November 2, 1868: Leeds Grammar School play Darlington, the first match of the school to be reported in local newspapers.
March 26, 1870: Leeds stages the first Yorkshire v Lancashire rugby match at Whitehall Road.
1870: Leeds St John’s, the forerunner of Leeds Rhinos, is formed at St John’s Church in the city centre. They soon moved to a ground at Cardigan Fields on Kirkstall Road.
1878: First Yorkshire Cup final played at Holbeck between Halifax and York. Within a decade, hundreds of clubs had been formed to play for the cup and crowds were often bigger than for FA Cup football ties.
1879: Bramley rugby club formed at meeting held above Lister’s butcher’s shop.
January 5, 1884: England defeat Wales at Cardigan Fields in first rugby international to be played in Yorkshire.
April 24, 1897: Headingley stages first Challenge Cup final. Batley beat St Helens 10-3 in first of 12 finals staged at the ground before Wembley becomes the home of the final in 1929.
October 9, 1907 Bramley v All Golds: The first Northern Union game against a touring side attracted a crowd of 6,000. The visitors won featuring famous guest Australian player Dally Messenger.