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Hunslet RLFC are a professional rugby league club based in the south Leeds region of the city of Leeds, a region that has had a representative side from the late 1800’s but whom this current club have represented since 1973.
Despite been a relatively young club for a side based in the sports heartlands, the club have already had enough ups and downs to match any historic club.
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The club play at the South Leeds Stadium, part of the John Charles Centre of Sport, which is located just to the south of Leeds city centre close to the border of Beeston, Belle Isle and the club’s historic home of Hunslet.
The ground consists of one main two-tier grandstand with an overall capacity of 4,000.
The ground is located close to the city centre of Leeds, next to the M621 motorway and near to the clubs historic home of Hunslet in the south of the city.
The modern day Hunslet club were formed out of the ashes of the former side based in the district and whilst a separate entity formed in the 1970’s the club have kept much of the elements of the former club including its myrtle, white and flame playing strip (although it was altered slightly to green, white and orange) and the nickname of the ’Parksiders’.
Down the years, the club have gone by a few other names including New Hunslet (1973-78) and Hunslet Hawks (1995-2016).
As mentioned, Hunslet RLFC were formed in 1973 out of the ashes of the former club based in the district.
That was down to Hunslet FC been disbanded in the early 1970’s after financial issues led to the clubs players going on strike after pay cuts.
The clubs Parkside ground was burned down soon after they dropped down a league and the land was sold to a developer in 1972.
The club then moved to the former Greyhound Stadium at Elland Road, which was far from ideal, and with their finances still perilous and with no home ground looking likely, the club disbanded and perhaps to the shock of no one, the £300,000 made from the developers was kept by shareholders.
Thankfully for the sport, a group of supporters, some local businessmen and former Great Britain star Geoff Gunney got together and managed to form a phoenix club and News Hunslet were established.
The club started life at the cities Greyhound Stadium but the ground was soon shit down and the club were homeless once again.
In 1978, the club could take over the full former colours of the former Hunslet team after a deal with the RFL for the permission, but with that tradition put back in place, the club would move out of the city as they would spend 2 seasons playing at Mount Pleasant in Batley.
The club retuned to the city when they moved to Leeds United’s Elland Road stadium, which at that time was owned by the city council.
After a few years there, they moved to Bramley on the outskirts of Leeds, but that was only short-lived as well as they soon moved back ‘home’ to the outskirts of Hunslet when the new South Leeds Stadium was built.
The then named Hunslet Hawks move to their current home ground became a relativity when they welcome Leigh for their first match ‘in’ Hunslet for 22 years.
In 2004, another tradition of the former club was brought back as they would compete against the Leeds Rhinos for the Lazenby Cup in a pre-season friendly, something that the former Hunslet FC would do annually.
In 2010, the club would win their first silverware for over a decade when they would the Championship 1 title and gained promotion to the 2nd tier.
They would soon be relegated but would win the play-offs in 2014 before changing there name back to simply Hunslet RLFC from the Hunslet Hawks and they would change to a logo reminiscent of their former badge.
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