Sheffield Eagles

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Sheffield Eagles RLFC are a British rugby league team based in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield. They currently play in the Co-operative Championship. Their home games are played at Bramall Lane after leaving Don Valley Stadium in late 2009.

History

Foundation

In 1982 Huddersfield captain and Chairman of the Players’ Union, Gary Hetherington missed out on a coaching job at York. He decided to form his own club based in Sheffield. The original plan to enter the Second Division in 1983–84 fell apart when Sheffield United pulled back from their promise to let the new team play its home games atBramall Lane.

The club eventually joined the Second Division in 1984 and played at the Owlerton Stadium. A competition was run in the Sheffield Star newspaper to find a name for the new club and "Sheffield Eagles" was the winner. The first Eagles league game was on 2 September 1984 when they beat Rochdale Hornets 29–10. The match took place the day after the club’s sponsor went bust. Hetherington was both manager and player in the first season, building the team using experienced players from traditional areas. He also began signing up promising young players, one of whom was Mark Aston, later to be a critical part of the Eagles survival as a club.

By November the club was close to folding because of financial problems. Sheffield beat Wakefield to set up a John Player Special Trophy first round tie against Leeds. This lucrative game generated enough cash to...
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