Leslie Adams

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Born: October→December 1909, Hyde Park, Leeds, England
Died: 31 January 1945, Burma

Leslie "Les" 'Juicy' Adams (birth registered October→December 1909 in Leeds district — died 31 January 1945 in Burma (aged 35)) was anEnglish professional rugby league footballer of the 1930s and '40s, playing at representative level for Great Britain, England, and Yorkshire, and at club level for Leeds (twice), Huddersfield, and Castleford, as a Scrum-half/Halfback, i.e. number 7.

Playing career 

International honours 

Juicy Adams won caps for England while at Leeds in 1931 against Wales, while at Castleford in 1936 against Wales, in 1939 against France,and won a cap for Great Britain while at Leeds on Saturday 18 June 1932 against Australia at Brisbane Cricket Ground (The Gabba).

Challenge Cup final appearances 

Juicy Adams played Scrum-half/Halfback in Leeds's 11–8 victory over Swinton in the 1931–32 Challenge Cup final at Central Park, Wigan on Saturday 7 May 1932, in Huddersfield's 21–17 victory over Warrington in the 1932–33 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 6 May 1933, and, and scored a try in Castleford's 11–8 victory over Huddersfield in the 1934–35 Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday 4 May 1935. In doing so, he became the first player to win the Challenge Cup with three different clubs.

Rugby League County League appearances 

Juicy Adams played in Castleford's 1932–33, and 1938–39 Yorkshire League victories.

Club career 

Juicy Adams made his début for Leeds against Featherstone Rovers at Headingley Stadium on Saturday 26 March 1927.

Genealogical information 

Leslie Adams' marriage to Gladys Collinson was registered during April→June 1934 in Leeds North district. They had children; June M. Adams (birth registered January→March 1937 in Leeds North district). Leslie Adams was the uncle of the rugby league footballer of the 1960s for Leeds, and Bramley, Philip Adams (born circa-1944).


Juicy Adams became a landlord in Leeds, and subsequently volunteered for war duty with the Royal Air Force, becoming a rear gunner. He waskilled in action in January 1945, when the Liberator B Mk V in which he was flying came down 40-miles south-west of Rangoon, Burma. Of the nine men on the plane, three of the occupants, including Juicy Adams, are believed to have bailed out, and then drowned. The remaining six men were captured, the 2 officers were separated from the Flight Sergeants and sent to Rangoon Jail, where they survived, and the Flight Sergeants were beheaded by the Japanese Military on 7 February 1945, and are buried in the Taukkyan War Cemetery. After the war the Japanese military officers responsible for the execution were tried for war crimes, and were subsequently executed. Despite numerous searches of the area around the crash site, and discussions with villagers who found the plane, no trace of the body of Juicy Adams, or his colleagues, has been found.

Source: Wikipedia