On this Day – 18th January
ON THIS DAY in 1947 Leeds great Bert Cook made his Leeds debut against York. Cook, who had previously played at Headingley in 1946 as a member of the New Zealand Army RU team proved to be a valuable and popular acquisition.
Always a colourful and truly sporting personality he gave excellent service to Leeds for seven seasons. His accurate goal-kicking established a then club record of 150 goals in 1950-51.
ON THIS DAY in 1968 former Leeds player Tony Kemp was born in New Zealand. He began his career in his home country with Waitara and then moved to Randwick before joining English club Doncaster in 1986.
He moved to Australia to start his professional career with Newcastle Knights before returning to the UK to join Castleford, where he won the Regal Trophy against Wigan. After a brief spell with South Queensland Crushers he joined Leeds in 1995.
He played 47 times for Leeds and scored 10 tries and during his time with the club coached the Alliance side. After leaving Leeds he went on to play for Wakefield, where he was also coach and then coached New Zealand Warriors.
ON THIS DAY former Leeds players Anthony and David Gibbons were born. The twins joined Leeds from their local club East Leeds and soon emerged from the Academy to earn their places in the first team.
Anthony made his debut in the 1994-95 season and went onto make 24 appearances for the club. David made his debut in the 1995-96 season and played 19 times for the club.
The pair continued their playing careers at Oldham, Batley and Hunslet and in 2018 they returned to Leeds as assistant coaches with the Leeds Rhinos Women’s team where they helped the team achieve Challenge Cup success in their first year followed by Challenge Cup and Grand Final victories in their second year.