#YEPleeds nostalgia: Angling for Leeds

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It may not be everybody’s cup of tea but fishing has always been popular in the Leeds area.

And in 1983 the Leeds Junior Amalgamated Society of Anglers sent a team of lads down to the River Stour for the National Championships.

AUGUST 1983:''Leeds Junior Amalgamated Society of Anglers pictured leaving the Angler's Club, Leeds, to take part in today's National Junior Championships on the River Stour at Sudbury, Suffolk.'' Back row (left to right), ''Darren Clark 15, Craig Shaw 14, David Rook 15, Steve Mazza 15, Reg Hardcastle 15, Mark Salmon 15, Stuart Wilson 14.''Front Row L to R:-''Lee Scarf 13, Neil Clark 15, Dean Thompson 14, Wayne Smith 15, mark Fattorini 15.'' Missing from the picture is Mark Barlow, 13, who is on holiday and meeting the team at the Championships.

AUGUST 1983:''Leeds Junior Amalgamated Society of Anglers pictured leaving the Angler's Club, Leeds, to take part in today's National Junior Championships on the River Stour at Sudbury, Suffolk.'' Back row (left to right), ''Darren Clark 15, Craig Shaw 14, David Rook 15, Steve Mazza 15, Reg Hardcastle 15, Mark Salmon 15, Stuart Wilson 14.''Front Row L to R:-''Lee Scarf 13, Neil Clark 15, Dean Thompson 14, Wayne Smith 15, mark Fattorini 15.'' Missing from the picture is Mark Barlow, 13, who is on holiday and meeting the team at the Championships.

More young fishermen were hoping for a bite on the canal at Whitehall Road in 1966 at a time when the waters were beginning to recover from decades of industrial pollution.

In 1986 a Leeds man, David Birkby broke the River Ouse pike record with this 31lb specimen while Henry Pollard and Ezra Naylor were the oldest competitive anglers at Roundhay Park in 1984.

Anglers at Paul’s Pond were having a fish swap in 1974 when they exchanged fish with Bradford City AA.

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