On this Day – 22nd July

On the 22nd July in years gone by, current Leeds’ favourite Barrie McDermott was born, as was former Rhino Nick Fozzard and Leeds faced Bradford Bulls at Valley Parade.

ON THIS DAY in 1972 Barrie McDermott was born in Oldham. Barrie has been with the Rhinos since 1995, making his debut against Bradford Bulls that same year. Barrie first collected honours with the Rhinos in 1999 when he scored a try that helped the team to their Challenge Cup success and in 2004 he became only the 22nd player in the 109 year history of the club to have played in and won both a Challenge Cup winners medal and Championship Final winner’s medal, and in 2005 he added a World Club Championship winner’s medal to his credits. McDermott is currently in his testimonial year with the Rhinos, having played at Headingley for the past ten seasons, but he has recently announced that he will be retiring at the end of the 2005 after a professional playing career of 15 years, which has seen him collect 15 Great Britain caps, win a Championship Winning medal with Wigan and representative honours with Ireland, Lancashire.

ON THIS DAY in 1977 Nick Fozzard was born. Nick joined the Rhinos for the 1993-94 season from Shaw Cross ARLFC. His first team appearances that debut year were limited to just one as substitute against St Helens, but over the next four seasons he was able to establish himself as regular first team player. In total for Leeds he played 46 games and scored five tries. When he left the Rhinos in 1997 he joined Huddersfield before spells with Warrington and St Helens

ON THIS DAY in 2001 Leeds Rhinos travelled to Valley Parade to play local rivals Bradford Bulls. Leeds had lost their previous game against Bradford at Headingley earlier in the season and came into this match having lost a week earlier to St Helens. Despite Barrie McDermott scoring a try on his birthday he was unable to celebrate a Rhinos win, with the side losing 44-22. It was Barrie’s sixth try of the season, the other try scorers that day were Robbie Mears who also notched up his sixth of the season and Keith Senior – claiming his eleventh.