On this Day – 2nd September

ON THIS DAY in 1925 Leeds legend Jim Brough made his debut for the club against York.

Born at Silloth on 5th November 1903, and not quite twenty when he was recruited from the local R.U. Club to represent Cumberland, Jim held his place on merit throughout the nine-match championship programme, growing in confidence all the while and making himself the toast of the county with a match-winning drop-goal from all of fifty yards in a nerve-racking Semi-Final against Leicestershire.

Speaking about his recruitment in ‘The Headingley Story’ Ken Dalby said: “For we can now look back, in true perspective, know full well that those who obtained the services of Jim Brough and Evan Williams had done a great stroke of business for the Leeds Club and the R.L. game in general, and that these two along with some already at Headingley, and others to follow, were to carry the jersey to great triumphs.’

Brough scored 266 points in 442 games and won the Championship in 1931 and was also part of the Challenge Cup winning teams in 1932 and 1936.

ON THIS DAY in 1933 Ken Jubb made his debut against Barrow. Leeds lost the game 9-7, but it was the start of a phenomenal career for the second rower, who career in blue and amber spanned 14 seasons.

He was a 1936 Challenge Cup winner plus a three-time Yorkshire Cup and Yorkshire League winner. He scored 264 points in 322 and represented Great Britain.

ON THIS DAY in 1985 Keith Galloway was born in Sydney. Galloway joined Leeds in 2016. He made his debut against Warrington and went onto play 28 times and was named runner up in the club’s Player of the Season awards.

Galloway began his career with Cronulla Sharks before joining Wests Tigers, where he made over 170 appearances. He represented New South Wales on one occasion and was capped by Australia on five occasions.

Injury brought an end to his Rhinos career in 2018 after 43 appearances in blue and amber.

ON THIS DAY in 2005 Leeds lost 24-22 to Wigan in Super League. After losing out to Hull FC in the Cup a week earlier, the Rhinos suffered another last gasp defeat adding to the heartbreak of the Cup Final.

The home side who struck first through Dennis Moran after good work by Newton and Moran.  However, no sooner had the Rhinos fell behind than they were back in the game with a wonder try from Lee Smith.

ON THIS DAY in 2007 the Rhinos came back from 8-0 down at half time but had to settle for a draw after a late try from the Bulls James Evans to snatch a 16-16 all draw.

A try from Matt Diskin and two from Scott Donald had put the Rhinos in front, but they were to be denied the win by the their big local rivals.