Other facts

From the Notebook of James Goldthorpe

  • Leeds Cricket, Football & Athletic Club Grounds at Headingley were opened on May 27th 1890 with a game between Leeds and Scarborough (Cricket).
  • J H Potter kicked 12 goals for Leeds against Wakefield St. Austins in 1892.
  • Tries first counted 3 points in season 1893-94.
  • August 29th 1895, Northern Rugby Football Union founded. The 22 founder members were Bradford, Brighouse Rangers, Batley, Broughton Rangers, Halifax, Hunslet, Hull, Huddersfield, Liversedge, Leeds, Leigh, Manningham, Oldham, Rochdale Hornets, Runcorn, St Helens, Stockport, Tyldesley, Wakefield Trinity, Warrington, Wigan & Widnes.
  • 1897, Line Out Abolished and Punt from touch introduced.
  • Leeds Parish Church played their last match on April 24th 1901.
  • 1902, Punt from touch replaced by 10 yard scrum.
  • The lowest gate at Headingley was 712 for the visit of Wakefield Trinity in April 1903.
  • Holbeck played their last match against Barrow on April 30th 1904.
  • Thirteen instead of fifteen players aside introduced in 1906.
  • First Test Match between England and Australia, at Park Royal, London.
  • The Lazenby Cup was first contested in 1912 after Mr Lazenby a member of the Leeds Committee had presented a silver cup for an annual competition with the aim of establishing a fund to provide playing fields for teams in the Leeds junior league.
  • Fred Webster scored 8 tries for Leeds against Coventry in 1913.
  • 1921 Title changed to The Rugby Football League.
  • First Wembley Cup Final 1929.