Enjoy some Rugby League New Year’s Day action

Craig Innes

Whilst we have kept up the traditional fixture on Boxing Day during the summer era, older fans will also remember that New Year’s Day was also another great day to get down to Headingley to see some Rugby League action.

To bring back some of those memories and give you something to relax with after the New Years Eve partying, we have selected five full games from 1st January in years gone by for you to watch back in full on our official You Tube Channel.

Remember if you have a smart TV, just search for the YouTube channel on your TV and you can find the Leeds Rhinos channel on there to watch these games in full on your television too.

St Helens v Leeds 1st January 1996

In the final league fixture on New Years Day, Leeds travelled to Knowsley Road to face a Saints side that would go on to dominate the first season of Super League later that year. The sides produced a thoroughly entertaining clash to kick start the new year, unfortunately for the visitors both teams would have contrasting fortunes for the rest of the calendar year.

Leeds v Hull FC 1st January 1990

Leeds kicked off the 1990s with a home game against Hull FC at Headingley on New Years Day in Mark Laurie’s last game before heading home to Australia. Cavill Heugh made his debut for the home side after signing from Barrow to replace Craig Izzard.

Leeds v Salford 1st January 1993

Leeds took on Salford at Headingley on New Years Day 1993 with the visitors not having played for five weeks in the build up and having five former Leeds players in their ranks.

Leeds v Oldham 1st January 1989

Leeds welcomed Oldham to Headingley on New Years Day 1989 with Phil Ford leading the way for the home side on his debut.

Leeds v Oldham 1st January 1991

On New Years Day 1991, Leeds welcomed Oldham to Headingley as they looked to make it a festive double having defeated Bradford Northern on Boxing Day.