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Top Leeds Sporting Heroes

Fascinating Facts

  1. Did you know that there is a Quidditch Team in Leeds? Yes, Leeds University has its very own Quidditch team who play competitively. The team went to Florence in Italy ion 2018 to play in the Quidditch World Cup. You can find out more here
  2. The game of rugby was invented at Rugby School in 1823, when William Webb Ellis caught the ball and ran with it in a football game. 
  3. Rugby balls were originally plum-shaped because they were made from pig’s bladders – urggh!
  4. Can you guess what Elland Road used to be called? Answer -The Old Peacock Ground. Can you find out why?
  5. The most common names registered in the 2017 World Series Triathlon in Leeds were David and Helen! The furthest entrant to the race travelled 18,389 km from New Zealand! The oldest entrant was 83 years old whilst the youngest as just 11!
  6. Rio Ferdinand has been one of the most expensive players that Leeds United bought and sold. In 2002 the club sold him to Manchester United for £32.5 million!
  7. The Leeds band The Kaiser Chiefs, got their unique name from former Leeds United footballer Lucas Radebe's former football club in South Africa. The Kaiser Chiefs still support the team now.