On this Day – 5th January

ON THIS DAY in 1970 former Leeds player Mike Forshaw was born. The Wiganer began his playing career with his home town club in 1987, where he won the World Club Challenge, before going onto play and captain Wakefield before joining Leeds in 1995. He played 41 times for the club and scored ten tries.

He left Leeds ahead of the 1997 to play for rivals Bradford Bulls and that year was named in the Super League Dream team and was selected to play for Great Britain. At the Bulls he won two Grand Finals and a second World Club Challenge.

He played his final Super League season in 2004 with Warrington Wolves, before joining their coaching team. After a spell coaching at Wigan he switched codes to coach at Connacht in the Celtic League and the Premiership side Sale Sharks as a defense coach.

ON THIS DAY in 1970 former Leeds player Phil Fox was born. He made his career debut with Widnes, where he played four times before joining Leigh, where he spent seven season. He made his debut for Leeds in the 1986-87 season and made 18 appearances. He returned to Leigh after his short spell with Leeds and then went onto play for Wakefield and Rochdale.