Leeds Carnegie

Formerly known as the Leeds Tykes, Leeds Carnegie are a premiership Rugby Union team, based at Headingley Stadium, West Leeds.


The first Rugby Union team was formed in Leeds in 1888 when the rugby division of the Leeds Cricket, Football and Athletics Co based at Lot 17a (now the Headingley Stadium) split into two different clubs, a rugby league club who later became the Leeds Rhinos and Headingley Rugby Union Club. In 1889 the rugby league team moved from Cardigan Fields to the Headingley Stadium and the Headingley Rugby Union team briefly disbanded. Two years later Headingley RUFC was re-born and in 1902 the club adopted Clarence Fields in Kirkstall as their new home, playing various matches in and around Yorkshire. In 1924 an offshoot of Headingley RUFC was born, in the form of a Roundhay Rugby Union based at Chandos Park.

Headingley and Roundhay continued to play as two separate teams until 1992, when it was decided that the teams would amalgamate to form Leeds RUFC. At that time both clubs were playing in National Division Three but just six years later, at the end of the 1997-98 season, the Leeds club had been promoted to premiership two, finishing as runner-ups to the Worcester Warriors.

In 1996 Leeds RUFC moved back to Headingley stadium for the first time in over a hundred years and the club merged with the Rhinos to form the Leeds Rugby Limited. The rugby union team were re-named the Leeds Tykes and new coach Phil Davies joined the team that same year, marking a new era for the Tykes. In 1996 the team finished sixth in premiership two but, over the next five seasons, the Tykes steadily climbed up the rankings and in 2001 they were promoted to the premiership, a momentous and emotional day for the players and fans.

At the end of a disappointing first season in the premiership the Tykes were placed at the bottom of the league table but, due to legislation at the time, they narrowly succeeded in avoiding relegation. At the end of the following season, in 2003, the Tykes came fifth in the league, playing in the Heineken Cup for the first time later that year. Finishing mid-table at the end of the next two seasons, the Tykes performed better in the Powergen Cup finishing as semi-finalists in 2004 and momentously lifting the cup in 2005. Despite their success in the Powergen Cup, Leeds began the 2005 premiership season with a series of disastrous games losing to the Northampton Saints, the Sale Sharks and the Leicester Tigers in consecutive matches. In early 2006 Daryl Powell was promoted to first team coach but nothing could save the team and at the end of the season the Tykes were relegated to National Division One.

After a number of transfers from and to the Tykes, the team fared well through the 2006-07 season and, after beating Otley 40-12 in April 2007, the Tykes sailed ahead of Rotherham, their closest rivals and were promoted once again to the premiership for the 2007-08 season. At the beginning of the new season, Leeds Rugby Ltd, the umbrella name for the Leeds Rhinos and the Leeds Tykes, sold a 51 % share of the club to Leeds Metropolitan University. In recognition of the university’s sports department known as Carnegie College, the Leeds Tykes were renamed Leeds Carnegie and the Headingley Stadium was also renamed the Headingley Carnegie Stadium. Part way through the new season Leeds Carnegie have won one of the seven games they have played so far and have five points, putting them 11th in the premiership table to date.

Significant titles

Powergen Cup: 2005 (winners), 2004 (semi-finalists)

National Division One: 2000-01 (winners), 2006-07 (winners)

European Shield: 2005 (semi-finalists)


Tickets for Leeds Carnegie games can be purchased online at the Leeds Carnegie website or through the Headingley Carnegie ticket office (see contacts below) Tickets for home matches can be purchased in advance at the following prices:

Ground (including the Carnegie Terrace)

  • Adults – £17
  • OAPs/ Students – £10
  • Juniors – £10 (or £5 if purchased before match day)

Paddock Seats:

  • Adults – £20
  • OAPs/ Students – £13
  • Juniors – £13 (or £8 if purchased before match day)

Main Stand and Carnegie Seats:

  • Adults – £22
  • OAPs/ Students – £10
  • Juniors – £15 (or £10 if purchased before match day)

Season tickets can also be purchased at the beginning of each season inclusive of three free games and two free guest tickets at the following prices:

Ground (including the Carnegie Terrace):

  • Adults – £204
  • OAPs/ Students – £120
  • Juniors – £40

Paddock Seats:

  • Adults – £204
  • OAPs/ Students – £156
  • Juniors – £50

Main Stand and Carnegie Seats:

  • Adults – £264
  • OAPs/ Students – £180
  • Juniors – £60


For tickets to see Leeds Carnegie play or for other enquiries contact:

Ticket Office (tel): 08700 60 60 50
Ticket Office (email): tickets@leedsrugby.com
Main Club (tel): 0845 0700 881
Main Club (fax): 0845 0700 882

Directions to Headingley Carnegie stadium:

(By car) From the M621 take Junction 2 signposted Headingley Carnegie stadium. Follow the A643 (A58) and at the next roundabout follow signs to the city centre/Wetherby. Bear left taking signs to Ilkley and the airport. At the traffic lights turn left on to Kirkstall road and continue straight, past the Yorkshire Television studios on the right. After 0.75 miles turn right following signs to Headingley and continue up the hill to the crossroads. Carry straight on across the crossroads on to Cardigan Road and, after the Co-op, continue straight until the next set of traffic lights. After the lights, turn left on to St Michaels Lane and the stadium is on the right-hand side.

(By train) From the train station in Leeds City Centre transfer to a train for Burley Park (usually goes from platform 1) which is a short walk from the stadium. At Burley Park turn right on exiting the station and continue straight on through a housing estate passing an allotment on the left. At the end of the road turn right, walk over the bridge and the stadium is on the left-hand side of the road.