Hunslet, either the club or the surrounding area, has been a feeder club, or feeder area since the late sixties, or maybe even further back. First Hunslet Juniors, and then Hunslet Parkside have always produce outstanding youngsters that have signed for other clubs rather than stay in South Leeds, and many have gone to the Loiners, who never bothered to develop decent junior teams themselves but waited to poach the cream from Hunslet,
In 1965 Hunslet were close to winning the cup with a team much like Featherstone's cup winning team 1983.
Only after financial collapse did players leave the area for money, apart from the odd ones like Bernard Prior and Brian Shaw
We ran a schools RL from which a junior side was fed and then an intermediates side. This fed the first team.
Leeds ran exactly the same set up so they developed kids in exactly the same way. You must be fair here.
The problem for Leeds was far far too many schools in north Leeds would only play union
However Leeds always had the money and we didn't after 1965 so they had the power to buy players
We were never a "feeder club" just to them though as once transport became cheap and easy quality Hunslet lads didn't even go to our junior system and Schoey and Jason Robbo didn't even bother with Leeds, skerrett and Nickle never went there.
That's the history Steve, sadly I'm old enough to have lived every minute of it mate!
Edited by The Parksider, 15 November 2012 - 07:20 AM.