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Yorkshire's Alex Lees walks out to bat at the start of play against Bradford at Headingley in April. ''''Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com
Yorkshire's Alex Lees walks out to bat at the start of play against Bradford at Headingley in April. ''''Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com
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IT HAS been the home of cricket and rugby in Leeds since 1890, and played host to some of the country’s finest sporting moments.

And now sports fans can take a behind-the-scenes tour of the world famous Headingley Carngie Stadium.

To celebrate the Rugby World Cup 2015, which kicks off in Leeds in September, the first ever Headingley Heritage Tour has been launched.

Built in 1890, it is the only stadium in the world to boast both cricket and rugby pitches side by side, and has a long history of hosting major sporting events, including the first ever international Rugby League match in 1908, numerous Ashes tests and a number of Calcutta Cup Internationals.

Fans will get the chance to sit on the changing room seat where Don Bradman sat before scoring 309 runs for Australia against England in 1930.

What’s more, the tours will be guided by former Leeds, Halifax, Huddersfield, England and Great Britain rugby league player John Bentley, who was born in Dewsbury and also played union for the British Lions.

Chief executive of Yorkshire Carnegie, Gary Hetherington said: “Headingley Carnegie Stadium has seen a huge variety of unforgettable sporting moments played out on its pitches, both domestic and international, and the chance to open our doors to the visiting fans from around the world is a great opportunity.”

The tours take place on September 24, 25 and 28. To book visit www.yorkshirecarnegie.com/buytickets or call 0871 423 1315.

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