Cup.

The Floodlit competition had been running for five years prior to this final and Leeds had never made it to the semi final stage before, but this year they beat Barrow and Widnes in the opening rounds and then Hull KR in the semi to set up a final at Headingley against St Helens. Leeds seemed unstoppable in the league, winning their last ten games and they had also had success in the Yorkshire Cup final the month before against Featherstone.

This game was a rematch of the Championship final of the last year when Saints were then the victors, but on this occasion Leeds had an advantage over St Helens who were playing their third game in four days and were without their first choice props. Despite this though it was the visitors who took the lead at Headingley after just ten minutes through Les Jones. Syd Hynes then scored a penalty but Leeds found it difficult to break the Saints defence.

After a period of pressure however, Leeds eventually scored when Ramsey set up Hynes for the try which John Holmes converted. In the second half John Holmes extended Leeds’ lead through a penalty and despite Wakefield scoring a penalty from Coslett, the homeside held on to claim a 9-5 win.