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1. History 1

Following a successful campaign in the 1978 Halifax A.R.L.Workshop Cometition, A team entered the Pennine A.R.L. Division Five under the sponsors name of Ogden Engineers. By the end of that season the sponsors name had been dropped and the team was promoted to Division Four as Elland A.R.L.F.C.
That success was maintained the following season 1979-80 with promotion to Division Three and it became evident that with a hugh increase in interest in the club, a second team would have to be introduced to accommodate all the players.
1980-81 saw the introduction of an 'A' team in the Pennine League and the season culminated with the 1st team winning our first trophy as Champions of Division Three.
1981-82 was a season of consolidation for the first team finishing third ,But the honours kept coming when the 'A' team were promoted as Division Seven Champions.
1982-83 saw us reach our first final and the jubilation of winning the Halifax Challenge Cup Final against Siddal at Thrum Hall with the Division Two Championship and a narrow defeat at Lock Lane in the Yorkshire Cup semi-final. The 'A' team continued its success with promotion to the Division Five and with interest continuing to grow a third team became neccessary.
We became the first club in B.A.R.L.A. to field three open age teams on a saturday when our 'B' team entered the Pennine League in 1983-84 and the 1st team continued its meteoric rise by clinching promotion to the Premier Division and winning the Halifax Championship and also reaching the Pennine Cup Final.The 'A' team continued its rise winning promotion to Division Four and the 'B' team finished in a creditable mid-table position.
1984-85 saw the 1st team win the coverted Mitre Sports-Open Rugby Team of the Year Award due to winning the Premier Division, the Halifax Challenge Cup in its centenary year, the Halifax and District League Championship,and also reaching the Yorkshire Cup semi-final again.The 'A' team added the Fourth Division Trophy.
During this time a youth section was added under the name of Elland Boxers with teams ranging from u13's to u19's all having varying degrees of success most notably the u19's. In 1984-85 they pulled off a great double winning the Halifax Challenge Cup and the West Riding Youth Challenge Cup .
Our success continued in 85-86 and it was no surprise when we started "losing" players to the professional ranks, Most notably Karl Fairbank to Bradford Northern and Great Britain and Richard Fairbank who won a League Championship and a Challenge Cup Medal with Halifax. But it was 86-87 that became the best year in Elland's short history.