1976-1999

1976-1999

On 19th November 1995 Hunslet finally came home, playing their first game back in South Leeds for 22 years when Leigh Centurions were the visitors. Since the Hawks moved back home they narrowly missed out on promotion in 1996. In 1997 the Hawks appeared at Wembley for the first time since 1965 in the first (and last) Challenge Cup Plate Final, defeated by Hull KR. Also in that year the Hawks were promoted to the 1st division. In 1999 Hunslet finally achieved their main aim, and won the NFP Grand final against Dewsbury 12-11 at Headingley. This victory should have heralded the dawn of a new era for the club in Super League, but unfortunately the RL denied them their rightful place with the games elite. This decision proved catastrophic for the club as players, supporters and sponsors all lost heart and decided to jump ship. The club has struggled to stay afloat ever since and is still hanging on by its finger tips to its status as a member of the Rugby League family.

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