Based in Middleton, south Leeds, the Rams have been representing Yorkshire in kitted American Football for 30 years. During that time they have established themselves as one of the leading forces in British Football in the North of England.
The Rams played in Britain’s second tier until 2012 when they were promoted to the BAFANL Premiership North where they now compete with long-standing rivals Doncaster Mustangs, and Glasgow’s East Kilbride Pirates.
More of the history
The club was founded in 1986 as the Wakefield Wasps and moved to Huddersfield in 1987 and was based at the Rugby union football club ground, in the Waterloo area. Shortly after they moved to the Fartown Rugby league ground. The club were originally called Huddersfield Rams.
In 1990 the club again moved home to the Leeds road Hockey pitch, in Huddersfield. This venue was short lived as 1991 saw a major reorganisation of the club, both to a new and more permanent home at the Dalton based Amateur rugby league football club ground in Moldgreen, also in Huddersfield. In view of the increase of the size of the club’s recruiting area this reorganisation also saw the change of the club’s name to the Yorkshire Rams.
In 1996 the club moved to more luxurious conditions at the Lawrence Batley Sports Centre at Salendine Nook in Huddersfield. The following year they moved both venue and home town to the Walton Sports & Social club in Wakefield, The following year due to Health and safety rules the club again moved home to the Westgate Redoubt ARLFC, in Wakefield.
After a good season and some sponsorship, in 2004, the Rams found themselves moving to the Rams Stadium, home of the Dewsbury Rams in Kirklees. The club ground was renamed in 2005 to the Tetley Stadium. Again the following year, 2006, saw another move of club venue to the Milnthorpe Green home of Sandal RUFC in Wakefield.
From 2016, the Rams are back for a second stint playing their home games out of South Leeds Stadium, where they previously had a successful record.