Leeds rugby union club with a colourful past invites ex-members to celebrate its 60th

Junior players Ellis Thompson and Joseph Tillotson with (left to right) Andrew Cassar, Tony and Judy Germaine and David Blong. Picture by Anna Gowthorpe.

Junior players Ellis Thompson and Joseph Tillotson with (left to right) Andrew Cassar, Tony and Judy Germaine and David Blong. Picture by Anna Gowthorpe.

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A community rugby club that is flying the flag for rugby union in south Leeds is set to celebrate its diamond anniversary.

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Andrew Cassar, Tony Germaine, Judy Germaine and David Blong from Leeds Corinthians RUFC and are organising a diamond anniversary celebration. Picture by Anna Gowthorpe.

Andrew Cassar, Tony Germaine, Judy Germaine and David Blong from Leeds Corinthians RUFC and are organising a diamond anniversary celebration. Picture by Anna Gowthorpe.

Former members and players are being invited to help Leeds Corinthians RUFC, based adjacent to Middleton Leisure Centre, mark the occasion as the club kicks off its 60th season next month.

A special anniversary dinner will be held at the Corinthians’ Middleton clubhouse beside its home ground of 20 years, the ‘Nutty Slack’, on Saturday September 19.

The club became Leeds Corinthians in 1956 after Salem RUFC, which formed at Leeds Salem Congregational Church in 1926, broke from the church allegedly because its vicar objected to the gambling and drinking of players at the time.

Judy Germaine, the club’s membership secretary, has been involved with the Corinthians for 44 years and even met her husband Tony through the club.

“We hope to celebrate with a new season, more silverware and promotion to a higher division,” she said. “It’s all going to start with the dinner, and we have had three ex-players in touch that no longer live in the area already.

“We just want to mark this big occasion.”

Leeds Corinthians currently consists of two senior teams and four junior sides involving children of all ages.

The club recently benefitted from a funding grant, which enabled members to refurbish the clubhouse through redecorating its interior and installing a new bar.

Mrs Germaine, whose son and grandson are involved in the club, added: “We want to continue promoting rugby union for the next generation in what is an area dominated by rugby league.

“We hope the club will be around for many years to come – in 2026 it will be 100 years since Salem was formed.”

For further information visit pitchero.com/clubs/leedscorinthiansrufc or facebook.com/LeedsCorinthians.

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