On this Day – 27th January
ON THIS DAY in 1906 club legend Frank Young made his debut in 1906. The Welsh player joined the club in 1905-06 season and speaking in his book ‘The Headingley Story’ about his signing Ken Dalby said:
“Frank ‘Bucket’ Young certainly has a place all his own in the hearts of the old Leeds followers. He came to Leeds Simply because of the stupidity of the Welsh R.U. who suspended him sine die because he migrated to Tredegar following a disagreement with the Cardiff Club. The Leeds management acted promptly as soon as they heard from an agent that Young was willing to It turn “. A telegram was despatched asking him to come to Headingley immediately. He was interviewed on Thursday, January 27th, and Signed the following day for a fee of £70, with match terms of £2 for a win
and 30/- for a draw or a loss.
One day later Young made his debut against Bradford Northern and
settled in the game as quickly as any man who ever came North. Indeed his first kick at Headingley so turned defence into attack as to enable Mosley to pave the way for a Leeds try.”
Young made 159 appearances for the club and scored 122 goals.
ON THIS DAY in 1978 former Leeds player Bradley Clyde was born.
Clyde was regarded as one of the best players of his generation and when he joined the Rhinos, je had already won most honours in the game.
He showed his talent from a young age and at 19 he won the 1989 Grand Final with Canberra Raiders, and in that game had collected the Clive Churchill Medal as man of the match. He won the medal again in 1991, despite being on the losing side and then won the Premiership again in 1994.
He made just 15 appearances at Leeds, with injuries limiting his game time and he was released the following season his career curtailed by Achilles tendon injury.
ON THIS DAY in 1982 Grand Final winner Matt Diskin was born. Diskin signed as junior from Dewsbury Moor and he became a key player in the team known as the Golden Generation.
Memorably he was a try scorer and Harry Sunderland award winner in the 2004 Grand Final and went on to win a further three Grand Final winners rings and two World Club Championships.
He made his debut in 2001 and went on to make 264 appearances, score 176 points and has ther heritage number 1322.
ON THIS DAY in 1985 Leeds defeated Bridgend 68-6 at Headingley in the Premliminary Round of the Challenge Cup. The score was a then record points haul in the competition.
Leeds had debutant Colin Maskill on the bench, the Great Britain Under-24 international had been signed for a world record £40,000 fee for a hooker from Wakefield just before the Cup deadline.
The wintery conditions in Leeds saw snow fall througout and Trevor Paterson opened the scoring for Leeds with one of his two tries and then Eric Grothe scored a hat trick. David Creasser created a then club points record in the Cup with two tries and eight goals and Paul Medley got a brace of tries.
Les Dyl returned to Leeds after a 22-month break running a bar in Spain and scored a try to mark the occasion. Kevin Dick also came back from a fuve week lay off with injury to score.
Former Widnes forward Bob Blackwood got the only points for the visitors and Dave Alred converted.