On this Day – 11 January

January 11 2006. ©VARLEY PICTURE AGENCY The unveiling of new developments at Headingley Stadium, Leeds. Pictured, Professor Simon Lee from Leeds Met, Robin Smith, chairman of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Colin Graves, chief exec of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Paul Caddick, chairman of Leeds CF&A, Leeds Met chancellor Brendan Foster and Gary Heatherington, chief exec of Leeds CF&A

On the 11th January in years gone by club legend Stan Smith made his debut and Leeds have played Warrington and Featherstone and in 2006 plans were revealed for a historic redevelopment of the newly named Headingley Carnegie Stadium.

ON THIS DAY club legend Stan Smith made his debut against Castleford in 1930.  Signed by Wakefield Trinity as a professional in 1927, Stan Smith rose to stardom almost overnight, the young left-winger celebrating his 18th birthday a day late, with a place in the Tour Trial at Rochdale, and that in his very first season.

He missed only one of the Loiners’ five Yorkshire Cup Final triumphs in the Thirties (v Huddersfield in 1930), and made vital contributions in three of them, completing a scorching hat-trick at Parkside in 1934, to end the marathon against Trinity; scoring the only try at Thrum Hall in ’35, to put paid to York, and a couple more against Huddersfield at Belle Vue in ’37. Yorkshire, England, Great Britain, Wakefield Trinity and Leeds. Lucky Leeds, with Stan Smith on the left and Eric Harris on the right. 

ON THIS DAY in 1957 Leeds won their eighth game in a row when they convincingly saw off Warrington in the league. Del Hodgkinson was the star man of the game, scoring four tries in the game and Lewis Jones was also in impressive form, scoring a hat trick.

Prior, Robinson and Stevenson all scored the rest and Jimmy Dunn kicked six goals to give the Loiners a 42-7 win.

ON THIS DAY in 1986 Leeds took on Featherstone in the league for the first time that season. Coming into the game the Loiners had won their last three matches against Castleford, Dewsbury and Oldham and in this game they managed another close win.

Cliff Lyons, Neil Hague, Tony Currie and Kevin Rayne all scored tries and Paul Gill kicked two crucial goals to give the side a 20-18 win over their local rivals.

ON THIS DAY in 2006 plans were revealed for a historic redevelopment of the newly named Headingley Carnegie Stadium which would encompass both the rugby and cricket stadia. The new name of Headingley Carnegie Stadium came into effect on this day after a significant financial investment by Leeds Metropolitan University. The plans came to fruition following the successful purchase of the freehold of the cricket stadium and business by Yorkshire CCC from the owners since 1890, Leeds CF&A Co Ltd.

The plans included the announcement of a new North/South Stand to replace the existing structure which was built after fire destroyed the original stand in March 1932 and a new Pavilion and Media Centre for cricket at the stadium. The purchase of Headingley by Yorkshire CCC concluded a long period of negotiations between both parties, with the partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University being a key factor.

Joining in the celebrations on the day were Paul Caddick, Chairman of Leeds CF&A and owner of both rugby codes at Headingley, Professor Simon Lee, Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Metropolitan University, Robin Smith, Chairman of The Yorkshire County Cricket Club said, Chancellor Brendan Foster MBE, Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield, Tykes captain Stuart Hooper and England captain Michael Vaughan OBE For the first time in their 142-year history, Yorkshire CCC now owned their own ground.