Leeds Rhinos R. L. F. C. is a professional rugby league club based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. They play their matches at Headingley Rugby Stadium. The club was simply as Leeds until the end of the 1996 season. They are also known as the Loiners, referring to the demonym for a native of Leeds. In 1895, Leeds was one of rugby clubs which broke away from the Rugby Football Union. Leeds joined the Super League in 1996 and became Leeds Rhinos in 1997, the club is owned by the same company that owns Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union team, who also play their home matches at Headingley. Leeds have won thirteen Challenge Cups, ten League championships and three World Club Challenge titles, jenkinson placed an advert in the Leeds Mercury inviting players to meet up at Woodhouse Moor a few days a week from 7 am to 8 am. That advert attracted more than 500 members, from this interest several clubs were formed, including Leeds St Johns. Leeds St Johns was formed in 1870 and was known as the Old Blue. The club played at the Militia Barracks from 1870 to 1888 before moving to Cardigan Fields, near Headingley, membership was originally confined to the church classes but was soon expanded. By 1887 St Johns had reached its first cup final, the Yorkshire Cup losing to Wakefield Trinity, the city of Leeds had an abundance of rugby football clubs and although members of the Yorkshire RFU, it was decided to form a ‘more local’ association. It was for this reason that the Leeds & District organisation was formalised when a meeting place at the Green Dragon Hotel. The foundation clubs were Bramley, Holbeck, Hunslet, Kirkstall, Leeds Parish Church, Leeds St John’s, in 1888 the Cardigan Estate was sold at auction and Lot 17a was purchased by a group of Leeds citizens, who intended to form the citys leading sports club. Lot 17a became what is now Headingley Stadium, Leeds St Johns played its final season under that name in 1889–90, before becoming the football section of Leeds Cricket, Football and Athletic Co Ltd the following season. With Headingley still being completed, Leeds first game was staged at Cardigan Fields, the first game at Headingley was played on 20 September 1890, when Manningham were beaten by one try and one dropped goal to nil. In 189227,654 spectators, a record in British rugby. A special general meeting was held in 1895 which voted decisively to support the breakaway Northern Union as a founder member, Leeds début in the Northern Union was a 6–3 success at Leigh on 7 September 1895, the inaugural day of the new competition. In 1901, the Leeds Parish Church team disbanded and put all of its players at Leeds disposal and that same year saw the formation of the Northern Rugby League, with a number of leading clubs leaving the Yorkshire League and the Lancashire League and joining the new competition
Huddersfield Giants R. L. F. C. are an English professional rugby league club from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, the birthplace of rugby league, who play in the Super League competition. They have won 7 Championships and 6 Challenge Cups, but have not won a trophy since 1962. The club was known as Huddersfield Barracudas from 1984–88 and Huddersfield-Sheffield Giants for the 2000 season and they play in a distinctive strip of a claret shirt with thin gold hoops, claret shorts and claret and gold hooped socks. They have rivalries with Warrington Wolves, Leeds Rhinos, Bradford Bulls, Halifax and Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. The earliest record of a match being played in the Huddersfield area is in 1848. Hepworth won a close game which exhibited the usual amount of confusions, bloody noses, etc. There appears to have no formal structure to sport in the Huddersfield area until the opening of the Apollo Gymnasium on 3 August 1850. In 1864 the Apollo Gymnasium was turned into the Gymnasium Theatre, the athletes of the gymnasium responded by forming a more organised athletics association. In an advertisement headed Huddersfield Athletic Club they invited gentlemen desirous of becoming members to a meeting at 8 oclock on the evening of 16 November 1864 at the Queen Hotel. The meeting went ahead, a hundred names were registered and a committee was formed, within a month a new gymnasium was in service in a basement on Back John William Street. On 27 January 1866 twenty members of the Huddersfield Athletic Club agreed to play a match against twenty of the Huddersfield Rifle Corps at Rifle Field in Trinity Street. Although the result was a draw, a large crowd was attracted. In light of this, the Huddersfield Athletic Club agreed to start a football section which was to start at the beginning of December 1866. Initially the Huddersfield Athletic Club made no contribution to the support of the football club, as the football club grew, it became a useful recruiting tool for the Huddersfield Athletic Club. In 1869 six matches were played and by 1870 three of the players had been selected to represent Yorkshire. By 1872 there were so many players that a team was formed. The growth in popularity of the club and the need for better facilities led to the Huddersfield Athletic Club approaching St Johns Cricket Club with a proposal to merge the two clubs, St Johns Cricket Club had been formed in 1866 at Hillhouse and had moved to Fartown ground. By 1875, when talks began, over £800 had been spent on developing the new ground
Acton and Willesden R.L.F.C.
Acton and Willesden RLFC was a professional rugby league team based at Acton Park Royal in London. Along with Streatham and Mitcham R. L. F. C, the club was an early attempt to establish rugby league in London during the 1930s. Although the club drew good crowds the operating costs proved too much of a burden so the moved to Liverpool. Both Acton and Willesden RLFC and Streatham and Mitcham RLFC were started by local businessman Sydney Parkes, the idea of two teams was to generate plenty of interest in the game, and also to attempt to establish greyhound racing at both clubs newly built grounds. Both teams were accepted into the Rugby Football League in March 1935, a number of supporters and rejected trialists formed a number of amateur teams in London. There was no competition in London at that time but leading teams were Acton Hornets, Park Royal Rangers, Hendon, Dagenham. Unfortunately for Acton and Willesden, high player payments proved to be their downfall, although they drew good crowds and were reasonably successful, the income was not sufficient to sustain the salaries for the reserve standard players they had recruited. Acton and Willesden struggled on but the club folded at the conclusion of the 1935-36 season. Streatham and Mitcham survived a season longer, however, as they were operated the same as Acton and Willesden, insufficient income became a crux, none of the amateur clubs survived the failure of the two professional clubs. Rugby league would eventually be played again in London, although the establishment of professional club was not until 1980 in the form of Fulham RLFC at Craven Cottage. Dennis Madden Cornelius Con Dennis Murphy Rugby Mudlarks, Photo of Leeds playing against Acton & Willesden at Park Royal in London 1936
Belle Vue (Wakefield)
Belle Vue in Wakefield, England, is the home of Wakefield Trinity rugby league team. It is beside the A638 Doncaster Road, approximately one mile south of Wakefield city centre. The site was purchased in 1895 after the split between rugby league and rugby union, to provide a permanent base for Wakefield Trinity who had been playing on fields in the area since 1873. Money was provided by the Wakefield Athletic Club, and the ground was used for cycling. Scenes from This Sporting Life were filmed at the Belle Vue Stadium during Wakefield Trinitys third round Challenge Cup match against Wigan in 1962, floodlights were installed in 1967 and were upgraded in 1990/91. The stadium was called the Atlantic Solutions Stadium for 2005, Wakefield won the match 29–17 sending their nearest rivals Castleford down to the National League. The capacity of the stadium was increased to 12,600 in 2008, to help with the application for a 2009 Super League licence, however, there have been difficulties in agreeing with the council on a suitable alternative site. The North Stand is terracing located behind the posts and houses the big screen. A roof was erected over the stand in 2012 to meet Super League regulations, capacity,5,333 The East stand is the only stand in the ground to contain seating which is covered. The is an amount of uncovered terracing in front of the seats. The South End of the ground has a four storey building houses the hospitality. In the South East corner is the tunnel and players changing rooms, the West Stand is mostly uncovered terracing and is where the TV gantry and dugout is. It mostly houses away fans and has toilets and food outlets, list of rugby league stadiums by capacity Belle Vue on Worldstadia. com
City of Wakefield
The City of Wakefield is a local government district in West Yorkshire, England, with the status of a city and metropolitan borough. Wakefield is the administrative centre. The population of the City of Wakefield at the 2011 Census was 325,837, the district includes the Five Towns of Normanton, Pontefract, Featherstone, Castleford and Knottingley. Other towns include Ossett, Hemsworth, South Kirkby & Moorthorpe, the City and borough are governed by Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. Wakefield lies between Leeds and Sheffield, in 2010, Wakefield was named as the UKs third most musical City by PRS for Music. In Ossett, house prices have risen from an average of £50,000 in 1998 to £130,000 in 2003, although unemployment was amongst the highest in the country for most of the 1980s, and 1990s, Wakefield District now has below-average unemployment. The Wakefield East ward had 4. 7% unemployment in May 2005 - which was more than 1% higher than any other ward, horbury is something of an anomaly in having had an iron works. When Margaret Thatcher came to power in 1979 there were 21 pits in the district, by the time the 1984 Strike began this had decreased to 15, however it still had more colleries than any other district in the country. Most of the pits had been very hardline during the 1984 strike. The former Borough of Wakefield was raised to city status by letters patent in 1888 and it became a county borough in 1913, taking it out of the jurisdiction of the West Riding County Council. The new metropolitan districts city status was reconfirmed by letters patent in 1974, the Councils headquarters is County Hall, originally built for the West Riding County Council and acquired by Wakefield in 1989. The district is divided into 21 wards, with each ward represented on the districts Wakefield Metropolitan District Council by three councillors, exceptions to this include by-elections and ward boundary changes. The city was the safest Labour council in England in 2003, after the 2008 election results the Labour Party had a majority of just one. However the death of Labour councillor Graham Phelps meant that the authority was for a time in no overall control, Labour did however, hold the seat in the by-election in January 2010 restoring their majority. In the May 2010 local elections Labour held all of their seats, following the defection of an Independent to Labour, Labours majority was increased to 5. In January 2011 a Conservative Councillor defected to become an independent Councillor, in May 2011 Labour increased their majority on the council to 15 making 5 gains, taking 3 seats from the Conservatives, and 2 from the Independents. The Conservatives gained Ossett from the Liberal Democrats, which there are no Liberal Democrat councillors in Wakefield. The current Council make up is Labour 54, Conservatives 6, all three have had periods of success