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Blasts from the Past


By C2
October 17 2020

I make no excuses for wallowing in nostalgia, there’s no rugby to look forward to and the news is depressing so I’ve gone for my top 3 memories of LT/LC/YC games in the last 10 years (ish). A couple of other games narrowly missed out – finally beating Donny in December 2018 (that dummy try of JB’s) and the bittersweet memory of comprehensively dismantling London Irish in March 2019 as everything was falling apart financially. Interestingly though I couldn’t think of many great memories from the Brush era……. hey-ho. So here goes……

3/ Leeds Tykes vs Worcester April 2010- the game that changed our fortunes as it felt at the time- or only delayed the inevitable as it turned out. We escaped relegation from the Premiership sending Worcester down in the process. The game itself was not memorable but the tension was off the scale – 4 penalties from Ceiron Thomas’s boot sealed our win (remember him?) and for the record we won 12-10 in front of a crowd of 10,000. All I really remember now is Tom Denton booting the ball into the south stand at the end but the official report told me Kearnan Myall had charged down a drop goal attempt just before (I probably wasn’t watching at that stage). Cue much jubilation from Leeds and desolation from Wuss.

2/ Bristol vs Leeds Carnegie- 1st December 2013. First and last visit to the Mem. This I remember as it felt like there was only Gel and I there, we were in a box and boy did we deafen the locals with our yelling (also possibly confused them by one of us shouting Leeds in a Bristolian accent). The home crowd were stunned into silence as we ran in 4 tries for a 22-28 away win. First real memory of a young lad on loan from Wasps- Jonah Holmes who scored 2 and nearly 3. With Jimmy at the helm I still maintain that season was our best hope of being promoted but against London Welsh we blew a 13 point lead in the last 12 minutes in the second leg of the semi-final. The rest as they say is history.

1/ Bedford vs Yorkshire Carnegie – 1st March 2019. A Friday night game and the faithful few made their way to Goldington Road against a backdrop of rumours of financial trouble. We were erratic and dead and buried at half time. Going into injury time we were still 9 points down but gave ourselves hope by taking a penalty to reduce the deficit to 6 and then somehow had the belief to score a converted try in the last play of the game. It was one of those moments when I somehow just knew we would score and almost every member of the team touched the ball. Testament to the spirit of a squad who that week had been told of the financial situation but you wouldn’t have known it from hearing them belt out “Marching on Together” in the changing rooms afterwards. Gel said after the game she wouldn’t mind if it took until 3am to get home but after being diverted 3 times due to roadworks it almost did. Worth it though.

So that’s my 3 – chosen because remembering them makes me smile. Obviously they’re only my thoughts and not always chosen for the quality of the rugby but feel free to discuss/disagree.

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almostatyke
17/10/2020 09:54
Thanks C2 for that excellent article.

The Almo dross machine is stood down for the next 14 days...... (Sm100)

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Wildwillie
17/10/2020 12:05
Great memories!

(Sm134)

Bobba
Bobba
18/10/2020 13:41
When you are given no chance of winning a game it is a fantastic memory when that proves to be wrong. In that respect, two games against almighty Bath come to mind. Our first match ever in the Premiership and, obviously, our success at HQ in 2005. Never, ever been beaten in a final, well, by the evening of the 16th April, they were!

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leemingtyke
18/10/2020 20:10
April 2011, Kingston Park, Falcons 29-30 Leeds

Leeds coming from behind to give ourselves a chance of Premiership survival.

The lead changed hands 3 times in the last 5 or 6 mins with an Adrian Jarvis drop goal settling it.

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Albert Fishwick
18/10/2020 21:50
Beating Leicester the first time. Beating Leicester the second time.

And, of course, the evening game against Quins.

If I had all the money I've spent on drink ..... I'd spend it on drink.

Carnegiette2
Carnegiette2
19/10/2020 18:56
Quote:
leemingtyke
April 2011, Kingston Park, Falcons 29-30 Leeds
Leeds coming from behind to give ourselves a chance of Premiership survival.

The lead changed hands 3 times in the last 5 or 6 mins with an Adrian Jarvis drop goal settling it.

Id quite forgotten wed won that ! I was there as well......

We gave ourselves a chance - and if wed only managed to stretch about another 6 inches or so for the 4th try down at Saints wed have stayed up .......

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leemingtyke
19/10/2020 21:09
Quote:
Carnegiette2
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leemingtyke
April 2011, Kingston Park, Falcons 29-30 Leeds
Leeds coming from behind to give ourselves a chance of Premiership survival.

The lead changed hands 3 times in the last 5 or 6 mins with an Adrian Jarvis drop goal settling it.

Id quite forgotten wed won that ! I was there as well......

We gave ourselves a chance - and if wed only managed to stretch about another 6 inches or so for the 4th try down at Saints wed have stayed up .......

Yep, another of those moments that could've completely changed our destiny, like the play off game Vs Welsh that you mentioned in the article.

Carnegiette2
Carnegiette2
19/10/2020 21:20
If only! And that game at FG could easily have been in the top 3 if we had. As it was watching the first 30 minutes I thought I was dreaming ......

Bobba
Bobba
20/10/2020 11:36
Missed this game due to an Achilles rupture but listened on Radio Leeds. Northampton V Leeds. Three unanswered trys by Leeds only to loose out in the end. A single bonus point was needed, and denied. Tragic!

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