Leed Tykes History

Leeds Tykes (formerly Leeds RUFCLeeds Carnegie and Yorkshire Carnegie) is an English rugby union club in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England, playing in the National League 1.

The club was founded as Headingley FC, but renamed in 1991 when it joined with Roundhay RUFC to form Leeds RUFC. In 1998, the club merged with Leeds Rhinos to form Leeds Rugby Limited, also known as Leeds Tykes. In 2007, Leeds Metrpolitan University bought a 51% stake in the club and changed the name to fit with the university’s sport department, Carnegie College.  At the end of the 2008–09 season, ownership of the club passed back into the hands of Leeds Rugby. They are now called Leeds Tykes.

Leeds have bounced between the Premiership and the second-level National Division One, now known as the RFU Championship, they were either promoted or relegated in four consecutive seasons starting in 2006. Leeds were relegated from the Premiership as bottom finishers in 2006, promoted as National Division One champions In 2007  relegated again from the Premiership in 2008 and promoted a second time as National Division One champions in 2009, They managed to stay in the Premiership in the 2009-10 season,  which helped to secure their financial future; from the 2010–11 season, they became a full shareholder in Premier Rugby, the company behind the Premiership. In 2009–10, they only received 60% of a full share of Premiership revenues. Their P shares in Premiership Rugby were sold to Exeter Chiefs in 2012.

This season, Leeds are just one place above Hull in the bottom three in National League One, with a playing record of two wins, and 13 defeats from their 15 games. They have picked up seven bonus points in their total of 23 points. In the reverse fixture at Chants Ave on October 15, Hull lost a close game 27-22 when the visitors scored a last minute try in circumstances who anyone was there, will not forget.

Norman Angell

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