At a time when the club is in dire straits I found myself looking back at some of the moments that made watching the Tykes a special thing and, of course, the players who lit up the Headingley stage.
My first game was on a winter's night against Saracens. We won that night thanks to my first contender - Braam van Stratten. His unerring accuracy with his boot won us many games. Our Powergen win back in 2003 was a great day but the man who stood out for me was Andre Snyman. My favourite player at that time was a big Welshman, Scott Morgan, who was equally at home at lock or in the backrow.
When we needed to beat Harlequins at Headingley to stay up that year there was a most spectacular try involving my favourite centre, Phil Christophers. His partnership with Chris Bell in the centre was, in my opinion, our best ever.
In the days when Rotherham was our feeder club we acquired Eirik Lund who was the best enforcer we have ever had. When Eirik played our pack was never bullied. Our best ex-Titan was Hendrie Fourie who went on to be capped for England despite being a South African.
Kearnan Myall, Ronnie Regan, Rhys Oakley & Ryan Burrows have all put their hearts & souls into the Tykes cause when they played for us. The same can be said for two other hookers Rawly & Asbo. However, for me, one player stands out as the embodiment of Tykes rugby.
A son of the city of Leeds and captain of our cup winning side, my best Tyke ever is prop Mike Shelley.
Who is your favourite?
The best Tyke - ever!
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Date: 17/06/2019 06:26
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So many good players, and characters in many senses of the word. Not named so far but who could forget Diego Albanese,who really cared about supporters and always had everyone guessing including himself, and home grown we had men like Tom Palmer and Kieran Myall, Rob Rawlinson.
I missed out on the Premiership years - saw some matches but didn't really understand what was going on. Quite obviously a lot of people still think I do not know what is going on but for me the star performer in the Green Years and sooner has to be Ryan Burrows.
And in terms of excitement, watching Dave Doherty in full flight, or Kirsty at his best was what made me pay the entrance fee.
Speaking of the first premiership squad it was when Tom Biggs emerged from the frozen food factory to terrorise amongst others Leicester. He was a joy to watch, and like Care and Clarke we lost him too soon.
So many players Andre was just a mountain, Diego was just a joy to not only watch but also to talk to was always so enthusiastic about everything, I used to like John Dunbar too was always involved in some battle but he wore his shirt with pride and gave his all
The whole team that won the Powergen cup in 2005 are all legends
Then Justin Marshall? To be honest he was too good for us really even back then
(Iíll get my coat...)
Some say he has a Tykes flag with team signatures on.
Others say that he's doing the same to the Carnegie flag,
All we know is that he's called Leeds carnegie signed flag.
I have not witnessed much of the Tykes for the last 11 years. if you look at the question another way, which tykes player injury hurt us the most, I would argue it was loosing Rob Vickerman at Saints really hurt him and the team.
Yes,rob Vickermanís injury at Northampton was the turning point of both that match and the remainder of the season
As to best matches- Away,Toulouse 6 days after England won World Cup, singing Swing Low to accompanying catcalls from several thousand Frenchmen
Home - the first match I went to, versus Leicester 2001,I seem to remember their weak point was Johnson, not Martin but his brother
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