On this Day – 12th January

Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com - 12/01/2020 - Rugby League - Super League - Jamie Jones-Buchanan Testimonial - Leeds Rhinos v Bradford Bulls - Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds, England - Leeds Rhinos legends Brett Delaney, Ryan Bailey, Jamie Peacock, Rob Burrow, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Kevin Sinfield, Keith Senior, Kylie Leuluai & Danny McGuire.

On the 12th January in 1956 Leeds recorded their consecutive league win, when they took on Warrington and in 1985 they continued their winnings start to the year with victory over Featherstone. In 2020 Headingley hosted one of the most memorable events in the club’s history when a sell out crowd paid tribute to two club legends.

ON THIS DAY in 1956 Leeds recorded their eighth consecutive win in the league, when they took on Warrington. This was second meeting between the sides so far that season and in that first game Leeds had managed a 32-9 win. In this game 17 year old Del Hodgkinson winger, who had broke into the senior squad after making his debut at the end of the previous season, was in outstanding form, scoring four tries to add to the ten he had already scored so far that season. Lewis Jones was also fundamental to the win with a hat trick of tries himself. Bernard Prior, Don Robinson and Jeff Stevenson all scored one try a piece and J Dunn helped give the Loiners their biggest win of the season with six goals. The final score ended 42-7.

ON THIS DAY in 1985 the Loiners continued their winning start to the year with victory over Featherstone Rovers in the league. In recent weeks Leeds had bounced back from a terrible run of eight games without a win to claim three consecutive victories. This game though was a closely fought encounter, with Paul Gill’s second conversion of the game providing the only difference between the sides. The final score ended 20-18, with try scorers for Leeds were Cliff Lyons, Neil Hague, Tony Currie and Kevin Rayne.

ON THIS DAY in 2020 Leeds legends Kevin Sinfield, Jamie Peacock, Keith Senior, Danny McGuire, Ryan Bailey, Kylie Leuluai and Brett Delaney played in one last game together support of their former team mates Rob Burrow and Jamie Jones-Buchanan.

In the pre season friendly game against Bradford Bulls, which was to mark Jamie Jones-Buchanan’s testimonial, the former team mates joined the current squad to play for one final time in front of a sell out Emerald Headingley crowd. The hero of the day, Rob Burrow, who had been diagnosed with MND only a month earlier also pulled on the blue and amber shirt once again, to the delight of the thousands of fans who had attended to pay tribute to the Rhinos legend.

The game ended in a 34-10 win for the Rhinos, but it was the love and comradeship from this unique band of brothers for their team mate and his family that will be remembered from this special day.

Take a look back at some of the behind scenes footage from that unforgettable day.

Donate to The Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease

A state-of-of-the-art purpose-built care centre of excellence for those living in and around the Leeds area is the latest fundraising appeal from Leeds Hospitals Charity as they announce a plan to raise £5 million to build The Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease, spearheaded by the Leeds Rhinos player Rob Burrow and his family.  

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