Never write off Leeds! Approaching the end of a fruitless campaign, with pride in pawn and honour in hock the men in blue and amber redeemed themselves in a glorious grandstand finish for the third year in succession, with a prestigious triumph in the Premiership Final. The reprieve was merited,..Read More



David Ward at Wembley 1977-1978

Escapologists in blue and amber! Knocked out in the early rounds of all the Cup competitions but one, and trailing in the League, Leeds extricated themselves from the shackles of mediocrity, with a brilliant double-escape act which even the great Houdini could hardly have bettered: merely to reach Wembley for..Read More



1976-1977 Team celebration

The Willows and Wembley! Poles apart in a bitter-sweet world of tears and laughter! Unutterable grief, as we learned of Chris Sanderson’s death; unspeakable pride, as the Challenge Cup was raised yet again in triumph. The previous season had bequeathed a thankless legacy: Atkinson, unlikely to be fit before November; Hepworth’s..Read More



One by one, the peaks of glory which had dominated the Headingley horizon for almost a decade, were obscured by the mists of failure, as Leeds ended a comparatively disappointing season with merely the Yorkshire Cup. Merely, indeed Leeds had never laid hands on that trophy between 1937 and 1958,..Read More



No Yorkshire Cup! No John Player Trophy! No Floodlit Trophy! No Wembley! The inexorable wheel of fate had, it seemed, turned full circle; yet no sooner had we resigned ourselves to living off a rich storehouse of memories, than all our blighted hopes miraculously blossomed as the May into a..Read More



It was back to two Divisions, and a fixture programme which had neither rhyme nor reason: the first half of the season, cluttered with knock-out competitions, reduced spectator to confusion and bewilderment; the second half, hopelessly congested with league fixture, taxed playing resources to unbearable limits. In the circumstances, it..Read More



Alan Hardisty wins the John Player Cup

Yorkshire Cup Winners, John Player Trophy Winners, and Championship runners-up! The honours gained were considerable, the entertainment provided not quite as attractive as in previous seasons. At times, Leeds seemed all too prone to forsake that secret com­bination of flair, imagination and teamwork, which had previously flicked open the strong-door..Read More



1971-1972 team

The season opened under a cloud, with Leeds withdrawing from the Yorkshire Cup Competition, in protest against the 1st Round ties being played in late July; it ended in a blaze of glory, with the League Championship Cup, the League Leaders’ Trophy, and very nearly the Challenge Cup, too, on..Read More



1970-1971 team

This was a bitter-sweet season of pomp and cruel circumstance; two cup triumphs; many glorious displays; a sad day at Wembley; and, over all, the shadow cast by the grievous injury sustained by Mick Shoebottom. Leeds opened the campaign with convincing wins over Featherstone Rovers and Widnes, in readiness for..Read More