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1958–59 Northern Rugby Football League season

1958–59 Rugby Football League season
League Northern Rugby Football League
League Leaders St Helens
Top point-scorer(s) Fred Griffiths (Wigan) 394
Top try-scorer(s) Tom van Vollenhoven (62)
< 1957–58 Seasons 1959–60 >

The 1958–59 Northern Rugby Football League season was the sixty-fourth season of rugby league football. Thirty clubs from across Northern England competed for the Championship, culminating in a final between St Helens and Hunslet.

Season summary

St. Helens won their third Championship when they beat Hunslet 44-22 in the Championship Final. They had also finished the regular season as the league leaders.

The Challenge Cup winners were Wigan who beat Hull 30-13 in the final.[1]

Wigan won the Lancashire League, and Wakefield Trinity won the Yorkshire League. Oldham beat St.Helens 12–2 to win the Lancashire Cup, and Leeds beat Wakefield Trinity 24–20 to win the Yorkshire Cup.

This season, St. Helens winger Tom van Vollenhoven set a new record for most tries in a season, with 62.

Championship

Team Pld W D L Pts
1 St Helens 38 31 1 6 63
2 Wigan 38 29 0 9 58
3 Hunslet 38 27 3 8 57
4 Oldham 38 28 1 9 57
5 Wakefield Trinity 38 27 1 10 55
6 Swinton 38 27 1 10 55
7 Hull 38 25 1 12 51
8 Widnes 38 23 0 15 46
9 Warrington 38 22 0 16 44
10 Bradford Northern 38 20 2 16 42
11 York 38 20 1 17 41
12 Halifax 38 19 2 17 40
13 Featherstone Rovers 38 18 3 17 39
14 Leeds 38 19 0 19 38
15 Keighley 38 18 1 19 37
16 Leigh 38 18 0 20 36
17 Barrow 38 18 0 20 36
18 Hull 38 18 0 20 36
19 Huddersfield 38 18 0 20 36
20 Workington Town 38 16 3 19 35
21 Whitehaven 38 17 0 21 34
22 Salford 38 16 1 22 33
23 Bramley 38 15 1 22 31
24 Blackpool Borough 38 15 0 23 30
25 Castleford 38 13 0 25 26
26 Rochdale Hornets 38 11 1 26 23
27 Batley 38 10 1 27 21
28 Liverpool City 38 8 0 30 16
29 Dewsbury 38 7 0 31 14
30 Doncaster 38 5 0 33 10
  Play-offs

Play-offs

Semi-finals Championship Final
               
1  St. Helens 42  
4  Oldham 4  
     St. Helens 44
   Hunslet 22
2  Wigan 11
3  Hunslet 22  

Challenge Cup

Wigan reached the final by beating Leeds 12-5 at home on 21 Feb in Round 1; Hunslet 22-4 at home on 7 Mar in Round 2; Halifax 26-0 away on 21 Mar in the quarter-finals and Swinton 5-0 on 11 Apr in the semi-final played at Leigh. Captained by Eric Ashton,[2] they then beat Hull 30-13 in the Challenge Cup Final played at Wembley Stadium before a crowd of 79,811 with tries from Boston (2), Bolton, Holden, McTigue and Sullivan and six goals from Griffiths.

This was Wigan’s sixth Challenge Cup Final win in ten Final appearances and their second in successive years.[3] Brian McTigue, their second-row forward, was awarded the Lance Todd Trophy for his man-of-the-match performance.

References

Sources

  • Wigan.rlfans.com
  • Rugby Football League website
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