The new Premier League season starts this week so, as Leeds Utd once again take their place in the top flight, the new ‘Rugby Reloaded’ looks at the secret history of the origins of professional soccer in Leeds. It’s a tale of intrigue, double-dealing and concealed conflicts of interest of businessmen and journalists that led to the death of a rugby league club and the birth of commercial soccer.

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