Sport in Leeds
Leeds has a strong sporting heritage, with the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Leeds Rhinos and Yorkshire Carnegie playing at Headingley Stadium, and Leeds United A. F. C. The Headquarters of the Rugby Football League is based in Leeds, Leeds City Council also offer a wide variety of sport, leisure and fitness sessions both in their leisure centres and the community. In the early 20th Century Leeds was known as a rugby town, the first football team to bear the name of the city were called Leeds City F. C. Leeds City. However this team was disqualified from the league for financial breaches, in 1919 Leeds United were formed. They were relegated from the second-level Football League Championship as a result of a 10-point deduction for going into administration. They had been in The Championship since 2004, when a crisis and loss of key players cost them their Premiership status. They also won the title in 1992, when Howard Wilkinson was manager. There is also an affiliated Ladies team Leeds United L. F. C, whose closest chance at silverware was in the 2006 FA Womens Cup, losing to Arsenal L. F. C. Farsley Celtic AFC are a football team from the Farsley district of West Leeds. Another non-league team in Leeds is Garforth Town, who play in East Leeds, Leeds Carnegie L. F. C. are an English womens football club in the FA Womens National Premier League. They play at Farsley Celtics Throstle Nest ground, having played at Tadcaster Albions ground. Play in the Northern Combination Womens Football League and last season the finished 2nd in the league and they moved ground from Adel Memorial to The Bracken Edge the same ground as Yorkshire Amateur A. F. C. Founded as Leeds St. Johns in 1895 the club is now known as the Leeds Rhinos have a long history, in recent years the team has comepted in several major finals. Under coach Graham Murray they competed in the first Super League grand final in 1998 but were defeated by Wigan Warriors, a year later Leeds won the Rugby League Challenge Cup, defeating London Broncos at Wembley in the last final held at Wembley stadium before its re-building. In 2005 the Rhinos reached the final of both the Challenge Cup and the Super League but lost both games to Hull F. C. and Bradford Bulls respectively, Leeds now hold the 2007 crown after thrashing former champions St Helens 33-6 in the Grand Final. This was Coach Tony Smiths final game before leaving to be G. B coach and they won the next two super league grand finals, topping the regular season league table in the latter, setting a record for the most consecutive grand final wins. They also won the crown in 2011, coming from 5th place after the regular season rounds, Leeds Based Tetleys Bitter, Leeds Building Society, Jet2 and Leeds Carnegie are all major sponsors of the Leeds Rhinos. Hunslet are a league team based in the Beeston district of South Leeds
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
Leeds United F.C.
Leeds United Football Club is a professional association football club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The club was formed in 1919 following the disbanding of Leeds City F. C. by the Football League and they play in the Championship, the second tier of the English football league system. Leeds United have won three First Division league titles, one FA Cup and one League Cup, the club has also won two Inter-Cities Fairs Cups. The majority of the honours were won under the management of Don Revie in the 1960s and 1970s, Leeds lost the 1975 European Cup Final against Bayern Munich and reached the semi-finals of the tournaments successor, the Champions League, in 2001. Leeds play in all-white kits, leading to their nickname being the whites, the clubs badge features the White Rose of York together with the monogram LUFC. The clubs anthem is Marching On Together, Leeds Uniteds predecessor team, Leeds City, was formed in 1904, and were elected League members in 1905. At first they found it hard to draw big crowds to Elland Road, in 1919, Leeds United was formed and they received an invitation to enter the Midland League, being voted into it on 31 October, taking the place vacated by Leeds City Reserves. Following Leeds Citys disbanding, Yorkshire Amateurs bought their stadium Elland Road, Yorkshire Amateurs offered to make way for the new team under the management of former player Dick Ray. The chairman of Huddersfield Town, Hilton Crowther loaned Leeds United £35,000 and he brought in Barnsleys manager Arthur Fairclough and on 26 February 1920, Dick Ray stepped down to become Faircloughs assistant. On 31 May 1920, Leeds United were elected to the Football League, over the following few years, they consolidated their position in the Second Division and in 1924 won the title and with it promotion to the First Division. They failed to establish themselves and were relegated in 1926–27, after their relegation, Fairclough resigned, which paved the way for Ray to return as manager. In the years up until the start of World War II Leeds were twice relegated, on 5 March 1935, Ray resigned and was replaced by Billy Hampson, who remained in charge for 12 years. In the 1946–47 season after the war, Leeds were relegated again, after this season, Hampson resigned and was replaced in April 1947 by Willis Edwards. In 1948, Sam Bolton replaced Ernest Pullan as the chairman of Leeds United, Edwards was moved to assistant manager in April 1948 after just one year as manager. He was replaced by Major Frank Buckley, Leeds remained in the Second Division until 1955–56, when they once again won promotion to the First Division, inspired by John Charles. Charles was hungry for success at the highest level, and manager Raich Carter was unable to convince him that Leeds could satisfy his ambitions, Charles was sold to Juventus for a then world record of £65,000. The loss of Charles resulted in Leeds being relegated to the Second Division in the 1959–60 season, in March 1961, the club appointed former player Don Revie as manager, following the resignation of Jack Taylor. His stewardship began in adverse circumstances, the club was in financial difficulty, Revie implemented a youth policy and a change of kit colour to an all-white strip in the style of Real Madrid, and Leeds soon won promotion to the First Division in 1963–64
Leeds United L.F.C.
Leeds Ladies Football Club are an English womens football club based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. F. C. in Garforth, West Yorkshire. Leeds Ladies have two teams, the first team competing in the WPL North Division 1 and second team in the respective reserves league. LLFC also have two sides, U16 and U15. The clubs most notable player was Sue Smith, who has played for over 10 years at international level for England, the team was originally the Leeds United Ladies team. The team announced they were changing their name to Leeds Carnegie Ladies F. C. in July 2008. C. F. C, in 2014, after a change of ownership of Leeds United, the club was renamed Leeds Ladies Football Club. After playing in the Yorkshire and Humberside League for seven years, in 1999–2000 season they reached the semi-finals of the FA Womens Cup Narrowly losing 2–1 to Croydon in a very close game at Ossett Albion. Leeds finished a fourth in their first season in the top flight. The following season proved to be a one and Leeds finished the league in seventh place. The 2003–04 season saw a new manager, Julie Chipchase, appointed, in the 2004–05 season the side finished in fifth place. The chairman of Leeds United A. F. C, ken Bates, cut the ladies clubs funding by stopping financial backing in 2005, and withdrawing the Thorp Arch training facilities in 2006. The ladies team managed to survive using sponsorship money, the 2005–06 season saw the team accomplish one of its greatest achievements to date, playing in the FA Womens Cup final against overwhelming favourites Arsenal Ladies. Nevertheless, the match did not turn out how the team had hoped, the 2006–07 season was a fluctuating one, with Leeds topping the table over the Christmas period and the team getting through to the FA Womens Premier League Cup final for a second time. The opposition was again Arsenal and Leeds put in a better performance than in their previous cup final appearance. This seemed to have a big impact, as the team didn’t perform as well in the stages of the season. The club won the Marketing Club of the Year award at the FA Womens Awards in May 2007 for the third consecutive year, a change in management was made in the close season and Rick Passmoor and Leanne Hall were appointed manager and assistant manager respectively in July 2007. The new management team made a number of new signings, including Steph Houghton, Carly Telford, Katie Holtham, Georgie Adams, Jade Moore and Carla Ward. By March 2008 the team were lying mid-table in the Premier League, the 2007–2008 season saw the club reach their second FA Womens Cup final, their third cup final in as many years. Arsenal again were their opponents and the match mirrored the previous League Cup final, the game was 0–0 at half time, although Arsenal produced most of the chances in the first half and constantly forced United goal keeper Carly Telford into some amazing saves
Wetherby Racecourse is a racecourse situated near the market town of Wetherby in West Yorkshire, England, located 12 miles from Leeds city centre. For most of its history the course has hosted only National Hunt racing, the Racecourse is located on the B1224 York Road, directly adjacent to the A1. There are new access roads between North and East Wetherby and the A1, the racecourse can also be accessed from Walton Road at the rear of the stands. Horse racing in Wetherby was first took place on Scaur Bank, in 1891 racing moved to a new site situated off York Road. From the 1920s to the 1950s the racecourse was served by Wetherby Racecourse railway station, in the 1930s the first terraces were erected. A new two-tier stand was erected adjacent to this in the 1970s, up until 1963, Racecourse Specials ran to Wetherby railway station from Bradford Interchange on race days. As the station on York Road had closed years before. Wetherby Racecourse was the last racecourse in Yorkshire that hosted only National Hunt jump meetings, the course announced early in 2014 that they were investigating staging summer Flat racing and were granted four fixtures when the 2015 list was released in October 2014. The first Flat racing fixture took place on 26 April 2015, although there is no dress code, the management advise a smart-casual attire. Spectators in this enclosure have access to the most luxurious bars and restaurants, including the White Horse Restaurant, Paddock Enclosure The largest of the three enclosures is the mid spec, Paddock Enclosure. This is set within the two stands and has access to the A1 Bar as well as most of the book makers including the large Tote betting shop. Course Enclosure The cheapest of the enclosures is situated in the centre of the course and it has its own bar, cafe, Tote Betting Shop, Bookmakers stands and big screen, however, it lacks many of the facitities the other enclosures benefit from. Admittance pricing varies from £2 to £27 and this pricing is only general and may vary depending on the race meeting. The Racecourse is the point for the Great Yorkshire Bike Ride. The market holds a market and carboot sale every Sunday, this is held in the Course Enclosure, although it is still large, it no longer receives the popularity it had in the 1980s and 1990s. In the 1973 episode Guess Whos Coming to Dinner of the BBC sitcom Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads, Terry Collier, the racecourse has been mentioned on several occasions in the ITV police drama Heartbeat. Official website Course guide on At The Races
Yorkshire Amateur A.F.C.
Yorkshire Amateur Association Football Club are a football club based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. They were formed in 1918, and two later became founding members of the Yorkshire Football League. For the 2015–16 season, Yorkshire Amateur are members of the Northern Counties East League Division One, the club was founded as Yorkshire Amateur A. F. C. by a local man called Kolin Robertson in Leeds during November 1918. The club became one of the founding members of the Yorkshire Football League in 1920–21. For the second time in their history, the reached the FA 1st Round. Yorkshire Amateur pulled off a 1–0 victory at against their Football League opposition, Yorkshire Amateur became a founder member of the Northern Counties East League in 1982, where they still remain. Graham stood down in 2010 after taking over as the Barkston Ash Rep Side manager, capacity,1550, Covered walkway,160, covered Seats,200 Attendance,4,000 v Wimbledon, FA Amateur Cup QF,1932
Rugby Football League
The Rugby Football League is the governing body for professional rugby league in England. The name Rugby Football League previously also referred to the league competition run by the organisation. This has since been supplanted by Super League, the Championship, based at Red Hall in Leeds, it administers the England national rugby league team, the Challenge Cup, Super League and the Rugby League Championships. The social and junior game is administered in association with the British Amateur Rugby League Association, the Rugby Football League is a member of the Rugby League European Federation and as a senior Full Member has a combined veto power over the Council with France. The RFL is part of the Community Board, which also has representatives from BARLA, Combined Services, English Schools Rugby League, eventually the Northern was dropped from its name at the beginning of the 1980s. The turnover of the RFL was reported as £27m in 2011, two days later, on Thursday 29 August 1895, representatives of 21 clubs met in the George Hotel, Huddersfield to form the Northern Rugby Football Union. Twenty clubs agreed to resign from the Rugby Football Union, the Cheshire club, Stockport, had telegraphed the meeting requesting admission to the new organisation and was duly accepted with a second Cheshire club, Runcorn, admitted at the next meeting. The 22 clubs and their years of foundation were, In 1908 the Northern Unions brand of rugby was taken up in Australia, the Union hosted touring sides from both countries before assembling a Great Britain representative team for a 1910 tour of Australia and New Zealand. These nations, particularly Australia, would go on to excel in the sport, the British Amateur Rugby League Association was created in 1973 in Huddersfield by a group of enthusiasts concerned about the dramatic disappearance of many amateur leagues and clubs. Fewer than 150 amateur teams remained with a mere 30 youth rugby league teams, the breakaway from the RFL was acrimonious and was strongly contested, with a vote 29-1 against recognising BARLA. Thanks to Tom Mitchell, this changed to a vote of approval for BARLA within 12 months. Maurice Lindsay became the Chief Executive of the RFL in 1992, proposing the Super League, Lindsay returned to Wigan in 1999 for his second stint at the club after Sir Rodney Walker, then chairman of the RFL, sacked him after a campaign to unseat him failed. The RFL accumulated losses of £1.9 million at the end of 2001, shortly before a restructuring of the governing body. Within a year of joining the RFL, he oversaw reunification with BARLA after nearly 30 years of division, Lewis left in 2012 to become Chief Executive of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. The RFL net value has been every year since 2004. The regional leagues may include winter competitions in addition, in 2012, the Rugby Football League were awarded the Stonewall Sport Award in recognition of their work in embracing inclusivity and tackling homophobia. They also became the first UK sporting organisation to make the top 100 employers in the Stonewall Index that measures attitudes towards lesbian, gay and bisexual staff. The RFL operates a system and is responsible for running the top three professional divisions as well as the National Conference League and various regional leagues below that
Guiseley A.F.C. Vixens
Guiseley Association Football Club Vixens is an English womens football team founded in 1993 by Martin Cockerill as Leeds City Vixens, based in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England. The Guiseley Vixens compete in the FA Womens Cup and are amongst the teams in the FA Womens Premier League Northern Division One, the club is known not only for its open age team but also for the younger girls teams which wear the same uniform. All age groups play in the West Riding Girls Football League, the club is working with Leeds City Council to promote womens football in Leeds. The club have always played in white and blue. Leeds City Vixens was started in 1993 by Martin Cockerill and his children, at first it was called Meanwood Vixens but it grew into what is now known as Leeds City Vixens. Immediately the team made a name for itself and grew as part of the Sheffield and District Girls League, winning the u12s, u14s, Leeds City Vixens open age played in the Yorkshire & Humberside League. In the season 1999/00 they finished 2nd with 51 points, in 2000/01 they got 41 points and finished 5th. In 2001/02 they finished 10th with 16 points, in 2002/03 they finished 5th with 27 points and got promoted to the next tier. They started playing in the Northern Combination League for the 2003/2004 season, a bad finish left them 10th at the end of the season and they were relegated back down. At the end of the 2004/2005 season, they finished top of the Yorkshire & Humberside League which brought back up to the Northern Combination. In the 2005/06 season they finished 2nd, in the 2006/2007 season they finished 2nd and came close to promotion. Over the course of the season they won 15 games, drew 4 games, the 2007/08 season saw a change in venue for the team. They now play at the ground as Yorkshire Amateur A. F. C. and finally won promotion in 2008/09. Leeds City Vixens teams annually play a Five-a-Side tournament with other clubs around England, the 2007/08 five a side tournament will be held in May 2008. The tournament is sponsored by Manning Stainton, the club have been sponsored by Mears as official sponsor and corporate partner. This is a partnership with Mears initially giving a cheque for £7,500. The British Army is the sponsor, effective October 2008. The club has many younger ages on the team including U16sA, U16sB, U15s, U13s, U11s, U10s, Most age groups give out awards at the end of the year the awards such as Player of the year and Most improved player
Leeds Roller Derby
Leeds Roller Dolls are a roller derby league based in Leeds in England. Founded in 2007, the league has two teams which play against teams from other leagues across Europe. The league was founded in October 2007, becoming the first roller derby league in Yorkshire and they played their first bout, against Auld Reekie Roller Girls, in November 2008. In the 2010 season the league moved to play its bouts in the town of Huddersfield. They returned to Leeds in 2013, hosting their games at the Leeds Futsal Arena, Feral Fairy, one of the leagues skaters, was selected for Team England at the 2011 Roller Derby World Cup. In late 2011, the joined the UK Roller Derby Association while, in January 2012. In March 2013, it became a member of the WFTDA. A number of Leeds Roller Dolls, including Feral Fairy, Shere Carnage and Rigor Morris, have been helping out with setting up and providing training to Aire Force One, Leeds mens roller derby team. Leeds Roller Dolls also compete in closed intra-league games throughout the year, below are the results of the public bouts played by Leeds Roller Dolls, the Rotten Rollers and the LRD Whip-Its, both home and away. Results of closed bouts, including intra-leagues, have not been included, NB, Green highlighted rows indicate a win, whilst red highlighting indicates a loss
Leeds Rowing Club
Leeds Rowing Club is a British Rowing affiliated club in the city of Leeds, West Yorkshire. It was founded in 2006 and is based in Roundhay Park, the club row in dark blue, with a vertical yellow stripe between two white stripes down both sides. Blades are dark blue with a blue tip. Up until 2006, there were no clubs rowing in Leeds, Leeds Schools Boat Club were no longer in operation, and Leeds University Boat Club rowed on the River Ouse in York. Leeds Rowing Club is the first open membership rowing club in the city, the original one at Waterloo Lake that opened in 2006 and a brand new facility that opened in 2014. The Waterloo Lake boathouse on the 800m Waterloo Lake, in Roundhay Park, is where the club bases all of its learn to row courses and recreational rowing. In late 2014 the club, in conjunction with Leeds University, the club races in all categories of boats, while the club doesnt own any 8+s they do borrow them from Leeds University from time to time. The club competes in regatta and head races across the UK, with recent wins at Peterborough Regatta, Durham Regatta, the club attends many events in the Yorkshire and Northeast regions, and competes in head races between September and March. In Summer 2011, the club managed great success with wins at a number of regattas including Nottingham, Durham City, Bradford, St. Neots, crews also raced at Wallingford, Poplar and Durham. At Henley Womens, a two lane regatta over 1500m, raced over 3 days, Leeds had three entries, in the Senior single sculls, Kristine Johnson was representing Leeds RC and produced a series of magnificent performances to win the competition. She secured comfortable wins in the opening rounds over her opponents, firstly from the Isle of Ely BC on 15 June, in the Senior coxless quads starting on 16 June, the Leeds RC crew raced strongly and beat their Worcester opponents easily in the first round. At Henley Royal Regatta, held on the water as Henley Womens but 2112m long. Johnson was drawn against US national rower Gevvie Stone of Cambridge Boat Club,2010 runner-up in this event, Johnson raced well but her opponent proved too strong, winning by four lengths. Stone again went on to make the final of the event, in the Wyfold Challenge Cup for coxless fours, Leeds RCs first mens crew was entered. No crews were required to qualify for this event, and Leeds were drawn against their counterparts from Bradford ARC in the first round. The first of five rounds in the event took place on Wednesday 29 June, in the second round the next day, Leeds raced Henley RCs B crew, who had beaten a crew from Thames RC in round 1. After a close start with the crews neck-and-neck at the end of Temple Island, with significant support for Leeds on the bank, the race remained close but Henley produced a more solid race to win by two lengths in a time of 7,21. Over 1000m on Saturday 13 August, crews won Open IM1 coxed fours, Open IM2 coxless pairs, Womens IM3 coxed fours and Womens Novice double sculls