On this Day – 15th March

ON THIS DAY in 1910 Leeds legend Stan Brogden was born. Leeds created a stir in the rugby league world when they signed centre Stan Brogden from Huddersfield for a then world record fee of £1200 in March 1934. He made his debut against Wakefield and started his career with Leeds in spectacular form, first with a try in his first game then a hat trick in the following game against Oldham. His arrival coincided with one of the golden eras for the club, culminating in a first ever Wembley triumph in 1936. In all he collected seven winners medals in five glorious seasons, thrilling the Headingley crowds with his electrifying bursts and sensational swerves from either centre, wing or stand off. Stan played 145 games for Leeds and scored 61 tries and 1 goal. Stan began his playing career at Bradford Northern, whom he joined in 1927, however he spent a short time here, moving onto Huddersfield in 1929. After just a year with Huddersfield Stan was part of the side who won the Championship and in 1933 won a Challenge Cup winners medal. On leaving Leeds Stan played for Hull, Rochdale and Salford. He was called up to play for Yorkshire and England at just 19 and he gained his first cap for Great Britain whilst still playing for Huddersfield in 1930 against Australia. He then toured twice with the side in 1932 and 36 and won a total of 16 caps for his country and scored 3 tries. Two of these tries coming in crucial moments, the first in the third Test in 1932 against Australia when the try helped the British side to win the Ashes and then in 1936, having played in all 5 test games he scored a try that again helped the British side to victory over Australia. He holds an impressive record whilst playing in the Great Britain shirt, with 13 wins and just two defeats.

ON THIS DAY in 2013 Leeds Rhinos bounced back from defeat to Huddersfield Giants to secure an 18-14 win against Wigan Warriors thanks to tries from Ryan Hall, Joel Moon and Jamie Jones-Buchanan at Headingley Carnegie.

The main talking point before the game was the absence of Wigan’s superstar Sam Tomkins who suffered a dead leg in the team’s final training session and then failed a fitness test before kick off. Leeds Head Coach Brian McDermott also made changes with Ryan Bailey returning after four weeks out following knee surgery to start at loose forward with Chris Clarkson missing out and Mitch Achurch replaced Paul McShane on the bench. 

Matt Parcell

A last minute try from Will Lovell saw London Broncos secure a historic win at Emerald Headingley after the Rhinos has led 18-6 with less than five minutes to play.

Leeds Rhinos returned to Emerald Headingley low on confidence after two tough defeats at the hands of Wakefield and Hull FC and desperate to hand London Broncos their biggest scalp on their return to the top flight.