Leeds Rhinos Nostalgia: On this day in history

Our man Peter Smith delves through the YEP archives to find out what happened on this day in the history of Leeds Rhinos.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 5:45 am
ON THE SCORESHEET: Mark Calderwood touched down against London Broncos on this day in 2003. Picture: Steve Riding.


Leeds beat London Broncos 21-12 in a Challenge Cup fifth round tie at Headingley.

Try scorers were Keith Senior, Mark Calderwood, and Kevin Sinfield, who also kicked a drop goal. Dave Furner landed four goals.

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HAT-TRICK HERO: John Atkinson scored a hat-trick for Leeds on this day in 1980. Picture: YPN.


John Atkinson’s first hat-trick for three years helped Leeds survive a Castleford fightback at Headingley.

The visitors rallied from 20-8 behind to 23-21 before Leeds sealed a 33-21 success.

Dave Heron, on his 22nd birthday, Les Dyl and Kevin Dick – who also kicked six goals – were Leeds’ other try scorers.

Leeds Rhinos' goalkicking forward Rhyse Martin turns 28 today. Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe.


Mel Mason scored two tries – his first for Leeds – in a 21-10 home win over Wigan, in front of 5,687 fans.

Bob Haigh, David Marshall and Brian Murrell also crossed and Marshall kicked three goals.


Holders Leeds were knocked out of the Challenge Cup 9-5 by Castleford at Wheldon Road, Bev Risman scoring a try and goal for the visitors.

Referee E Lawrinson threatened to halt the game after bottles were thrown on to the pitch in the first half.


Leeds Rhinos’ goal-kicking forward Rhyse Martin is celebrating his 28th birthday today.