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stadium in Hunslet
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rugby league club and the source of their nickname the Parksiders
Hunslet Hawks now play at the South Leeds Stadium which is less than half a mile from the former site of Parkside.
Adjacent to the rugby pitch, there was a bowling green and a cricket ground. Parkside's surface had the reputation as being the best in the game and was often used by touring Australian teams as a training ground.
The Mother Benson’s End was named after the old lady who washed the players’ kit and lived in one of the Low Fold farm cottages which were situated at that end of the ground.
Hunslet purchased at little cost 10.25 acres (41,480.3 m²) of waste land at Hunslet Carr from the Low Moor Iron and Coal Company and had to shift 2,000 tons of rubbish to create what would become Parkside, which they moved to in 1888.
The first game at Parkside was played on 11 February 1888, when they played and beat Mirfield.
Parkside's stand was burned down by vandals in 1971. Parkside was sold off to an industrial developer for around £300,000 in 1972. The last game at Parkside was on 21 April, 1973 against York. Parkside was demolished and Hunslet became tenants at the Elland Road greyhound stadium.