On this Day – 12th January

On the 12th January in 1956 Leeds recorded their consecutive league win, when they took on Warrington and in 1985 they continued their winnings start to the year with victory over Featherstone.

ON THIS DAY in 1956 Leeds recorded their eighth consecutive win in the league, when they took on Warrington. This was second meeting between the sides so far that season and in that first game Leeds had managed a 32-9 win. In this game 17 year old Del Hodgkinson winger, who had broke into the senior squad after making his debut at the end of the previous season, was in outstanding form, scoring four tries to add to the ten he had already scored so far that season. Lewis Jones was also fundamental to the win with a hat trick of tries himself. Bernard Prior, Don Robinson and Jeff Stevenson all scored one try a piece and J Dunn helped give the Loiners their biggest win of the season with six goals. The final score ended 42-7.

ON THIS DAY in 1985 the Loiners continued their winning start to the year with victory over Featherstone Rovers in the league. In recent weeks Leeds had bounced back from a terrible run of eight games without a win to claim three consecutive victories. This game though was a closely fought encounter, with Paul Gill’s second conversion of the game providing the only difference between the sides. The final score ended 20-18, with try scorers for Leeds were Cliff Lyons, Neil Hague, Tony Currie and Kevin Rayne.