On this Day – 29th December

On the 29th December in 1951 Leeds ended the year with defeat to their local rivals Hunslet andin 1956 they were in action against Keighley.

ON THIS DAY in 1951 Leeds ended the year with defeat to their local rivals Hunslet. The Loiners had already lost eight games so far in the season, but in the game prior to this they had ended their losing run with victory over Wakefield.

This was the second time the teams had played each other that season, in the first meeting Gordon Brown had scored a hat trick to help seal the 20-13 win and in this game he once again touched down for a try, but it was to be the only try of the game for Leeds and despite Dennis Murphy adding two goals it was not enough and Hunslet finished the 16-7 winners . On this day in 1956 the Loiners were in action against Keighley in the league.

It was the second time that the team shad faced each other so far that season. In the first encounter Leeds had been the 26-19 winners and this had kicked off a five match winning run.

Throughout the season Lewis Jones had been in outstanding form, scoring points in every single game and in this match he scored another three goals, whilst John Lendill, Jeff Stevenson, Del Hodgkinson, Don Gullick all scored a try apiece to confirm the 18-13 victory.