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1971–72 Northern Rugby Football League season

1971–72 Northern Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
Champions Leeds
League Leaders Leeds
Top point-scorer(s) David Watkins (Salford) 473
Top try-scorer(s) John Atkinson (Leeds) 38
Mike Lamb (Bradford Northern) 38
< 1970–71 Seasons 1972–73 >

The 1971–72 Northern Rugby Football League season was the seventy sixth season of rugby league football. This season saw the entry of rugby league's first sponsors: Joshua Tetley and John Player.[1]

Season summary

This season saw the introduction of the League Cup competition as a major secondary competition to the Challenge Cup. Due to sponsorship it was never known as the League Cup. It began in this year as the Player's No.6 Trophy and finished up as the Regal Trophy before being abandoned after 1995-96 when the sport switched to summer.

Leeds won their third Championship when they beat St. Helens 9-5 in the Championship Final. Leeds also finished the regular season as league leaders.

The Challenge Cup winners were St. Helens who beat Leeds 16-13 in the final.

Player's No.6 Trophy winners were Halifax who beat Wakefield Trinity 22-11 in the final.[2]

Wigan beat Widnes 15–8 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Hull Kingston Rovers beat Castleford 11–7 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

Championship

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 Leeds 34 28 2 4 58
2 Bradford Northern 34 26 2 6 54
3 St Helens 34 26 1 7 53
4 Wigan 34 25 0 9 50
5 Salford 34 25 0 9 50
6 Swinton 34 23 2 9 48
7 Featherstone Rovers 34 23 1 10 47
8 Rochdale Hornets 34 21 1 12 43
9 Wakefield Trinity 34 21 0 13 42
10 Castleford 34 20 1 13 41
11 Widnes 34 19 3 12 41
12 Dewsbury 34 18 2 14 38
13 Oldham 34 18 1 15 37
14 Hull Kingston Rovers 34 18 0 16 36
15 Warrington 34 16 3 15 35
16 Leigh 34 17 0 17 34
17 Huddersfield 34 17 0 17 34
18 Barrow 34 16 2 16 34
19 Hull 34 16 0 18 32
20 York 34 15 2 17 32
21 Halifax 34 14 0 20 28
22 Bramley 34 13 0 21 26
23 Whitehaven 34 12 0 22 24
24 Workington Town 34 11 2 21 24
25 Blackpool Borough 34 11 0 23 22
26 Keighley 34 8 0 26 16
27 Huyton 34 7 1 26 15
28 Batley 34 5 2 27 12
29 Doncaster 34 5 0 29 10
30 Hunslet 34 2 0 32 4

Championship Play-Offs

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
           
 Leeds  40
 Leigh  2  
 Leeds  20
   Widnes  9  
 Swinton  11
 Widnes  15  
 Leeds  10
   Salford  0  
 Salford  23
 Dewsbury  7  
 Salford  21
   Wigan  9  
 Wigan  18
 Oldham  8  
 Leeds  (2)9
   St Helens  (3)5
 St Helens  25
 Hull K R  5  
 St Helens  17
   Rochdale Hornets  5  
 Rochdale Hornets  18
 Wakefield Trinity  13  
 St Helens  14
   Bradford Northern  10   Third place
 Featherstone Rovers  14
 Castleford  18  
 Castleford  12    
   Bradford Northern  22      
 Bradford Northern  37
 Warrington  0  

Final: (Played at Swinton)

Leeds scorers: John Atkinson (1 try), Terry Clawson (3 goals)

St Helens scorers: Les Greenall (1 try), John Walsh (1 goal)

Challenge Cup

The final was played between St Helens and Leeds at London's Wembley Stadium in front of a crowd of 89,495. The Leeds team was John Holmes, Alan Smith, Syd Hynes, Les Dyl, John Atkinson, Alan Hardisty, Keith Hepworth, Terry Clawson, Tony Fisher, William Ramsey, Bob Haigh, Phil Cookson, Ray Batten. Subs: John Langley. The St. Helens team was Geoff Pimblett, Les Jones, Billy Benyon, John Walsh, Frank Wilson, Ken Kelly, Jeff Heaton, Graham Rees, Les Greenall, John Stephens, John Mantle, Eric Chisnall, Kel Coslett. Subs: Alan Whittle, Kelvin Earl. After leading 12-6 at half time, St Helens beat Leeds 16-13. St Helens scorers were Les Jones (1 try), Graham Rees (1 try), and Kel Coslett (5 goals). St Helens forward Kel Coslett was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy as man-of-the-match. This was St Helens’ fourth Cup Final win in eight Final appearances.[3]

Sources

  • 1971-72 Rugby Football League season at wigan.rlfans.com
  • The Challenge Cup at The Rugby Football League website

References

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