Welcome to the site

Welcome to ‘Hunslet Rugby’, a pictorial history of Hunslet RLFC from 1883 to 1973.

I would firstly like to thank everyone who has sent me messages about the site and their appreciation, I intend to update the site when I can, so please do keep checking back for any updates.

The latest update is another page of match action – click here

If you haven’t already, please do check out my page dedicated to the 1965 Challenge Cup Final, still today regarded as one of the greatest ever Challenge Cup Finals – click here

Please select from the menu at the top (or right of the page) for the gallery you wish to view and comments can be left on each gallery page if you wish to.

I hope you enjoy the site :-)

1973 Hunslet team


15 Responses to Welcome to the site

  1. I love this website,very interesting reading.I haven’t seen most of this before so it was really good to see some of the history all in one place.Just a thought…..I have friends who don’t own a computer so would it be feasible to publish in book form or even a DVD of all this website content…… because I would love to buy it for them for Xmas!

  2. iain plenderleith says:

    Fantastic site !..Been searching for something like this for ages and to see the picture from the final game at Parkside in 1973 with my Dad, who was club secretary+Grandad who was a director (Stood far right) is brilliant !
    Also the pictures of the 38 Championship team in which my Grandad also played incl the final v Leeds at E.R.
    Happy memories of days , upto when i was 8 years old in 73 at parkside .
    Thanks!

  3. Frederic says:

    Hi, here’s my small (pictorial : Baines cards + postcards) contribution to this website : http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=27925507%40N00&q=hunslet+or+goldthorpe&m=text

  4. Mick McEntyre says:

    Congratulations on a great website. As an Australian fan it is terrific to see something like this on the old club and ground.

  5. Andrew Walker says:

    Thanks for the memories!. Grew up on Joseph Street in the late 50′s early 60′s and was at Wembley in ’65. Lived in the USA for 20 years now but still check on the myrtle and flame. Have lots of Hunslet memorabilia including letters from Jack Smales when he toured Australia with the Lions in 1914. Many thanks.

  6. Jonathan Marchant says:

    It is with great sadness that I report, that my farther, Alan Marchant, who was a member of the 65′ wembley squad passed away this weekend.

    I dont know how to contact other members of this squad that maybe interested to hear this, so Im posting on this board.

    I will return and post further details of the funeral etc for those that may wish to attend.

    many thanks -Jonathan.

    • sheepy says:

      Please accept my sincere condolences to you and your family.

    • PETER JARVIS says:

      Hi Jonathan, Just picked up the sad news re your farter Alan. Would you let me have the funeral details and I will inform Alans old team mates from Hunslet RLFC

      regards Peter Jarvis
      (Hunslet RLFC

    • Karen McCay says:

      Hi Jonathan, my brother and I would like to send you our sincere condolences to you and your family, my dad (Bernard Prior) was a member of the 65′ Wembley squad with your dad.

      Kind regards,
      Karen and Antony Prior

  7. jonathan marchant says:

    The funeral of Alan Marchant will take place at Pontefract Crematorium on Tuesday the 19th of Feb. at 12:00. After the funeral we will be going to the Magnet Hotel on Pontefract Rd, Castleford.

    Anyone that played with or knew my father, and wants to pay their respects is most welcome, Flowers from family only.

    Many thanks for your help – Jonathan.

  8. Ian Thornley says:

    Sorry to hear about your father, Jonathan. Sincere condolences to you and your family. Was he related to Jack Marchant whom I recall played for Trinity? And also Tony who played for Castleford in the 80′s/90′s?

    What a great website this is. The old photos of Parkside are gems. I’m from Wigan but
    I never got to visit Parkside prior to it being demolished so I was always interested to see what it looked like. I now know thanks to this website. My late father played for Huddersfield in the 50′s and early 60′s and he told me there was a house on the ground! He must have been referring to Mother Bensons!
    Many, many thanks to the people who published the photographs for everyone to look at. Cheers.
    ps@ Peter Jarvis. Hi Peter, did you play prop for Northern in the 70′s? If so, I remember you were a decent player.

  9. neil batty says:

    Thanks so much for this website..Brings back great memories of years gone,,My early memories of parkside are going down with my dad..in the late 40s/early 50s.My dad sat on the big stand watching the grass grow in the off season, and helped to paint the railings etc..i have a vivid memory of alf burnell picking me up and hanging by my braces in the dressing rooms,and alan snowden sweeping down the wing and putting that trademark kick up in the air..so many memories..could go on and on..another time maybe

  10. John worsnop says:

    Very precious memories of parkside starting as a 6 year old with my father and uncles.
    Geoff gunny lived in our back street in beeston and got my father two tickets for the 65 final which I can only remember snippets as I was only 9 years old. I have always been and always will be a Hunslet fan through thick and thin…..it runs deeper than deep!!!

  11. Kevin Doyle says:

    Brill website, just showing my own grankids , picture on the front of this page my dad , little scrum half in the 50s nice to see

  12. Alan Allatt says:

    My father in-law used to say he played for Hunslet and I wondered if there was any truth in this. His name was Bill (William) Jackson?

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