Ernest Lundy wrote this Before his Breakfast, and it posed last weeks questions:

As I now a reside In Beeston, you know, the place not far from Hunslet, it is only natural that I take a bit of interest in local history. On reading through a book entitled ‘Beeston near Leeds’, I came across a few interesting items. Some of which I already knew. One of them being that the older part is called ‘Cad Beeston’. Cad being an old name for the cats that used to live on the hill above Elland Road. However, while obviously knowing that all men of Beeston are not Cads the old manor still standing in the same place, near to where one can get a MOT cheap, is indeed a very old and place with a long history.

But reading on is a piece describing that the notorious highwayman, Nevison, was captured in the Folly Inn in Cad Beeston. Nevison being the man famous in and around Pontefract for escaping the revenue men by jumping his horse across a ditch behind Pontefract Castle which is known to this day as’ Nevison’s Leap’.

Then amongst the list of recorded events revealing that Buffalo Bill visited Leeds, and Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus, situated on MIddleton Clearing, took passengers for a ride at 2/6 or 5/- a go, we also discover that Flint arrowheads from an early Stone age settlement were dug up at Beeston Royds. Interesting as all these past events are, I must admit to having gone a long way round to reveal what this rather convoluted piece is all about. Well here it is!

Date te 1880. Hunslet Rugby Club named the ‘Twinklers’

Never having heard of this expression before, I doubt there will be others who have heard of this, especially from an era when the Goldthorpe brothers, Jukes, Batten, Wilson and the rest of that illustrious team with the formidable ‘terrible six’ pack struck fear into the hearts of opponents. But if this authenticated statement is indeed true I and no doubt the rest of the lads will wonder just how this nickname came to be applied; and which of the players in those days or the team as a whole actually ‘twinkled’. Don’t suppose it matters really, but when I read this highly informative book and saw the name Hunslet Rugby Club, ‘Twinklers’ or not, I just had to mention it.

Cheers Mi Old Mother : Print or scrap! It has just passed an hour on before breakfast.

Old Mother Benson Comments:
Well done Ernest, your a font of knowledge, one can imagine that they called the 1907-8 team the “Twinklers” as they were a team out of this world and full of Stars!