Leeds Rugby League Hall of Fame

The induction of Rob Burrow as the final member of the Class of 2020 to the Leeds Rugby League Hall of Fame, it now takes the total number of players in the Leeds pantheon to sixteen, with four players inducted each year since 2017.

Here we review the players so far included:

1 JOHN HOLMES– The greatest appearance maker for the club, World Cup winner, master in 19 finals and architect of victory in the majority of them, will have a statue erected to him by the South Stand

2 KEITH McLELLAN – A magnificent captain on the 1957 cup run who barely missed a tackle in his career, a try scorer as Leeds beat the Australian tourists in ‘56, the only such post-War success

3 DAVID WARD – Inspirational skipper and dynamic hooker who spent over 20 years at the club as player and coach, appeared in 14 finals, and the inaugural ‘Man of Steel’ in 1977

4 LEWIS JONES – One of the most sensational signings in the sport’s history, the second highest points scorer and goal kicker in the history of the club, his official seasonal total of 496 in 1956-7 is still the greatest haul ever seen. 

5 JOE THOMPSON – The first forward to be selected on three Lions tours, a prodigious goal kicker and the first Leeds player to hold two challenge cup winner’s medals

6 BEV RISMAN – Part of one of the sport’s great sports greatest dynasties. His experience at the back transformed Roy Francis’s great side of the late 1960s, award an OBE for his services to the sport

7 JEFF STEVENSON – The first Leeds player to win the Lance Todd trophy at Wembey in 1957, the last skipper to lead Great Britain to a rugby league series victory over Australia on home soil. 

8 GARRY SCHOFIELD – A world record buy in 1987 bringing the proud local boy home, try poacher supreme, made a record four tours and won the Golden Boot as the world’s best and an OBE

9 ERIC HARRIS – the greatest finisher in Leeds’ history, the ‘Toowoomba Ghost’ of imperceptible acceleration sensationally scored 392 tries in 383 appearances during the glorious 1930s

10 SYD HYNES – The 1,000th player to pull on a Leeds shirt, an Ashes winner and the club’s first player/coach, he was never on the losing side in seven finals when in charge

11 JOHN ATKINSON – One of the classiest wingers of his generation, scored magnificent tries on the biggest occasions and stages for both club and country

12 BARRIE McDERMOTT – A South Stand cult hero renowned for his uncompromising defence, rallying charges and nurturing of the ‘golden generation’

13 ARTHUR CLUES – A Kangaroo when he arrived at Leeds in 1947, Clues was a fan favourite at Headingley as he captured the mood of the people in the post-War austerity times.

14 FRED WEBSTER – A 1910 tourist with the Northern Union, prop Webster once scored eight tries for Leeds in one game and was a key part of the 1910 Challenge Cup winning side.

15 LES DYL – A lightning fast centre, Dyl’s partnership with fellow Hall of Fame member John Atkinson became a thing of folklore legend. A Challenge Cup winner in 1977 and 1978.

16 ROB BURROW – An eight time Grand Final winner, Burrow was a one club man, retiring following his record breaking Final win at Old Trafford in 2017. He won the Harry Sunderland Award in the 2007 and 2011 season finales, scoring the greatest ever Grand Final try in the latter.