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Leeds Carnegie
Headingley Stadium
St Michaels Lane
Headingley
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Leeds Carnegie was originally founded in 1991 as Leeds Rugby Union Football Club. The name Leeds Tykes was used from 1998 to 2007 following the amalgamation with the Leeds Rhinos Rugby League side. In 2007 the Leeds Metropolitan University bought a 51% stake in the team and the name was changed to Leeds Carnegie RUFC in order to be in keeping with Carnegie College, the university's sports department. The club was, however, founded from a merger of Headingley and Roundhay and thus, the origins of the club date back to 1877 and the beginnings of Rugby in Headingley. Since 1998 the team achieved promotion to the top flight by winning the second tier championship in 2001. Whilst in the top flight Leeds reached the semi final of the Powergen (now EDF Energy) Cup in 2004 and then won it in 2005, before being relegated in 2006. The team bounced straight back, however, winning the National League Division One title in 2007. Leeds also reached the semi final of the European Shield in 2005. Leeds Carnegie play at the 22,250 capacity Headingley Carnegie Stadium which was formerly known as the Headingley Stadium. This historic stadium has hosted a number of international fixtures in the past.


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